NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 11th August 1pm

Sydney Rare Book Auctions is pleased to announce that the next sale will take place in our rooms at C11/372-428 Wattle Street, Ultimo on Saturday August 11th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Thursday August 9th from 5pm. Viewing is also available during the week prior upon appointment. This is a fantastic sale including a vast collection of high quality Ephemera, Australiana and Exploration titles, plus Antiquarian, Maps, Fine Bindings, Art and lots more! It's a varied sale and amongst the collection are lots of treasures, most of which are unreserved.


Fantastic New Auction Venue!

Sydney Rare Book Auctions has moved to a bigger and better venue at C11/372-428 Wattle Street, Ultimo, NSW. The move was in part prompted by growth in the business that has seen increased sales over the last few years and growing demand for the material we handle.

Auctioneer Paul Feain is excited by what he’s seen in recent times. “We have been quietly going about our business, gradually improving on systems and also revenue, and this has meant we’ve outgrown our prior establishment. It’s fantastic to see that in a day where technology is seeing people turn away from traditional printed books, that the world of rare and antique books, maps and ephemera is still strong.”

The Ultimo venue is not only larger in size but also provides a lovely space for displaying items and holding auctions. Also of note is the intention to hold bi-annual Sydney Book Fares on location, as well as regular social and educational functions on all things relating to printed material.

“Sydney Rare Books is a business that’s as much about building a strong book-loving community as it is about selling things. By having passionate and well informed collectors and introducing new people into the fold we will have a better future for the trade.”

The team at Sydney Rare Books looks forward to showing you our new venue when we formally open the doors on the evening of October 19th ahead of our October 21st sale. Prior to that, if you want to pay us a visit, feel free – just ring in advance so we can grab you a coffee!

December Sale – Includes the collection of Judge Terry Naughton Q.C.

We will be holding our bi-monthly auction on Saturday 10th December 2016 at 1.00PM at 33 Nelson St Annandale. Included is a very good selection of books from the estate of the late Judge Terry Naughton Q.C. (1941-2016).

Terry had a strong interest in photography and there are many hundreds of photography books being sold. Books featuring the photographs of Dombrovskis, Dupain, Ansel Adams, David Moore, Helmut Newton, Frank Hurley along with many books of landscape and subject photography such as Railway Photography, Cowboy photography, Architectural photography and many more.

Terry also had a strong interest in Architecture and there are many fine architectural books including Hardy Wilson, books on Court Houses, Italian, Australian, ancient Architecture and more. All these books are in great condition. Nearly all bear his bookplate and some have a small residue of sticky tape on an endpaper.

The Ancient History collection is superb. The books are all modern and it’s a comprehensive academic collection rarely seen. All these books are in wonderful condition. The Fine Bindings in the collection are also mouth watering. There are a couple of book cases full of fine bindings. Leather, cloth, vellum, sets – you will want them!

Judge Terry Naughton QC (1941-2016) Terence Naughton was born on 28 January 1941 in Drummoyne, Sydney. He was raised in Hunters Hill and Bowral. His father (also Terence Naughton) was an Anglican minister who studied Theology at Keeble College, Oxford University. His mother was from Newcastle-on-Tyne in England. His twin sister, Rosemary Naughton, pursued a successful career in fashion modelling in the 1960’s in Melbourne, London and Paris. Terry (jnr) attended Sydney Boys’ High (1958-59), where he was a prefect, captain of debating and played cricket in the 2nd XI. He won several public speaking competitions, including the Eisteddfod of Sydney and junior public speaking champion of New South Wales in 1959.

Terry won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study his bachelor of laws at The University of Sydney, where he was captain of the University debating team. He later completed his Master of Law also at the University of Sydney. He practised in Sydney as a solicitor at Clayton Utz Solicitors and Blake Dawson Waldron Solicitors before being called to the New South Wales Bar in 1967, where he practised until 1997. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. In 1997 he was appointed a Judge of the District Court of New South Wales from which he retired in 2007.

Terry was married for 47 years to Margaret Naughton until her passing in 2014. He is survived by two children and five grandchildren. Terry was a keen Latin, literature and ancient history scholar. He acquired a large library of books on classical and modern history, literature, poetry, architecture and photography. He was a keen amateur photographer, exhibiting his works, which were produced in his home darkroom and publishing a photographic book on courthouses of New South Wales in 1987. His exhibitions and book were reviewed favourably by Max Dupain. He served as a director of the Australian Centre for Photography which exposed him to the work of many Australian photographers. His personal collection includes photographs of many Australian photographers including Max Dupain, Harold Cazneaux, Murray Fredericks and Gordon Undy, to name a few. Terry was also a passionate numismatist, collecting ancient, medieval, Australasian and world coins.

December 10th Auction

Sydney Rare Book Auctions next sale will be on Saturday 10th December 2016 at 33 Nelson St Annandale. It’s also in your lounge room live online.

One of the highlights of the sale is the complete set of Automobile Year from the first edition in 1953. These books are all in mint condition and some are still in the original shrink wrapping and hence have never been opened. Sets like this rarely come onto the market. The first edition was published as Annual Automobile Review in in 1953 and was produced by Ami Guichard (1921–1986), a Swiss motoring writer and entrepreneur. He brought along the best writers and photographers he knew including Charles Faroux (the founder of the 24 Hours of Le Mans), Giovanni Lurani and Yves Debraine. One of the other contributors, Bernard Cahier was credited by Guichard for introducing him to the world of motorsport.Unlike the German and French editions, the English edition in 1956 underwent a name change when it became Automobile Year, relegating its original title to the book’s subtitle and banishing it the following year.

Other choice pieces from the sale include a complete set of Wisden. The cricketers bible. The early numbers of this set are facsimiles but from 1897 onwards they are original editions and include the first editions of the rare issues published during the war. There is also a first edition of Mien Kampf, as well as lots of maps and prints. There is a huge collection of antiquarian books including an early edition of the works of St Thomas Aquinas published in 1492. Also included are many fine bindings from the estate of the late Judge Terry Naughton who was an avid collector of fine bindings, photography books and Ancient History books as well as titles on Australian History.