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Book Review- Great British Comics

Great British Comics, subtitled ‘Celebrating A Century Of Ripping Yarns & Wizard Wheezes’ is a delightful compendium which combines historical analysis and copious illustrations which will induce much nostalgia. Continue reading


Victorian Branch Members’ Night, 2 February 2007

Each member spoke about a book from their collection. Continue reading

BCSA 2007 President’s Report

OVER THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS the life of the Society has continued to be quite healthy. The reintroduction of subscriptions— for the first year $20, but from now on $30—led inevitably to a shaking out of our numbers and to establishing just who continued to wish to be a member of the Society and to pay to be one. Continue reading

BCSA 2007 Annual General Meeting

Held at 2.30pm on Saturday, 1 September 2007Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 145 Macquarie St, Sydney Continue reading

A Sydney War Missal, 1941

Typography in Australia has been somewhat of a Cinderella although the advertising profession has in small measure endeavoured to fit it with the baroque slipper of publicity layout … true typography languishes in Australia, notwithstanding widespread intense cultivation elsewhere. Continue reading

A New Generation Bookseller

THE SPEAKER WAS young Melbourne book dealer Douglas Stewart. He was introduced by the President John Emmerson who remarked that some may remember Douglas from the 1990s as the only buyer at Leonard Joel’s auctions in a school uniform (Wesley College). Douglas worked later for five years for Spencer Sandilands in the print trade and now works as manager of Delshan Art Gallery in High Street, Armadale. He specialises in Australian art and history books and operates without retail premises, selling to private and institutional clients through personal contacts and email catalogues. Continue reading

By their books ye may (get to) know them (1): Edgar Ederheimer

By their books ye may (get to) know them (1): Edgar Ederheimer Brian Taylor   SOME READERS will recognise my title as having been biblically inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew chapter 7, verse 16 and again in verse 20, where, in warning his audience against false prophets, he tells them (in the King James … Continue reading

Hunting for Australia’s Nineteenth-Century Book Collectors

Most books in Australia come from somewhere else. Evidence for their provenance is not always found in books of Australiana, but often in books from other fields of interest, indeed very often in otherwise insignificant books. Continue reading

Coleman Hyman and Australia’s First Bookplate Exhibit

THE PICTORIAL BOOKPLATE MOVEMENT, and interest in book plates as an artform rather than as a mark of social standing, began in Australia in the fin de siècle, the last decade of the 19th century. John Lane Mullins, a well-connected Sydney solicitor and art patron, was responsible for its inception through his commissioning of emerging Australian artists to design bookplates for his own use and for members of his family. Continue reading

School Histories: A Bibliophilic Challenge

IT IS NEITHER RELATIVE nor absolute scarcity which makes collecting Australian school centenary and jubilee histories a challenge for the bibliophile, local historian and educational historian, since stacks of copies of published school histories lie unsold and neglected in school storerooms across Australia. Continue reading