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  • Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Le Kangourou elegant (Halmaturus elegans) or …. Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning

    Original hand coloured engraving originally drawn by Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778-1846) . Good strong clean example. Produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in c1830.

    The Banded Hare-wallaby is considered vulnerable and is found on Bernier Island and Dorre Island off Western Australia

    Lesueur participated in the Baudin Expedition, Geographie and Naturaliste, originally taken on as a gunner. Baudin discovered his talent for art and appointed him to illustrate his private journal. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    Price $120.00 unframed … enquire if you wish framing options.

    The rare Australian Banded Hare-wallaby … look after him!


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  • Collection of Foreign Banknotes

    Collection of Foreign Banknotes

    A small collection of 20 bank notes, all circulated, that could form the basis or the extension of a collection for a budding notaphilist.

    Includes two pre-revolution notes from Imperial Russia 5 and 10 rubles from 1909. Also, some early Reichsbanknote from 1914 through to 1922. More modern examples from under financial pressure Yugoslavia … 50 million dinara … some Egypt, Trinidad and Tobago etc

    All kept in standard protective display covers

    Nice group which should spur further interest in the World



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  • Shewy Stenactis  (Stenactis Speciosa) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    Shewy Stenactis (Stenactis Speciosa) – Sarah Drake – 1833

    A beautiful hand coloured engraving by Sarah Drake, published in the Piccadilly, London on 1st April 1833 by Ridgway for John Lindley. Colouring highlighted with gum Arabic which gives the impression of a rich three dimensional effect.

    John Lindley noted …The Shewy Stenactis is a hardy perennial native to California and had been brought by Mr Douglas to the London Horticultural Society.

    Very good condition the colours bright, thick paper clean 23cm x 15cm … will frame nicely.

    Sarah Drake was born in Norfolk in 1803. In 1830 she moved to the London house of John Lindley a leading botanist of the time. Among her roles she was the governess to Lindley’s children and through this Lindley spotted her superb artistic talent. She then became the principal illustrator to his botanical publications. She died in 1857. The Australian orchid genus Drakea was named in her honour.

    John Lindley was born in 1799. Early in his career he was employed by Sir Joseph Banks in his Herbarium. He was Professor of botany at the University of London and also ran the Royal Horticultural Society. In the 1830’s Kew Gardens was nearly demolished but for Lindley who had to campaign in Parliament to save it from extinction

    Price $90.00 unframed … enquire for framing options if you wish


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  • Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    Bookplate of Sir Samuel James Way Bart – Chief Justice c1910

    An original woodcut bookplate, over 100 years old, of Sir Samuel James Way (1836-1916). 13cm by 9.5cm in very good condition.

    Sir Samuel was Chief Justice of South Australia and Lieutenant Governor. He was invited to the Privy Council but had to give it up partly due to confusion as to who was to pay him. He was knighted in 1899 so we are pretty sure this bookplate was designed for him late in life.

    Postage will be reduced to cost on final billing.

    Sir Samuel James Way – Leading South Australian


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  • Adrian Feint Bookplate – Signed  by Artist – Ex Libris Sir James Robert McGregor

    Adrian Feint Bookplate – Signed by Artist – Ex Libris Sir James Robert McGregor

    A stylish bookplate by Adrian Feint for Sir James McGregor. 11cm by 8.0cm in blue inks on thick wove paper. Slight signs of age spot roughed on reverse from previous mount. Nicely autographed in pencil on lower right margin.

    Adrian George Feint (1894-1971) one of Australia’s most collected bookplate artists. During his time he designed bookplates for the Duke and Duchess of York and was honoured with an exhibition of his bookplates at the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 1930.

    Sir James Robert McGregor (1889-1973) was one of Australia’s most successful wool brokers representing leading Bradford Mills. He also owned plantations in Papua New Guinea. He collected and sponsored art in Australia … knew the Lindsay brothers and Adrian Feint.

    McGregor’s bookplate by Feint – Signed


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  • Original Norman Lindsay Bookplate  –  Ex Libris Colin B Berckelman

    Original Norman Lindsay Bookplate – Ex Libris Colin B Berckelman

    A finely executed bookplate by Norman Lindsay (1879-1969) for the bibliophile Colin Blake Berckelman (1807-1965). 12cm by 10,5cm on thick wove paper … very clean.

    Norman Lindsay needs no introduction except to say that few know he was pretty handy with his fists as well as the brush, pen and etching tool.

    Colin Berckelman was really quite something also. He was lucky to be the agent in NSW for large brass padlocks made by Jackson’s of Tasmania … and had all the contracts that could be had with prisons and railways. He attended his office in the morning to deal with overnight orders and was usually done by 10am. He spent the rest of the day, at auctions collecting all sorts of things … his main interest being books, bookplates, erotica etc … most of his bookplates were of naked women … he was known to quip “I like them that way”.

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    Norman Lindsay’s Erotic Bookplate for Berckelman


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