Sydney dealer Louella Kerr will offer an eclectic mix of rare and unusual items. These include an early colonial land grant, the first edition of Charles Darwin’s first published book, and rare modern first editions.
1. FITZROY, Captain Robert, KING, Captain Phillip Parker, & DARWIN Charles. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle Between the Years 1826 and 1836. Describing Their Examination of the Southern Shores of South America, and the Beagle’s Circumnavigation of the Globe. 3 volumes in 4. London, 1839. First editions. The third volume `Journal and Remarks 1832-1836 by Charles Darwin Esq. M. A.’, is Darwin’s account of the Beagle’s voyage. This is the first issue of Darwin’s first published book.
2. GAMBLE, Allan. The University Of Sydney. Sketch impressions in line and colour. Folio A plus Folio B. 24 signed hand coloured lithographic prints. [Sydney, 1990, 1991]: 50 sets of Folio A printed, 35 sets of Folio B. Each print is numbered and dated, and signed `Allan Gamble’. Each set is housed in a cloth folder, 40x30cms.
3. MACQUARIE, Lachlan, & D’Arcy Wentworth. Land Grant of 60 acres at Concord to D’Arcy Wentworth. Dated 31st August 1819. Original vellum with paper seal, signed L. Macquarie, and witnessed by H. C. Antill and John Riley. Lachlan Macquarie was the fifth governor of colonial New South Wales from 1810 to 1821. D’Arcy Wentworth (1762-1827), was born in Ireland into the family of the Earls Fitzwilliam. Afer medical studies in England, and attempting to improve his finances by highway robbery, he avoided transportation by sailing to New South Wales as assistant surgeon on the Neptune, a transport ship in the Second Fleet. He arrived in the infant colony in 1790. He played a significant part in deposing Governor Bligh in 1808, but found favour with Bligh’s successor, Lachlan Macquarie. Wentworth held many public offices in New South Wales, and was instrumental in founding both the Sydney Hospital and the Bank of New South Wales. Henry Colden Antill served with Macquarie in the 73rd regiment in India. He arrived in New South Wales in 1810 and was appointed aide-de-camp to Macquarie. He later settled in the region that became Picton.
4. ORWELL, George. The Road To Wigan Pier. London, Gollanz, 1937. First edition: pp264, 32 photoplates. 8vo, original blue cloth, yellow lettering on spine. Foxing, mainly to edges, prelims, and last couple of pages. A good copy, with no leaning, rubbing, or inscriptions of any kind. With the age stained and slightly chipped, but complete, rare dust jacket. Orwell’s classic, inside exposure of the lives and employment conditions of the working class in northern England. In the second half of the book he argues the need for socialism, and, equally lucidly, the reasons people baulk at it. The book was `published on 8 March in both a Left Book Club edition and a public edition’ (Fenwick A5b) Only 2,150 copies of this hardcover edition were published. With the small Angus & Robertson Bookseller sticker on inside front board. The book has probably sat on a shelf in a Sydney house since 1937!
5. WILSON, Edmund. Discordant Encounters. Plays and Dialogues. New York, Albert & Charles Boni, 1926. First edition: pp298; 8vo, patterned cloth. A little soiling, else a good firm copy in the dust jacket, very slightly chipped at spine, and with a couple of closed tears. The first separately published book by the renowned American writer and critic. Scarce in the dust jacket.