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Fine Maps and Books including Art, Australian and more

Fine Maps and Books including Art, Australian and more

In this auction there is good Australiana, fore edge paintings, art books from the collection of Mr Dennis Savill, lots of old maps from a private collection, fine bindings, rarities, ephemera and even more.

Idriess, Australiana, Exploration, Ephemera, Games and more Friday 28th May

Idriess, Australiana, Exploration, Ephemera, Games and more Friday 28th May

From the adventurous to the bizarre – this auction has it all! Australiana, exploration, militaria, advertisements, games, art books, photography, natural history, bookplates and manuscripts and collectible editions. For the adventurous soul we have: Grey’s Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia(Lot 165); Sturt’s Expedition into Central Australian(Lot 166); Sturt’s Southern Australia(Lot 164); Oxley’s […]

Australian Pottery, Glassware and Miscellany

Australian Pottery, Glassware and Miscellany

Timed Auction Saturday 8th of May – First lot ends 12 noon Our next auction is live. There are Australia pottery and studio pottery featuring Brownie Downing, Rockingham Pottery, Isobel Pottery, Takacs, Guy Boyd, Martin Boyd, Jedda, and Darbyshire Aboriginal. Other fine china including Wembley Ware, Royal Doulton, Shelley, and Colclough. Glassware including Holmegaard Kastrup, […]


Idriess, Maps, Medical Instruments, Australiana

This auction we have a plethora of wonderful items. We will have more treasures from the Ion Idriess Estate including manuscript material(Lots 1-100). A letter book concerning tin mining in Tumut New South Wales, railway and land purchases in MacDonaldtown Sydney from 1872 until 1891. Exploration including: Mawson’s Home of Blizzard(Lot 688); Moresby New Guinea […]

20th March Timed Auction

In our next sale we are selling our usual eclectic mix with a focus of Australiana, History, Art, Fiction, Fine Bindings and Parliamentary Papers. We have some nice children’s books including: a cute Peter Rabbit’s Book Shelf (Lot 73); a bundle of Alice in Wonderland (Lot 69) and other great children’s books ( Lot 70). […]

FEBRUARY 13TH 2021 SALE

More Idriess, Australiana, manuscripts, historic documents, maps, photography and art Our first auction of the year, has more from the estate of Idriess including his reflections on his experiences of war; items concerning Australian colonial history and gold mining, women’s enfranchisement and the domestic sphere, children’s books, art and notable bookplates.  From the Ion Idriess estate: Idriess is best known for […]


December 12th 2020 Sale

December 12th 2020 Sale

Important Australian firsts, the Idriess Estate & other intriguing items For the December 12th auction we have diverse selection of material from some impressive Australian collectors. We have two remarkable firsts: the first children’s book published in Australia and the first book written by an Australian Aboriginal author, as well as many signed and associated books, […]

October 17th Sale

October 17th Sale

Our October 17th sale features our usual eclectic mix of material, ranging from history, mythology, Australiana, children’s books and art.   We will be selling the estate of the late Leigh Rayment. As a child Rayment dreamt of owning library and his passion for collecting lasted for well over forty years.  His library echoes his interests in […]

June Sale Success!

June Sale Success!

Our June 13th Sale was a huge success, with a clearance rate of close to 90% and some fantastic results achieved. Some of the highlights included a 1789 Tench Narrative selling for approximately $9,000, a signed Henry Lawson achieved $2,500, a first edition Agatha Christie reached $1,500 and a Sydney Harbour Bridge Construction Report went […]


June 13th Sale!

June 13th Sale!

During the shutdown we have been busy preparing for this big June sale. It will be another beauty as we have lots of interesting and rare material on offer! We are selling the estate of the late Fred Lane. Fred was the first Australian to win a swimming gold medal at the Olympics and that was […]

Sales Results 2020

Sales Results 2020

2020  is a year for society to refine online living. We have had 3 sales this year with one being our normal auction with lots of activity in the room, another with 8 people in the room all social distancing and a third auction which has been online only. All three auctions were successful. The February […]

October Sale Results

October Sale Results

Our October 19th sale featured over 700 lots, with our usual mix of eclectic material ranging from maps and ephemera, to Australiana and juvenile titles. The auction room was a hive of activity, with a record number of online bidders also actively taking part. The clearance rate was slightly down from our previous sale, with […]


August Auction Highlights

August Auction Highlights

Our August 24th sale featured our usual eclectic mix of material, ranging from highly collectible autographs and rare Australiana, to maps and ephemera. We had a full auction room and a lot of online activity, making for a lively and fast moving sale. Early highlights included a signed first edition of Tarzan achieving $5,000 (ICB), […]

June 29th Sale Highlights

June 29th Sale Highlights

The catalogue for our recent auction featured numerous fantastic items, many being very scarce and collectible. The Norman Lindsay material proved highly popular, achieving strong results across the board. The three unprinted manuscripts each sold individually for $12,600 (IBP). Other Lindsay highlights included the sale of the original pen and ink drawings done by Lindsay […]

Kelly Gang Photograph

Kelly Gang Photograph

Our June 29th sale includes several remarkable examples of Australiana, including the only photograph of the Kelly Gang produced in Ned Kelly’s lifetime (lot 50), the life-masks of Don Bradman (1930), and J. J. Bradfield (1932); a previously unknown portrait of Marcus Clarke (1870); The Bradshaw Collection, being several hundred cdv’s of pioneer families of Hobart and […]


May 25th Sale Report

May 25th Sale Report

The May 25th sale included our usual varied collection of material, ranging from early maps and protest posters, to antiquarian books and modern firsts. The sale room was full, as well as a huge number of online bidders actively clicking the ‘Bid Now’ button on Invaluable. It made for a fast auction, with over 700 […]

Peter Crittle AO

Peter Crittle AO

Included in our February 2nd sale are books from the collection of barrister and former Wallaby, Peter Crittle AO. Peter played 15 Tests for Australia between 1962 and 1967 and from 1993-99 was president of the New South Wales Rugby Union. He had been vice-president of the Australian Rugby Union since 1994. He was elected president […]

Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland AO, OBE, RFD,ED. (1926-2018)

Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland AO, OBE, RFD,ED. (1926-2018)

At our Auction on the 2 February there is a large selection of books from the vast military collection of the late Major General Gordon Lindsay Maitland AO, OBE, RFD,ED. (1926-2018) Major General Maitland was the last senior officer who had seen service in the Second World War. Maitland enlisted in the 2nd AIF on […]


The Indigenous Australian Collective

Sydney Rare Book Auctions acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the traditional custodians of the lands and waters where we live, learn, and work. Our September 22nd sale features the books, maps and ephemera of The Indigenous Australian Collective. This unique treasury sheds new […]

Fantastic New Auction Venue!

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 […]

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

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. […]


December 10th Auction

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 […]

August 13th Mega Auction!

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 […]

Thomas Hardy Collection - Online Only Sale

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 […]