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

[COOK] Nachrichten von dem Leben und den Seereisen des berühmten Capitain Cook.
$250000
Reval [Tallinn, Estonia] ; und Leipzig : bey Albrecht und Compagnie, 1780. [Bound with] Briefe aus England ... Reval [= Tallinn, Estonia] & Leipzig, Albrecht und Compagnie, 1780. Two works in one volume. “Undoubtedly the first account of Cook’s death to be published in book form” (Beddie). An extremely rare German account of the death of Captain James Cook in Hawaii on 14 February 1779, published in Tallinn in Estonia, together with a letter concerning the 1775 Spanish voyage to the west coast of North America by Bodega y Quadra (1744-1794), also in German, with many references to Cook.
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BLAKE, WIlliam. Illustrations of the Book of Job.
$55000
London: John Linnell, March 8, 1825 [i.e. London: John Linnell, 1874]. posthumous printing. Large folio, title-page and 21 plates printed on India paper. Mounted on large sheets as issued, enclosed in a blue linen folder within a blue morocco box lettered in gilt. The box is slightly worn at the corners and with some marks on the back. Bookplate of Robert Pirie. Also enclosed is a letter to Mr Pirie from the British Museum of London dated 24th February, 1959. The Holdgate brothers printed 100 sets for Mr Linnell. A very good set with minor foxing. Very good. Item #2.
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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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BULLER Sir Walter Lawry The Birds of New Zealand
$15000
London: Published for the subscribers by the Author, 1888. Second Edition. Two volumes imperial quarto : pp lxxiv, 250, 6; xv, 359 : 50 plates (48 chromolithographed and hand-finished) by Kuelemans : all edges gilt : original boards with bird designs in gilt to top boards : sympathetically re-backed in green calf with five raised bands :INSCRIBED by Buller in volume one, "Captain Fairchild, with best wishes of the Author, W. Buller, May 24, 1891"... Limited to 1000 copies for subscribers only, Buller's second edition was larger, revised, and with many more plates than the original...
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