March 2017 news

Friday, Mar 03, 2017

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 and 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. As well, the list includes Quadri's sumptuous work on Venice with its remarkable hand-coloured views and Raskin's high art deco Fantaisies Oceanographiques.

The catalogue may be downloaded here. This is a linked pdf, so please click on any page for more information and images or search at

In addition, we have uploaded a new themed list on the Pacific Northwest - please click here. Previous on-line lists may be found by clicking the "Recent" tab above.

In a few weeks, we look forward to welcoming you to our new premises in Riley Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. Our business hours, web and phone contact details will all remain the same. Specific details will of course follow.