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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 […]

October Sale Success!

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 […]

4 Years in Review!

4 Years in Review!

After four years of operating Sydney Rare Book Auctions has achieved some fantastic results across a range of items. It has been a busy time with a vast array of items going under the hammer. As a seller of all things books, from early hand written manuscripts and incunables, to obscure modern first editions and […]


December Sale Results

December Sale Results

The December sale of the Michael Birch Collection was a huge success. We had a record amount of online activity as well as a full bidding room. Highlights of the sale included a Jane Austen First Edition realising $5,200, an 1827 map of Perth selling for $4,300, a 1669 Rare Medical book going under the […]

August 9th Auction Update!

August 9th Auction Update!

In our August 9th auction are some wonderful old books from as early as the 15th century. The oldest title is a 1491 Incunabulum. Printed in Basel within the first fify years of the beginnings of printing in the Western world. This volume is one of one of the very first histories of the world. […]

Auction Highlights - June 7th

Auction Highlights – June 7th

Our June 7th auction was a resounding success, with a clearance rate of 95% and some fantastic results achieved. We had a lot of online bidding to accompany a busy saleroom, this inturn led to an exciting sale. A selection of sale highlights includes a 1st edition Phillip’s Voyage to Botany Bay 1789 ($4,500), Hunter’s […]


February 22nd Auction Highlights

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 […]

December 14th Auction Review

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 […]

Signed Sir Douglas Mawson Letters

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. […]


Polar Exploration Collection

Polar Exploration Collection

The September 14th auction features an amazing collection of polar exploration titles. This includes a beautiful signed copy of The South Pole by Amundsen. The first expedition to reach the geographic South Pole was led by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. He and four others arrived at the pole on 14 December 1911, five weeks ahead of a British […]

August Auction Highlights

August Auction Highlights

Thanks to everyone that supported our August auction. It was a huge success and a fun day, with many happy buyers and vendors. The highlight of the sale was a 16th Century Illuminated Manuscript Antiphonal that sold for $13,200, along with a monastic prayer book for $3,100 and another velum manuscript for $3,600. These are […]

Amazing Antiquarian Books - August 10th Auction

Amazing Antiquarian Books – August 10th Auction

The next Sydney Rare Book Auctions sale features a huge collection of antiquarian titles. It’s very rare to find such a large volume of quality, vellum bound volumes available on the market. The collection came from a European immigrant who brought his library with him to Australia in the 1950’s. Many of the books came […]


Rare Signature Collection

Rare Signature Collection

In our June 15th auction we have two very interesting autograph books (Lots 285 & 286). They were put together by Mr Glassop who was a senior official of the Newcastle City Council. Many dignitaries were shunted to Newcastle to view the amazing steel works and our intrepid autograph hunter was always there with book […]

1st Ed of The Female Eunuch, signed by Germaine Greer

1st Ed of The Female Eunuch, signed by Germaine Greer

The Female Eunuch is a 1970 book by Germaine Greer that became an international bestseller and an important text in the feminist movement. The main thesis of the book is that the “traditional” suburban, consumerist, nuclear family represses women sexually, and that this devitalizes them, rendering them eunuchs. The book was published in London in October 1970. By March 1971, it had nearly sold out […]

Next Auction Announced

Next Auction Announced

Sydney Rare Book Auctions is excited to announce that we are moving into permanent premises in 33 Nelson St Annandale and our next auction will be held here on Saturday June 15th at 1pm. Full details will be announced on May 15th Among the many items we have for sale is the rarest and perhaps […]


First Edition Juvenile Titles

First Edition Juvenile Titles

The September 9th Sydney Rare Book Auction sale will feature a fantastic collection of juvenile titles. They range from first edition Beatrix Potter books, to a signed Dr Seuss and first edition Babars. See below for some of the highlights! Babar’s Travels, Brunhoff Jean De, London Methuen 1935 Original papered boards with some minor wear […]

Contemporary Erotica Collection

Contemporary Erotica Collection

Included in our next auction we have a fantastic collection of contemporary erotica. The books range from novels about prostitution and titles on obscure subjects like bondage, to erotic art and photography books and works that look at the history of sex. Much of the subject mater covered in these books is often considered taboo, […]

Hudson Fysh Collection & Aviation

Hudson Fysh Collection & Aviation

The September 9th Sydney Rare Book Auction will feature a fantastic range of aviation titles, including books from the collection of Sir Hudson Fysh, founder of Qantas. Many of the books contain Fysh’s signature and bookplate, as well as inscriptions by him in the margins relating to the text. Any aviation enthusiast will appreciate the […]


June 24th Auction Highlights

June 24th Auction Highlights

The Sydney Rare Book Auctions team hosted our most recent auction on June 24th, with a full auction room and numerous online bidders making the sale a huge success. There was a lot of interest both locally and internationally for the Norman Lindsay collection, fine bindings and antiquarian books on offer. Highlights for the sale […]

Over 100 Lots of Lindsay Material

Over 100 Lots of Lindsay Material

We have over 100 lots of Norman Lindsay material included in our June 24th auction. There are numerous limited editions from the Fanfrolico Press as well as from other publishers, plus many signed works on offer. There is a brilliant collection of  handwritten letters from Norman Lindsay to Lawson Glassop. These letters reveal a close […]

Next Auction

Saturday 15th June at 1PM at 33b Nelson St, Annandale. There will be over 400 lots of rare and interesting books for sale. We have a huge collection of agriculture books, Indigenous titles, fine bindings, Australiana, art books, Norman Lindsay, Biggles and much more. We will be uploading the complete catalogue soon!