New Aquisitions


24438 CHOW, Edward; THE EDWARD T. CHOW COLLECTION. Three Volumes. Part I. Ming & Qing Porcelain, Part 2. Early Chinese Ceramics & Ancient Bronzes. Part 3. Ming & Qing Porcelain & Works of Art Sothebys, Hong Kong 1980 -1981 . Three Volumes Hardcovers. With estimate sheets enclosed. 625 lots with many black and white and colour illustrations. A Very Good Set in Very Good dust wrappers. $1000.00 AUD

Sydney & Suburbs 1900 , NSW in 1832 & Part of the Morobe District of New Guinea Three folding maps by H.E.C.Robinson.

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  ROBINSON: General Map of Sydney and Suburbs showing municipalities and the unincorporated areas . Complied, Lithographed and Published by H.E.C.Robinson, Wentworth Court Elizabeth Street, Sydney, N.S.W. published in 1900 850 mm x 748 mm. Very  Scarce Map of Sydney, in 1900, in 24 panels laid down on linen. Very Good in original boards with a new backstrip. $3000.00 AUD         MAP OF NEW SOUTH WALES  Published by H.E.C. Robinson ,Sydney[1832 ] Quad Crown Series. 18 Sections Laid down on linen. 784 mm x 1037 mm in original boards. Contains a 47 pp. index and statistics booklet, hinges … Read more

John Hunter ,Port Jackson & His Sketchbook.

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John Hunter     An Historical Journal of The Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island Including The Journals of Governors Phillip and King  ,Since The Publication of Phillip’s Voyage .with An Abridged Account of the New Discoveries in The South Seas. Published in London by John Stockdale in 1793 , with one folding map, one folding plate and the engraved title page and portrait frontispiece of Captain John Hunter. 8vo .pp.frontispiece portrait,title with vignette,2p,xxi,[i]blank,list of plates, + 525,+ 3p.publishers ads. Large folding map of New South Wales and folding plate of a Family of New South Wales , new endpapers … Read more

New Website & Acknowledgements

Welcome to our new revamped website. This has been a long hard road.

Thanks are due mainly to our marvellous webmistress Miriam English, without whom this site simply would not exist. She has been patient, funny and technically amazing. I feel so lucky to have found her.

To the beautiful Caroline Magerl whose gorgeous illustrations are all over the site. Her book and art can be purchased online and in the shop.

Lastly to Gordon McIlreavy for pushing me to do this. For the concept  when I just wanted to run away. For putting up with my total technical ignorance and fear,  for his design skills, for liaising with Miriam when it sounded as if I was on another planet, for his drive & assistance which got me here [not to mention coffee after midnight for his hairpulling mother]. Thank you all.

Without these three people we would still be in limbo.

Alan and I are on images and cataloguing and there will be the odd guest blog or page from Jenny in Scotland and our friends around the world.

We were hacked by a Turkish porn site before Christmas and so the whole business suffered for months. There are glitches and it will take a wee while till everything runs smoothly. We do hope you find it easy to use.

We will happily take on board suggestions and requests for posts etc. I am hoping to have an online and inshop bookgroup running this year. If you are interested in either please contact me.

Lastly, a phone call before you come to collect books please, as many are stored to preserve them and not housed in the shop.

The bookshop is opening soon


Hopefully before April 2016 A & F McIlreavy’s Rare and Interesting Books will have an online bookshop here. We are working hard to make it happen. With dwindling days left I’m hopeful we’ll be able to keep to schedule. Of course there will be the inevitable teething problems, but with your patience I’m sure we can make this a great place to shop for unusual and rare books. We aim to make it easy and fun, as well as informative. Over time this should grow to become a good place to visit, even if you’re not shopping, but are an … Read more