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.

Oswald Brierly | The Wanderer, Pencil on blue paper, 25.5 x 34 cm
$4500
Sir Oswald Brierly 1817-1894, was an English marine painter who first visited Australia when he joined Ben Boyd on his yacht, The Wanderer, on a voyage to Australia in 1842. Brierly worked for Boyd managing his whaling business at Twofold Bay until 1848. He returned to England in 1850 as a guest of Henry Keppel on board the HMS Meander Brierly visited Australia again as a guest of the second son of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Edinburgh, who commanded the HMS Galatea during its trip around the world commencing in 1866. In 1874 he was appointed the official marine painter to Queen Victoria
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SMITH, James Edward. A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland…
$58500
The first separately published book on Australian botany. The Specimen of the Botany of New Holland contains the first illustrations of a number of Australian species, including the waratah. According to a note in the preface the drawings on which the fine hand-coloured plates were based were done in the colony by John White, the Surgeon-General, who was a keen amateur natural history artist and collector. White’s own Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, published in 1790, celebrated the new colony’s ornithology in particular.
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MEREDITH, Mrs. [Louisa Anne]: Grandmamma's Verse Book for Young Australia. Part 1.
$950
Printed for the Author by W. Fletcher: Hobart Town, 1878...and sold also by J. Walch & Sons, Hobart Town, Walch Brothers & Birchall, Launceston, and George Robertson, Melbourne & Sydney. 12mo. viii, 56, small 'All Rights Reserved' slip pasted to foot of title-page and the author's printed 'Advertisement' dated Orford, 1878, advising direct purchase/postage rates in the absence of an English agent for the book. Cloth-backed printed white boards, cut flush, all edges red. The backstrip is quite worn, with a few small holes, and the stitching is a little slack in places, but a good clean copy.
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