March 2017 Shortlist

Our March short list celebrates the work of James Busby who did so much to bring the cultivation of vines and wine to Australia. He was a foundation figure for the wine industry and of international repute, as the London and New York printings of his first work indicate. Included too are manuscript letters: on the equipping of Freycinet’s Uranie voyage; and an account of the goods carried on the ship Rose at the height of Governor Bligh’s rule. As well, we have a finely bound copy of Speechly’s Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, rare pamphlets by Hall on The State of New South Wales and Mansfield printings of Archdeacon Broughton’s addresses exhorting pious living. No doubt he would have disapproved of the Catholic Bleasdale, the bibulous cleric and subject of the final work in this list. The visual highlights of the list are Quadri’s sumptuous work on Venice with its remarkable hand-coloured views and Raskin’s high art deco Fantaisies Oceanographiques.