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  • Alvin Lustig Dust Jacket design for New Directions – 50 Postcard style Illustrations.

    Alvin Lustig Dust Jacket design for New Directions – 50 Postcard style Illustrations.

    Voyager hero and favourite graphic designer Alvin Lustig got into bed with super New York publisher of high end literature, New Directions, to design unique dust jacket art for the likes of Tennessee William, Dylan Thomas, Ezra Pound etc.

    This boxed set of fifty postcards is a retrospective of that work comprising some of the more unusual designs. Unfortunately the books are getting out of reach for all but the devoted cashed up collector. So why not get this selection as an introduction or reminder of this man’s talent.

    Would make a super gift – and get over the – we don’t use postcards any more – they are a memento of normal life as it once was before the whole world spent their whole waking moments tapping away with two fingers on a iphone … uuhhggh.

    Lustig beautifully presented and maybe a challenge for some.

    $35.00

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  • Large Scale Copper Engraving of the Façade of Amsterdam Town Hall – Jacob van Campden – 1661

    Large Scale Copper Engraving of the Façade of Amsterdam Town Hall – Jacob van Campden – 1661

    Original large folio copper engraving of the Amsterdam Town Hall. The western façade showing ground floor entrance and first, second and third floor windows divided into upper and lower sections. A fronton with a statue either end and in the middle Atlas carrying the world globe. The actual length of the building is 79 metres.

    See National Library of Australia for an example reference 226808

    Central fold – paper xxcm by xxcm. Apologies that it is too big to get a full image on our large scanner .. but almost. Sowing some age as you would expect but still a very worthy example and would make a superb architectural framed item .. if you are Dutch even better.

    Represents plate E from Afbeelding van’t Stadt Huys van Amsterdam in darigh coopere Plaaten / geordineert door Jacob van Campden; en geteeckent door Jacob Vennekool. Tot Amsterdam: Bij Dancker Danckerets … 1661.

    Price $120.00 unframed
    One of a number of 17th century architectural engravings at Voyager.

    $120.00

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  • Sydney Centennial Park – Unusual Period Ephemera – Design for the Main Gates – Self Measuring Pocket Book –    J Moore 1886

    Sydney Centennial Park – Unusual Period Ephemera – Design for the Main Gates – Self Measuring Pocket Book – J Moore 1886

    This little self measuring pocket book could be found at W.E. Smith, bookbinder printer etc of bridge Street Sydney in the 1880’s.

    Original owners name J Moore and dated Feb 16th 1886. Contains a number of architectural sketches and notes and financial doodles.

    Most interestingly are the notes re ”3 Gateways for Centennial Park”. We have Moore’s rough notes re dimensions – 122 ft in total with various access for Carriage and Horse, below that a lightly scribbled concept. To the right some finer work on the suggested pillar work and wrought iron embellishments.

    Overleaf a much fuller concept. All of which would have made for a fine set of gates.

    The actual gates were in fact built between the date of these sketches and the official opening of Centennial Park in January 1888 – three trees were planted in a rather [then barren plot. Sadly for Moore the gates were not to his design – but not completely dissimilar – we prefer our man.

    Some interesting little sketches and the odd house and kitchen design elsewhere but also, as with many similar items, rather a lot of blank pages.

    An interesting architectural conversation piece.

    Sydney Centennial Park Gates the Preferred Design

    $120.00

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  • New South Wales Military Uniforms – A collection of images

    New South Wales Military Uniforms – A collection of images

    A collection of images of early and unusual New South Wales military uniforms – from the Boer War and earlier up to the Great War.

    Housed in a typical 1980’s photograph album with the convenient static assisted flip of sleeve allowing easy access to the items. Some have interesting notes to rear. All up 19 images, many large. Some Army promotional photographs, others photographic reproductions of early images, the odd postcard style.

    Some specifically identified … Sgt J Barracluff, Sydney Troop, NSW Cavalry Regt who we learn was a member of the tournament team sent to Great Britain, 1893- awarded 2nd Prize (equal) for Tilting at R.I.M. Tournament, Dublin 1893. A nice early image of the NSW Army Medical Corps at the Boer war. Sqn Sgt Maj W.H. Davies c1905-1912 in full dress review order. And, drummer Bert Taylor with second set of Drum Banners c1900 on his Drum Horse. Possibly our favourite - the “Cycle Section” many with turned down handle bars … and gaiters …

    A nice diverse collection of NSW historical military uniform images.

    $140.00

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  • 19thC French Heraldry – Nouveau Manuel Complet Du Blason ou Code Heraldique – Pautet – 1854 – Special Fine Leather Binding from the Library of The Convent of the Birds – Notre Dame

    19thC French Heraldry – Nouveau Manuel Complet Du Blason ou Code Heraldique – Pautet – 1854 – Special Fine Leather Binding from the Library of The Convent of the Birds – Notre Dame

    Published in 1854, a new edition, small thick octavo, 340 pages and ten extraordinary multiple folding plates.

    Bound in rich crimson leather, raised bands to spine with five compartments, separate title label, gilt decorations to other compartments and authors name at top and even more discrete perhaps the binders name at bottom. Front and back boards panelled in gilt with decorations and heraldic shield to front, page edges richly gilt.

    Carries the unusual and large bookplate of the “Maison des Oiseux” which shows two kneeling angels adoring flaming hearts, one pierced by a dagger the other crown of thorns …engraved by Chezoud of Rue de la Verrerie No55, Paris.

    Long regarded as a fine book on Heraldry and French Coat of Arms this book is "made" by its impressive engravings – and this copy in a binding to die for.

    Heraldry French style dressed to impress for the Convent of the Birds

    $180.00

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  • Australia – Magic Lantern Slide Set – c1905.

    Australia – Magic Lantern Slide Set – c1905.

    Produced by W. Butcher & sons, London (1870-1906) under the brand name Primus. Sold as a set of eight in cardboard box with Lantern Lecture Reading notes. Complete.

    Standard magic lantern glass size 3.5 inch by 3.5 inch. All images square with rounded corners, original black mounting tape along edges. Very bright colouring, super condition apart from a crack in one slide.

    The slides comprise

    Government House Melbourne
    Sydney Harbour – Well before the bridge and heavily treed.
    Gold Mining Past and Present
    Sheep Shearing
    Richmond River [Northern NSW]
    In the Bush
    A Kangaroo Hunt
    Australian Aborigines

    There is much more about these images than observed at first glance.

    The image of aborigines includes an inset of a proud Murray River Warrior which is clearly derived from a photograph taken in 1880 by Samuel White Sweet. Resplendent in a possum skin coat holding a fighting waddy and decorated malcarra (shield) and string bag the subject cuts a proud figure. Maggs are currently selling a collection including the photograph – eye watering $.

    The kangaroo hunt is rather gruesome particularly the practice of cutting the tendon.

    The gold mining slide is super albeit cracked with an inset image of the old time cradle against the powerful mechanised image of Ballarat mines.

    The accompanying words are fairly comprehensive and interesting but of the period so anti C’s beware.

    Australia as it was seen over 100 years ago.

    $290.00

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