I am not an apologist for Sydney Rare Book Auctions , but the last auctions from this auction house have featured the estate of Ion Idriess - obviously a one off, once in a lifetime experience for collectors of Idriess - I'm pretty sure he only had one estate! This auction seems to include the last lots from that estate. There were photos, maps, articles, posters and books - though the Idriess books were perhaps not from his estate. 	For $2,800 you could have had a hand-written, unpublished manuscript by Idriess about early Australian aviators. There was also a typed copy of this - not sure if it was identical - which started about $150 - which is about where my bidding started and ended! - and quickly went to $425 - which was above the auction estimate. It looked an interesting manuscript. It would be great to see it published! 	Some photos associated with Idriess and from his estate went for $110, which seemed reasonable. Various posters went from $70 to $120, which also seemed pretty good buys. 	As to the books, I bid on a few lots, but in hindsight should probably have bid a bit higher. Lot 216 was a first edition Lasseter - no DJ (with bonus diary) which went for $100. I already had one, but this looked better condition than mine. In any case it was a bargain and worth 2 or 3 times the winning bid. I only bid to $90. Darn! 	Lot 217 was a first edition Cornstalk Madman's Island (no DJ), which went for the bargain price of $180. It is rare to see one of these for under $500. 	Lot 218 featured four first editions - no DJ's - which went for $160. One was Flynn (I don't have a first of this) and the price was probably nearly worth it for this alone, as it was for The Cattle King . The other firsts - Over the Range and Forty Fathoms Deep - are also worth $50 - $100, according to this site (Idriess.info). Unfortunately my bidding didn't even get to $100 - probably should have tried a little harder! 	Lot 219 was three signed Idriess firsts (no DJ's) - 2 national ed. (Forty Fathoms and Men of the Jungle ), and Over the Range and at $100, a good buy (but not by me!). 	Lot 533 featured 7 later Idriess firsts with DJ's. The DJ's were a little tatty on some, but even so, at less than $20 a copy, a very good deal. There were 2 Tracks of Destiny as well as Back O'Cairns , The Vanished People , The Nor'Westers , Isles of Despair and My Mate Dick . 	If you were the lucky bidder for any of these items - well done, you did bid well!