Literature

  • # 43958

    [CLARKE, Marcus 1846-1881]

    The peripatetic philosopher. By “Q.”

    Melbourne : George Robertson, 1869. First edition. Octavo (185 x 125 mm), original printed papered boards (some minor staining and light foxing); pp. xi, [1], 108; spotting to last few leaves and edges; a very good copy. Scarce first edition of a collection of sixty-eight pithy and provocative essays by Clarke, originally published under this …

  • # 44059

    RANKIN, Jennifer and OLSEN, John

    [OLSEN, John]. Earth Hold (signed presentation copy with original drawing)

    London : Martin Secker & Warburg Limited, 1978. Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth (slightly bowed), illustrated dustjacket (a few marks and stains), 56 pp., illustrated with full page plates by Olsen. The standard edition. Signed and inscribed ‘For Andrew, with love & appreciation’ by both Jennifer Rankin and also John Olsen, who has executed a pen drawing …

  • # 44028

    BOYD, Arthur and PORTER, Peter

    Mars

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

  • # 43904

    BELL, Henry Thomas Mackenzie (1856-1930)

    Mackenzie Bell, poet : signed autograph manuscript of his poem “The Philosophy of Frequent Failure”.

    Manuscript in ink on the recto of a quarto sheet (225 x 175 mm), written in the poet’s flamboyant, idiosyncratic hand, comprising the full text of his poem The Philosophy of Frequent Failure, signed at the foot Mackenzie Bell, and with the word ‘Poet’ written in the hand of Jane Emma Murphy (see below); laid …

  • # 43710

    CARROLL, Lewis

    The Hunting of the Snark

    Melbourne : Carroll Foundation, 1989. Quarto, gilt-lettered black cloth, pp. 64, illustrated by Frank Hinder. This copy with a signed presentation inscription from Kerry Paul, Director of the Gryphon Gallery (University of Melbourne) to Peter Perry, former Director of the Castlemaine Art Gallery.

  • # 43809

    PRENTICE, Jeffrey

    Australian children’s literature : finding a voice

    Melbourne : Braidwood Press, 2016. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. x; 262, illustrated. A collection of illustrated articles by passionate advocate for children’s literature Jeffrey Prentice, written over a period of thirty years. Limited to 180 copies signed and numbered by the author.

  • # 42570

    ARP, Jean

    Arp. On My Way. Poetry and Essays 1912-1947

    New York: Wittenborn, Schultz, Inc. 1948. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (lightly foxed), pp. 148, illustrated, light foxing. Includes two original woodcuts by Jean Arp, bound in to the volume. Prefatory note by Robert Motherwell. Sixth volume in the series “The Documents of Modern Art”, directed by Robert Motherwell.

  • # 42495

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (First Australian edition)

    London : Bloomsbury, 1997 [1998]. Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. First issue of the first Australian edition. Octavo, laminated boards (bump to head and foot of spine, slight wear to corners) in illustrated dustjacket (edge wear, a little crumpled at head and foot of spine, upper and lower edges, …

  • # 42819

    ROBERTSON, Constance (editor)

    Ink. No. 1, 1932 (With two original woodcuts by Margaret Preston)

    Sydney : The Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. for the Friendly Fund, 1932. Quarto, later buckram, the original illustrated wrapper pasted on the upper board; pp. xii, 96; xiii – xxiv; illustrated in black and white, occasional scattered foxing, a very good copy. An extraordinary gathering of women writers and artists who are listed …

  • # 43631

    GASKIN, Claire; HOLT, LK; MEAD, Philip; ROSE, Peter

    [POETRY] Weather Event / Merry War (of Never Meeting and Never Ending) / Clouded / Catullan Rag LXV-LXXXI

    Melbourne : Life Before Man (Gazebo Books), December 2023. “Red-Letter Series”. Limited edition of 25 numbered and signed copies. Four volumes, uniform octavo (210 x 120 mm), each title in chapbook format with original woodcut wrappers by Phil Day, comprising 1. Claire Gaskin Weather Event, 24 pp.; 2. LK Holt Merry War (of Never Meeting …

  • # 42543

    CELAN, Paul

    Paul Celan : a reading for Group 47

    Translated by John Felstiner. Print after a woodcut by Dirk Hagner. Cambridge MA : The Shackman Press, 2009. Quarto, lettered wrappers, pp. [20], stitch bound, printed letterpress. Printed in an edition of 50 copies signed by Felstiner and Hagner.

  • # 42540

    HEDIN, Robert (1949 - )

    The Steinways of Africa.

    A prose poem by Robert Henin. Northfield, Minnesota : Red Dragonfly Press, 2005. Quarto, bound in Mashamba Huro wrappers handmade by women of Zimbabwe, pp. [8], printed letterpress in Menhart type on Iyo Glazed paper. Printed in an edition of 90 copies.

  • # 42539

    POE, Edgar Alan

    X-ing a paragrab

    Dunedin [New Zealand] : Frayed Frisket, 2015. Octavo, lettered cards, pp. 15, letterpress. “This short story by Edgar Alan Poe was originally published in 1849 in the Flag of the nation”-Introduction. “The text retains the italics of the original. Hand set in 12 point Monotype Garamond 3 point leaded and printed on 100 gsm Conqueror …

  • # 43523

    CROZIER, Cecily (editor); GLEESON, James, et al.

    A Comment. October 1942. No. 13

    Malvern East, Vic. : A Comment Publication, 1942. Royal octavo, self buff wrappers with linocut image by Irvine Green, staple bound, pp. [24], printed in black ink on buff paper, illustrations; including a tipped-in surrealist work by James Gleeson, includes text contributions by Brian Crozier, Geoffrey Dutton, James Gleeson, Elizabeth Galloway, Max Harris and others, …

  • # 42522

    WALLACE-CRABBE, Chris (editor)

    Compass. No. 2, Spring 1956

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Literature Club, 1956. Quarto, stapled wrappers (stencilled design by Ray Wilson), pp. 31 printed roneo, poetry by the students.

  • # 42532

    RAHIMOV, I. M. (editor)

    Nizami State Museum of Azerbaijan Literature. Guide-book.

    Baku : Elm, 1975. Small quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. [32], illustrated. Guide to the Literature Museum of the Azerbaijan SSR during the Soviet era.