About Us

Hordern House, founded by Anne McCormick and Derek McDonnell in 1985 and named for our original building in Sydney's Potts Point, is an internationally renowned dealership, specialising in rare books, manuscripts and paintings.

Nowadays we conduct our business in the heart of Surry Hills, five minutes from the centre of Sydney. We occupy an entire floor of a converted warehouse where we have created a customised environment for our work and the display of rare books, manuscripts & paintings. 

Always reflected in our extensive stock of rare and select material is our specialization in voyages and travels (with a special interest in the Pacific & Australia), natural history and colour-plate material, paintings and voyage art, historical maps and manuscripts.

We issue regular catalogues, some of which are published online only: all our recent catalogues can be seen via the menu on our home-page. In normal circumstances we exhibit at antiquarian book fairs in Australia, Asia, Europe and America. Since mid-2020 we have been participating in the digital antiquarian fairs which have temporarily taken their place. You can see details of upcoming fairs here.   

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Visit us

We are open by appointment: please contact us by phone or email to make a time to come by.

Hordern House

Level 2, 255 Riley Street · SURRY HILLS · SYDNEY NSW 2010 · AUSTRALIA


Contact us

For general enquiries, please contact us on books@hordern.com, or +61  2 9356 4411. 

Or you can reach us  directly:

Anne McCormick     anne@hordern.com    +61 416 299 021

Derek McDonnell    derek@hordern.com    +61 416 299 022

Rachel Robarts       rachel@hordern.com    +61 414 424 740