As well as a diverse collection of books, Louella Kerr will be highlighting manuscript and signed material. Included will be autographed letters by Phillip Parker King, Major Thomas Mitchell, Zane Grey, Queenie Leavis, and the most famous French soprano of the Belle Epoque, Emma Calve. 

GREY,  Zane. A 7 page holograph letter to `Dearest Dolly’ and signed `Doc’ written at `Zane Grey Camp Bermagui N. S. Wales Jan 31 [1936].`I am amazed and dumfounded at the reception given me in Australia. I find myself a favorite author, a hero fisherman, a famous celebrity, come to do well by their country. And have they responded! My talks by the radio are going ever bigger & bigger. Sunday night I talk 18 minutes. But all Ed could chisel out of Shell Co was $1000, not pounds…. If it wasn’t for the fear about money I’d be having my greatest trip.’  Plus 8 vintage photographs [20x12cm]. A warm and detailed letter from Grey to his wife. 6 photographs are of Grey with Kathleen Keen, wife of his personal assistant during his Australian tour – 5 photos are in bushland settings, holding koalas etc, 1 is from a lookout overlooking a New South Coastal town. Plus 2 signed  photographs of Grey on a fishing boat with his marlin catch.

GREY,  Zane. Large vintage  photograph [24x32cm] of Grey, standing between 2 hanging marlin, at his Bermagui, N.S.W. camp, dated 14.2.36. Signed bottom right`T. C. Roughley’, presumably the photographer. In 1936 Grey offered a fishing camp at Bermagui, the centre of marlin fishing in Australia. This, a commercial enterprise, was a great success. T. C. Roughley, writer and photographer, was the author of many fishing books and articles. The ADB calls his Fishes of Australia and their Technology, 1916, `a work of both art and science’: 

KING,  Phillip P. A very good autograph letter signed, from Phillip Parker King to Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway. Written from King’s farm `Dunheved’, near Sydney, to Otway at the United Service Club, London. Dated 12 November 1832, with the postmarks of Parramatta, GPO Sydney, and other transit posts. Over 4 closely written pages, King agrees to take into service Otway’s coachman’s brother. Or, rather, into King’s mother’s service in Sydney, as he says `the behaviour of the convict servants I have is such that it is needing to be very strict, and as such as the system will allow, to keep them in any subjection.’ He goes on to give Otway news of the colony -`our new Governor, Bourke, seems to please the people and has yet not offended the Press – which is as bad and scurrilous as the worst of the London papers’. [Sydney, 1832]: folio, [370x230cms], folded, written on all four sides. A little soiling to last side (with the address), a 2cm chip at one edge (not affecting text), else a very good, readable letter. King [1791-1845], the son of  Australia’s third Governor, was the first Australian-born hydrographer, and the first Australian to attain the rank of admiral in the British navy. In 1839, together with Robert Fitzroy and Charles Darwin, he co-authored an account of his South American voyages,  Narrative  of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle. Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Waller Otway [1770-1846], ended his illustrious career in the navy as Commander-in-Chief of the South American Station. In 1829 he retired to Britain, received a baronetcy, and became a courtier in the Royal Household of William IV. 

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