Rare Books

Gimblett, Max [Artwork], Loney, Alan [text & design] – Fishwork. Auckland Holloway Press 2009. One of 30 deluxe copies [15 of which were for sale]. In slipcase and with an original Gimblett watercolour bound in.

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Rare Books

Art+Object’s first auction of Rare Books, for 2024, follows on from a successful 2023 year culminating with the sale of the John Elliot Lawford collection.

The upcoming April catalogue will feature several historic Napoleonic documents from a private Dunedin estate, including several documents signed by Napoleon, a 19th century photograph album of historic homes and buildings on St Helena and an 1816 Broadside, ‘Bathurst Warrant’, printed by A. Hill in St Helena (1816), and appointing Sir Hudson Lowe as jailor to Napoleon.

Other major items are some interesting and rare New Zealand maps including the ‘Carte De La Nouvelle Zeelande’ by Rigobert Bonne, Paris (1778), ‘A Chart of New Zealand taken from surveys by James Cook’, a copy of the rare booklet illustrated by Dr Seuss and published by the U.S. Government in 1943, ‘This is Ann. She's dying to Meet you’, a first edition of this illustrated booklet warning American troops stationed abroad about the perils of mosquitoes and the malaria they carry, and a copy of Stedman, John Gabriel’s ‘Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against the Revolted Negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the Wild Coast of South America’ (London, 1813).

The sale also features important collections of New Zealand literature, early Māori printings, and antiquarian books.

Entries for this sale are now invited.

Further Information


    Pam Plumbly
    Rare Book Consultant