Highlights

Each year our exhibitors bring rare, beautiful and unusual items for sale.

As we have not had a fair since 2019 due to the pandemic, our booksellers have curated many lovely and desirable books to exhibit.

Here are just a few of the exhibitors' highlights you can expect to see at the Fair in 2022!

There are a number of pages of highlights. To browse all the highlights - choose a page from the list below.

You can also check the highlights listed under your favourite booksellers in the exhibitor directory

MILTON, John. The Poetical Works of Mr John Milton
$3000
London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, at Shakespeare's Head in the Strand, 1720. Complete in two volumes : Quarto : pp. (12) 590 (13); (8) 527 (1, blank) : cream endpapers : portrait frontis of Milton to both volumes (G. Vertue sculp.), and numerous elaborate head- and tailpieces and historiated initials : contemporary calf boards with gilt tooled edges : five raised bands to spines : red leather title panels and green leather volume panels lettered in gilt : foliated gilt decorations to the other panels : vol. two with armorial bookplate to front paste-down.
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The Home Of The Blizzard (2 volumes) by Douglas Mawson
$2650
Being the Story of the Australian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914. William Heinemann London 1915 (Ist Edition) Thick 8vo. Vol 1 349pp, Vol II 338pp.Hardcover, original dark blue cloth with embossed gilt title and silver illustration on front board, title on spine has now faded but is still legible with slight shelf wear; unevenly cut pages. Text is in very good condition with some light tanning. The three folding maps housed in the rear pocket in the second volume are in good order. Throughout there are maps, charts and sketches with captioned tissue guards for Frank Hurley's photographs.
SMITH, James Edward. A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland…London, 1793
$58500
The first separately published book on Australian botany. The Specimen of the Botany of New Holland contains the first illustrations of a number of Australian species, including the waratah. According to a note in the preface the drawings on which the fine hand-coloured plates were based were done in the colony by John White, the Surgeon-General, who was a keen amateur natural history artist and collector. White’s own Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, published in 1790, celebrated the new colony’s ornithology in particular
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Kiss Kiss by Roald Dahl and For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
$485
Dahl - Michael Joseph London 1960 (Ist Edition) 8vo, 255pp. Hardcover with price-clipped dustwrapper and minor shelfwear with text in very good condition with a small biro marking on fixed front endpaper. First edition of short stories by the unequalled Roald Dahl. ($285) Fleming - Jonathan Cape London 1960 (Ist Edition) 8vo. Hardcover, price-clipped dustwrapper from a later edition, slightly marked, text in very good condition with small initials on free front endpaper ($485)
BLAKE, William; THORNTON, Robert John. The Pastorals of Virgil...
$55000
London: 1821. 2 vols., small octavo, xii (lacking vii/viii), 12, xxiv ( lacking i - iv), 214 pp; [I], [215]-592 pp. With an engraved frontispiece to each volume, and 230 illustrations including three maps (two folding), 17 woodcuts and 6 engraved plates by Blake, and four other designs by Blake engraved by others. Original sheep rebacked to style, in a quarter calf box (just starting to show wear at the corners). The first volume is very good internally though showing more age-toning and with just the occasional fox mark and offsetting from prints, the second volume is very good. Item #22
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