Highlights

Each year our exhibitors bring rare, beautiful and unusual items for sale. Here are just a few of the exhibitors' highlights you can expect to see at the Fair in 2022!

Muster of the “death ship” Hillsborough...1799
$14500
A remarkable original manuscript record of this famously harrowing voyage at the close of the eighteenth century, the worst and most deadly of all convict transport voyages. The convict transport Hillsborough sailed from Gravesend in December 1798, and arrived in Sydney on 26th July, 1799. Almost one third of the 300 convicts aboard had perished at sea. Some of the victims had been sick even before setting sail, while others who died before departure were replaced to “make up…the deficiency”. A further number died on arrival in Sydney.
View More
Gulliver's Travels
$5750
(SWIFT, Jonathan) TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of several ships. To which are prefix'd Several Copies of Verses explanatory and Commendatory; never before printed. 2 vols. Lond. Printed for Benj.Motte. 1727. Stated Second Edition. 8vo. Contemporary calf, rebacked. 155,199pp. Engraved Portrait frontispiece, 4 engraved maps and 2 plans. Light worming in the lower margin of vol.1. & sl.browning to pages else a very good copy. Rare. A significant edition of Gulliver's Travels.
Hockneys Alphabet.
$2200
HOCKNEY’S ALPHABET. The Deluxe first edition, Illustrated with twenty seven full Page Colour plates by Hockney and printed on fine art paper. Lond. Faber & Faber. 1991. Fine in the slip-case and signed by David Hockney and Stephen Spender. Stephen Spender invited several British and American writers to contribute with texts that could accompany Hockney's specially drawn alphabet. The authors included William Boyd, Margaret Drabble, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Golding, Seamus Heaney, David Hockney, Kazuo Ishiguro et al. Norman Mailer declined but was included anyway.
[People of the world: suite of costume engravings]
$600
30 hand-coloured engravings each approx 4.8 x 4.5 cm, laid down in 5 rows beneath a mosaic window mount 54 x 61 cm, each with title text in English, French and German, tape residue affecting one, edgewear and minor loss, but an attractive assemblage in very good condition. (Nuremberg). (1830). Very attractive suite of single figure costume engravings prepared for the "The Earth and its inhabitants" an educational work for children by Bauer, the German family of globe makers. Ten of the figures are of European nationalities and twenty are from the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
View More
Sculpture of Rayner Hoff
$2200
SCULPTURE OF RAYNER HOFF. With text by the Earl Beauchamp, Howard Ashton, E.C.Temple Smith and W.Bede Dalley. Syd. Sunnybrook Press. 1934. 4to. Or.cl. Dustjacket. 113pp. tipped-in b/w plates. The dj sl.torn else Fine. 1st ed. Rare. Number 19 of 100 numbered copies signed by Rayner Hoff and all the contributors, including Ernest Shea the printer. The frontispiece is an original coloured woodcut "In Vain the Christian", signed by Rayner Hoff. The fourth book from the Sunnybrook Press, the splendid plates printed by the collotype process.
RAE, John. Photograph Album. Views of Sydney, 1842. From Sketches by John Rae
$2950
RAE, John. Photograph Album. Views of Sydney, 1842. From Sketches by John Rae. 27 original photographs of early Sydney views. Sydney, William Gullick, 1898: Letterpress titlepage, index, 27 original photographs mounted on card. Oblong folio [320x430cm], sumptuously bound in full morocco by the Government binder, gilt lettering and decorations, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles. Some foxing to mounts, not affecting photographs and a little bumping to album corners. Else in very good condition. Album includes photographic reproductions of watercolours painted by the artist in 1842 and 1850. Images