Summer 2018 – From Hamilton to HuxleyPublished on 10 Dec. 2019
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Summer 2018 Catalog featuring a fine selection of rare first editions and historic signed documents. Highlights of the catalog include a first and only Latin edition of the monumental Nuremburg Chronicle published in 1493, an exceptionally rare complete set in English of The Works of Aristotle bound by the Bookbinder to the King, a rare second edition of the first part of Don Quixote in English, a rare first edition of Alexander Hamilton’s Refute Against the Charge of Speculation, a first edition of William Faulkner’s 1929 masterpiece The Sound and the Fury, a first edition of Joseph Campbell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces inscribed by him to fellow author Richard Adams, a rare La Corona cigar partially smoked by Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill accompanied by a photograph of him smoking that very cigar, and a first edition of Lady and the Tramp signed by Walt Disney.[...] Read more
Children's Books & Works on PaperPublished on 20 Sept. 2019
The catalogue comprises 111 entries, including original and signed works on paper by well-known illustrators, books of Russian and Jewish interest, signed modern first editions and deluxe, handsomely bound editions of the great early 20th century illustrators alongside classics old & new, populated by a host of our most beloved characters from children's literature.[...] Read more
Picture Book 9 | Melbourne Rare Book Fair 2019Published on 04 July 2019
To coincide with the Melbourne Rare Book Fair we are pleased to announce the latest in our series of Picture Book catalogues. It contains many treasures:
- the extremely rare second impression of Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' (1937, with the dustwrapper), the first edition of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter and Wendy' (1911, with the dustwrapper), and P.G. Wodehouse's 'Mike' (1919, also with the dustwrapper!);
- autograph material from Hector Berlioz, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Sir Robert Torrens and Sir Douglas Mawson;
- numerous important photographs, including an Antarctic masthead panorama by Frank Hurley, an early experimental image from a negative produced by exposure to radioactivity, and portraits (many with signatures) of the founders of Darwin;
- accounts of voyages by Magra, Bligh, MacGillivray and Flinders (the rare large-paper issue, a gift from the explorer's only child, with the elephant folio atlas);
- accounts of inland expeditions by Hume, Blaxland, Carron, Jardine, Leichhardt and Cross (the first work relating to the exploration of Western Australia);
- and an apparently unrecorded large-scale map of the failed Ottoman attempt to invade Egypt on 3 February 1915, the first action in the First World War to include the AIF, prepared by the 3rd Field Company, Australian Engineers, the only Australian unit present.
To view these items (and much besides) visit us at Stand 24 at the Melbourne Rare Book Fair, 12–14 July.