Literature

  • # 31566

    PERDUE, Amy

    The Goitre and other verses. A satire on “Modern Art” (presentation copy)

    Melbourne : W.J. Carroll, [1944]. Duodecimo, lettered wrappers (foxed), pp. 69, signed ‘With compliments, Amy Perdue (W. J. Carroll)’. Satirical poetry about the modern art scene.

  • # 31600

    ATKINSON, E.J. Rupert; NAPIER WALLER, M. (artist)

    [NAPIER WALLER] A nocturne

    Melbourne : Edward A. Vidler, [1919]. Royal octavo, original card covers with designs by M. Napier Waller, 49 pp, illustrated with [2] monochrome plates by Napier Waller, slight edge wear to the yapp wrappers, a couple of pale patches of foxing, but generally a bright and fine copy. A short drama which, as the Toorak …

  • # 31537

    McHUGH, Vincent (1904 - 1983); ADAMS, Tate (1922 - 2018)

    Alpha : the mutabilities

    Poems by Vincent McHugh ; with wood engravings by Tate Adams.San Francisco : The Porpoise Bookshop, 1958. Folio, letterpress wrappers (lightly marked and a couple of short edge tears), stringbound, pp. [16[, letterpress text by McHugh and wood engravings by Adams. A very good copy. Poems & Pictures series number eleven. 137 copies printed by …

  • # 31529

    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 (very slight bump to foot of spine) in illustrated dustjacket (very light scratch lower panel); pp. 223, a fine copy with no inscriptions or markings internally. The true first …

  • # 30977

    PÉLISSIER Alphonse

    A Communard in exile : a small archive of unpublished poems and songs in manuscript, together with rare locally-printed ephemera. Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, 1875-1878.

    French journalist and former soldier Alphonse Pélissier was condemned to death for his involvement in the Paris Commune of March-May, 1871. His sentence was commuted to deportation to the Isle of Pines in New Caledonia, where he arrived in November, 1872. During his political exile this unrepentant Communard collaborated as an editor on several issues …

  • # 30892

    BIRNIE, Richard (1808-1888)

    Essays: social, moral, and political. (Presentation copy from the author)

    / By Richard Birnie, Esq., M.A., Barrister-at-Law. [Selected and reprinted from “The Australasian”]. Melbourne : Alex M’Kinley & Co., Printers & Publishers, 61 Queen Street, 1879. Octavo (187 mm), publisher’s gilt-stamped red cloth over boards (scattered ink marks and small stains), spine lettered in gilt (softened at ends); a presentation copy from the author, inscribed …

  • # 22321

    ZIEGLER, Hieronymus; BIRCK, Sixt; CROCUS, Cornelius; ZOVITIUS, Jacobus

    [BINDING] Dramata sacra : comoediae atque tragoediae aliquot e Veteri Testamento desumptae, quibus praecipuae ipsius historiae ita eleganter in scenam producuntur, ut vix quicquam in hoc argumenti genere juventuti Christianae proponi utilius possit : magna parte nunc primum in lucem editae : earum vero catalogum statim a praefatione invenies.

    Basileae : [Ex officina Joannis Oporini], [1547]. Duodecimo (163 x 98 mm), contemporary elaborately blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, both covers with floral decoration at centre within rectangular panel with triple fillet border, framed by a sequence of figural elements depicting Biblical scenes separated by narrow spaces with blind tooled lettering; the front cover has …

  • # 30780

    JOHNSON, Samuel (1709-1784) and Arthur MURPHY

    The works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.. A new edition, in twelve volumes, with an essay on his life and genius, by Arthur Murphy, Esq.

    London : Printed for W. Baynes & Son, Paternoster Row, 1824. Twelve volumes, duodecimo (145 mm), bound in uniform contemporary full calf, boards ruled in gilt, spines in compartments with lettering, volume numbers and ornament stamped in gilt; all edges marbled; complete; clean and fresh throughout, bindings firm. A very attractive early nineteenth-century edition of …

  • # 31163

    HOGUE, J. A. et al.

    Poems and pictures for the Red Cross Society

    North Sydney : Winn & Co., 1918. Octavo, lettered wrappers, colour illustration, pp. 100, illustrated. Promotional book and souvenir for the Red Cross Society, providing covalescent homes for the returned veterans, with poems, stories and illustrations. Scarce.

  • # 31345

    McCLURE, Michael

    The mammals

    San Francisco : Cranium Press, 1972. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (rubbed) featuring two thylacines (Tasmanian Tigers); pp. 92, illustrated, a couple of pen annotations, else very good. Three plays by the Beat poet.

  • # 31444

    Anon.

    [BROADSIDE] The bold privateer.

    Philadelphia : Thomas M. Scroggy, [circa 1860]. Broadside, 170 x 107 mm (printed area), decorative border; a 4-stanza ballad sung to the tune of ‘Adieu sweet lovely Nancy’; fine.

  • # 27437

    EIGNER, Larry; KING, Ronald (illustrator)

    earth birds : forty six poems written between May 1964 and June 1972

    Circle Press : Guildford, 1981. Quarto (290 mm), publisher’s quarter brown cloth over papered boards, [42] pp, with 6 plates by Ronald King (blind intaglio abstract designs); internally pristine, a fine copy. Deluxe issue, one of 50 copies on pure rag-made paper with 6 plates printed blind intaglio; although these should be numbered I-L this …

  • # 31355

    [MAX HARRIS; JOHN REED]

    [ANGRY PENGUINS] Ern Malley’s Journal (first three issues)

    Volume 1, nos. 1-4. Heidelberg, Vic. : M. Harris, J. Reed, B. Reid, November 1952 – October, 1953. Three issues, octavo, original wrappers (some minor silverfishing). A good group of the three volumes (another three issues were to follow, the final two printed in a much shorter run and thus quite rare). Scarce. Ern Malley …

  • # 31238

    DAY, Harold

    The great Streeton

    Hobart : Hobart Press, c1989. Octavo, lettered wrappers (marked), pp. 152, illustrated. “Fiction involving a huge painting by Australia’s most famous artist, Sir Arthur Streeton” Cover.

  • # 31261

    SMITH, Ivan and OLSEN, John

    A sliver of time (signed copy)

    Sydney : Harper & Row, 1981. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 80, illustrated. Signed by Olsen on the endpaper in the year of publication. A very good copy of the illustrated story.

  • # 31124

    FAIRWEATHER, Ian

    The drunken Buddha

    St. Lucia : University of Queensland Press, 2015. 50th anniversary edition. Quarto, lettered cloth, paper wraparound band, pp. 162, illustrated. New copy. Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at TarraWarra Museum of Art, November 29, 2014-March 15, 2015. Curated by Steven Alderton. A special limited 50th anniversary edition of an Ian Fairweather classic. In …