NEXT AUCTION - Saturday 10th 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 10th from 1pm. Viewing with drinks and nibbles will take place on Thursday June 8th from 5pm. Viewing is also available during the week prior upon appointment. This is a fantastic sale with over 400 lots including a vast collection of high quality Australiana and Exploration titles, as well as Antiquarian, Medical, Maps, Fine Bindings, Art, Ephemera and lots more! It's a varied sale and amongst the collection are lots of treasures.


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.

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.