Highlights

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

Here are just a few of the exhibitors' highlights that were at the Fair in 2023!

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.

Although the 2023 Fair has now closed, some of these items may still be available from our Exhibitors if you wish to contact them.

Austen, Jane [R.W.Chapman (coll.)], The Novels of Jane Austen. Five Volumes [with] Jane Austen's Letters to her sister Cassandra and others [2 Vols.]
$7500
The Clarendon Press, 1923. Lrg Ed. Limited 1000 copies, 950 of which were for sale. 1923/1932. 7 vols. 8vo. contemporary full green morocco gilt, raised bands, uncut, marbled endpapers; pp. The Novels (1923) Vol. I Sense and Sensibility, xii, [ii], 427pp; Vol. II Pride and Prejudice, xiii, [i], 415pp; Vol. III Mansfield Park, Lover's Vows, xii, [ii], 567pp; Vol. IV Emma, xi, [iii], 521pp ; Vol V Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, xiii, [i], 252pp, 1-310pp. The Letters (1932). Vol I.1796-1809. xlvi, 1-266, [34]; xxx, 267-510, [122]. Coloured frontispieces, illustrations and maps, throughout.
HARRIS, Alexander. The Emigrant Family: or, The Story of an Australian Settler. By the Author of “Settlers and Convicts”.
$4400
Three volumes, octavo, uncut in original cloth-backed boards with paper spine labels, neat owner's inscription dated 1849 on the endpapers, a very good set with expected signs of use and age (some insect damage to the cloth on the spines, labels slightly chipped, endpapers foxed and with paste residue from old protective cloth sleeves since removed, some non-disturbing damp marks at the back of two volumes). London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. First edition of a rare and important three-decker novel. Ferguson, 5061; Miller, p. 597; not in Sadleir; Wantrup, 492.
Land Grant document, 3 February 1823 : in favor of THOMAS GEORGE GREGSON, 300 acres in Van Diemen’s Land, in the District of Bath... Registered in Sydney, 30 June 1823. Signed by SIR THOMAS BRISBANE.
$1000
Manuscript on vellum, with seal. 320x460mm, folded. In very good clean condition. *** For Gregson, a volatile political figure in VDL, one of the 'Patriotic Six' and (very briefly) Tasmania's second Premier, see ADB 1. The land was near Jericho, on the Jordan River, and the grant included the services of three transported convicts. Gregson was alleged to have bribed the surveyor G.W. Evans, with a piano, to swear that there was insufficient land adjacent to his first grant for an additional location, thus allowing him to take later grants in a more favourable location (this being one of them?)