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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 […]

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 […]