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

Alexander Pushkin: A Dama de Espadas
$2500
[Rio de Janeiro], Confraria Bibliófila Brasileira ‘Cattleya Alba’, [1944]. Number 48 of only 200 copies of this deluxe privately printed edition, signed by the illustrator Martha Pawlowna Schidrowitz and translator Álvaro Moreyra. Entirely printed on undyed silk (unsurprisingly, this is the first such book printed in Brazil!), and bound in padded boards of the same material, with a matching box. The 52 hand-coloured plates, styled on the 52 cards in a deck, feature characters from the book and important Russian landmarks.
The Further Inquiry
$3000
Ken Kesey looks back on the 1964 trip of the Merry Pranksters in their psychedelic bus across the United States told largely in dialogued transcript including the famed monologues of Neal Cassady and illustrated throughout with previously unpublished photographs of the voyage from coast to coast partying, handing out LSD, and travelling further. A real glimpse at the psychedelic cult tale told in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. This copy signed by Kesey, and one of a small number he individually hand marbled in swirling yellow, purple and blue paint.
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Volcano with Blue Lake and Plains 1979 by Shay Docking
$8500
Volcanic landscape by this important artist, often featured in exhibitions in Public Galleries in Australia and New Zealand but still little known in her home state. Shay Docking (1928 - 1998) was born in Warrnambool and grew up at Tower Hill. Her views of Tower Hill are in the Warrnambool Gallery collection. This was from her Volcanic Plains Series 1979. It is Pastel and acrylic on paper on board, 76.2 x 97.8 cm, Signed. See recent article by Rhonda Dredge, Inner City News A dramatic modernist with a fluid line https://www.innercitynews.com.au/a-dramatic-modernist-with-a-fluid-line
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