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

The Antarctic Book: Winter Quarters, 1907-1909
$11000
The supplementary volume of one of the most sought after of Antarctic works, the deluxe first edition limited to 300 copies in vellum of The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909, also known as the Nimrod Expedition made by Ernest Henry Shackleton and his party to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and making extensive journeys into the interior. This supplement, in the corrected second state, contains 2 sheets with the 16 signatures of the shore party.
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Wheeler, Charles. - Colonel Chih Wang.
$1850
[Circa 1942]. An original coloured chalk portrait of Colonel Chih Wang - The board measures 34.5. by 27.5cm. A coloured chalk (pastel) portrait of Colonel Chih Wang (later Major General Chih Wang) by noted Australian artist, Charles Wheeler, circa 1942, together with a colour copy of the portrait as it appeared in 'The Australasian', October 16,1943. Wheeler who won 'The Archibald Prize' in 1933, was commissioned to do a series of portraits of figures relating to WWII in the Pacific that were eventually printed in ’The Australasian’. Fully signed C. Wheeler.
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Captain Cook's Voyages Round the World.
$7500
. The First performed in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771; (pp.692); The Second in 1772, 1773, 1774, 1775; (pp. 693-1022); The Third and Last in 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780: (pp. 978). For making Discoveries in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, by Order of His Present Majesty. ...3 volumes... By James Cook Newcastle: Printed by M. Brown, 1790. Thick 8vo. Original full old calf (rebacked to match). At end of Volume 3 is the final leaf for Direction to Binder for placing the plates bearing folding engravings, folding Death of Cook plate, totalling 50 full-page plates. Beddie 44.
Kitajima. - 結核予防. [Kekkaku yobō]. [Tuberculosis Prevention Poster].
$950
内務省社会局保険部. [Naimu-shō Shakai-kyoku Hoken-bu]. 東京. [Tokyo]. (Circa 1925). Large coloured lithographed poster, 108 x 79cm. Poster has been folded and is now creased but still very striking. Scarce. This Japanese government poster was published to raise awareness for the prevention of tuberculosis. It bears the campaign slogan "Train your body!" in Japanese. The artists style is strong and dynamic as the young men wrestle like sumo wrestlers while in the background an industrial area with smoking chimneys can be seen.
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