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BENJAFIELD, Harry. A collection of lectures with the cover title: Lectures on Human Physiology. 1. Structure of the Human Body. 2. The Blood. 3. The Nervous System. 4. Food and its Forces. 5. The Eye. 6. How and Why Do I Breathe. 7. Public Health. 8. A Lecture on the Mind. Hobart, printed by Henn & Co; & Mercury Steam Press Office 1874. Eight titles together in contemporary cloth with leather title label on the front. Each 16pp. All but the last title were printed by Henn & Co. Defaced but legible binder's ticket of Henn & Co. inside the front board. A nice copy. Au$750

Bound as issued: the State Library of Tasmania catalogues the same title with, they say, 16 lectures. This is a clerical error - their copy is identical to this inside and out. In the Crowther collection they have nine separate lectures. The Mitchell library has eight lectures catalogued separately - they have one on the voice but not on the mind. This last was delivered to the Young Men's Christian and Literary Association whereas six of the others were for the benefit of the Mercantile Assistants Association - apparently the complete series - and one for the Mercantile Assocation. I wonder why the voice wasn't included in this collected issue. I can't find copies anywhere else. Benjafield was unknown to Ferguson. Ford lists nine lectures - those in the Mitchell and in the Crowther collections.
Benjafield - homoeopath and real doctor in the days when the daring could be both - was newly arrived in Tasmania when he delivered his lectures. He did pretty well and died - in 1917 - a wealthy land owner with handsome obituaries. I haven't been able to reconcile how he arrived in the colony with twenty pounds - his own claim - and immediately purchased the practice of pioneer homoeopath Ebenezer Atherton but there's probably a simple explanation somewhere. Nor why homoeopathy failed to cure his forty year case of gout.
In his lecture on public health Benjafield makes some alarming and scathing judgments on Tasmanian health and Hobart cleanliness but he wisely begins by telling his audience that Melbourne is worse.


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PLEASONTON, Gen. A.J. The Influence of the Blue Ray of the Sunlight and of the Blue Color of the Sky, in developing animal and vegetable life, in arresting disease, and in restoring health ... Philadelphia, Claxton, Remsen &c 1876. Octavo publisher's blue cloth blocked in gilt and blind; iv,38,185pp, frontispiece printed in blue and black and a couple of illustrations through the text, which is blue. An outstanding copy. Au$350

Pleasonton won his way from Captain to Brigadier-General during the Civil War but I gather from his multitude of unadmirers it was not due to heroism or competency in the field. Still he was not satisfied and resigned from the army in a huff. In the meantime he had decided to apply his scientific bent to agriculture and built a glass-house paned with blue glass panels to "test the chemical power of the solar ray" with wondrous results. He extended his experiments to husbandry and before long blue light was curing ailments and saving the lives of both animals and humans. The craze made it into song in 1877 with The Blue Glass Galop, The Blue Glass Scottische and maybe others.
He published his first lecture in 1871 and this 1876 book seems to be the definitive collection of lectures, letters and writings. His experiments are now not so easy to read - to alleviate the glare caused by black print on white paper under gaslight this is printed in blue on tinted paper. I have seen a couple of American books of the period printed in a similar manner and had presumed that it was just an unfortunate aesthetic choice - now I know it was progress at work.


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BELL, Ernest A. et al. Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls or War on the White Slave Trade. [cover title: White Slavery Horrors of the Traffic ...]. n.p. n.d. [Chicago, L.H. Walter 1911?]. Octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 98pp and 32 plates - photos and renderings. A used but decent enough copy. Au$75

The ideal version of this well known book - less words and all the pictures - published as a 480 page cloth bound book in 1910 and here condensed down to 97 pages of salacious and vicarious misery in large print for sale on newstands and suchlike. Apparently there were four issues or editions of this between 1911 and 1917 and later versions either carry advertisements for a book on the Titanic or have fewer illustrations.
Young women of many cities were prey to white slavers but Chicago girls must have been extra attractive or extra gullible. I gather from this that Chicago had been harvested of all women between puberty and thirty and most were lured into evil in ice cream parlours run by foreigners.


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LAWSON, Captain J.A. Wanderings in New Guinea. London, Chapman & Hall 1875. Octavo very good in a commercial red cloth prize binding decorated in gilt and black; tinted litho frontispiece and a folding map. A bright copy, interesting as an example of the school prize industry. This has a large colourful prize plate - dated 1883 - inside the front cover printed by the London Scholastic Co. who may well have been one of the companies that made their business buying up unsold sheets of books and preparing them for prizes. In this case the binding is attractive enough, if anodyne, and the edges, untrimmed when originally issued by the publishers, have been trimmed and gilded all round. Au$300

Only edition. Like many of the best travel books, completely - from this distance ridiculously - imaginary, it sparked a fair few tight-lipped letters to the editor from both sides of the fact-fiction divide. Even Moresby, in the appendix to his book, printed a long and detailed letter to the Athenaeum refuting many claims made by Lawson. Given the furor it is surprising that not only did the book never reach a second edition but sheets were sold off as remainders. This may say something about embarrassment at Chapman and Hall.
The authorship of this has occupied generations of bibliographers. It has been ascribed to Lieut. Robert Henry Armit - plausible until we consider the other books associated with Lawson - and Ingleton advanced the cause of Lieut. Dawson who accompanied Moresby to New Guinea and wrote this as an act of revenge, though how it's vengeful is not clear.
Captain Lawson was the author of at least one more book - The Wandering Naturalists (1880) - where he also claimed authorship of Travel and Sport in Burmah which seems to be the book that appeared as written by John Bradley in 1876. The Library of Congress links the two authors, confidently gives Lawson the christian name John and suggests that Bradley is the pseudonym. Carrying on we find that Travel and Sport in Burmah has been attributed to James Anthony Lawson by Cushing and to Captain John A. Lawson by Kirk. Here is where I'm ready to give up.


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LAURENCE, Z. Perspective Simplified; second edition, containing a new "preliminary chapter," ... with an additional plate. London, Weale 1839. Octavo publisher's cloth (faded and splodged with some wear to the very tips but firm); xx,47pp, folding frontispiece and nine plates. Seven are folding and two are moveable models that can be popped up and include thread and even a transparent panel of gauze. A bit of browning but a rather good copy of a book fated to be wrecked by enthusiastic handling. Au$325

The Spectator review for the first edition - 1838 - starts as an accolade but, being The Spectator, by the end you wonder why Laurence and the publisher wasted their efforts and paper. Worldcat and Copac find three or four copies of the 1838 first edition and one copy of this.


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Hikifuda of a ship against the rising sun. n.p. [c1900?]. Colour wood engraving? 26x36cm. Minor signs of use, quite good. Au$200

This handsome ship hikifuda - small poster or handbill - advertises something I can't read. It uses the western technique of wood engraving, a technique that had a brief run in commercial printing between traditional woodcuts and lithography.


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Hikifuda of a boy sailor winning a horserace with a crown princess like mother and two other military children cheering. n.p. [190-?]. Colour lithograph 26x37cm. Minor signs of use, quite a good copy. Au$150

An exhilarating conjunction of sport, patriotism and those repulsive chubby infants so popular in the late Meiji period. I don't know what this hikifuda - a small poster or handbill - advertises but it is winning.


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Hikifuda. Hikifuda of a ship bedecked with flags with fireworks overhead Colour woodcut 37x26cm. A small blotch in the upper right side, a nice copy. Au$185

An undeciphered by me hikifuda - large handbill or small poster - featuring some nautical celebration.


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Art Training Institute Pty Ltd. The New Era in Commercial Art. Melbourne, the company [193-?]. Folio (35x25cm) publisher's string tied printed wrapper; 52pp illustrated throughout, much in colour, and 13 translucent leaves, several printed. A rather good copy. Au$185

The fairly deluxe prospectus for the commercial art school. Throughout are examples of the work - posters, advertisements etc - of successful students, the staff, and distinguished contributors, including James Northfield, Ted Scoresby and Ida Outhwaite.
There are a few versions of this book with slightly different titles and contents. This one does not match any of the three noted by Trove. Neither does it quite match a copy that came through here a few years ago with some correspondence dated 1937.


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Hamada Masuji and others. 現代商業美術全集 [Gendai Shogyo Bijutsu Zenshu - The Complete Commercial Artist]. Tokyo, Ars 1928-30 (Showa 3 - 5). 24 volumes quarto, publisher's wrappers & printed card slipcases. Thousands of illustrations, most colour. Minor flaws and signs of use - a few small chips from spines; wear of the card boxes; a couple of leaves mistrimmed during binding causing a clean tear in one text leaf; a rather good set. Au$3500

A complete set of the Shogyo Bijutsu, one of the great monuments of Japanese modernism. Largely the work of Masuji Hamada - credited with the invention of design as a profession in Japan - it is an encyclopaedic gathering of all that is new and exciting in Russia, Europe, Britain and America from art nouveau to bauhaus and constructivism, with futurism, expressionism, dada and everything else along the way lavishly mixed with Japanese responses to, and digestion of, these western ideas. Any number of exciting artists and designers contributed.
Each volume is devoted to a topic or related topics and commercial design here means more than it does to us. So as well as volumes on posters, advertisements, billboards, typography, and similar graphic arts - like bookbindings, magazine, brochure and catalogue covers, packaging, labels, trademarks and placards - there are volumes devoted to the architecture of the shop from the mightiest department store to the most chic Parisian shop window and the display within. Exterior and interior design, showcases and fittings - shops, restaurants, cinemas, even a barber shop or beauty parlour is laid out.
One volume is devoted to lighting: neon lights, the lighting of commercial spaces and illuminated signs. Another volume is devoted to kiosks, pavilions and floats, festive decoration, facades, gateways and entrances, while the following volume continues into international exhibitions. Volume 22 is devoted to traditional Japanese shop signs and banners, a treat in itself, while volume 14 explores photography and humour in graphic art - so German photo-montage and French caricature share a volume.
Odd volumes of this are easy to find but try finding a complete set. I suspect that most customers bought only volumes of interest to them and others sat until they met a sad end. A pilgrimage through the bookshops of Japan would likely net a boxful of volume 10 - no bad thing, it's my favourite - but some volumes will elude you altogether.


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Catalogue - chocolates. Chocolat Weiss, St. Etienne. Chocolats Weiss. St. Etienne [c1930?]. Octavo publisher's colour illustrated wrapper, string tied; 24pp, double page colour centrefold, numerous b/w ills. Frontispiece, preface and small illustrations by Sem. A nice copy. Au$185

Weiss still produce and sell chocolate in St Etienne and they look pretty smart but nowhere near as chic as what is offered in this catalogue.


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BADHAM, C. David. Prose Halieutics or Ancient and Modern Fish Tattle. London, Parker 1854. Octavo blindstamped straight grained green/blue cloth; xii,552pp. An excellent, fresh and bright copy. Au$200

An enthusiastic delver's book of the best type. Badham has scratched together (much from classical writers) a wealth of recondite facts and fancies about fish - from the water to the table. He begins with ancient and modern fishing and ends with chapters on opsophagy (the eating of delicacies), covering ancient fish-dealers and their tricks, Greek cooks and gluttony. Other chapters wind through such things as fish in medicine, subterranean fish, the Naples fish-market, the etymology of Cod, spurious fish sauces, ancient fishing tackle, the uses of stingray hide, and Pliny's mistakes about Lampreys. While there is enough here to satisfy any student of any aspect of fish (or classics) its greatest value now may well be to those interested in cookery, food and their history.


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DAVIS, Helen. "For So Little" The story of a crime. London, Swan Sonnenschein 1890. Octavo publisher's illustrated boards. Outwardly battered and worn, inside pretty good, balancing out to a decent copy. sold

First edition, first printing, later issue? or second printing? - with a leaf of press opinions inserted - of this rare trans-Tasman thriller. We all thought there could only be one printing of this book but Rowan Gibbs has identified three distinct issues and two printings from the same stereotype plates. Copies exist in reasonably handsome cloth, plainer cloth and in yellowback. And with two colophons: Butler & Tanner of London or Aberdeen University Press. Easy, you might say. First printing in handsome cloth, later printing in plainer cloth and yellow back. But. From the few copies seen, plainer cloth was printed by Butler & Tanner and the handsome cloth and the yellowback by Aberdeen U. Add to this one small change in the text between the two printings, then read Sonnenschein's letters to Helen Davis, and it's time for all but the most dogged bibliographer to curse all publishers and authors and go back to bed.
The leaf of press opinions was added to 1000 copies of the "2/- edn in picture boards" sold to Petherick in August 1890 - sent to Australia in November - and to the local two shilling edition held over until May 1891. If there is any difference between the English and the Australian versions no-one has seen it yet. Correspondence about remainders and a mysterious 2/6 edition apparently held by Davis straggle through the rest of the century. Time yet to go back to bed?
Set in the fictional Victorian town of Dentbeigh and, Rowan tells me, based closely on the recent sensational Thomas Hall case in Timaru, this is the Tasmanian born writer's first book. The Typo, a Wellington monthly, found it reprehensible: "The work is a morbid and unnatural study of crime and weakness. It is chiefly objectionable, however, in as much as it is based on a very recent criminal trial, great liberties being taken with the facts. The attraction of the work will be that all the leading characters represent living persons, who can be readily identified. Bad taste is a mild term to apply to a fiction written on lines like these. The writer betrays more than the ordinary feminine ignorance of judicial procedure, and the murder-trial scene is suggestive of an operatic burlesque." The Manchester Guardian thought it "many degrees above 'The Mystery of a Hansom Cab'" but The Spectator wasn't impressed. Describing the villain the reviewer said, "He is simply an ordinary vulgar criminal, and the record of his criminalities is as dull as it is disagreeable."


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DAVIS, Helen. "For So Little" The story of a crime. London, Swan Sonnenschein 1890. Octavo publisher's brown cloth blocked in gilt and black. Two short tears at the top of the spine, stitching quite loose; a decent copy. sold

First edition, first printing, later issue? or second printing? of this rare trans-Tasman thriller. This copy, according to Rowan Gibbs, is in the remainder binding of sheets bought by Davis. It does not have the leaf of opinions inserted in the yellowback issue.


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DAVIS, Helen. Angus Murray. London, Swan Sonnenschein 1897. Octavo publisher's dark red cloth. Spine darkened with a split down the centre of the cloth repaired, all else quite good. At the beginning are three pages of opinions of Davis' first novel, "For So Little," and her near still born play, A Life Policy, based on the novel. sold

Only edition of her second novel. Another thriller - or gruelling melodrama - set in a fictional Victorian town. I suspect that Davis and her publisher's would have a hard time getting together a page or two of favourable notices of Angus Murray. I found three, none glowing. The reliable Spectator was derisory: "The life to which Miss Davis holds up a mirror is life in Australia. The reflection is not attractive and we can only hope that the mirror distorts. Surely the scene in which Lynne Sarsfield, the heroine, masquerades as Madame L'Estrange is impossible. ... Miss David might chasten her style with advantage ...". The Saturday review perfunctory: "A book that few will read to the bitter end." The Bookman placed it above average for a novel from Australia but that was as kind as they could be. The Otago Witness told us in 1897 that the book was getting good reviews in England and Scotland but this same paper had told us two years earlier that Helen Davis and Mary C. Rowsell were the same person. Then, 'Angus Murray' was ready to go to press and 'A Friend of the People' - a novel by Rowsell, not Davis - was doing well.
Tasmanian born and New Zealand trained as a journalist, Davis published three novels that received diminishing notice. A much repeated death notice that possibly first appeared in Melbourne Punch, 1910, says that her play, A Life Policy, was so successful it ran for 12 months. Either a generosity of spirit at work or not a lot of fact checking went on at the Punch. Her play had one or two matinee performances, paid for, I'm told by Rowan Gibbs, by her husband.
Trove finds two copies and worldcat adds the four deposit libraries of Britain.


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HIGGINSON, S.J. [Sarah Jane Hatfield Higginson]. A Princess of Java. A tale of the far east. Boston, Houghton Mifflin 1887. Octavo publisher's printed pattern cloth with paper labels (spine tips a bit chipped). Au$175

First edition of this sometimes thrilling romance, or sometimes romantic thriller. I can't decide whether Mrs Higginson ever visited Java. This begins more like a travelogue - and she wrote a travel book for children about Java a few years later - than a novel and it's the surfeit of local colour and language that makes me wonder whether it all comes out of Raffles.
There is a strong streak of feminism - our heroine princess, infected by association with western women, rejects docile subjection to her arranged marriage and other distasteful traditions - but the extraordinary culmination of this book is the celebration of not one but two interracial marriages. Admittedly the duskier half of each couple is the princess and a handsome young prince and the unions eventuate with some fairy tale inevitability. But the ordeals and dangers, the adventures of the heroines (there are three) are directed by their conflict with the cultural and racist demands of their parents.
In the end it's Mrs Higginson's brave appreciation of and close attention to the beauty of the Javanese that lends me to believe she spent time there; more than her cavalcade of murderous amok, Guwa Upas - Valley of Poison - and ular lanang, a king cobra that blows gusts of poison.


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DAGLESS, Thomas. The Light in Dends Wood and Other Stories. London, Greening & Co 1903. Octavo publisher's illustrated cloth blocked in black and white. Marks and splodges, a well read but decent copy. Au$485

Only edition. This would be a long forgotten book but for trumping Amanda M'Kittrick Ros, beating her Irene Iddesleigh for first place in the prestigious 'Fifty Worst Books' gathered by Harry Graham for a select circle that consisted of himself, E.V. Lucas, Anthony Hope, Barry Pain, Edmund Gosse, Belloc and Frank Richardson. Graham had copies of maybe the first five titles specially bound. I still don't what volumes three and four are.
It's taken me fifteen or so years to find a copy of this and learn whether it deserves to be volume one - ahead of Irene Iddesleigh as volume two. No. It doesn't. The title story has a decent premise - half caste Anglo-Zulu youth in England unknowingly falls in love with the woman that spurned his father and drove him off to Africa. Then it gets complicated and Dagless seems unable to remember, paragraph to paragraph, whether he's writing a horror story or a crime mystery and who his main characters are. It's near senseless but it's no Amanda Ros. All four stories are consistent in that you finish them wondering what the hell happened. The other three have plenty of inter-racial lust, murder and maniacs. Don't forget the voluptuous mummy and the vampire apes.


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小学科学絵本 . 金 . 鉄鋼 . 飛行機 . 汽車 . 汽船 . 衣服 . 食物 . 家 . 石炭 . 石油 . 米 . 砂糖 [Shogaku Kagaku Ehon. Kin. Tekko. Hikoki. Kisha. Kisen. Ifuku. Shokumotsu. Ie. Sekitan. Sekiyu. Kome. Sato. Tokyo, Mitsukoshi 1937 (Showa 12). 12 volumes square octavo, publisher's boards with mounted illustration, dustwrappers (these browned with some chips and short tears); each 32pp with colour and duo-tone illustrations throughout. Signs of use, some browning and occasional splodges, still a rather good set. Au$1250

A complete set of the series Shogaku Kagaku Ehon - elementary school science picture books - remarkable as such and even more so in dustwrappers.
Hidden under these inexplicably dreary dustwrappers is a set of quite exciting and vivid books illustrated by artists including Murayama Tomoyoshi, Kimura Toshinori, Yamashita Ken'ichi, Mitsukuri Shinroku and Yanase Masamu (under the name Natsukawa Hachiro).
The subjects are gold; iron and steel; airplanes; trains; ships; clothes; food; houses; coal; oil; rice; sugar.


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Ned Nimble Amongst the Bushrangers of Australia. London, Edwin J. Brett [188-?]. Two volumes large octavo, bound together in a modern wrapper with a copy of a cover mounted; original illustrated wrappers bound in. 276pp, 23 full page illustrations. Some repairs and splodges to the wrappers; natural browning of the paper in the first volume; still, rather good. Au$1250

Ned Nimble's Australian romp appeared in the 'Boys of England' in 1882 and in parts and collected editions in two versions. This is the first, coming out of the Boys of England offices. The other comes out of Harkaway House, a name change made in the early nineties. The second version came in, I think, 17 weekly parts adding up to 264 pages.
The wrappers are sensibly recycled with part numbers and price at the top (parts 28 and 30, price 4d) and volume numbers and new price stamped at the bottom (Nimble Series Vol 9 and 10; price one shilling). And the volumes are recycled from unsold parts with the original stab marks visible. I don't get how they could have spun this out to 30 parts, there are clearly 23.
Trove finds two copies of the second version and one of this. But the covers of that one have different Nimble series volume numbers. Confused? Bored?


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Children's ABC. All Aboard ABC. London, Dean & Son [c1905]. Folio (37x26cm), covers and ten colour pages by Frank M. Barton mounted on card and bound as a concertina. Someone has taken Dean's declaration "untearable" as a challenge and managed to put a two inch tear into the top of one card, without loss; in all rather good. Au$300

A delightfully large celebration of transport and movement with a bas relief front cover. Only a couple of letters display some clutching at straws - Q is for quickness and Z is for zebra cart. No book is ever debased by the presence of zebras.


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Kawabata Ryushi. 家庭教育雙六 [Katei Kyoiku Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1915 (Taisho 4). Colour printed broadside 53x77cm. A bit of browning and a few small holes in folds. Au$350

The New Year gift from the magazine Fujin Sekai - Women's World. The modern Japanese girl will treasure tradition; she is conscientious, industrious, gentle, kind, neat, cultured, respectful, obedient, and if she follows her path she will be rewarded with high level shopping.
Kawabata's career took a curious turn during a 1913 stay in America to study western painting. Apparently he was so impressed with the Japanese art he saw in Boston he switched to being a Nihonga painter. Still, he remained being an illustrator for magazines for quite some time. As did most of the early to mid 20th century artists now revered.


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Hirafuku Hyakusui. 婦人身の上双六 [Fujin Minoue Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Jogaku Sekai 1913 (Taisho 2). Colour printed broadside 54x79cm. A bit used with some small holes in folds and a couple of short marginal tears; pretty good. Au$300

The new year gift from the magazine Jogaku Sekai, a magazine aimed at the generation of girls and young women going onto higher education. Still the message is much the same, embrace tradition and the reward is wealth in the shape of an oligarch husband.
Hirafuku, like so many celebrated painters and printmakers supported himself illustrating newspapers and magazines.


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Akashi Seiichi. 子だから双六 [Kodakara Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Fujin Sekai 1919 (Taisho 8). Colour printed broadsheet 54x79cm. A bit used, some browning and a couple of small holes in folds; pretty good. Au$300

The new year gift from the magazine Fujin Sekai - Woman's World - is a colourful hymn to the joys of having children.


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Sugoroku. 子供乗物双六 [Kodomo Norimono Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Seugaku Ninensei 1930 (Showa 5). Colour lithograph broadside, 54x78cm. A rather good copy. Au$500

An exciting and vivid jaunt around the world and all forms of transport is the theme here. This was the New Year treat that came with the magazine Seugaku Sophomore (for the second year of primary school).
I don't know who those two kids are but they never aged and, with updates in fashion and style, seem to have been on a ceaseless whirl of travel and adventure ever after. For decades new but the same sugorokus appeared. The zeppelin vanished of course, square automobiles became sleek cars, trains went diesel and electric, aeroplanes became jets, and on they went. Perhaps they learnt early what many idle wealthy globe trotters know: that a diet of fine demi-sec and pure cocaine keeps you young forever.


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Shibuya Shigeo & Suzuki Omizu. ツエッペリン世界一周双六 [Tsuepperin Sekai Isshu Sugoroku]. Tokyo, Nihon Shonen 1930 (Showa 5). Colour broadsheet 54x79cm. Minor signs of use, a little rumpled; a rather good copy with playing pieces - propellors - in the bottom margin. On the back is a duller game about athletics in red, white and blue. Au$400

The new year gift from the boys' magazine Nihon Shonen, this is an heroic, an epic, zeppelin journey around a world that existed in the minds of writers and illustrators for boys. Every step, every part of nature, every being, is a peril, a hazard to be fought and beaten. Girls win by accepting, boys win by taken a cudgel, or even better a machine gun, to everything in their path.


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SATTERLEE, Marion P. A Detailed Account of the Massacre by the Dakota Indians of Minnesota in 1862. Minneapolis, Satterlee [1923]. Octavo publisher's printed wrapper; [4],128pp. Contemporary inscription on the wrapper in Swedish from Axel Lindegard - doubtless the Swedish settler in Hallock Minnesota; an excellent copy. Au$150

First edition and scarce.


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Catalogue - farm machinery. The Farmers Friend Mfg Co, Dayton Ohio. Grain Drills. The company [c1890?]. Square octavo publisher's illustrated wrapper; 8pp including wrapper, illustrated. A nice copy. Au$40

With the Hobart agent's name, A.G. Webster & Son, printed on the front. Webster & Son - now Webster Ltd - went big in the 1880s publishing their own Tasmanian Agriculturist and Machinery Gazette and importing just about everything farm that there was.


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Catalogue - Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. No.14. 1914. Section XI. Agricultural Machinery. Holdsworth MacPherson & Co. Sydney. Sydney, the company 1914. Largish oblong octavo publisher's printed wrapper; 32pp, illustrated throughout. Four page price list inserted and an extra 1913 price list of pumps. Au$150

A now extinct behemoth of Sydney retailing. Agricultural machinery here extends beyond ploughs, pumps and separators to lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and a few mangles.


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Sugar. Manufacture of Beet Root Sugar. Copy of two despatches from the Agent-General ... with estimates of sugar-houses, plans, drawings of machinery, etc. Melbourne, Govt Printer 1871. Foolscap, disbound in a modern plain wrapper; 15pp and eight litho plates (three folding). Au$200

The foundation of a sugar industry in Victoria, an attempt to match the rapidly burgeoning cane sugar industry of NSW and Queensland, was no great success. The Victorian Beetroot Sugar Company was registered in November, crops were planted near Geelong, a mill built nearby and plants built in Melbourne. By 1874 the mill was closed. The fault lay with the quantity and quality of crop and seems to have remained so in later attempts to create a southern sugar industry.
This report contains information gathered for the Warnambool Beet-root Sugar Manufactory giving plans and estimates of plants for works of two capacities. Pretty appealing and useful for the student of industrial architecture, manufactures and machinery. And sugar.


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PRIP-MOLLER, J. Chinese Buddhist Monasteries. Their plan and its function as a setting for Buddhist monastic life. [with] Kina For Og Nu. Copenhagen, Gads 1937 & 1945. Folio publisher's half gilt vellum; numerous photo ills, plans & measured drawings (a couple folding, four folding plans in the pocket at end). The blue paper on the front faded as happens if the book sees daylight for more than a few minutes. [and] Octavo publisher's cloth backed boards; colour extra title, 183pp, photo illustrations, plans. Au$1800

Original and best edition by miles. One of the great scholarly studies in architecture in which Prip-Moller's modesty of style and scrupulous research, devoted to setting exact measurement of the material with historical documentation and spiritual purpose, is set in a scrupulous and stylish design, producing a large and solid book outwardly very elegant and inwardly complex, almost the embodiment of its subject. 'A monumental work which, in its own sphere, has no rival at the present time, and is hardly likely to encounter one in the future.' (Gosta Montell in 'Geografisk Tidsskrift', b.42; 1939).
Prip-Moller preached this intensity of purpose, function and meaning in his architectural polemic and practised it in his own buildings, the best known now is probably the Christian church he designed for Reichelt in Hong Kong in 1930, and his direct influence doesn't pass unnoticed in buildings like Utzon's Bagsvaerd Church.
The second book here is a companion produced to match, on a smaller scale, and not published in English as far as I know. This is his personal account of travels in China gathering materials for his monster book.


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Kon Wajiro & Yoshida Kenkichi. 考現学採集 (モデルノロヂオ). [Kogengaku Saishu (Moderunorojio)]. Tokyo, Shun'yudo 1931 (Showa 6). Quarto publisher's cloth blocked in red and white, rather browned but solid illustrated slipcase; [2],323pp, photo illustrations, hundreds of line drawings and diagrams (one with colours added), endpaper map. Au$750

First edition of the companion to the 'Modernologio' of the previous year - the gospel of Modernology. Kon and Yoshida here collect the data to extend their extraordinary encyclopaedia of the people of modern Tokyo. Their thesis was that those who do the planning, designing and building know nothing of what people actually do, what they own and how they use those things - how they live and who they are. I can't imagine anything you might ever think about and a lot you would never think about that isn't collected here. How you walk, where you walk, what you carry, how you carry it, where you dance, how you dance, how you sit, what is on your shelves, in your cupboards ...


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GROPIUS, Walter. The New Architecture and the Bauhaus. London, Faber 1935. Octavo very good in publisher's cloth and somewhat used but decent dustwrapper with a largish chip from the top of the spine; 112pp, 16 photo plates. Au$250

First edition and hard to find with dustwrapper. Does this Moholy-Nagy wrapper design strike anyone else as grim, if not threatening? Something like a weapon caught in a police spotlight. Or is it just me?


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WHEELER, Gerald Camden. Mono-Alu Folklore (Bougainville Strait, Western Solomon Islands). London, Routledge 1926. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth. Anthropologist Harold Scheffler's copy. Au$100


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J.G. Goodenough. MARKHAM, Clements R. Commodore J.G. Goodenough. A Brief Memoir. Portsmouth, J. Griffin [1876]. Octavo publisher's cloth blocked in gilt and black; [4],64pp and publisher's list, frontispiece portrait. Some marks and smudges, pretty good. With the bookplate of H.J.C. Christchurch - Henry John Chitty Harper, the Bishop of Christchurch and primate of New Zealand and the later - 1897 - confident signature of one James Barton on the half title. Au$150

Goodenough, Commodore of the Australian Station, died a proper hero's death, poisoned by arrows in the Santa Cruz Islands, in 1875. Indeed he became the subject of an edifying pamphlet called The Christian Hero of Santa Cruz.


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HOAR, Allen. The Submarine Torpedo Boat. Its characteristics and development. NY, van Nostrand; London, Crosby Lockwood 1916. Octavo, very good in publisher's cloth; xvi,211pp, three folding plans and profiles, 80 photo illustrations, plans and diagrams through the text. Au$175


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Sydney Harbour Bridge. A Symphony in Steel - 100 Photographs of the Sydney Harbour Bridge ... Arranged as a Flickascope. Flick the pages from back to front SEE IT GROW. Sydney, C. Grahame 1932. 8x11cm publisher's illustrated wrapper; 12pp of text, folding elevation and 100 photo plates printed on rectos. A rather good copy. Au$950

A fabulous little thing. The photographs are by the Desmond Woolley Studios, art work by Charles Harte, and the text gives some "interesting facts .. kindly supplied .. by Dorman Long".
I would claim this to be the best and rarest Sydney Harbour Bridge book of all but that it comes with the wreck of an even smaller flick book I've never seen before. This consists of 83 - probably of 84 - numbered leaves 7x7cm (leaves 1 and 83 detached) which show the bridge as an elevation being built. Leaf 83, the last here, has the still incomplete date '193 ' - following '1' and '19' - so I guess 84 with '1932' is needed. Plus whatever cover it had.


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WIRGMAN, Thomas. A Complete and Permanent Science of Morals, Founded on Transcendental Philosopy. [or the drop title: Moral philosophy reduced to a complete and permanent science on the principles of transcendental philosophy, as contained in Kant's "Critic of Practical Reason."] n.p. [London 1817] Quarto original wrapper titled in gilt with printed label; printed on the back; title leaf, pp763-784 and separately printed index leaf numbered 785, four hand coloured plates.
A presentation from Wirgman inscribed to Wm Constable Esqre on the front wrapper and annotated throughout as a guide to the reader. Au$650

This a separate printing of Wirgman's article on Kant's moral philosophy in Encyclopaedia Londinensis - a perfect example of enthusiasm on it's way to being mania. Wirgman did four articles altogether covering the array of Kant and these could be bought from him coloured or uncoloured. He then went on to write and publish a formidable line of Kantesian solutions to everything. Along the way he spent the fortune he had made as a goldsmith. As John Timbs - retailer of dusty gossip - described him, "the eccentric Thomas Wirgman, the Kantesian, as a goldsmith and jeweller, made a considerable fortune, which he squandered as a regenerating philosopher."
Wirgman was introduced to Kant by Friedrich Nitsch in the 1790s along with Godwin, Henry Richter and Coleridge. Unlike fellow traveller Coleridge, Wirgman didn't run for cover confronted with the indifference or hostility to German philosophy in England. It may have been exactly Wirgman that made Coleridge write "I am no Zealot or Bigot for German Philosophy" to a friend at the same time he wanted to found a German library - just not called German - in London.
As said, Wirgman, advertised these for sale but this is a special presentation copy exhaustively made easy to navigate by numerous captions and pointers. William Constable is a too common name to place but there was a Scottish goldsmith William Constable at work around that time.


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MARSHALL, Alfred. Principles of Economics. Vol I. [all published]. London, Macmillan 1891. Octavo contemporary gilt calf (tips and hinges rubbed) with the gilt crest of Melbourne University on the front. Quite a handsome copy, destined to be a prize but never awarded. Au$650

Second edition, with moderate revisions and additions.


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ASHWORTH, T.R. & H.P.C. Proportional Representation Applied to Party Government. A new electoral system. Melbourne &c, Robertson 1900. Octavo publisher's cloth (spine top worn); viii,223pp.
With a 1933 presentation inscription from barrister, academic and momentary politician Richard Windeyer. Au$90

First edition. A new idea in Australian politics, proportional representation here does not mean what it now means to us but this is the germ of a new and theoretically fairer electoral system, as long as two parties are institutionally supported and minorities (such as the unions) are not allowed untrammelled access to parliament.
This was published for the first Commonwealth election. Thomas Ramsden Ashworth stood unsuccessfully for that first parliament in 1901 and while he continued to work for constitutional reform, taking part in the 1927 constitutional reform commission, he did not publish anything else this substantial. It is his only sustained publication (he published a lot in newspapers and in pamphlet form later in life) and most of this book seems to have been his work. His brother doesn't seem to have published anything else.
An architect by trade and an anti-labourite by profession, T.R. Ashworth was one of the most strident and effective Australian anti-communist propagandists pre-WWII, taking his lessons from the most reactionary American societies - and the American mistake of unchecked immigration.


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Snowy Mountains Scheme. Report of the Snowy River Investigation Committee on the Utilization of the Waters of the Snowy River 1944. Sydney, Govt Printer 1945. Foolscap folio printed wrapper; 144pp & 24 folding plates, maps, charts, photo illustrations. A very good copy. Au$150

The first comprehensive investigation into all the proposals and the first to have some result. The war precluded any real start but this did spark communication between the federal and state governments and work began on Australia's biggest building project in 1949.


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SAARINEN, Eliel. Munksnas-Haga och Stor-Helsingfors - Stadsplansstudier och forslag. Helsinki, Lilius & Hertzberg 1915. Quarto publisher's wrapper with mounted colour illustration; [6],163pp, photo illustrations, plans and drawings, 10 folding colour plans. Signs of use, some creasing of the long plans. Au$650

Even without skipping by the monumental grandeur at the official centre of Saarinen's almost winning design for Canberra you can easily recognise the same hand in his plan for Munkkiniemi and Haaga on the outskirts of Helsinki. Saarinen worked on this from 1910 so the two projects overlap.
This, Saarinen's first book - published in Swedish and Finnish versions - is divided between a survey of planning with particular attention to Unwin and the garden city, Helsinki, and this scheme, presented with a five metre long model made by his wife Loja in 1915. Photographic aerial views in the book are of the model.
His client was land developer M.G. Stenius - a company whose wealth was built on gardens appropriately enough. Not a lot of this scheme was built but the first stages were built to his revised plans with one street of - then an innovation too radical for Finland - Saarinen's row houses. Probably a better batting average than Griffin's with Canberra.


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ZENKER, Rudolf. Farbiger Decken- und Wandschmuck im Geiste Fruhgermanischer Kunst Plauen, Stoll [190-?]. Folio (48cm) publisher gilt decorated portfolio (somewhat knocked about but solid); two preliminary leaves including title; 22 chromolithograph plates. Signs of use, one plate trimmed and repaired along the top edge; a perfectly decent copy. Au$750

A handsome pattern book of designs for interior colour schemes and elaborate decoration with an avowedly nationalist spirit looking for inspiration in a distant past. So who can resist pointing out the remarkable similarities between some of Zenker's designs and those of Maoris?
Zenker was a Plauen based designer and painter whose Germanic pride led to his most reproduced work being the medieval pageantry of a Nazi warrior of 1939.


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[HARRIS, Alexander]. The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler. London, Smith Elder 1849. Stout octavo, the three volumes bound together in contemporary quarter calf and cloth. An occasional spot but a pretty good copy in what looks like a colonial binding (plain and a bit awkward); bound without half titles. Au$850

First edition of this well meaning but somewhat documentary novel.


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LANG, John. Botany Bay. London, William Tegg 1859. Octavo publisher's orange cloth printed in black (rather grubby and faded, spine shabby but solid). Definitely second hand and still most acceptable. With John Lane Mullins' gift bookplate to St Sophia's Library. The cover is dated 1860 as is Mitchell's copy. Au$850

First edition of Lang's maybe most reprinted and best regarded book. "Thinly veiled" is the usual description for fiction that might be an insult to some readers so Lang's preface begs the pardon of his Australian audience for words unrelated to this book that saw him unpopular before his departure and assures us that he does not intend to be "sarcastic or insulting" in this book.
An old clipping claims that the same folk who bought up every copy they could of Mudie's Felonry of New South Wales and destroyed unacceptable pages did the same with this, making complete copies rare. As the first story isn't really true there's no reason to believe the second. I can't find any record of mutilated copies of this but I can't find many copies at all. Trove finds four locations and Worldcat adds the four standard libraries of Britain.


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Chinese in Australia. Chinese Immigration to Western Australia. (Representation to Imperial Government by Members of Intercolonial Conference in Reference to.) [with] Remonstrance ... against the introduction of Chinese by the Government of Western Australia at the public expense ... Sydney, Govt Printer 1881. Foolscap disbound 4pp, last blank; 4pp, last with unrelated text. This second paper is from an appendix of a larger government report. Au$90

The gathered colonies including New Zealand at the conference aimed at producing unified legislation to keep out the Chinese are horrified to learn that Chinese immgrants are coming into Western Australia "at public expense".


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Chinese in Australia. Chinese Immigration. (Further Correspondence.) Sydney, Govt Printer 1881. Foolscap disbound; 6pp, last page blank. Au$125

The Colonial Secretary in Hong Kong reassures his New South Wales counterpart - with supporting documents - that Hong Kong is not deporting criminals to Australia and that any that were bundled aboard ships before 1877 - there probably weren't many - were sent without official knowledge.
The rest entails Victoria and New South Wales agreeing that it's time to get all the colonies together to hammer out new Chinese Immigration restriction bills. New South Wales' unsuccessful 1879 restriction act is included.


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Chinese in Australia - the Lambing Flat Riots. Lambing Flat. (Petition from Certain Inhabitants of Sydney RespectingAlleged Maltreatment of the Chinese.) [with] Lambing Flat. (Petition from Hu Foo, Kylong, and Other Chinamen.) [with] Lambing Flat. (Report from Gold Commissioner on Petition of Su San Sing Doh.) Sydney, Govt Printer March - May 1861. Three leaves foolscap, disbound; 2pp;2pp;1p respectively. Au$225

The basest level of claptrap about Lambing Flat I've come across was on a website called ironbark where a bad drawing of a beefcake gay St Ned slaying a Chinese dragon heads a reprint of Frank Clune's - or P.R. Stephensen's - drooling account of the riots. My amusement turned sour as I found that this rotted swill is still being churned over on other whites only websites.
That aside here we have a petition from 31 unnamed residents of Sydney protesting against the treatment of Chinese in general, on the goldfields and in particular at Lambing Flat. The petitioners point out that most of the ill treated Chinese are British subjects from Hong Kong, equal in law to any European Australians. Those that aren't from Hong Kong are "entitled by the laws of nature, of nations, and of religion" to protection.
The petition from Hu Foo and Other Chinamen - 43 in all - seeks compensation totalling near five thousand pounds for destruction of their property. In the last report here the Commissioner gets to work sorting out these pesky Chinamen. His detective established that Su Sang Sing Doh [sic] owned nothing like the stores he claimed were destroyed - "not five pounds worth" - and will be "most particular" in preventing "other Chinese from attempting to impose claims for which there may not be any foundation."


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AUDSLEY, W. & G. [William & George]. Polychromatic Decoration as Applied to Buildings in the Mediaeval Styles. London, Sotheran, 1882. Folio publisher's gilt cloth (wear to tips); [8],32pp and 36 chromolitho plates interleaved with descriptive text. Light browning, quite a good copy. Au$450

Careful and plain descriptions and practical advice accompany the sometimes spectacular designs. A chart offers the colours and tints most suitable for decorative painting and patterns are grouped for specific wall areas and features. At the end are four plates of alphabets.


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Catalogue - Garden Furniture. John P. White, Bedford. A Complete Catalogue of Garden Furniture and Garden Ornament. By John P. White, The Pyghtle Works, Bedford ... Xmas, 1906. Bedford 1906. Quarto publisher's printed wrapper (a missing piece from the back wrapper expertly replaced); 112pp illustrated in line and photo throughout. A couple of related flyers loosely inserted, quite a good copy. Au$875

From pots to bridges and greenhouses; an extensive range, essential for the chic but thoroughly English - ie Arts & Crafts - garden.
White made furniture designed by Baillie Scott and some of this stuff may well be his but the designs here are, with two exceptions, uncredited except by inference from a passing remark to White himself. The two credited are by The Hon. Mrs. Anstruther. You don't withold credit from someone like her. Many of the drawings are signed and while it isn't clear that the artist was also the designer those signed 'J.C.' are likely by James Crossland who designed furniture for White at about this time.


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THACKERAY, W.M. Sultan Stork and Other Stories and Sketches ... now first collected to which is added the bibliography of Thackeray .. London, Redway 1887. Octavo publisher's cloth. A nice copy. Au$50

First edition, collecting fugitive, forgotten or ignored pieces.


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BLACK, Archibald et al. American Airport Designs - containing 44 prize winning and other drawings from the Lehigh Airports Competition ... NY, for the Lehigh Portland Cement Company 1930. Quarto publisher's illustrated heavy wrapper (a stain on the front, later cloth spine); 96pp, mostly plates. A more than decent copy. Au$250

This is, I believe, the first American book on airport architecture, gathering designs submitted to the country's first such competition. The compiler is confident that there are plenty of new ideas never used in Europe and the schemes range from token crackpot visionary - a circular runway running around the tops of skyscrapers - to beaux-arts, with the bulk falling into classical moderne.
Common to all designs chosen for inclusion is a formal layout, with runways, often circular, that range from something like parterre gardens to complex occult symbols; surely evidence that a good beaux-arts education still prevailed. Two designs that have some flashy distinction are by Los Angeles and Florida architects, naturally, with a film set skyscraper and a modernist tower respectively. Both are condemned as unsafe.
Maybe interesting now would be tracking down the entries that didn't make the cut - neither Wright's nor Neutra's made the book.


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Chicago. Rand, McNally & Co.'s Pictorial Guide to Chicago ... what to see and how to see it. NY, Rand McNally 1888. Octavo illustrated wrapper; 112pp including advertisements; illustrations and maps (one folding). A used but decent enough copy, complete with the large folding map at the end. This has a few tears but is all there. Au$150

Maybe the third edition? A few editions appeared between 1884 and 1893. The large map is dated 1889 which seems standard for this edition.


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Public health, quarantine & sanitation. A collection of sixteen reports on vaccination, quarantine, disease and sanitation in Sydney. Sydney, Govt printer 1881-84. Foolscap, together in modern cloth. Signs of use, a few short tears, a couple of plans with repairs, minor but for the plan of the Little Bay Sanatorium (with report 12 - a revised version of that with report 6) which is in pieces but all there. Au$950

A modern binding but not a modern gathering: there is a contemporary handwritten list of contents at the front. This has every sign of being compiled by a body like the Board of Health. The Report of the Board on the small-pox epidemic has been extensively marked up and corrected by hand. Each of these is worth its own long maundering note, but.
All these papers come in some way out of the small-pox outbreak of 1881-82 and you may not be surprised that it become political real fast. It was a debacle. First among the blameworthy were the Chinese, blamed for introducing the disease, then rightly came the officials, disorganisation, unreadiness and general incompetence top to bottom.
The vaccination paper records the lengthy opinions of fifteen esteemed medicos and largely concerns small-pox - still the only vaccination there was. All but John Le Gay Brereton were in favour. He regarded vaccination an evil worse than disease.
Sixteen pages on schools versus 66 pages on wood pavements may seem unbalanced until you read the board's report and the evidence and realise that given how many roads were paved with wood it's a wonder that anyone was alive - not swept away by yellow fever. Thank heaven for Australian hardwoods.
The Fijian representative to the 1884 conference couldn't make it - the steamer bringing the invitation was placed in quarantine on arrival in Suva.
(1) Compulsory Vaccination. Opinions of ... ; 55pp;
(2) Report of the Royal Commission ... upon the management of the Quarantine Station, North Head, and the Hulk "Faraway"; (xiv),118pp;
(3) Second Report ... Quarantine Station ... ; 13pp and folding plan;
(4) Instructions to the Assistant Health Officer, stationed at Watson's Bay. 3pp;
(5) Quarantine Station, North Head. (Report of Health Officer upon state and conditions ... ; 14pp and five plans, three folding;
(6) Report of the Board of Health Upon the Late Epidemic of Small Pox, 1881-1882; 20pp and two large folding plans;
(7) Quarantining of Steamship "Gunga"; 52pp;
(8) Quarantine of Mail-Steamer "Rome" (Correspondence); 8pp;
(9) Board of Health (Attendance of Members of, and Subjects ... ; 2pp;
(10) Mortality on Board Immigrant Ships. (Report by Medical Officer ...); 2pp;
(11) Management of the Sydney Hospital (Report of Committee of Inquiry into Certain Complaints); 27pp;
(12) Hospital Accomodation and Position for the City of Sydney; 10pp and large folding plan;
(13) Report of Dr. Clark on the Sanitary Condition of the Public Schools in the City of Sydney, and Suburbs; 16pp;
(14) Wood Pavement Board. Report, minutes of proceedings, and appendix; 66pp;
(15) The Australasian Sanitary Conference of Sydney ... 1884. Report, minutes of proceedings, and appendix. 70pp and five large folding maps and plans;
(16) Ad Interim Report Upon Recent Cases of Small-Pox. 6pp.


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LOW, R. Bruce Reports and Papers on Bubonic Plague, ... progress and diffusion of plague throughout the world, 1898-1901 ... measures employed in different countries for repression of this disease. London, HMSO 1902. Quarto, modern wrapper with printed title; xii,466pp, ten colour maps, some folding, numerous tables. Title page with some creases. Au$350

Historians of the plague have been busy in recent years and in browsing a few of them it becomes clear that Low's report is essential. The best admit that Low is the only source for some aspects of the flurry of epidemics that rushed round the world and the less than best copied Low wholesale only pausing to point out where they think he was wrong.
Australians can congratulate themselves that they weren't the only people to immediately fly into a yellow peril panic and blame the whole thing on the Chinese or some other coloured race. So did the South Africans and Americans in San Francisco and Honolulu. Elsewhere it was more pragmatic to deny that there was plague.
Trove finds two locations, both in Sydney.


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PARSONS, H. Franklin. Report on Isolation Hospitals. London HMSO 1912. Quarto modern wrapper; damaged and repaired original printed wrapper preserved inside; vi,149pp, plans and sections (one folding). Library stamp on title page. Au$200

This got a good review in the Journal of the Royal Sanitary Institute and they were a tough audience. You only have to compare the length of discussion with that of any paper presented to the Institute to see that everyone had an amendment and recommendation to add, often more than one.
This is one of those architecture books that started at the other end: it is an inquiry into the cost of building an isolation hospital and sometimes, as pointed out in the preface, the cost can be extravagant due to the inexperience of the architect.
Is it an accident that the plan of the Beddington Corner hospital has been turned 90 degrees clockwise from due north and made a large folding plate?


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PEIRCE, Benjamin. Ideality and the Physical Sciences. Boston, Little Brown 1881. Octavo publisher's cloth; 211pp, portrait. With Joseph Gleason's bookplate; so, a small number on the back of the title and label removed from rear endpaper; still a rather good copy. Au$75

Six lectures delivered in 1879 and just about Peirce's last work. Three he prepared for publication but the others he preferred to keep until he'd "worked out more fully the form of the meteoric theory .. and its relation to the nebular theory." (preface). His son has prepared them for publication and added an appendix.


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Superhero comic. Bulb Magic! NY, Custom Comics for the Associated Bulb Growers of Holland [1956]. 19x13cm publisher's colour illustrated wrapper; 16pp; comic strip in colour. Au$30

Forget Captain America and Superman. What did they ever do for the American suburb? We lose little time in exposition: on page one Tom and Bob meet on the homeward bound 5.04 and Bob is flummoxed to find Tom has sold his house at asking price while he, Bob, hasn't had a nibble for his, the same model. Not entirely the same, Tom explains, his bulb plantings "sure did increase the value!" So we learn how bulbs produced a colorful miracle for Tom and can do the same for us. Did Batman ever increase your property value?
Worldcat finds two copies but one of those can't be verified.


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Oscar Wilde. For the Love of the King A Burmese Masque by Oscar Wilde. London, Methuen 1922. Octavo, very good in publisher's white gilt cloth (a bit tanned). Edition of 1000 copies on handmade paper. Au$90

First edition of the Chan Toon fake. I've forgotten who Mrs Chan Toon actually was but from this distance it's hard to see how E.V. Lucas, or anyone, actually took her or the crude forgeries at face value, though Wilde himself gave her his imprimatur from beyond the grave in his 'Psychic Messages from Oscar Wilde' recorded by Hester Travers Smith in 1924.
Wilde bibliographer Christopher Millard (aka Stuart Mason) was successfully sued by Methuen for suggesting that Methuen had foisted this stuff on an unsuspecting public, with Lucas, Methuen's chairman, still - in 1926 - insisting from the box that he thought it genuine if inferior Wilde.


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NEWTON, Isaac. The Correspondence of Isaac Newton edited by H.W. Turnbull [& others]. Cambridge University Press for the Royal Society 1959-77. Seven volumes quarto publisher's cloth; plates in each. A very good set but for volume five. This has been damp affected but is solid and useful. Au$200 including post within Australia.


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Atom Bomb. America Russia and the Bomb. National Council Against Conscription, Washington DC, June 1950. Octavo printed wrapper (bit marked); 72pp, illustrations through the text; roneo slip loosely inserted. Au$30

"Here is the authoritative booklet on disarmament for which you have been waiting." (from the slip). A high powered committee of contributors, or at least signers, including Albert Einstein.


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