Literature

  • # 26996

    Anon.

    [BOTANY BAY] The Gamester. To which is added the story of sinful Sally, told by herself.

    Dublin : Sold by William Watson and Son, No. 7, Capel-Street, Printers to the Cheap Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts, and by B. Dugdale, 6, Dame-Street; and by the Booksellers, Chapmen and Hawkers in Town and Country, circa 1796. Octavo, self-wrappers with woodcut illustration to front, pp 23, [blank]; disbound from a larger volume, stab-stitch …

  • # 27719

    HUME, Fergus (1859-1932)

    The Mystery of a hansom cab

    A sensational novel … A startling and realistic story of Melbourne social life. London : The Hansom Cab Publishing Coy., 60 Ludgate Hill, n.d., [1888]. “Two Hundredth Thousand” (t.p.). Small octavo (182 x 122 mm), original pictorial wrappers, the upper wrapper featuring an illustration of the hansom cab in a Melbourne street, lower wrapper with …

  • # 27878

    MILLER, Henry.

    Murder the Murderer.

    An excurus on war from “The Air-Conditioned Nightmare”. Melbourne: Reed & Harris, [1946]. First Australian edition (published in Big Sur by the author in 1944). Duodecimo, printed wrappers, 86 pp., a fine copy. At the time of publication this work by important playwright Miller was banned in America. Miller’s anti-war pamphlet in two parts. Part …

  • # 27495

    FORBES, Archibald

    The Rajah’s racer

    London : R. A. Everett & Co. circa 1905. Octavo, illustrated yellowback boards (edges rubbed), advertisements to endpapers, pp. 287. ‘The Rajah’s Racer was first published by Everett in 1905, who also issued the book as a “yellowback” (as illustrated). It was reissued in 1920 by G.H. Robinson and J. Birch in their “Royal Ascot Library” …

  • # 27877

    MACARTNEY, Frederick T. (1887 - 1980)

    Hard light and other verses

    Surrey Hills, Vic. : The Galleon Press, 1934. Square octavo, green cloth boards with pictorial paper onlay to front featuring a linocut by the poet; 43 pp, illustrated with a further 6 tipped-in linocuts by Macartney; lightly marked, a very good copy. Presentation inscription to a previous owner pasted on a small card on the …

  • # 27673

    OGILVIE, Will

    The Australian and other verses

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1916. Duodecimo, decorated red cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated title page and frontispiece by Hal Gye, pp. xviii; 158, a fine copy. ‘Trenches’ edition of nationalistic vere, so called because the size of the book could be slipped into the pocket of an Australian digger in the trenches of Europe.

  • # 27671

    LAWSON, Henry

    On the track [and] Over the sliprails

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1900. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (canted, edges rubbed) with blind stamp of ‘Boot’s Booklover’s Library’ on upper panel, ex libris stamp to endpaper, pp. viii; 157; [bound with] : Over the sliprails. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1900, pp. [vi]; 167, (17, publisher’s catalogue dated September 1900). First combined edition, the …

  • # 27984

    GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)

    James Gleeson. Poems from : Time retrieved : a sequence of poem drawings 1938 – 1978 (signed copy)

    Sydney : David Jones Art Gallery, 1990, A4 sheets, card wrappers lettered ‘James Gleeson’, spiral bound, pp. [44], printed recto only, 18 poems by Gleeson, signed by him on the title page. A rare book of poetry by Gleeson published by the David Jones Art Gallery in Sydney for the group exhibition ‘The painter poet …

  • # 27320

    MACKELLAR, Dorothea

    The witch-maid & other verses

    London and Toronto : J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., 1914. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, previous owner’s name crossed out in biro on pastedown, pp. 98, scattered moderate foxing.

  • # 27263

    CROLL, Robert Henderson

    I recall. Collections and recollections

    Melbourne : Robertson & Mullens, 1939. Octavo, lettered green cloth, illustrated dustjacket (tape repait to head of spine), reproductions of bookplates on endpapers, pp. 188, photographic plates. Toning to endpapers and edges, a very good copy. Includes a caricature of Will Dyson by Norman Lindsay. The author’s reminiscences of bohemian life with artists, writers and …

  • # 27853

    SCOTT, W. N.

    Focus on Judith Wright

    [Brisbane] : University of Queensland Press, 1967. Quarto, papered boards in illustrated dustjacket (edges worn and discoloured), pp. 55, previous owner’s inscription to endpaper. Illustrated. Artists in Queensland series.

  • # 27348

    DYSON, Edward (1865 - 1931)

    “Hello, Soldier!”

    Khaki Verse. Illustrations by Will Dyson, Ruby Lind, and George Dancey. Melbourne : Alex. M’Kinley & Co., 1919. Octavo, papered boards (marked, child’s name inscribed in crayon on lower board), pp. 131, tipped-in black and white plates. Printed in purple ink on brown paper due the ‘paper famine’ as noted by Dyson. The second collection …

  • # 27653

    "MALLEY, Ern" (STEWART, Harold and McAULEY, James)

    Angry Penguins. 1944 Autumn Number to Commemorate the Australian Poet Ern Malley.

    Edited by Max Harris and John Reed. Melbourne: Reed & Harris, 1944. Quarto, illustrated wrappers by Sidney Nolan (scattered foxing, previous owner’s name to upper wrapper), pp. 108, rare errata slip inserted loosely in between pp. 66-67, early pencil annotations commenting on the poetry and the Adelaide prosecution of Max Harris. Issue 6. The famous …

  • # 27753

    POLITZER, L. L.; HERBERT, Harold

    Autumn leaves (copy number 1 of the deluxe edition)

    Verses and letters by L. L. Politzer; pencil drawings by Harold B. Herbert. Melbourne : “Pan” Publishing House, circa 1934. Octavo, marbled cards with title label (slightly sunned), ribbon tie, pp. [64], illustrations by Herbert. The deluxe edition, limited to 100 copies, signed by Herbert and Politzer, this is copy number 1. Nationalistic poetry with …

  • # 27862

    DUTTON, Geoffrey, and others (editors)

    Australian Letters. Vol. 6, No. 3-4, September, 1964

    Poet – John Shaw Neilson. Artist – Charles Blackman. A quarterly review of writing and criticism. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (by Charles Blackman), pp. 65; (11). Poetry by Neilson and illustrations by Charles Blackman.

  • # 27782

    BOYD, Arthur and PORTER, Peter

    Mars

    London : Andre Deutsch, 1988. Small quarto, cloth in illustrated dust jacket, pp. 112; poetry of Peter Porter, illustrated by Arthur Boyd.