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.

Phillip (Arthur) THE VOYAGE OF GOVERNOR PHILLIP TO BOTANY BAY.
$12500
Phillip (Arthur) THE VOYAGE OF GOVERNOR PHILLIP TO BOTANY BAY, with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; John Stockdale, London, 1789. First edition. *The first official account of the First Fleet, compiled by the publisher, from Phillip's journal and reports. 'The importance of Stockdale's Phillip must not be underestimated. It offers a full record of events both on land and on sea in the first months of the settlement..." [Wantrup, pages 63-4]. $12,500
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Original watercolour from "Pearl Pinkie and Sea Greenie" by Pixie O'Harris
$7000
A rare offering of a beautiful watercolour by Pixie O'Harris painted to illustrate the publication "Pearl Pinkie and Sea Greenie" (1935) Early works such as this one rarely come to market. A vibrant and exciting underwater tale, beautifully illustrated by Pixie O'Harris with her characteristic charm and grace, "Pearl Pinkie and Sea Greenie: The Story of Two Little Rock-Sprites" is a dainty little piece of fantastic story-telling. As an artist, Pixie O'Harris was Sydney's contribution to the Ida Rentoul Outhwaite "Elves and Fairies" school of illustration.
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Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX.
$2750
Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX. Illustrated and decorated by Alastair. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1920. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. *With the publisher's blind 'Review Copy' stamp at head of title page. The Sphinx was originally published in 1894, although in the introductory note to this volume, Robert Ross states that it was written 'before Oscar Wilde's first volume was issued in 1881'. Alastair was the pseudonym of Hans Henning Voight (1887-1969). $2,750.00
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ASHTON, Julian Rossi. Shipping on the Yarra, Early Morning.
$17500
A lovely example of Ashton’s atmospheric watercolours, illustrating his sensitive use of colour and light; the steam ships and the warehouses beyond are painted delicately at sunrise when the light is especially soft, whilst the Yarra River is bathed in a shimmering glow of subtle colour. This was one of six works that Ashton exhibited in the tenth exhibition of the “Victorian Academy of Arts” in 1880. Catalogue number 117 was, “Shipping on the Yarra, early morning”.
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Superb miniature of St. John writing the Book of Revelation on Patmos.
$2750
Comprehensive notes accompany this outstanding and highly intriguing miniature. While the leaf clearly originates from a French mid-15th century Book of Hours, the miniature was added later - 16thC?, 17thC? Noted Cambridge scholar Dr. Christopher de Hamel calls such works "Beautiful Deceptions". "Is it a forgery, hoax, joke, illusion or work of art?", he poses. "You decide". What is not in question is the quality of the miniature, the skill of its artist and its extensive surrounding illuminations. Intriguing!
Rackham, Arthur [Charles Dickens]. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
$10000
[Signed Deluxe Edition]. ill. Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1915. First (Deluxe). 4to. original decorated full vellum gilt, teg, rest uncut (some toning and spotting, lacks silk ties, tiny chip at headcap, else clean & bright throughout); pp. xvi (last blank)], 148 (last colophon), with frontispiece and 11 other colour tipped-in plates (tissue-guarded) + black and white drawings in text. A very good copy. No. 369 of a limited edition of 525 copies signed by the artist. 'Arthur Rackham'.