Voyages, exploration, history + firsts edition fiction, signed books and bookplates

This auction we have a good and eclectic mix. We have signed books, first editions and fine bindings. We also have some good voyages and exploration, as well as other shipping books on steam, sailing and navigation. There is lots of war and military books, good Australian history, ephemera and books on Sydney Harbour. There is an interesting collection of Japanese books about Chinese Dynasties and maps. We have books for art, architecture enthusiasts as well as a number of bookplates.

We have some lovely fine bindings include Shakespeare (12), Walter Scott (11) and Religious books (3&4). Signed and first edition highlights we have Lot 60 Steinbeck Signed – Grapes of Wrath.

Next we hold Early voyage and exploration including 1790 White First Fleet Journal(35), c 1770 Chart of NSW(7) and Lot 414 Turnbull Voyage 1805(414).

We have   collection of pilots from across the world including North Sea(337); Mediterranean(334); The Channel Islands (336); St. Lawrence Pilot (345); Australia(174); The Pacific (333); Baltic Pilot(335); Greece (366). Other shipping books include Union Steam Ships New Zealand 1875-1940(389).

There is a lot Australian history books including Collins 1804 NSW One Volume Edition(37),  1828 Census of  N.S.W(24),  Sydney Harbour Bridge Souvenir c1910s(305).  We also have good military book like Lot 446 -WWII Surrender Proclamation POWs 1945.

There are over 10 Japanese books includes Lot A History of the Chinese Dynasties from Prehistoric Times until Mongolian Times(547) and Ming and Ching Dynasty History(550).

We have a number of bookplates includes seven Norman Lindsay bookplates (566). We also have books on bookplates John B Godson Bookplates 1933(158); Kurt Libesny Bookplate Etchings(385); and Warren’s Study of Bookplates 1900(159).

Voyages, exploration, history + firsts edition fiction, signed books and bookplates Sunday 23th June, 12:00 PM
Timed auction


Arthur Upfield

Gary Gorton Crime Fiction Collection
Part One Sunday June 16, 12:00 PM

We have 48 Arthur Upfield items in this weeks catalogue.

Arthur William Upfield (1890-1964) born in England and arrived in Australia 1911(ADB). He served in the Australian Army and returned to Australia in 1921. Upfield was “employed patrolling the number one rabbit proof fence for three years until 1931”. (3pp. Lindsey) It is here he wrote his first two books before taking up writing full time.

Upfield’s Success: While he was read in Australia it was the American and European markets which gave his financial success. His books have been translated into 15 languages.  (2pp Bony at Home and Abroad : The Arthur Upfield Phenomenon by Carol Hetherington)
Portrait from the Bony and the Kelly Gang.

Bony: He wrote 34 books, 29 featuring part-Aboriginal detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Known by ‘Bony’ by his friends. (2pp Bony at Home and Abroad : The Arthur Upfield Phenomenon by Carol Hetherington). The third in the series is Wings of Diamantina.

Story number four in the Bony Series: Mr Jelly’s Business was set in Burracoppin which is where Upfield was headquartered while riding the number 1 rabbit proof fence. (144pp Lindsey)

Upfield’s work later took on many forms including: newspaper serials, radio series of ‘Man of Two Tribes’ by Australasian Radio Productions(1953) and a television series featuring Bony(1972). (2pp  Hetherington)

This copy of A Royal Abduction was inscribed to John K Ewers by Upfield on the title page.  Upfield “… had  very little intimate contact with other writers, except JK Ewers from their first contact in 1930.” (21pp Lindsey)

Want to see more Upfield books? Watch Paul show off some Upfield in dustwrappers.


Arthur Upfield: A Biography by Travis Lindsey. PhD. Murdoch University 2005.
Bony at Home and Abroad: The Arthur Upfield Phenomenon by Carol Hetherington.  University of Queensland.
Arthur William Upfield. Australian Dictionary Biography.

When Sunday June 16, 12:00 PM
Where Timed auction
Viewing encouraged 10am – 4pm weekdays
At Sydney Rare Book Auctions Dalgety Square at C11/372-428 Wattle Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007
Bidding absentee, on Invaluable and on our website.