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abacus auctions Sale: 247

'AUSTRALIA ILLUSTRATED'
The Artistry of ST Gill
Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1041
Symbol: D

image Series of lithographs on cream 8vo paper, each folded to 4pp, each from Gill's Goldfield Scenes as published in 'Victoria: Gold Diggings & Diggers As They Are' (1852) subsequently produced as lettersheets by Macartney & Galbraith (Melbourne), the odd minor blemish but generally fine to very fine unfolded & unused. Gill published two similarly titled folios in 1852, each featuring 24 of his goldfields sketches. The 48 are all illustrated in John Currey's book. It is apparently unknown how many were used for this series of lettersheets and this may be a complete 'set'. (Qty 20)

Grade A/B (Image1)

Estimate AU$3,000

Opening AU$ 2,300.00
Sold...AU$ 6,750.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 6750

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1042
Symbol: D

image 1855 three large illustrations 'Ballaarat Flat from the Black Hill', 'Quartz Crushing Base of Black Hill Ballarat' and 'Township of Ballaarat from Bath's Hotel' all on thin cream 4to paper, 4pp, each with imprint of 'James J Blundell & Co/Melbourne 1855' at L/R, horizontal folds below the lithographs, some peripheral soiling & tears, unused. [Gold was discovered south-east of Ballarat in August 1851. The ensuing gold rush brought thousands of hopeful prospectors to what had been a very sparsely populated district. The first item here shows the Yarrowee Valley full of miners' tents & huts, rather reminiscent of Eugene von Guerard's similar oil painting of 1853. The one-time miner,Thomas Bath, opened the first licensed hotel at Ballarat on 1.7.1853. Black Hill, today a suburb NE of the city, was a particularly rich field & the site of Australia's first ore-crushing battery. James J Blundell & Co were Melbourne publishers & booksellers, active by 1852] (Qty 3)

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$500

Opening AU$ 380.00
Sold...AU$ 950.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1043
Symbol: D

image 1855 large illustration 'Market Square from Little Malop St, Geelong' on thin cream 4to paper, 4pp separated along the vertical fold, faint imprint of 'James J Blundell & Co/Melbourne 1855' at L/R, minor blemishes, unused. [Geelong, established in 1842 on Corio Bay, is Victoria's second-largest city. The town square was reserved by Governor George Gipps as part of the original survey. Covering an enormous 8 acres (3 hectares) it was progressively built upon. In 1881, an exhibition building was erected there which was soon converted to a theatre. Today the site is occupied by the Market Square Shopping Centre]

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$200

Opening AU$ 150.00
Sold...AU$ 250.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 250

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1044
Symbol: D

image 1855 large illustration 'Native Corrobbarry' [sic] on thin cream 4to paper, 4pp, with imprints of 'STG' at L/L & central 'JJ BLUNDELL & CO', used under cover with lengthy letter headed "1855 September 2d Fryers Creek" from a sometime gold prospector to his wife & signed "Robert Driver", a bit aged & with minor internal reinforcing along the folds. [Full of social commentary: "...people are working for as little in this hoste of Golden Country as they are at home...wages are getting lower every week..." He speaks of being shortpaid £6/17/- by his employer but "...law is so expencively dealt out..." He moved to Fryer's Creek (renamed Castlemaine 1.1.1854) where "...we are selling milch at two shillings per quart...after dinner...we dig for a little gold...The picture that is at the beginning of this letter is...what the Native Blacks call a Corrobbarry that is a kind of rejoicing...I have seen them...and have seen them at different games...I find if people will only let them alone they will let people alone although they have committed some fearful murders..."]

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$750

Opening AU$ 575.00
Sold...AU$ 2,200.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 2200

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1045
Symbol: D

image 1855 large illustration 'Native Sneaking Emu' [sic] on thin cream 4to paper, 2pp, with imprints of 'STG' at L/L & central 'JJ BLUNDELL & CO', used under cover with letter headed "1855 September 23d Fryers Creek" from the same correspondence as the previous lot, a bit aged & with minor reinforcing along the folds. ["...I have fully made up my mind to return by the ship called James Bains [of] the Black Ball Line of Liverpoole...about the end of January...We have had a fearful hearth quake in Melbourne this last week...it as opened a greate many [houses] in two...[the newspapers] was all bought up in no time...[When I arrive home I] will have a sup of good home Brewd Bear for I have been nearly teetotale since I came to this country. I send you a few specks of gold...3 weeks of very heavy rain there his a greate many people drownded". There was a significant earthquake felt around Melbourne on 16.9.1855]

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$500

Opening AU$ 380.00
Sold...AU$ 2,500.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 2500

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1046
Symbol: D
Cat No: Collection

image 1856 large illustration 'Stockmans Hut' (two whites, an aborigine & his dog) on thin cream 4to paper, 2pp, with imprints of 'STG' at L/L & central 'JJ BLUNDELL & CO', used under cover with letter headed "1856 January 2d Fryers Creek" from the same correspondence as the previous two lots, a bit aged & with minor reinforcing along the folds. ["...I had fixed upon leaving this Country on the 25th of this month in Royal Mail Ship called the Scomburge but...she was Wrecked 35 Miles west of Cape Otway...I shall be delaid until the tenth of next month..." He includes details of the wreck of the 'Schomberg': see Lot 1361]

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$500

Opening AU$ 380.00
Sold...AU$ 950.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 950

Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1047
Symbol: D

image 1856 large illustration 'The City Terminus of the M&HB Railway Compy/1854' on thin cream 4to paper, 2pp, with imprints of 'STG' at L/L 'CAMPBELL & FERGUSSON' below that & central 'JJ BLUNDELL & CO', to his parents at the Foreign Office but used under cover with partly cross-written letter headed "Barkers Creek/May 9th 1856" & signed "Harry Catchpole", aged & soiled but presentable & wholly legible. He writes "...I am thinking of going up to...Sandy Creek where...things look brighter...death of Sir Charles Hotham...I hope we shall get a good [Governor] this time for [he] did more harm than good...although wages are not good provisions are cheaper...it is rumoured that peace is proclaimed with Russia and that there is likely to be War with America...I do not somehow fancy the Girls in this country..." The Melbourne & Hobsons Bay Railway, opened 12.9.1854, was the first in Australia, connecting Melbourne with Port Melbourne (Sandridge). It was acquired by the government in 1878. Barkers Creek is on the goldfields just S of Castlemaine. Sandy Creek is on the Ovens Goldfield, S of Wodonga. The Crimean War had ended in February 1856. Sir Charles Hotham was governor for less than two years but made himself unpopular in many spheres. The Eureka Rebellion happened during his term of office.

Grade C (Image1)

Estimate AU$400

Opening AU$ 300.00
Sold...AU$ 460.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 460
Sale No: 247
Lot No: 1048
Symbol: C

image 1856 large illustration 'Western end of Queens Wharf Melbourne/1854' on thin cream 4to paper, 4pp, with imprints of 'STG' at L/L 'CAMPBELL & FERGUSSON' below that & central 'JAMES J BLUNDELL & CO', lengthy cross-written letter headed "Beechworth/June 16th 1856", to England "pr Mail Ship Sardinian" with very fine Half-Lengths 3d Prussian blue pair - unfortunately affected by an ironed-out vertical filing fold - tied by BN '9' of 'BEECHWORTH' (oval b/s), Melbourne transit b/s, light Liverpool transit & London arrival cds of 11SP11/1856 both in red on the face along with '1d' accountancy h/s in red, some internal reinforcing along the folds. A rare postal usage of a Gill lettersheet. Ex Rodney Perry with his Certificate (2006).

Grade B (Image1)

Estimate AU$2,000

Opening AU$ 1,500.00
Sold...AU$ 1,500.00


Closed..Apr-26-2022, 20:00:00 EST
Sold For 1500


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