NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 8th 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 8th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Friday October 7th from 5pm, at a special event to launch our recently published Ion Idriess bibliography. Viewing is also available during the week prior upon appointment. This is a fascinating sale with over 550 lots including a vast collection of Antiquarian, Voyages, Australiana, Fine Bindings, Art, Maps and lots more! It's one of our most varied sales and amongst the collection are lots of treasures.


August 13th Mega Auction!

Our August 2016 sale is one of the biggest we have had in recent history. With over 650 lots there is a huge array of material with something to suit just about any collector. Highlights range from a 1492 incunable in a very good example of a fifteenth century binding, as well as a 1581 Martin Luther bound in vellum, to A Voyage to Terra Australis by Matthew Flinders first edition and some highly desirable boxing photographs, one of which is signed by Les Darcy.

This sale is best described as eclectic, with subjects including Egyptology, Australiana, sailing, boxing, art, indigenous Australians, exploration and juvenile literature. It’s this type of sale that really excites us and our buyers as there is always something to be discovered in amongst the vast array of hoods on offer!

Bidding is available online, via phone, email or in the sale-room. View the catalogue by clicking here!

Please contact us should you have any questions about this sale or future ones. Our next auction will be in October and we are currently accepting items.


Complete Set of Wisden!

One of the highlights of the April 30th sale is a complete set of the iconic cricket reference book Wisden.

The issues from 1864 to 1897 are the facsimiles, as is the 1919 edition. However from 1898 through to 2012 the issues are originals (except 1919 as mentioned). From 1898 to 1953 the books are the paperbacks which have been uniformly bound in brown buckram and with the original wrappers bound in, except for 1933 which is an original hardback. From 1954 to 1964 they are the original hardbacks with NO dustwrappers and some of the titling on the spines is faded. From 1965 to 2012 they are all hardbacks and in dustwrappers. The books are in very good condition, although some of the early original issues have been attacked on the covers by a little sticky tape, but this is minor. The buckram rebinds are sturdy and functional without being eye catching. It’s a great opportunity here to obtain the holy grail of cricket collecting. You can still have the excitement of collecting over the next 50 years as you try to replace the early facsimiles. The first 20 facsimiles are issued as a set in an edition of 1,000 copies. Price guide $25,000 – $30,000

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.

View the catalogue by clicking here!