• # 21148

    [McAULEY, James and STEWART, Harold]. “MALLEY, Ern”.

    The Darkening Ecliptic by Ern Malley

    Melbourne and Adelaide: Reed and Harris, 1944. Small quarto, original wrappers (upper wrapper with small loss at top corner, some light stains) illustrated with Sidney Nolan’s ‘The Arabian Tree’ from the ‘Malley’ poem Petit Testament (the illustration is further reproduced as a black and white frontispiece); 46 pp; water stain across bottom margin of most leaves, else …

  • # 35431

    ARONEY, Ellie and FEAIN, Paul

    Ion Idriess. An annotated and illustrated bibliography.

    Sydney : The Cornstalk Bookshop & Sydney Rare Book Auctions, 2016. Octavo, cloth in dustjacket, maps to endpapers, pp. xvi; 124; xx, illustrated. Limited to 200 copies signed and numbered by the authors.

  • # 34493

    LE FANU, J. Sheridan (1814-1873)

    In a glass darkly

    London : R. Bentley & Son, 1872. First edition. Three volumes, octavo, contemporary half straight-grained morocco over marbled papered boards (head caps refurbished, hinges reinforced with Japanese tissue); pastedowns with early bookseller’s stamps of Tyrrell’s Bookshop, Sydney; contemporary ownership inscription of Mary Anderson to one of the preliminary leaves in each volume; pp. [iv], ii …

  • # 15408

    DAVIS, John Francis (1795-1890) and MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)

    San-Yu-Low: or the Three Dedicated Rooms. A tale, translated from the Chinese. [bound following] Translations from the Original Chinese, with notes.

    Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Two volumes in one, octavo; stitched together, contemporary plain yellow rear wrapper (upper wrapper lacking); [Translations:] pp [2],42 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; [San-Yu-Low:] pp [2], 56; signature B in the second …

  • # 9731

    [SCOTT-WARING, John 1747-1819]

    [JOSEPH BANKS] The school for satire: or, a collection of modern satirical poems written during the present reign.

    London : Printed and sold by Jaques and Co. Lombard-Street, Fleet-Street, 1801. First edition. Octavo, contemporary half sheep over marbled papered boards (rubbed), spine with gilt lettering and rule; front paste-down with two later bookplates, bound without the half-title, [vii], 416 pp, (pp 81-96 duplicated in pagination); contents clean and crisp, a very good copy. …

  • # 35209


    [FIRST FLEET]. A tour through parts of Wales, sonnets, odes, and other poems.

    With engravings from drawings taken on the spot. By J. Smith. London : R. Blamire, 1794. Quarto, contemporary papered boards, all edges uncut, pp. 120, 13 tinted aquatints, a fine copy. Includes the first Sonnet titled ‘On the ships sailing for Botany Bay’, a poetic version of the voyage of the First Fleet in 1787-88, …

  • # 29425

    ROWCROFT, Charles (1798–1856)

    Tales of the colonies; or, the adventures of an emigrant. (Presentation copy to Wolverley Attwood)

    London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1847. Fifth edition. Octavo, green cloth, spine replaced, lettered in gilt (edges rubbed, slightly canted), endpapers replaced, pp. [iv – publisher’s advertisements, possibly from another book, with advertisement for this edition of this book]; xxiii; [i]; 534; (4 – publisher’s advertisements), presentation inscription to the title page ‘Wolverley Attwood Esq. …

  • # 15811

    DURYEA, Townsend (1823-1888); "W.S.E."

    Carte de visite with an acrostic laudatory poem to Tasmanian newspaper publisher and editor John Campbell Macdougall

    Albumen print photograph of a lithographed poem titled ‘An Acrostic’, dated and initialled in the image ‘Hobart Town, 9th August 1848 / W.S.E.’, carte de visite format, 105 x 63 mm (mount), verso with imprint of ‘T. Duryea, Artist & Photographer, by Appointment, 66 & 68 King William St., Adelaide / Prize Medal, Universal Exhibition 1867’; both the …

  • # 33990

    JACKSON, Gladys (1881 - ?)

    Under the banyan (signed presentation copy)

    Hong Kong : privately printed, 1925. Octavo, lettered flushcut cloth wrappers (lightly stained and edge worn), presentation inscription to the front free endpaper ‘With love and best wishes, Gladys Jackson. Hong Kong, Feb. 1929’. pp. [iv]; iv; [ii]; 114, light foxing to preliminaries else very good. Includes a number of poems relating to the Great …

  • # 35121

    MURRAY-SMITH, S. (editor)

    [NORMAN LINDSAY]. Overland : stories, features, poetry. Number 40, Spring 1964

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press : 1964. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (with a cartoon by Norman Lindsay), pp. 59, illustrated. Includes a 6 page illustrated feature article on the comic art of Norman Lindsay by Vane Lindesay.

  • # 33820

    [GOLDSMITH, Oliver]

    An history of England, in a series of letters from a Nobleman to his son

    London : T. Carnan, 1786. Two volumes, octavo, contemporary full calf (corners and edges rubbed), spines in compartments with gilt rule and contrasting morocco title labels, lacking the front free endpapers, pp. 312; 280; (8 – bookseller’s catalogue), the last leaf of text in the first volume torn with about 1/3 of the leaf lost, …

  • # 35223

    MACARTNEY, Frederick T. (1887 - 1980)

    Gaily the troubadour (signed presentation copy)

    Satires in the fixed forms of verse. Melbourne : The Anvil Press, 1946. Octavo, quarter-cloth over papered boards with original linocut design by the author, pp. 30. Signed presentation copy from the author to Kenneth Gifford.

  • # 34412

    HORNADGE, Bill

    Ern Malley and the “Angry Penguins”

    Being a review of the greatest hoax in Australia’s literary history, and the subsequent ‘Indecency Trial’. Lismore: W. Hornage, [1945]. Octavo, wrappers illustrated with a sour-faced penguin (light marks), 20pp. A scarce contemporary pamphlet reviewing the literary hoax.  

  • # 34155

    FRASER, Frances and PALMER, Nettie (editors)

    Centenary gift book

    Edited by Frances Fraser and Nettie Palmer. Melbourne : Robertson and Mullens, 1934. Published for the Women’s Centenary Council. Quarto, decorated cards (a few light stains and general wear), colour frontispiece by Ellis Rowan, pp. 165, colour and black and white plates, text illustrations, light scattered foxing. ‘The profits from the sale of the book …

  • # 34706

    DAVIS, Arthur H. ("Steele Rudd")

    On our selection

    Illustrated by A. J. Fischer, A. H. Fullwood, G. W. Lambert, Fred Leist, F. P. Mahoney, and Alf Vincent. [Melbourne] : Gordon & Gotch, circa 1910. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (creased), advertisements to inner wrappers, small flaws to gutters of half-title and final leaves, pp. viii; 162, [2]; 12 (advertisements), illustrated.

  • # 34480

    LAWSON, Henry (1867-1922)

    Over the sliprails (review copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1900. First edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with illustration by Frank P. Mahony (hinges repaired, spine with loss to head and foot), lower wrapper with advertisement for David Jones & Company, endpapers with advertisements, pp. 167, 15 publisher’s advertisements; preliminaries with stamps ‘For review’ from the publishers, internally clean, a …