Bibliomania

Signed first editions, non fiction and other items for the bibliomaniac. Auction held 10 am Friday 4th August.

What better way to celebrate our hundredth auction than with books for the bibliomaniac.

We have signed and first editions from Agatha Christie, Cormac McCarthy, JJR Tolkien, James Ellroy, Michael Connelly and Patrick White.

We have a huge collection of books about books, book collecting, private press, bookmaking and design and other book related things. Including the a run of the lovely production the Matrix.

We have some good early Australian. There are two Western Australia standouts: the 1898 Spinifex Sand Carnegie and the Swan River Settlement by Irwin 1835. For Tasmania we have the 1822 Description of Van Diemen’s Land by Evans. We have a few music scripts from Isaac Nathan.

We have some good transport books in shipping and cars. Including Jaguar and Alfa Romeo, the shipping trade and the navy.

We also have some nice vellum including early Australian documents, a leaf from the Book of Hours illuminated in France as well as nice bindings.

Catalogue

Brett Whiteley

One of our highlights in our next auction (10am Friday 14th July )

Sketch for a bird sculpture by Brett Whiteley. Ink on paper. Featuring Stamp: BW inside a circle on bottom right. (Lot 14)

Undated, but likely from the late 1970s or early 1980s. The forms in the drawing can be traced to a series of bird sculptures in his 1988 bird show.(SLNSW) This playful sketch is a predatory study for what were to be a series of Brett Whitely’s last sculptural works; an intimate fragment of the creative process of Australia’s most revered artist.

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) Sydney artist. Winner of the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes. (DAAO)  Not only known for his large colourful and lyrical artworks but his popstar persona and his substance addiction. This sketch was given friend with a similar affliction. It was later acquired by current