2004 RARE BOOK FAIR - 15-17 OCTOBER
FIRST TRULY INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR
Over 60 Exhibitions from all over the world
Wonderful setting in Australia's only building listed in the World Heritage Register
This October, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers is host to the first major congress of antiquarian booksellers ever to be held in the southern hemisphere. We will be visited by booksellers and other experts from Africa, America, Asia, Europe (including France, Switzerland, Austria and Britain).
In association with this gathering, there will be a huge Antiquarian Book Fair to be held in the splendour of Melbourne's Exhibition Buildings.
Never before will there have been such a gathering. Almost seventy exhibitions will display an unprecedented collection of fine and rare books. More than half the exhibitions are from overseas and of the Australians represented, there are several who have never exhibited at a Melbourne Book Fair before.
The riches our exhibitions are planning to display will make this the finest and most valuable exhibition and source of rare books to date and unlikely to be equalled in a generation or two.
The booksellers, where they are coming from and what they are bringing:
We can only select a sample of the booksellers and give a flavour of their wares.
From Yushodo Co. in Tokyo, Mr. Mitsuo Nitta, a specialist in the finest literature books on travel and early printing, will offer a diverse range of material, including fine private press pieces from the Ashendene Press and others; high points of literature, including early printings of Dante, Min and Haydn; an original manuscript by John-Paul Satre (c. $38,000); an excellent range of travel books, including the 1589 first edition of Hakluyt's Voyages; and for something completely different some Beatles sheet music signed by all four Beatles.
Our European visitors include M. Rudolph Chamonal from Paris who is displaying an important collection of over 300 old photographs concerning Aborigines, Maoris, Melanesians and Polynesians, with many rare and early images from such talented explorer photographers as Paul-Emile Miot, Allan Hughan, Lucien Gautier and Adolphe Sylvan. We are indeed fortunate, as this is the first public display of this significant group of images.
An important archive listing Australian journalist, John Fisher (son of Australian Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher) with the European radical journalist, Egon Kish, who famously challenged the White Australia Policy and the notorious dictation test during his visit to Australia in 1934/1935 (the subject of his work "Australian Landhold") is being shown by Marcus and Gertrude Benz of Zurich.
Dieter Tausch, whose Antiquariat & Gallerie is in beautiful Innsbruck in Austria, will be showing a rare early woodcut children's game, printed in Venice in 1640. It is probably the oldest Italian printed game and will be offered at about $8,000.
From Antiquariat Reinhold Berg, in the medieval German city of Regensburg, comes one of the greatest illustrated national history books: John Gould's Birds of Asia, published between 1850 and 1883 in seven huge volumes containing 530 hand-coloured lithographic plates. The asking price is about $270,000.
Michael Steinbach, a specialist in children's books, fine illustration and gastronomy from Munich in Germany; has an impressive gathering from his specialist areas - including a rare and beautiful 1825 ironwork sample catalogue.
Mr. Ulrich Hobbeling from Munstres in Germany, whose Antiquariat Theresia Stendeshoff is a repository of incunabula, atlases, rare early maps and fine maps and prints from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries.
Another great illustrated natural history book is the Zoology of the Voyage of HMS Beagle Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, published between 1838 and 1843 in five volumes. Charles Darwin, of course, is the most notable force behind this work with its 82 fine hand-coloured plates. John and Elizabeth Gould contributed to the plates in this volume, which is valued in excess of $288,000. It will be displayed by Jeanne van Bruggen of Antiquariat Junk from Amsterdam.
Two other Dutch booksellers will be exhibiting at the fair. Gert Jan and Wilma Bestebreurtje will bring a fine selection of the specialist subject areas, early travel and Dutch colonial history. We welcome also Mr. Laurens Hesselink from Utrecht, a specialist in early printing, manuscripts, travel and fine illustrated books, who is offering such gems as a copy of the first illustrated edition of Horace's Opera printed in Strassburg in 1498 and an impressive set of the Peron-Freycinet Voyage & aux Terres Australes. Each will be offered in the $60,000 to $70,000 range.
Charlotte du Rietz who, after seven years in London has recently retired to her native Sweden, is bringing to the fair a most interesting group of travel books, including many on Australia and the Pacific. Included is a rare collection of the Results of Dr. E. Mjoberg's Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-1913 (in 53 parts).
About ten of the visiting booksellers at our fair are from the United States and a quick survey of the books coming with them shows some quite amazing treasures - especially in the field of literature. The President of the International League, Bob Fleck of Oak Knoll Books in Maryland, well known as an international expert and publisher of books about books, is displaying a copy of perhaps the most celebrated of all private press books, the 1896 Kelmscott Chaucer. This great work was the highpoint of William Morris's publishing career and it has added importance since it is one of the few copies bound to Morris's specifications in half pigskin. This will be offered at about $190,000.
Heritage Bookshop, from Los Angeles, has one of the richest stocks of antiquarian books in the world and is showing some stunning literary rarities, such as first editions of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (3 volumes 1813), Baudelaine's Les Fleurs du Mal (1857); and Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857). Two twentieth century works also stand out - first editions of Tarzan of the Apes (1914) and of Tolkien's The Hobbit (1937). Both rare books, these are made exceptional by the presence of their original dustwrappers. In the case of The Hobbit, this leads to a six figure price tag.
Between the Covers, one of the world's leading dealers in modern literature, has a series of highly sought after books in extraordinary condition. These include fine copies in the dustwrappers of Dashiell Hammett's Maltese Falcon (1930), the archetypal hardboiled mystery; the first James Bond story, Casino Royal (1953); and Damon Runyon's Guys and Dolls (1931). Also on offer are rare works by J. D. Salinger and Ernest Hemingway's rather prosaically titled, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923). These works fall mostly in the $20,000 to $70,000 price range.
Justin Schiller of New York is one of the world's leading dealers and experts on children's books. Amongst much else, he will exhibit original artwork by Ernest Shepherd and Maurice Sendak and of antipodean interest some manuscript material of Beatrix Potter and a manuscript biography of Ida Rentoul (Outhwaite) and her sister Annie, by their father.
Peter Howard, the proprietor of the almost-legendary Serendipity Books of San Francisco, is bringing some important and enticing Australian items to the fair, including a series of original manuscripts by Arthur Upfield and an excellent collection of Patrick White first editions, including the Ploughman and both British and US firsts of Happy Valley. Peter's fair catalogue includes original screenplays by Alfred Hitchcock and Laurel and Hardy.
Our own David Lilburne is back from New York for the fair and is bringing many rare Australian pamphlets, games and ephemera and is showing a huge and important gathering of some 200 Australian maps from 1540 to 1898. David will be in Perth after the book fair until 3 November (contact him on (08) 9386 4490).
The Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America is mounting a joint display with offerings from several members, including John Crichton, Rusty Mott and Annette Kolling-Buckley. We also welcome Ken Lopez, the hugely respected dealer in rare modern literature from Massachusetts, his speciality is fine, inscribed and association copies of rare modern literature.
Amongst our British visitors this year we have an impressive grouping of some of the great "Dynastic" houses of world bookselling. Maggs Bros.of Berkeley Square in London, was founded in about 1853 by Uriah Maggs and has maintained a dominant role in dealing with rare Australian books for at least a century. Amongst much else they are exhibiting a first edition of perhaps the most important scientific treatise of the past 400 years, Isaac Newton's Principia (1687). Interestingly and tantalisingly, some of the most exciting material Maggs are bringing is not for sale. An archive of paintings and memorabilia of the family of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife, Alexandra, were left with Maggs by a governess of the royal court during World War II. Maggs, over many years, lost touch with the owner and only in recent times did they find a descendent in Sydney. The material is to be reunited with its owner at a ceremony at our book fair.
Also, over 150 years old, is the firm of Bernard Quaritch, the world famous antiquarian booksellers of Lower John Street, London. Their book fair catalogue is bursting with literally the great books of the western world. Euclid's Liber elementorum&in artem geometrie (Venice 1482) is the first edition of the foundation work of mathematics; the true first edition of Hobbes's Leviathan (London 1651); Kepler's Astronomia Nova &. (Heidelberg 1609) is probably the most important astronomical book ever published. Add to these Newton's Optick's (1704) Malthus's Essay on & Population (1803) and Darwin's Origin of Species (1859) to say nothing of early folio Shakespeares and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and the exceptional nature of the exhibit becomes clear.
Keith Fletcher is the present incumbent of the firm of H. M. Fletcher founded by his grandfather in 1902. This is a true general antiquarian bookseller's business whose specialty is "Fine, interesting and useful books from the 15th to the 20th centuries". An outstanding example of his stock is the first English edition of Richard de Bury's Philobiblon (Oxford 1599) the "Holy Grail" of English bibliography.
Jonathan Potter of Bond Street in London, will be bringing a selection of early maps showing the development of European knowledge of Australia. These will include Speed's famous map of 1627 and Colum's 1650 Dutch map showing the coasts of Carpentaria and Western Australia.
Robert Frew of Great Russell Street in London is offering a set of Donovan's three volume masterpiece, Epitome of the Natural History of Insects (which includes) an Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland & (London 1798-1805), the first systematic and illustrated survey of Australian insects.
Hugh Pagan Limited, of London, have been in business since 1987, and are one of the recognised worldwide specialists in books on architecture and related subjects. They will be exhibiting a selection of books drawn from all areas of their stock, including copies both of John Claudius Loudon's Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farm and Villa Architecture, and of his wife Jane Webb Loudon's extremely rare three-volume novel, The Mummy (in its 1828 second edition), the forerunner of all subsequent "return of the mummy" literature of this genre.
An American in England, Rick Gekoski of R. A. Gekoski Booksellers of London, has one of the finest and most select stocks of rare modern literature in the world. His book fair stock will include T. S. Eliot's The Wasteland (New York 1922), the only contemporary inscribed copy in private hands and a fine first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses (Paris 1922) signed and inscribed by Joyce. These are priced at $325,000 and $450,000, respectively. More modestly priced at $7,500, is a tress of hair, "in original hairdresser's envelope", from the first cutting of the hair of baby Sylvia Plath; an extraordinary memento of the ill-starred author.
The presence of these conspicuous rarities is at once a great opportunity for the Australian public and a cause for our sincere gratitude to our overseas visitors.
THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINGENT.
Our Australian book and print dealers have also put their best foot forward with a great many rare or even unique items. It should be noted that the difficulties of transport are less for local dealers and there will be from some still the opportunity to find many books for well under $100.
This year we have some exciting first-time exhibitors. Roz Greenwood and Mary Phillips from Dunkeld are bringing a collection of literary ladies, including Mrs. Meredith, Mrs. Rolf Boldrewood, Vita Sackville-West and Mary Gaunt. Jane and Gerry Dorset from Brighton Antique Prints and Maps will have on sale rare maps, prints and books, including Camdens Britannia with its 17th Century country maps. Also available will be a good selection of Ned Kelly material and signed documents by La Trobe and Lonsdale. Glenn and Jacqueline Watson from G. & J. Watson Fine Arts of Sydney, are specialists in rare maps and prints. One of their exciting finds is a manuscript chart from Louis Antoine de Bougainville. This is the only known copy of this manuscript chart which was intended clearly for publication in Bougainville's printed account of his voyage.
Michael Sprod of Astrolabe Booksellers of Hobart, will be bringing in addition to his usual Tasmaniana some interesting material, including a T.E. Lawrence autographed letter, dated 1920, expressing his by then well known desire to avoid the limelight.
David Moran and Patricia Vodden of Olde Music and Cookery Books of Hobart are offering a series of rare early cook books, as well as important sheet music much adorned with chromo-lithograph covers.
Jean-Louis Boglio, the principal Australian authority on maritime books, has some significant manuscript items, including two logs from the period of the Napoleonic wars written by John Nicholson, after whom Nicholson Harbour in Wellington was named.
NEW SOUTH WALES.
Paul Feain of Cornstalk Books in Sydney, is also featuring some manuscript items, including a shipboard diary of a young boy travelling from Fremantle to Pittsburgh via Europe; and a revealing world war two diary dealing with the non-heroic side of Australian military experience.
Susan Tompkins of Bibliophile in Sydney, will exhibit a selection of books from her areas of speciality - Australia, Pacific Islands (including Papua New Guinea) and Asia. Highlights include the limited edition of "The Bradman Albums", signed by Don Bradman and Kenneth Slessor's "Thief of the Moon" with three original woodcuts by Norman Lindsay.
Gordon Hughes of Antiquariat Fine Books in Bowral, will be bringing a diverse range of material, such as a 1929 11 line handwritten and signed entry in an autograph album by Sir Donald Bradman, rare 17th century imprints of reformed and puritan theology, a fine selection of old books on Scotland, including scarce Orkney and Shetland items and two items of 17th century Australiana; a Bohun Gazetteer of 1695 and a 1614 Magini/Ptolomey Geography which records and has maps of the new discoveries of Ferdinand de Quiros, including Terra Australis Incognita.
Louella Kerr, of Sydney, will exhibit a fine collection of Australia literature, including the first published books of Henry Lawson, Patrick White and Les Murray. Other works of literature will be John Addington Symonds' translation of The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, illustrated and signed by Salvador Dali; and a rare association copy of Thomas Jefferson Hogg's Two Hundred and Nine Days; or the Journal of a Traveller on the Continent, 2 volumes, 1827. Hogg, the intimate friend and first biographer of Shelley, inscribed this copy to his lover, Jane Williams, the widow of Edward Williams, who had drowned with Shelley. Louella will also exhibit a rare Shunga, or Japanese Pillow Book, with 12 erotic double-page coloured illustrations.
From Berkelouw Books of Sydney and Bowral, we will see an extraordinary Bible presented to Dr. H. V. Evatt and signed by the war cabinet, including three prime ministers and embellished by the signatures of the two great wartime leaders, Churchill and Roosevelt. Also by Churchill, Berkelouws have the rare signed limited edition of Marlborough: His Life and Times (1933-38)
Hordern House of Sydney, the premier Australian and international dealers in rare Australiana and Pacific voyages, will exhibit important materials relating to Captain Cook's discoveries in the Pacific, including Magra's Journal of a Voyage Around the World (1771) and an intriguing Pocket Globe by Cary (1791), marking the spot where Cook was killed in 1779.
Tim McCormick of Woollahra in Sydney, well-known specialist in rare Australiana and colonial art has unearthed a collection of drawings and watercolours by a significant but unrecorded artist, Edward Turner, who visited Victoria in about 1855/56 and recorded Geelong, Portland, Ballarat goldfields, Mr. Alexander goldfields, etc.
Peter Tinslay, The Antique Bookshop & Curios, in Sydney, will be bringing a selection of interesting items from their usual diverse stock. This will include a recently acquired collection of books relating to the Pacific.
The Melbourne booksellers always need to work hard to produce exciting fresh stock for a Melbourne Book fair since the fair visitors are usually familiar with their existing stock. It seems that once again they have risen to the challenge admirably.
Kay Craddock has Arthur Upfield's own collection of his novels, embellished with letters and manuscripts; the rare first edition of Christian Waller's The Great Breath and a collection of James Bond novels.
Peter Arnold has unearthed an extraordinary copy of Conan Doyle's The Poison Belt (1913) with original dustwrapper and original printed wraparound. These are added to a good set of Cook's Voyages and a Ned Kelly Police wanted circular from 1878 with a mounted photograph.
Camberwell Books will bring along a selection of rare 1940s Australian drawn and published comics - several of which are very rare - less than 5 known copies. Publishers such as Frank Johnson and New South Wales Bookstall and fabulous evocative covers of a long-gone "home-grown" Australia.
Time Booksellers from Frankston will be exhibiting a range of select books from each of their specialist areas: Australian local histories; military; travel and exploration; and the Game of Chess. Notable is a good group of battalion histories from the Great War of 1914-1918.
Gaston Renard Pty. Ltd., Fine and Rare Books (established in 1945 and has been operated by Julien Renard since 1981), specialise in Voyages and Travels, especially Antarctica, Australia and the Pacific region. They will be bringing to the book fair several prime Antarctic items, including Amundsen's The South Pole, inscribed by Edgeworth David, an inscribed copy of J. K. Davis's With the Aurora in the Antarctic, James Palmer's Thulia, a rare first German edition of James Clark Ross's account of James Cook's second voyage. They will also be exhibiting volumes from their limited edition series under the new imprint Edition Renard, including John White's Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, with 65 coloured plates (winner of two Gold Medals), Aboriginal Life in Old Australia and Tench's Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay.
Grant's Bookshop of Prahran is planning to show books of a general literary type, including children's books, modern literature and Australian literature. There will be a considerable number of signed copies, a small collection of material relating to the Angry Penguins and a preliminary offering from the Jeff Prentice Collection of Australian Children's Literature, recently acquired and rich in the ephemeral works of the 1930s and 1940s.
Barbara Hince of Kenneth Hince Old & Fine Books will be exhibiting a fine binding from the Guild of Women Binders; a number of Virginia Woolfe first editions and related Bloomsbury titles; and some early twentieth century travel books in original cloth and in fine condition.
Other ANZAAB exhibitors include Alice McCormick and the Antique Print Room from Sydney; Anah Dunsheath from Auckland, New Zealand; Sainsbury's Books, Andrew Isles and Moir Street Books from Melbourne; Canberra's Asia Bookroom; Pigs Wings from near Coolangatta; Robert Muir from Perth and Michael Treloar of Adelaide.
OF ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS
OCTOBER 15TH-17TH 2004
OPENING: FRIDAY 15TH 5PM - 9PM
SATURDAY 16TH 11AM -6PM
SUNDAY 17TH 11AM - 5PM
Admission: Friday opening $12 valid for all days
From Saturday $6 valid for 2 days
Door prize: a book voucher for $500
Enquiries: telephone (03) 9529 2933
Facsimile (03) 9521 1079
Children half price
Canberra Times on our pop-up book fair at the Canberra Conference