NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 13th February 1pm

Sydney Rare Book Auctions is pleased to announce that the next sale will take place in our rooms at 33 Nelson St Annandale on Saturday February 13th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Thursday February 11th from 5pm, with viewing also available during the week prior upon appointment. This sale features a fabulous collection of boxing items including rare signed pieces, photography, books and a huge amount of other material. Plus we have our usual mix of Australiana, antiquarian, exploration, maps, ephemera and lots of scarce and fascinating items to complete a huge catalogue.


Thomas Hardy Collection – Online Only Sale

Hardy is regarded as one of the most influential English novelists and poets and over the years his works have become highly collectible. This online only sale features some fantastic items, including several first editions and signed books. Of particular note is a school book, ‘Popular System of Classical Instruction Combining the Methods of Locke Ascham Milton. Virgil’s Aeneid…’ It has been signed ‘T Hardy’ with the bookplate ‘From the Library of Thomas Hardy, O.M. Max Gate’ affixed to the front endpaper. There are first editions of ‘Wessex Poems and Other Verses’, ‘Human Shows Far Phantasies Songs and Trifles’, ‘Winter Words In Various Moods and Metres’ amongst others. Another highlight is ‘The Early Life of Thomas Hardy 1840-1891’ and ‘The Later Years of Thomas Hardy 1892-1928’ both signed by Florence Hardy.

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October Sale Success!

Our October 10th sale was once again a great success, with great results across the entire auction. The major highlight was the sale of a copy of Peron’s Voyage to Australia with Colour Plates. This stunning four-volume set (Bound in three) includes the first detailed, complete map of Australia as well as 40 plates depicting the voyage and discoveries made. This lot achieved $20,000AUD and was the highest value item sold on the day.

Other items of note included the sale of a pair of lovely photo albums with images of early church missions in aboriginal Australian communities. The $1,900 result is indicative of the resurgence in popularity of this type of material. We also had a huge collection of military books, with many rare unit histories going under the hammer. Results in this section included the 2/3 Australian Field Regiment ($500), 2/27th Battalion Brown & Blue Diamond ($350) and The Seventh Company A.I.F. ($700).

Antiquarian books once again proved popular with results including a 1670 Gregorian Chant achieving $900, and a manuscript choir book selling for $2,000. There were too many highlights to list them all, but indications are that the book trade is indeed very healthy with plenty of new buyers entering the market and many of the regulars being highly active.

4 Years in Review!

After four years of operating Sydney Rare Book Auctions has achieved some fantastic results across a range of items. It has been a busy time with a vast array of items going under the hammer. As a seller of all things books, from early hand written manuscripts and incunables, to obscure modern first editions and ephemera, there have been some fascinating items come through our salerooms.

A major highlight was selling what is believed to be one of the most expensive book lots this century when we put under the hammer a wonderful and extremely extensive collection of Normal Lindsay material. The price realised was in excess of $370,000 with the purchaser very excited about securing this fantastic lot.
We have handled some magnificent antiquarian items, including several antiphonals from the 15th century, incunables and manuscripts. Highlights include the sale of a Medieval Illuminated Manuscript in Latin (Circa 1450) that achieved $14,500, and a 1480 Incunable ($6,500). There have also some rather unique articles such as Sir Isaac Newton’s autograph signature that reached $5,000 and a stunning Charles Kerry photograph album containing 48 photographic images of aboriginals ($8,000).

We have handled countless rare maps, photos and prints, as well as a vast array of Australiana and exploration titles. But it’s not always the high value items that bring us the most joy. There have been the quirky pulps with their gorgeous cover designs, the fine bindings that are lovely to look at, as well as the ephemera that makes for lots of interest to explore and research.

None of this would have been possible without the support of our vendors and the buyers that regularly support our sales. While online activity continues to grow and extend our reach internationally and across Australia, it’s our friends in the saleroom that frequent or auctions that make the sales so much fun. Thanks for the support and we look forward to many more years of auctioning rare and collectible items!