NEXT AUCTION - Sunday MARCH 30th

We are pleased to announce that we are holding our next auction on Sunday 30th March at 2PM at 33 Nelson St, Annandale. There will be over 200 lots of fascinating books for sale, including an amazing collection of rare and antique books relating to wine (Such as an inscribed Busby from 1835), plus medical, antiquarian and much more!

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February 22nd Auction Highlights

Another successful auction was held on Feb 22nd, with a variety of books on subjects ranging from art and Aboriginal Australian, to antiquarian, medical and law. Highlights included Strehlow Songs of Central Australia selling for $2,000, an 1831 broadsheet Testimonial To George Augustus Robinson reaching $2,000, a set of Art in Australia reaching $3,000 and a beautiful Eighteenth Century Compass and Sun Dial realising $550.

The clearance rate was approximately 90%, showing strong interest in the auction and great value for both vendors and buyers alike. We would like to thank all of those that attended or bid online and look forward to seeing you at our next sale.


December 14th Auction Review

Sydney Rare Book Auctions had a very successful sale on Saturday 14th December. Over 85 % of the lots sold with the highest being $4000 for the set of Art in Australia. Other high priced items were the six Irish Fore edge paintings which sold for $2600 + premium. Most of the antiquarian books sold with interest in all the sixteenth and seventeenth century titles ensuring that they mostly sold at the upper range of the estimates. The maps also sold well with several lots selling for more than $1000.

Next years sales will commence in February and there will be an Auction on the second Saturday of each month right through to December. If you have books you wish to sell, please don’t hesitate to contact us. See you in the new year!

Signed Sir Douglas Mawson Letters

Our September 14th auction features several signed letters from Douglas Mawson. Below are details of a few these rare and fascinating items.

Typed Signed Memo from Sir Douglas Mawson

A One page typed memo on letterhead  headed The University of Adelaide, concerning the shipping of Antarctic rocks collected on the expedition from Sydney to Adelaide. Signed at the bottom in ink from Douglas Mawson. There is a note in another hand “Dear Cotton Will you be so good as to have this matter attended to as soon as possible” There is an illegible signature here. Then another hand written note on the page says “Rocks shipped as requested”. $800 – 1000

Typed Signed letter from Sir Douglas Mawson

A Three page typed letter on letterhead “The Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914″  Dated Adelaide 14th Nov 1915. A very good letter from Mawson to a fellow member of his expedition. It concerns the rocks and minerals collected in the Antarctic and the best keeping place for these  items after proper scientific research on them has been completed. The letter is addressed to My Dear Cotton and is signed in ink ” from very sincerely Douglas Mawson” There is also a note on the first page in Mawson’s hand and this is initialed DM. $1000 – 1500


Handwritten  letter from Sir Douglas Mawson

A very good, 25-lined handwritten letter in ink  from Sir Douglas Mawson on University of Adelaide letterhead  undated (Saturday). Written to a fellow member of his expedition. It concerns the rocks and minerals collected in the Antarctic and the best keeping place for these items after proper scientific research on them has been completed. The handwriting is difficult and I am unable to decipher to whom the letter is addressed. It states  ” The South Australian Government recently (?) advised me that they had decided to do all our printing of the scientific reports in the Govt Press. We are sending some matter along forthwith. They will be in quarto volumes mush as those of Scott and Shackleton  - Royal Institute. Please tell Browne…..”  $1000 – 1500 View the catalogue here!