Australian Rare Books

The revised and enlarged second edition of AUSTRALIAN RARE BOOKS 1788-1900, in two volumes, is now available.


The first edition of Jonathan Wantrup’s Australian Rare Books 1788-1900 was published 35 years ago.

The revised and enlarged second edition, in two volumes, which includes many revisions or additions to the books described in the earlier edition, is now available. Three times the length of the first edition, with five long new chapters, this second edition has an extensive bibliographical Checklist describing over 600 works discussed in the text.

The new chapters deal with: Colourplate Natural History to the 1850s; Colourplate Natural History from 1860 to 1900 (two chapters); the eight elaborate French ‘grands voyages’ to the south-west Pacific between 1817 and 1840; books of the Australian gold rush from the 1850s and 1860s; and finally a chapter on Australian colonial literature focusing on the landmark works that led to an Australian literature by the turn of the century.

Published by Australian Book Auctions, in two volumes, 1400 pages, 148 illustrations (43 in colour), glossary of book collecting terms, historical price estimates, indices of persons and titles. Set in Adobe Garamond 11 / 13. Printed and bound in Australia, blocked in gilt, with colour pictorial dustwrappers.

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