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Hordern House Rare Books, Manuscripts & Paintings.

Derek McDonnell
Anne McCormick
Level 2, 255 Riley Street
Surry Hills, New South Wales  2010
Opening Hours
We are open by appointment: please contact us by phone or email to make a time to come by.
+61 2 93 56 44 11
[email protected]

Map of Hordern House Rare Books, Manuscripts & Paintings.

Hordern House, founded by Anne McCormick and Derek McDonnell in 1985 and named for our original building in Sydney's Potts Point, is an internationally renowned dealership, specialising in rare books, manuscripts and paintings.

Nowadays we conduct our business in the heart of Surry Hills, five minutes from the centre of Sydney. We occupy an entire floor of a converted warehouse where we have created a customised environment for our work and the display of rare books, manuscripts & paintings.

Always reflected in our extensive stock of rare and select material is our specialization in voyages and travels (with a special interest in the Pacific & Australia), natural history and colour-plate material, paintings and voyage art, historical maps and manuscripts.

We issue regular catalogues, some of which are published online only: all our recent catalogues can be seen via the menu on our home-page. In normal circumstances we exhibit at antiquarian book fairs in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. Since mid-2020 we have been participating in the digital antiquarian fairs which have temporarily taken their place. You can see details of upcoming fairs here.


  • Illustrated books
  • Maritime
  • Natural history
  • Old and rare books
  • Topography
  • Travel

Other Specialities

Maritime - Discovery - Natural history - Travel - Australia and the Pacific - Voyageart

Hordern House Rare Books, Manuscripts & Paintings.

Hordern House Rare Books, Manuscripts & Paintings.’s Catalogues

Sales Information

All items are guaranteed as described. If an item is not as described, it is returnable within seven days of receipt, unless other arrangements are made. Full refunds are given only when items are received in the same condition in which they were sent. New customers will need to send payment with their order. Customers known to us will be invoiced with payment due in thirty days, unless prior arrangements are made. Institutions will be billed to meet their requirements. All items listed are subject to prior sale. We accept most major credit cards. We also accept checks in US dollars or Australian dollars, but may require that the check clears before we ship an order. We can also accept payment directly into our US$ or AUD$ accounts: please request details. Prices of books do not include shipping, which will be charged at actual cost. Insurance will be charged at 1% of the total order unless you advise that you have your own insurance arrangments and that shipping is therefore at your risk.