Two beautifully illustrated volumes about “Old England” published 170 years ago are among the rare treasures to be offered at the Friends of the University of Newcastle Book Fair which is on now.
Titled “A Pictorial Museum of the Regal, Ecclesiastical, Baronial, Municipal and Popular” the volumes feature wonderfully preserved coloured prints of the tombs of Elizabeth 1 and Mary Queen of Scots.
The two books are the oldest of the more than 500,000 items for sale at the Fair which will be held in the University’s Great Hall between August 8 and 15.
Another historic book on sale is an 1867 first edition of Les Quatrains de Kheyam, by Omar Khayyam. Its book plate says: “Presented to St Paul’s College, Sydney, by the Right Reverend Alfred Barry, Bishop of Sydney and Primate of Australia. From the library of Percy, eighth and last Viscount Strangford”.
Among the other rare editions are 16 volumes of the official history of World War 2 published by the Australian War memorial and 10 historical lithographs from the early 1900s including a 1910 version of Napoleon, standing aloof in his famous pose after surrendering to the British.
An exciting Beatles collection is certain to attract the attention of music lovers. It includes six LPs, a 1987 pressing of a beautifully illustrated Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band CD, words and guitar music for almost every song written by the group, a 30th anniversary edition with never before published photographs and a “pop-up” Beatles book.
More than 12,000 records ranging from rock to the classics and more than 16,000 novels of all genres will be offered during the seven-day sale.
Two other rare items are A Bradshaw Art of the Kimberley which sold recently in the US for more than $2,000 and a signed edition of a volume on the works and life of John Olsen, arguably our greatest living artist.
There are thousands of children’s books, text books, biographies and history books, special interest books, as well as albums, DVDs, posters and other items.
There will be hundreds of Phantom comics in great condition for the collectors and scores of illustrated Star Trek fact sheets for the Trekkers.
The Fair will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday and until 7 pm on Thursday. Free parking will be available at weekends.
The auction of rare and valuable items will take place Saturday 15 August at 2pm.