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
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Gary Gorton Crime Fiction Collection

Part One
Sunday June 16, 12:00 PM
Sydney Rare Book Auctions is pleased to present the first auction of Crime Fiction books from the estate of the late Gary Gorton.

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Gary was resident in Hong Kong for many years and more recently in Bangkok. He died suddenly in Bangkok in 2023. He lived most of his adult life in Asia and for fun he was collecting any book listed in Hubin’s Crime Fiction: A Comprehensive Bibliography.

The books he collected had to be first editions in dustwrapper and in very good condition. In his job as an international banker, he travelled widely and made contacts with dealers in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia and was always happy to entertain us when we were in Hong Kong or later in Bangkok. When visiting Gary I always felt privileged to view and handle his collection and it left me totally amazed that one person could put together such a collection of fine books.

Gary had an excellent memory and knew all the books and he had a good eye for detail and knew the correct first edition and all the necessary points. He could sit for hours and discuss the books and their content. Obviously, he had not read every book but he amazed me with the numbers he had not only read but remembered in detail.

This is the first of several auction catalogues of crime fiction we will be offering over the next several months.

The books are in wonderful condition. All of them are housed in a brodart cover. Some of the wrappers have professional repairs and some of the books have had the top stains refurbished. All of these individual faults and repairs have been noted in our description. Most of the repairs have been performed on the inside of the wrapper and are invisible to the naked eye.

Everyone who has wandered into our office in the last two months have used words like wonderful, unbelievable, stunning but I think that words cannot describe the collection.

Happy Hunting!

Sunday June 16, 12:00 PM
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