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Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers is hosting an exciting two-day auction event in Melbourne on Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April 2017.

This event will commence at 6:30pm on both evenings and showcase a fine selection of rare and unusual books, photographs, art and ephemera.


  • Wednesday 5 April 2017 (first evening)

    The John Belson White Collection of Australian and Pacific voyages, First Fleet journals and Australiana.

    Highlights of the first evening include:

  • Péron and Freycinet's Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes [Historique] (1807-16, complete with the two-part atlas augmented with the 25 plates normally found only in the second edition atlas of 1824)

  • Cook's three voyages, offered separately (the third voyage, 1784, complete with the large folio atlas)

  • Parkinson (1773) and Forster (1777)

  • First Fleet journals by White (a hand-coloured copy), Hunter and Phillip

  • works by Dampier, Brosses, Bligh, La Pérouse, Labillardiere, Dillon and Wilkes

  • atlases by La Pérouse (Charts and Plates to La Pérouse's Voyage, London, 1798); Vandermaelan (Atlas Universel … Sixième Partie – Océanique, 1827); and Vincendon-Dumoulin (the rare and magnificent atlas to accompany the hydrographic section of the official account of Dumont-d'Urville's second voyage, 1847)

  • rare Australian maps of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

  • Thursday 6 April 2017 (second evening)

    Significant early medical books, rare Victoriana, art and literature, photographs, manuscripts, and a broad miscellany.

    Highlights of the second evening include:

  • albums of photographs and 16 original glass-plate negatives from the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition, 1891-2, the first Australian expedition on which the camera was successfully used. The albums are of the utmost rarity; the unique negatives are the only ones known to exist from the expedition

  • pioneering early works on anatomy by Andreas Vesalius (1555, 1568, 1725 and 1934/5]

  • works by Thomas Browne (1642, 1645 and 1658)

  • Osleriana (including rare books, signed copies, letters and photographs)

  • signed copies of works by J.M. Coetzee (including unique copies of his Booker Prize-winning novels)

  • Shackleton's Heart of the Antarctic (1909, first edition, the deluxe large-paper issue with the fully-signed supplementary volume in its first uncorrected state)

  • Shackleton's South (1919, first edition, first impression, with the contemporary ownership details of Richard Walter Richards, one of the Ross Sea Shore Party)


    You can view the complete auction catalogues here and viewings of the items will be held at St George's Anglican Church Hall from Monday 3rd to Thursday 6th April 2017, from 10am-5pm.

    Bid live in the room or online via

    This is a great opportunity to purchase unique and rare items to add to your own collection or as a gift for a loved one.

    For more information on the auction, how to bid and to view the catalogue, please visit

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    When: 5th and 6th April
    Where: St George's Anglican Church Hall, 296 Glenferrie Road Malvern, VIC 3144
    Cost: Free entry
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