Rare Book Monthly

Book Catalogue Reviews - July - 2012 Issue

Edwards Collection of Australiana Offered by Hordern House

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The Robert Edwards collection.

Hordern House has released a detailed and extensively illustrated catalogue of The Collection of Robert Edwards AO (Order of Australia). Mr. Edwards, along with being a notable contributor to Australian cultural institutions, is a major collector of Australiana. He has spent most of his lifetime since he was a boy collecting books in his field of interest. Much of that time was spent in English bookshops, the land which became the source of so many of the people, and so much of the culture, that would become today's Australia. His collection became a major part of his life, and inspiration for his success. However, there eventually comes a time when collectors must deal with what comes next for their books, Mr. Edwards noting, “life is not a series of easy choices.” As he explains, “...finally I realized that I would ultimately have to come to terms with parting with this library gathered over a lifetime with care and enjoyment. It was a decision made with great reluctance.” The result is the offering of this library, and with it an opportunity for the next generation of collectors to trace Mr. Edwards' steps, but in their own unique ways.

While most of the material is closely related to Australia, its explorations, first by sea, then overland to the interior, its settlement, its natives, transportation and its life as a penal colony, there are also works with a wider perspective. Material is available pertaining to Cook's voyages, which reached Australia, but many other places as well. There is a first edition set of George Vancouver's explorations, which were a major source of information about western Australia, but are better remembered for their discoveries along the Pacific coast of North America. We even find accounts of William Bligh's voyage as Captain of the Bounty, and the notorious mutiny that occurred on board. Bligh would later be appointed Governor of New South Wales, the founding colony in Australia. Here are a few other works offered from this collection.

We will start with the “foundation book” for Australia: The Voyage of Governor Phillip to Botany Bay, with the Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island... Arthur Phillip, an experienced sea captain, was put in charge of the voyage and settlement of the first colony in Australia. As such, he was named as the first Governor of New South Wales. Phillip put together a fleet of ships to make the journey from England. Their primary cargo was convicts. Running out of places to put criminals at home, the British decided to ship them off to the far off end of the earth, where they could be a bother no more. Of course, this meant that Governor Phillip would have to build a colony and farm the land primarily with convict labor, few of whom were skilled artisans or farmers. After landing at Botany Bay, where Captain Cook had spent time, Phillip concluded the area was not suitable for agriculture, which led to his move to Port Jackson (now Sydney Harbour). Still, it was a difficult time for the first few years, food shortages and other problems making the colony less than a happy place. Phillip finally managed to take his leave in 1792 after almost five years, by which time many more convicts, along with people of more reputable backgrounds, had arrived (around 4,000 total, three-quarters of whom were criminals). By then, food shortages had been resolved, and the colony was on more solid footing. Offered is a copy of the rare hand-colored deluxe first edition, published in 1789. Item 99. Priced at $48,000 (Australian dollars, which at this time are worth almost the same – slightly more – than U.S. dollars).

Item 1 is a broadside account of a horrible tragedy on one of the notorious transportation voyages, headed Frightful Wrecks! On August 25, 1833, the ship Amphitrite sailed from England toward Australia, carrying 106 women prisoners, 12 of their children, and a crew of 16. It was under the captaincy of John Hunter, with Surgeon James Forrester responsible for the convicts. The ship never came anywhere close to its destination. She ran aground half a mile off the port at Boulogne, France. A French pilot boat offered assistance, but Hunter refused all help. Offers were made to bring the women ashore for the night, but Forrester refused to let them out of his control. Hunter figured that the rising tide would free the ship, but as the tide rose, a terrible storm came up. Still, the officers refused assistance, and quickly, the seas now battering the ship, it broke apart. All of the women perished, only three crewmen who were able to swim to shore surviving. Hunter and Forrester were among those who paid dearly for their obstinacy. This unrecorded broadside is undated but has a handwritten notation of “Sept 1833.” $18,500.

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  • <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
    <b>TO AKABA! T.E. Lawrence and the Arab Revolt. Books, manuscripts and pictures. On exhibition 16 to 24th July at Maggs' new premises 48 Bedford Square.</b>
  • <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Exodus 10:10 to 16:15. Complete Biblical scroll sheet in Hebrew, a Torah scroll panel. Middle East, ca. 10th or 11th century.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Copernicus Refuted. (Astronomy.). Scientific manuscript of a course of studies at Collège de la Trinité, Lyon. 1660s.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Israel’s War of Independence and the Early Days of the IDF. 58 photographs presented to Israel Ber, IDF officer and later convicted spy.
    <b>19th Century Shop’s Catalog 170 Great Books and Photos. Please inquire for a copy.</b>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Early Unpublished Darwin letter on the races of man. Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Classic Image of American Slavery. Kimball, M. H. <i>Emancipated Slaves</i>. New York: George Hanks, 1863.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> (Underground Railroad.) Scaggs, Isaac. Important Runaway Slave Poster: $500 Reward Ran away, or decoyed from the subscriber…
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On</i>, designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, <i>Le Journal / La Traite des Blanches</i>, 1899. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>"Let Us Go Forward Together,"</i> designer unknown, 1940. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, <i>Babylone d'Allemagne</i>, 1894. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Frank Beatty, <i>Out of the Running</i>, 1929. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> James Montgomery Flagg, <i>Wake Up America Day</i>, 1917. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> <i>Danté / Sim • Sala • Bim!</i>, designer unknown. $12,000 to $18,000.
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    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Rick Griffin, <i>Jimi Hendrix Experience / John Mayall</i>, 1968. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2: Vintage Posters</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 2:</b> Abram Games, <i>Join the ATS</i>, 1941. $3,000 to $4,000.
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    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Pinder. <i>Der beschlossen gart des rosenkrantz marie</i>. Nuremberg, 1505.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Isidorus Hispalensis. <i>Synonyma de Homine</i>. Nuremberg, 1470-71.
    <b>Bonhams, inviting consignments for Sep 27:</b> Durer. Sammelband including <i>Underweysung der messing</i>. Nuremberg, 1525-29.
  • <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> John Muir. <i>My First Summer in the Sierra</i>, Boston, 1911.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ernest Hemingway. <i>For Whom the Bell Tolls</i>, New York, 1940. First edition later printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Upton Sinclair. <i>The Jungle</i>, New York, 1906. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> George Orwell. <i>Nineteen Eighty-Four</i>, 1949. First American edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Harper Lee. <i>To Kill a Mocking Bird</i>, 1960. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Richard Wright. <i>Native Son</i>, New York, 1940. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Dryden, Congreve, and others. <i>Ovid’s Art of Love</i>, London, 1764. English translation of Ovid’s work.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> S. E. Hinton. <i>The Outsiders</i>, New York, 1967. First edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>The Catcher in the Rye</i>, Boston, 1951. Book club edition.
    <b>Booth & Williams: NO RESERVE Rare Book Auction, now through July 23, 7:15PM EDT</b>
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> Ayn Rand. <i>Atlas Shrugged</i>, New York, 1957. Early printing.
    <b>Booth & Williams No Reserve Sale until Jul 23:</b> J. D. Salinger. <i>Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters</i> and <i>Seymour: An Introduction</i>, Boston, 1963. First [book] edition, third state.
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