July 2017

Our July catalogue will be on display at the ANZAAB Melbourne Rare Book Fair. Highlights include a unique Illuminated presentation album from the German citizenry of Sandhurst (now Bendigo) to Count Otto von Bismarck, with fine illustrations of the goldfields by Ludwig Lang; a rare caricature by Ducote prepared in the wake of the British Government trying to attract single ladies to the far-flung Australian Colony; the first Sydney printed hymn-book with a gift inscription by Governor Darling; McCoy's overlooked classic of Australian natural history; and a rare pamphlet on the wreck of the Dunbar. We have also included the first European printing of the works of Confucius; the first English book on China from the library of Charles Boxer and a rare Japanese publication on foreign visits to Japanese ports including a charming woodblock print of a Dutch ship in Nagasaki.