NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 11th June 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 June 11th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Thursday June 9th from 5pm, with viewing also available during the week prior upon appointment. This sale features a fabulous collection of antiquarian items from the 16th - 18th Century, as well as several illuminated manuscript pages. Plus we have our usual mix of Australiana, fine bindings, exploration, maps, ephemera and lots of scarce and fascinating items to complete a fascinating catalogue.


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.

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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.