Sydney Rare Book Auctions will be selling the Idriess Estate, an extensive archive which includes his research library, books inscribed to Idriess from other authors, letters to and from publishers, original dust wrapper artworks, original photographs, and objects he collected on his travels. In a future auction we will also be selling his handwritten and typed manuscripts.
In our first auction we have some truly mouth-watering items. Several letters including correspondence with the US publisher concerning Horrie the Wog Dog (that little war hero!); a letter from Angus and Robertson’s managing director, Walter Cousins; and a letter author and bushman Bill Harney(1895-1962). There is also an original pencil drawn map in Idriess’s hand that may have been used to plan his novel Wild White Man of Badu. Scarce items included the prospectus for the National Edition of his books, and a collection of stories from the Australian World Service Syndicate declaring Idriess as “Australia’s Most Popular Writer.” From his personal library there are books with his notes and some inscribed to Idriess from authors such as EV Timms, Frank Clune, and Eris O’Brien.
The auction will be held in house (bookings essential) and broadcast online for anyone who prefers to bid from home.
When : 10:30am 12th December 2020
Where : Corner of Wattle and MacArthur streets Ultimo