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.

Darwin (Erasmus) THE BOTANIC GARDEN.
$20000
Darwin (Erasmus) THE BOTANIC GARDEN; A Poem, in Two Parts. Part I. Containing The Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes. [Two parts in one volume]. printed for J. Johnson, London, 1791. First edition of Part I and Third edition of Part II, being the First edition of the complete work. *With an autograph letter, signed, from Erasmus Darwin to Sir Joseph Banks, dated October 14 [17]81: 4 pages, small printed name label ‘ERASMUS DARWIN’ at foot of first page. This is accompanied by a short ALs from Francis Darwin to John Enys. $20,000
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RUSKIN, John: "Of Queens Gardens"
$550
Published in Edinburgh and printed by the Ballantyne Press for George Allen, 1902. In this exquisitely well-printed book, Ruskin eloquently discusses the proper education of women, among other things. Drawing examples from literature and poetry, from the work of romantic poets like Dante Rosetti and great playwrights like William Shakespeare, Ruskin argues for the moral superiority of the fairer sex, and, at the mercy of his velvety prose, Ruskin's picture of the ideal woman shows a beautiful and nurturing domestic goddess. Elegant typography composed within decorative floral borders.
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[BACON, Francis.] Apophthegms New and Old, collected by the Right Honourable, Francis Lo. Vervlam, Viscount St. Alban.
$2500
Printed for Hanna Barret and Richard Whittaker, and are to be sold at the Kings Head in Pauls Church-yard: London, 1625. 12mo. [ii] (title, verso blank), 308pp (last blank). The title within a narrow double-ruled border, text within a wider double-ruled border, leaving a blank marginal column (for notes?). Contemporary full calf, neatly rebacked with the unlettered spine laid down. Hinges strengthened with Japanese tissue. Lacks a preliminary blank leaf? Title-page is slightly off-centre and a little rubbed along its head edge. The text somewhat offset on a few late pages.
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McCoy, Frederick. Natural history of Victoria. Prodromus of the zoology of Victoria; or figures and descriptions of the living species of all classes of the Victorian indigenous animals.
$8500
Large octavo, two volumes. 199 handsome lithographed plates (including 172 chromolithographs) of mammals, reptiles and fish. Handsome modern half green morocco by the Dove Bindery, a fine set. The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria is an underrated work of Australian natural history; the plates are handsome and the text scholarly. There are 36 chromolithographs of reptiles, 57 of fish and five of mammals. Irish-born Frederick McCoy arrived in Melbourne in 1854 to take up the position of the first Professor of Natural Science of the newly formed University of Melbourne. For the next 40 ye
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