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!

William Jackson Hooker. Exotic Flora...1823-27
$32000
A very fine and attractively bound copy of the first and only edition of one of Hooker's rarest and most beautifully illustrated works; an important work, it includes specimens from Australia described by Robert Brown, colonial botanist Charles Fraser, and Allan Cunningham. A particularly notable inclusion is the Banksia verticillata (no. 96) from western Australia, first noticed at King George Sound by Archibald Menzies on the Vancouver voyage “and brought by him to our gardens in 1794”; this banksia, now considered vulnerable, was later codified by Robert Brown when he returned to the region
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Unique collection of Royal Flying Corps personal training materials from the Ruffy-Baumann aerial training school at Hendon [GARDNER, Flight Lieutenant C. C.] Royal Flying Corps
$1200
London: Royal Flying Corps, 1916. Collection of First World War personal training materials, comprising the following: original ring-bound notebook issued by the Royal Flying Corps with motto and insignia blocked on the front cover. The notebook measures 155 x 225 mm and contains approximately 100 sheets within card section dividers. In addition to the notebook itself, this collection includes a suite of 15 original photographs from the Ruffy-Baumann aerial training school at Hendon; with manuscript notations to the reverse indicating the identity of the owner (see description below).
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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.
[Self-improvement Sugoroku]. 出世双六. [Shusse sugoroku].
$350
Colourful folding sugoroku, 56 x 76 cm, tiny nick lower margin, a very good copy. A sugoroku game created for New Year 1935 and published by the children's magazine Yonen Kurabu. This is an example of the 'self-improvement' genre of sugoroku, where the images in the game provide moral instruction about the importance of improving one's lot in life and contributing to the nation. Each square in the game depicts a person who (we are told) started from humble beginnings but, though dedication and hard work, achieved personal success and contributed to the wellbeing of society.
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[Explanatory Map of the Recent Situation in East Asia]. 最近の東亜形勢図解. [Saikin no Tōa keisei zukai].
$1250
Large colourful folding map of East Asia, 79 x 109cm. Some creasing and closed tears along fold-lines that have been neatly repaired with archival material. A little browning along folds in lower right section of the map. A very striking map in very good condition. Published in 1937 this colourful pictorial map shows the dynamic military situation in East Asia from the Japanese point of view. The map covers Japan, Taiwan, China, and the Soviet Union, and shows existing tensions along the borders where numerous military personnel and machines are placed.
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