MORESBY, John. Autograph letter to the commander, officers and ship's company of H.M.S. Moresby. n.p. June 8, 1916. One page on foolscap, folded. A couple of small holes in a fold. Au$350

The aged explorer of New Guinea and retired Admiral writes congratulating the ship's company on their valiant fight in the North Sea and lamenting that he is too infirm to properly respond to the honour they have conferred on him. He is "laid up in port, my anchor catted and fished, Blue Peter flying" but the hull splinters and torn flag presented to him will "be more to him than all other things he could desire, and to my descendants the most valuable heirloom I could possibly hand down." The Moresby took part in the Battle of Jutland under commander Roger Alison.


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Hawaii. A photograph album recording a visit to Honolulu, probably in the late forties or very early fifties. [c1950?]. Oblong album 180x285mm with a limp leather front cover luridly colour printed with a scene of Diamond Head; in fine condition in what is obviously the original cardboard box (this with a bit of wear); black card leaves with 44 photos mounted on 23 leaves. These photos range in size from box brownie to 7x5 (inches that is); most are four and a half by three. The rest of the album is untouched. Au$425

Forgive my enthusiasm but this is, in its way, one of the most perfect photo albums I've seen. It captures to a degree almost too good to be true not only a time and place but a notion - that of the 20th century American ideal of exotic adventure: a tropical paradise with upholstery, decent plumbing and tinted beauties. This is Honolulu just after the war when it began its metamorphosis from being the refuge of the eccentric and the shady, a resting spot for the artistic rich, the crime scene of Charlie Chan, to becoming an enticing and attainable dream of the middle class, maybe even working class. The album has enough snaps of the obligatory art deco palaces, the beach - a couple of surfing photos - and a lot is devoted to young ladies in grass skirts.
My first impression when I opened this was that the owner had filled it with purchased studio souvenir snaps but on second look I realised these are all but one home made. The same women appear at the same location in different outfits and a few are an oddly amateur attempt at studio foolery. A short series shows a young lady reclining or posing invitingly (but wholesomely) against a fake grass hut and painted backdrop but our photographer has included the edges and beyond of the tawdry backdrop - the floor past the woven mat, the ceiling above the painted sky, the oil drum or bin off to the side.
Hawaii seems to finish with the one studio picture of hula dancers; then comes a blank page with a loosely inserted clipped photo of Veronica Lake and one of John Payne; then come the brownies, eight of them, of landscape which seem to be taken from a train and the album finishes with two larger photos of what I take to be the Chicago Naval Armory. Can we presume that those waiting at home for him (it must be) didn't share his enthusiasm for underclad young women and so the album was put away in its box to await a new, less invested, audience?


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Catalogue - magic. Green Frog. Magician's Handbook ... catalogue of "Green Frog" magical conjuring stage and pocket tricks. n.p. [Sydney?] 1939. Single sheet folded to form four pages largish octavo by size, outer pages with red and green illustrations, inside printed in black. Au$35

A flyer to promote Green Frog tricks and their catalogue, a sample page inside and some hints and tips. Naturally this is better printed on better paper than the actual catalogue.


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Surfing film. Scenic Australia. Surfing - Australian Style. Norman S. Little, Sydney [c1960?]. 8mm colour film on reel in original colour printed box, 77x77mm. Apparently in excellent shape with the original lead-in title at the beginning of the film intact. Au$220

Some two to two and a half minutes of maybe otherwise lost surf footage - "from an entirely new angle" - presuming it runs at 24 frames per second. This may seem short but let me assure you that unless you are a totally stoned fan of Taman Shud it's plenty. The Norman S. Little Scenic Film Division, of Erskine Street Sydney, obviously made films designed for producers of newsreels, travelogues, documentaries and the like. They list fourteen other titles on the back of the box, mostly of life and landscape in and around Sydney, and promise interstate and Pacific Island films to come. That the name would remain unknown to the public is simple enough but I can't find any record of Norman S. Little and his films anywhere. He seems unknown to the National Film and Sound Archives, and everywhere else I can think to look.


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Paper Game. Nieuw Stoombootspel. Rotterdam, T.J. Wijnhoven Hendriksen [c1835]. Woodcut broadside (41x33cm). A horizontal fold, an outstanding copy. Au$750

Racing games like this often celebrate the new, the noteworthy, the latest craze. The steamboat might have been around for a few years but it hadn't lost its gloss judging by the games that re-appeared through the 1830s. This game, signed P. Emans, seems to have been printed at least four or five times through the twenties and thirties judging by the various colophons. All but one I've found are Hendriksen's; the exception is a Delft printing dated 1832 which, if this printing is from around 1835 as the experts say, indicates that the block was lent or rented. Buijnsters and Buijnsters-Smets (Papertoys p272-3 - illustrating this copy) suggest this boat may be the 'Dutchman', built in 1823.


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Paper Game. Het Stoomboot Spel. Arnhem, P.A. de Jong [183-?]. Woodcut broadside (49x41cm) with handcolouring. Folded, with some wear, a few small holes and stains; not a bad copy. Au$600

Racing games like this often celebrate the new, the noteworthy, the latest craze. The steamboat might have been around for a few years but it hadn't lost its gloss judging by the games that re-appeared through the 1830s. This game, signed A.H. Binger, like the similar 'Nieuw Stoombootspel', seems to have been printed a few times in the twenties and thirties, with the imprints of de Jong or Moolenijzer of Amsterdam. Small nicks in the block are the same in all printings but damage to one word that is both damaged and undamaged in the Amsterdam and Arnhem printings, and is replaced with letterpress here, indicates the block was shared between the two printers. The boat pictured, the Mercurius, ran between Amsterdam and Zaandam from 1826 to 1840.


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Ikeda Eisen [aka Keisei Eisen]. 新版江戶花呉服屋大雙六 [Shinpan Edo no Hana Gofukuya Sugoroku] [Tokyo], Yamashiroya Matabe [1820 - 1850?]. Woodblock print 67x46cm, printed in black, blue and pink; folded. Smudges and soiling, a couple of small chips from the top edge. A pretty decent copy, certainly better than the only other copy I've located. Au$1250

Another lesson, if we need it, that the Japanese had connected and mastered the important stuff of life long before the rest of us: advertising, fun and shopping. In this sugoroku - a racing game - Eisen takes us through the most prestigious dry goods stores and drapers - ie high fashion - of Edo (Tokyo) until we reach Ebisu and Daikokuten - gods, respectively, of merchants and wealth. In other words, who isn't this game for? Every working Edo inhabitant with a speck of ambition will want a place among the great merchants, rubbing shoulders with such gods while their wealthy patrons have confirmed that their shopping habits are blessed by the gods.
The titans of fashionable commerce here include Echigoya (now Mitsukoshi), Shirokiya (which lasted some three hundred years, its ghost is a department store in Honolulu), Iwaki Sotoya, Matsuzakaya (still going), Ebisuya, Daimaru (still going), Shimaya, Sawanoi and Izukura.
Eisen did more than one sugoroku: this, one of more prosaic sights of Edo, one of the Tokaido road, and an elaborate sort of fourth one - the set of courtesan prints which together form a game - are the ones I've traced. I can only find one other copy of this shopping adventure, printed in yellow rather than blue, in the UC Berkeley library.


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Garnham Blaxcell. Indenture made on 20th April 1815 between Garnham Blaxcell and Sir John Jamison leasing large parcels of Sydney to Jamison in receipt of payment of five shillings. n.p. 1815 Folio, three pages on two conjugate leaves, folded with docket title on the last page. Paper quite discoloured but sound, ink faded but legible. Signed and sealed by Blaxcell. A Lands Titles Office stamp of 1868 on the docket doubtless relates to an application under the Real Property Act for some land originally part of Blaxcell's grant. Au$1350

A splendid and telling foundation document for the history of that most Australian heroic icon - continued in an unbroken line from Blaxcell to now - the unscrupulous and overreaching entrepeneur who ducks the consequences. Blaxcell was only one of the network of grasping shonks that constitute the noble pioneers of this new nation - most of them are familiar place names now - but I gather he was the first to go from titan to vanishing fugitive pretty much overnight. His empire had been precarious if not illusory since at least 1809 when he began mortgaging his property to business partner Thomas Jamison but still he was part of the consortium that made the Sydney hospital for rum deal with Macquarie and was issuing currency notes* as late as 1814 while his promissory notes continued to be dishonoured.
Thomas Jamison's son, Sir John, arrived in the colony in 1814 and obviously set about collecting on Blaxcell's debts to his late father. The first and largest plot is the 1125 acre grant now known as the suburb Granville and I lost count of the smaller plots - each between 25 and 60 acres - in Petersham. I'm puzzled by what exactly this document is. There is mention in this agreement of rent of one peppercorn that I don't understand. Was this some scheme to hide rather than lose his assets or, more likely, a way for Jamison to collect his debt without joining the queue? Certainly this agreement pops up again in 1820 in the case of Campbell v. MacArthur and Oxley - crony and estate administrator of Blaxcell respectively - when the double dealing solicitor William Henry Moore boasted that he could "overturn the settlement made between Sir J. Jamison and Mr Blaxcell" (Sydney Gazette 1820). In any case, Blaxcell, aware that the authorities were closing in, snuck out of the colony in April 1817 and quickly drank himself to death in Batavia.
*One of these worthless currency notes sold a couple of years ago for $6700, apparently a decent return for a 200 year wait for payment of ten shillings. Doesn't seem enough to me.


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Edward Stanford. A Map of the Nile, from the equatorial lakes to the Mediterranean ... with the surveys and explorations of Emin, Junker, Stanley, &c. ... 1896. London, Stanford 1896. 68x56cm colour map, dissected and mounted on linen folding into publisher's case with printed label (outer front hinge split but perfectly firm, two owner's inscriptions on the label). Au$75


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Poor room-keepers. Printed letter signed by Henry G. Douglass and E.M. Stephens importuning subscribers to found in Sydney a Poor Room-Keepers Society for the relief of sick and indigent room-keepers. November 12 1861. n.p. [Sydney 1861]. Foolscap broadside on blue paper. Folded. Au$25

While sturdy beggars and victims of vice and drunkenness are well provided for the shy room-keeper down on his luck remains unnoticed.


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SPENCE, Percy Frederick Seaton. Two ink drawings: native police and apparent new chums with a settler. n.p. [c1890?]. Two signed drawings, ink on card, 195x265mm and 240x175mm. Some marks and faint signs of blue pencil. Au$275

The drawing of the troop of Melanesian police is clearly to head a magazine story and the other, which shows what look like two new chums being given the lowdown by a settler on his verandah, is likely also for a magazine story.


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>Ship's newspaper. The Sorata Scorcher Vol. 1 No. 2. October 10(?) 1883. Printed on the ship Sorata, 1883. Six sheets foolscap with ten pages printed by duplication from manuscript, fastened with a split pin. Some separation along the fold and insect nibbling; the first page very faded, others vary from faintish to dark. Au$95

The Sorata plyed the London Sydney route through the seventies and eighties and presuming other passengers were as enthusiastic as this lot there must have been a lot of Sorata newspapers at the time but I can't find any mention of any of them. This was a London to Sydney voyage - arriving on November 4 - and this was issued just before calling at Capetown. It has the expected amount of whimsy and one correspondent has contributed a lost child in the Queensland bush tale. The hero was the black tracker; I wonder if he was rewarded with a flagon of invalid port.


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NICHOLSON, Admiral Sir Douglas Romilly Lothian. ANS to a Mrs Gibbs dated 22nd November 1922 on HMS Courageous notepaper. n.p. 1922. One page. Au$20

A sweet enough note thanking Mrs Gibbs for the photo of Sybil (his wife) which he would like better if he wasn't also in it.


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Rochester University. Grand Exhibition of Rochester University Pet Animals, at Corinthian Hall, Friday Evening, December 4 1868. Paris, Hicockalorum Bros., Printers [presumably Rochester NY, 1868]. Four pages quarto, wood engraved illustrations on all pages. A bit used with old horizontal folds; a pretty good survival. Au$120

A cute student romp which presumably meant a lot if you happened to be there - it may still mean a lot to historians of the university. This is the programme for a circus performance in which parades a series of exotic and musical creatures - the White-Whiskered Execrable Woodchuck (a squeak, pianissimo); the Almighty Conceited Rhi-Nasti-Cuss (an egostical snort) and so on. The Sequel to Serenading Female Seminaries is intriguing; June 13, 1867 is doubtless marked somewhere in the university or police annals. Rochester despite (or because of) being a hotbed of feminism allowed women to attend Saturday lectures only from the late seventies and kept its university staunchly male until 1900. I find no mention of this in any library catalogue I could get at including the Rochester University Library catalogue.


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Aviation Game. Helder's Vlieg-Spel. Zwolle, Helder's Biscuits [1909?]. 44x64cm colour litho game on paper. Folded and a touch rumpled; rather good. With a list of the biscuit range down the right side. Au$475

A splendid race game featuring plenty of bumps, crashes and engine failures and the earliest forms of the monoplane. Did the monoplane in the centre panel exist? 1909 was the big year for air shows and game makers weren't slow so 1909 is a sensible date to put on this. I can find only one record of another copy of this - in the Seville collection - and this, he said humbly, is a much better copy.


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Aviation game. Pilot. n.p. Royco [195-?]. 54x78cm colour printed game on paper. The playing pieces - ready to be cut out - down the right margin. Au$65

A Dutch round the world racing game published by Royco soup company and given for two packets or labels of their Groentesoep - vegetable soup. What I hope was a different company produced Royco aviation lubricants. There are several opportunities in various parts of the world for an encounter with flying saucers.


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Paper Game. Het Vermakelijk Harlekijnspel. Amsterdam, J. Viegler [188-?]. 57x43cm colour litho game on paper. A rather good copy. Au$100


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Tram Game. Tramway Spel. Amsterdam, J. Viegler [c1880]. 435x575mm colour litho game on paper. A rather good copy. Au$200

A Dutch racing game presumably co-produced with the cocoa maker van Houten. Amsterdam's trams began running in 1875 and you can be sure the game makers were at work within minutes. There is a version of this without the advertisements on the trams - which are obvious additions when you compare them - published by Ellerman Harms; doubtless Viegler got the rights and made a deal with van Houten. It wasn't long before writers were complaining about the disfiguring surfeit of advertising on trams all round the world.


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>Monkey Game. Het Apenspel. n.p. [188-?]. 61x46cm colour litho game on paper. Edges a bit ragged and some repaired clean tears. Au$150

A Dutch racing game for devotees of monkeys - and who isn't. It seems counter intuitive these days but the object is to get into the zoo.


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WEAVER, Mrs. Letter from a Mrs Weaver to a Mr Buntin, September 17 1880 n.p. One leaf, octavo by size; annotation in another hand on the back. Au$25

An unsettling, pitiful semi-literate letter from Mrs Weaver who heard that her husband had died out at Botany and, as Mr Buntin had taken him to the infirmary, she asks that he "take care of what good he had untill I can come" and leave them with Mrs Dunk "untill I do come". A Robert Buntin was a butcher at Waterloo and a Mrs Jane Dunk lived at Marrickville according to Sands Directories. I don't know who Mrs Weaver was or where she had to come from to claim her husband's possessions..


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Troublemakers. Huddersfield Declaration. Declaration. We, the undersigned Magistrates and other Inhabitants of the Town and Neighbourhood of Huddersfield, feel ourselves called upon, at this momentous Crisis ... Huddersfield, printed by Brook [1817]. Printed broadside 320x385mm. Folded. A nice copy. Au$175

A rallying call to resist the enemies of the country with their "speculative Systems of Politics ... wild and dangerous Schemes of Universal Suffrage ... tending to produce ... Riot, Anarchy, and Ruin. In their indiscriminate Contempt of all Rank and Authority ... organised System of their Committees ... profligate Character of their Leaders ... Attempts to set the Poor at Variance with their Superiors ... we recognize some of the leading Features of the French Revolution ..." The late diabolical attempt on the life the illustrious Prince mentioned dates this to soon after January 28 1817 when an attempt was made on his life while on his way to open Parliament. Very soon after - there exists another version of the same text in a different setting, headed "Huddersfield Declaration", dated in print January 31 1817 and with a printed list of names. I only know this because I noticed it too late in the same sale that this came from, I find no record of either anywhere else.


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>Samuel Reeves Ltd. London. Ten printed posters for shops, teashops, etc. London, all printed by Samuel Reeves Ltd [190-?]. From about 45cm to 78cm in height. Some small tears, some foxing, all rather good. Au$1,200

Reeves specialised in posters, banners and display cards for the trade and this is a good selection of their work probably from the early 20th century. In recent years replicas of some Reeves' posters were produced by a craft printer using Reeve's wood types; these are original.

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Corn. [CLAYE, Rev William]. A Supplementary Letter to the Right Honorable Lord William Bentinck. Corn Importation, &c. Newark, printed by S. & J. Ridge 1826. Broadside 375x235mm, printed with manuscript notes. Folded with a manuscript docket title on the back: "Mr Claye's Letter to Ld. W. Bentinck - sent to me ^by him Nov 24 1826". The letter is dated in print Nov 4, 1826 from Westhorpe, Notts. Au$90

The Rev William Claye of Westhorpe, Chaplain to the Duke of Grafton, is noted as being an owner of extensive tracts of land in Shilton's 1818 history of the area - which makes somewhat disingenuous his adding the clergy to the "humble classes of life," to whose lives the measure of May 1826 added "Distress and Misery". Unlocated in Copac and OCLC.


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Space, NASA and von Braun. Information kit on the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. Huntsville, Alabama: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1962. Package of information from the Center sent to a Sydney gentleman in February 1962. NASA 1961-62. Covering letter, seven fact sheets and a paper by von Braun being stapled quarto sheets run off from typescript; a pamphlet & photograph: Au$200

1. one page form letter; 2. three pages on the Space Flight Center; 3. 8pp Saturn Project Fact Sheet; 4. 5pp F-1 Engine Fact Sheet; 5. 3pp Atlas-Centaur Fact Sheet; 6. 7pp on the Marshall Space Flight Center Mechoud Operations 7. 4pp Atlas Agena-B Fact Sheet; 8. [2]pp Scout Fact Sheet; 9. 7pp flyer entitled 'Our Future In Space' by Dr Werner von Braun, Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. 10. Quarto photograph with four images of the first Saturn launching on October 27, 1961; 11. Illustrated pamphlet entitled 'Man To The Moon', which details NASA and the Center's plans for the first landing on the moon. The sheets are dated between June 1961 and February 1962.


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Wedding souvenir. Souvenir in Commemoration of the Marriage Between Captain Leonard G. Sewell ... and Miss Elsa Faning at Christ Church, Lancastergate, January 5th 1918. [London, printed by Burges 1918]. Sheet of creped tissue printed in colour 36x34cm. Folded. Au$75

Ugly but impressive - for the printing and its survival. The yellow flowers are presumably wattle. Captain Sewell of the Australian Machine Gun Company - a mining engineer at Mount Morgan before the war - was wounded in France in 1916. His brother died at Gallipoli but Leonard lived on into old age and apparently never returned to Australia.


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Paper Toy. John Sands, Sydney. The Spanish Galleon. Sydney, John Sands [194-?]. Colour printed perforated card sheets in ragged but essentially complete colour printed envelope (27x40cm); with 16pp octavo leaflet including instructions. Au$150

War time production by the look of it. Designed and produced by Sands for lovers of things piratic and pretty complicated - 97 pieces according to the instructions.


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>HINGSTON, John. To the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in Parliament assembled, The humble Petition of the Labouring Poor of Great Britain, sheweth, ... Exeter, printed by Featherstone 1827. Two integral foolscap leaves, 4pp with gap left for an address. Folded and addressed, with post marks, to Viscount Milton with the added notation, "Petition of the Labouring Poor from Exeter". Signed in print, "John Hingston, Exeter, November, 1827." A small hole from opening the wax seal. Au$400

A radical, near utopian, demand for the Labouring Poor to have half what they pay in indirect taxes spent for their benefit. The first radical part is in the method of collecting the money: it is to come from what goes to the army and navy and by whacking taxes on the nobility, gentry and landed proprietors. Then we step up a notch. The ten million pounds raised would be handed over to associations of a thousand persons and eventually lead to universal property ownership, the abolition of Negro Slavery and a "revolution ... such as few ever contemplated ... which elevates the mind above all the previous actions of mankind". We finish with a scarely veiled threat about the madness of opposing the masses - "all power flows from them, they are now confident of that power".
Milton, later Earl Fitzwilliam, was long time MP for Yorkshire having been thrust by his father into Parliament when still underage. By 1827 his reputation of obstinancy and impractibility was well established and he and his family were described by Creevey as "the ugliest and most dismal race I ever beheld". Unlocated in Copac and OCLC.


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>Wine Labels - Sample Book. Myncke Freres, Brussels. The printer's sample album of wine labels printed by Myncke Freres of Brussels. n.p. 1930s. Oblong quarto (230x315mm) flexible linen album with some 220 lithograph labels plus some neck labels and vintage dates (ranging from 1915 to 1937) mounted on both sides of 31 leaves. Nothing removed and all in great shape. Au$750

This is an album to be shown to clients rather than a scrap book. There are numbers of labels for specific wineries and appellations and numbers more that are for generic varieties or, in some case, unlettered altogether. All are signed Litho Myncke or initialled LM or MF.
The Mynckes seem to have made something of a specialty of wine - a rummage round the internet finds a couple of large posters for champagne - and this album shows they had a fairly long reach across western Europe - France, Belgium, into Germany and includes some Port labels in English. The styles also range around, from the classic and restrained (it's hard to beat a modicum of gold on glazed midnight blue) to vibrantly modern to garish kitsch.


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Prospectus of a Weekly Paper, to be Entitled "The Colonist". Sydney, 12 Feb 1863, printed by F.Mason. Quarto broadside on blue paper. Au$50

The Colonist was to be edited by George Dunmore Lang and largely intended for the Presbyterians of New South Wales who do not seem to have responded to the appeal to their "pristine vigour". The prospectus is as far as it got. Ferguson did not miss it (1446 — ML copy).


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Printing - packaging. Ennever & Appleton. A gathering of printed labels and wrappers for Ennever & Appleton, Confectioners of Sydney. Sydney n.p. A dozen different labels and wrappers in various sizes, some in multiple copies, a few chipped or ragged. There are hundreds of copies of the glazed Rasberry Cream wrappers in eight different colours. Au$175

Earlyish 20th century? Ennever & Appleton were at Bay Street, on the corner of Broadway, from about 1886 to 1966 so this address on these labels doesn't help much with being more precise. A colourful later looking piece refers to the Pure Food Act of 1908 and a woodcut vignette of their premises on one label is populated with late 19th century women but that could have remained unchanged for decades.


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Photograph - Hunting party. A photograph of a group of colonial hunters. n.p. n.d [c1880?]. Albumen print 130x200mm on an old card mount that is quite chipped around the edges, now in a modern mount and fake period frame that can be kept or discarded as desired. Au$475

An arresting, terrifying image that in bleaker moods represents too well some flipside Australian spirit of achievement: in an near desolated landscape every male who can sit on a horse and hold a gun is about to set out and slaughter whatever is left. The presence of at least three children indicates they aren't out for Aborigines or bushrangers but I wouldn't want to be a creature of any species in that neighbourhood. I count 35 hunters so this isn't some spur of the moment after lunch jaunt and there are a couple of distinguished looking members - but this clearly isn't the kind of mock fox hunt that Trollope describes in his account of Australia, the bandolier draped round one hunter makes that clear.
I can't see anything in the costumes or guns that couldn't date from the 1860's but outback Australia isn't known for avant-garde fashion and an expert may prove me wrong; so I've opted for a later approximate date.


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Hawaii - missionaries. [William Tappan]. Wake Isles of the South. n.p. n.d. [c1822-33?]. Nineteenth century manuscript of the music and lyrics on two conjugate leaves, 102x190mm. Au$150

Tappan wrote the lyrics to be sung at the departure of the missionaries - the Stewarts and Betsey Stockton - to Hawaii in 1822 and William Hauser wrote the music that is printed in the 'Southern Harmony' (1835) and associated with the song now. But the music here is close but not quite identical to that which appeared, unattributed, in 'Spiritual Songs for Social Worship' (1833). Which is also the only printed hymnal I found that includes the last verse in this manuscript, "And thou Obookiah, now sainted above" - referring to Henry Obookiah or Opukahaia, the pioneering Hawaiian convert. Before we label this as a copy direct from the book I should point out that, apart from small differences in notation, the time signature is different and the verses seem to be arranged differently. This appears to the tenor or treble part written out specifically for performance on some occasion.


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Advertising. Hudson's Household Removals. Hudson's Household Removals. Fire Proof Depositories. London, the company [1904]. Quarto publisher's colour illustrated boards; 16 leaves of blotting paper with Hudson's heading etc printed on both sides. The text inside the covers and on the blotter pages is in French. Calendar for 1905 inside the back cover. Au$100

A splendid bit of futuristic international marketing with a view of one of their coming airships wafting a van over the London skyline; 1904 was a good time for powered airships. It's a quibble that the motor, indeed a pilot, for Hudson's airship is invisible but what is odd is that the Hudson van, identical to the vans on the back cover, is still horse powered. Included inside the back cover are letters of approbation from royal and aristocratic clients, from the Empress Eugenie in 1894 to Baron von Stael in 1903.


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James Catnach. Life in London: or, The Sprees of Tom and Jerry; attempted in Cuts and Verse. Eighteenth edition. London, Jas Catnach 1822. Broadside 51x39cm; with two large and 10 smaller woodcuts with accompanying verse. Horizontal fold, a few spots and signs of use, a rather good copy. Au$475

Pierce Egan "pirated, copied, traduced; but unfortunately not enriched" (his own words) in this rough approximation of his words and Cruikshank's illustrations of his best seller. Hindley, in his History of the Catnach Press, worked from what he thought might have been a unique copy loaned by Mr Pocock, there being no copy in the British Museum. They have since made good this gap but apparently no other libraries have.


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Andrew Mather & Co., Hobart. Lithograph Poster: Established 1849 A. Mather & Co. Importers and Family Drapers - 95 Liverpool St., Hobart. n.p. [Hobart, before 1908; before 1896?]. 765x1020mm, printed in blue. A couple of tears without loss, in all bright and crisp. Au$475

Not so dramatic maybe but big and handsome enough and a pretty good survival for something without thrills or girls to grab attention. The Mathers were mainstays of Hobart society pretty much from the beginning. Robert Mather arrived in Hobart in 1822 and set up business on the corner of Liverpool and Elizabeth Streets in 1823. 95 Liverpool Street now is on that corner but the numbers have moved up and down the street a bit. Mather's address was 95 in directories up until the 1895-6 directory when it became 93 & 95 and in the 1909 directory is 111& 113 Liverpool Street.


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>NETTLETON, Charles. Views of Melbourne [binding title of an album of photographs]. Melbourne, Nettleton [1870's]. Oblong folio (25x33cm) half red gilt morocco by Pownceby; 58 albumen prints on printed card mounts. Occasional spots or smudges on the mounts; the prints have some of the usual Nettleton speckling but are brighter and clearer than most I've seen. In all a fairly splendid copy. Au$2000

This may have been a stock album for the carriage trade; I have seen another in this handsome binding by John Pownceby and 58 prints seems to be about the average number.


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Tasmania. Stereoscope card: Elizabeth Street and the Union Bank of Australia. Hobart, Tasmania. Keystone [190-?]. Stereo images on printed card (89x178mm); printed description on the back. In fine condition. Au$30


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Advertising - Feet. M. Joel & M. Kock, (from Paris) Corn Operators, by Special Appointment to the Duke de Orleans and Princess Adelaide, Prince Nassau ... most respectfully informs the Nobility, Gentry and Public in general, that they eradicate Bunions and Soft Corns from their very roots; ... n.p. [c1830?]. Single sheet (220x140mm); text printed in a decorative border with a cut of a corn operator at work at the top and a bare foot at the bottom. A couple of spots but pretty good. Au$125

Messieurs Joel and Kock normally spent their winters in Paris and summers in London but here their residence has been filled in by hand as 3 George Place, Plymouth, opposite the Royal Hotel.


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[Photographs - Sydney]. Tuttle & Co. Views of New South Wales. [Sydney 188-?]. Large octavo by size, cloth portfolio decorated in gilt and black (worn); 25 captioned photographic plates (photo-engraved?) loose as issued. Some later historical notes on the backs and a 1959 note from Oswald Ziegler to Jack Renshaw, then NSW Minister for Lands, regarding the dating of this portfolio, Au$100

Mostly views of Sydney and near surrounds dating from the early 1880's.


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