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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Tench (Watkin) NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION TO BOTANY BAY.
$15000
Tench (Watkin) NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION TO BOTANY BAY; with An Account of New South Wales, Its Productions, Inhabitants, &c. To which is subjoined, a List of the Civil and Military Establishments at Port Jackson. By Captain Watkin Tench, of the Marines. Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1789. First Edition. 'The earliest authentic account of the colony' [Wantrup, page 54]; an eye-witness account of the settlement at Port Jackson, by one of the participants. $15,000
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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!
LAVOISIER, M.; HENRY, Thomas [Trans.] Essays on the effects produced by various processes on Atmospheric Air; with a particular view to an investigation of the constitution of the acids.
$2000
London: Warrington, Printed by W. Eyres for J. Johnston, 1783. First English Language Edition. Octavo : pp. vii [viii] + [2] 141 + [3, List of Books lately published by J. Johnston] : now custom clamshell box with red leather title panel lettered in gilt. [DUVEEN 336] Lacks covers and half title; toned, foxed and brittle; title page detached; thereafter first gathering detached; chips and water stains. The collected essays show the development of Lavoisier's thinking and in the penultimate essay (VIII) the term "oxyginous principle" (principe oxygin, i.e. oxygen) appears for the first time.