NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 10th October 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 October 10th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Thursday October 8th from 5pm, with viewing also available during the week prior upon appointment. This sale features a fabulous collection of fine bindings, Australiana, antiquarian, exploration, maps, ephemera and lots of scarce and fascinating items.


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!

December Sale Results

The December sale of the Michael Birch Collection was a huge success. We had a record amount of online activity as well as a full bidding room. Highlights of the sale included a Jane Austen First Edition realising $5,200, an 1827 map of Perth selling for $4,300, a 1669 Rare Medical book going under the hammer for $4,000 and an 1805 book of hand coloured plates achieving $3,500. Registered members of Invaluable can view the entire sale results by clicking here and logging in.

Across the sale there was a lot of interest in everything from crime fiction and pulp, to antiquarian, maps and modern first editions. Our next sale will be in February 2015 and features a variety of titles from Australiana and antiquarian, to maps, rare and interesting books. Submissions are being accepted until January 15th.

August 9th Auction Update!

In our August 9th auction are some wonderful old books from as early as the 15th century. The oldest title is a 1491 Incunabulum. Printed in Basel within the first fify years of the beginnings of printing in the Western world. This volume is one of one of the very first histories of the world. Many early printed books were religious. This title, although written by the Archbishop of Florence is secular, however it does talk about religious history as well. The book is in Latin and is a very clean copy with no foxing. The binding is probably sixteenth century and is leather over thick wooden boards. Incunable  are rarely seen on the auction market in Australia. Also in the auction are a number of other antiquarian books, several bound in vellum.

Included in this sale is a very clean copy with wide margins of Surgeon General John White’s 1790 book Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales. This is the rare edition with sixty five hand coloured natural history plates. There is also a copy of  An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson And Norfolk Island by John Hunter and published in 1793. Once again this is a very good clean copy and with the maps in very good condition.

For those that like maps and prints we have a fantastic selection of old maps, many of which have Australia in a barely recognizable form, plus several antiquarian prints. Finally we have a variety of art books, a first edition of Man From Snowy River, fine binding and some modern items like DC comics.

View the catalogue by clicking here!