Literature

  • # 15613

    MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)

    Horæ sinicæ: Translations from the popular literature of the Chinese

    London : Printed for Black and Parry … by C. Stower, 1812. First edition. Octavo, later half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine with earlier gilt lettered backstrip laid down; pp vi, [1 contents], 71; first page with contemporary annotation in Chinese characters in red ink; a fine copy. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and East India …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15611

    THOMS, Peter Perring

    [Hua Jian] Chinese Courtship. In Verse. To which is added, an Appendix, Treating of the Revenue of China, &c. &c.

    London : Published by Parbury, Allen, and Kingsbury ; Macao, China : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt rule and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; early bookseller’s label of W. White, Piccadilly, to front pastedown; printed on Chinese paper; …

  • # 15561

    DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)

    Poeseos sinensis commentarii. On the poetry of the Chinese, (from the Royal Asiatic Translations) to which are added, translations & detached pieces

    Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1834. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate for W. W. Rockhill to front pastedown, pp [viii]; 199; a fine copy. Text in English, Chinese and Latin. First published in London in …

  • # 15576

    STENT, G[eorge C[arter] (1833 - 1884)

    Fanning the grave and The wife tested.

    Shanghai : printed and published by Da Costa & Co., at the “Ching-Foong” Printing Office, 1873. Octavo, old diced morocco, lettered in gilt along the spine (edges rubbed), original yellow wrappers bound in, pp 12, printed in blue ink with red decorative border; light foxing but a very good copy. Two poems by Stent featuring …

  • # 16874

    WILDE, Oscar (1854-1900)

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    London, New York and Melbourne : Ward, Lock and Co., 1891. First English edition, de luxe, large paper issue; one of 250 numbered copies, signed by Wilde on the limitation page (this is copy No. 67). Small quarto, later full crushed red morocco binding, spine with raised bands, gilt lettering and ornament, gilt dentelles, armorial …

  • # 16701

    BALDWIN, Faith (1893-1978)

    Manhattanské noci

    Brno : Průboj, 1948. Large octavo, original cloth-backed boards in dust jacket designed by Polášek (minor edge wear), pp 460; text in Czech; a fine copy. Translation of American writer Faith Baldwin’s romance novel Manhattan Nights (first published in 1937), featuring a dust jacket with a stunning Czech modernist design.

  • # 15573

    MORRIS, William, 1834-1896

    The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, now newly imprinted.

    A fine copy of the Kelmscott Chaucer, recognised as the finest book printed since the Gutenberg Bible.  Hammersmith : Kelmscott Press, 1896. Folio, bound in full rich tan morocco, with raised beveled panels to front and rear boards, blind-stamped in a diamond pattern, borders and dentelles also stamped in blind, leather inlay gilt-lettered with “Chaucer’s Works”, spine with five …

  • # 1735

    BARRIE, J.M. (1860-1937)

    Neil and Tintinnabulum

    ONE OF ONLY 12 COPIES, BY THE AUTHOR OF PETER PAN. Privately Printed. [1925]. Royal octavo, original light green card covers printed in black, tied with a cream silk cord at spine fold, untrimmed, wrappers slightly creased with an abrasion mark on the front, pp [ii], 31; with 3 illustrations after engravings, signed L.W.; early …

  • # 17016

    SMITH, William Ramsay (1859-1937) ; UNAIPON, David (1872-1967)

    Myths and legends of the Australian Aboriginals

    /​ by W. Ramsay Smith ; with sixteen plates in colour by Alice Woodward, and other illustrations. London : George G. Harrap and Co., 1930. First edition. Thick octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth with gilt lettering (fine) in like dust jacket (a little strengthening to the inner flaps), front free-endpaper with ex libris of Philip & …

  • # 16705

    MIRO, Joan (1893-1983)

    Joan Miró. Bois gravés pour un poème de Paul Eluard.

    Paris : Berggruen & Cie, 1958. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers, front cover with pochoir illustration by Joan Miró, pp. [32], containing a series of Miró’s colour pochoir illustrations; plaquette for a larger series of prints exhibited at Berggruen; a fine copy.    

  • # 15852

    COCTEAU, Jean (1889 - 1963)

    Deux travestis

    [Paris] : Fournier; Imprimerie Studium, presses Desjobert, [1947]. Small quarto, lettered wrappers over cards, glassine, pp. 44, (3); half-title bound in inverted; lithographed title page, two full page lithographs, one text lithograph illustration and two lithographed initials by Cocteau, occasional foxing, a very good copy. Printed in an edition of 575 copies, of which the first …

  • # 16787

    STEAD, Christina (1902-1983)

    The Salzburg tales (First edition; signed copy)

    London : Peter Davies, 1934. First U.K. edition. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Octavo, pink cloth boards (lightly marked, spine sunned), lacking dust jacket, 498 pp, clean and sound, housed in a quarter blue morocco and blue cloth clamshell box. A good signed copy of Christina Stead’s first published novel.

  • # 16788

    STEAD, Christina (1902-1983)

    The man who loved children (First edition; Florence James’ and Christina Stead’s copy)

    London : Peter Davies, 1941. First U.K. edition. Octavo, red cloth boards (upper board lightly marked), the personal copy of both Florence James (19 David St. Mosman) and later Christina Stead (Camberley, Surrey), the ownership signatures of both women on the front free endpaper, 480 pp (edges flecked), a well read copy, housed in a …

  • # 16447

    LAWSON, Henry (1867-1922)

    Over the sliprails.

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1900. First edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers with illustration by Frank P. Mahony (splitting along spine), lower wrapper with advertisement for David Jones & Company, endpapers with advertisements, pp. 167, 15 publisher’s advertisements; preliminaries with stamps of the ‘Magazine and Book Library, Gawler Place’; internally clean, a good copy in …

  • # 16454

    BAKER, Hannah Newton

    Wytha Wytha : a tale of Australian life.

    London : Hodder & Stoughton, 1903. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial cloth boards (rubbed), front pastedown with prize certificate of the Grundy St. Mission School dated 1911, front free-endpaper with later ex libris, engraved frontispiece, pp. viii, 280; a near fine copy. A novel aiming ‘to delineate present day bush life in an auriferous district …

  • # 16441

    MARTIN, Arthur Patchett (1851-1902)

    The beginnings of an Australian literature.

    London : Henry Sotheran and Co., 1898. Large octavo, original printed wrappers, frontispiece photographic portrait of the author (light spotting to tissue guard and title page); pp. 46, a fine, uncut copy. Rare first edition of a monograph by Arthur Patchett Martin, an important publication within the history of Australian literature. Martin was an established …

  • # 16772

    WHITE, Patrick (1912-1990), contributor

    The London Mercury June 1934 Volume XXX No. 176

    London : 1934. Contains two poems by White, Meeting again and The Ploughman, written while he was at Oxford. Apart from Thirteen poems, a very early private publication printed by his mother – of which only two copies are known – this issue of The London Mercury includes the first of White’s work to be printed.

  • # 16771

    MEREDITH, Gwen; Australia. Royal Australian Air Force. Educational Services.

    Great inheritance : a radio documentary.

    [Australia] : R.A.A.F. Educational Services, 1945. Oblong octavo, printed wrappers, stapled, 33 leaves, clean and sound. A single copy recorded in Australian collections (National Library of Australia).

  • # 16624

    MÉLAGE, Frère (poet); MABIN-JOSEPH, F (illustrator)

    [BELGIUM; ART DECO] L’âme belge. Poèmes pour le centenaire.

    Carlsbourg (Belgium) : Revue Belge de Pédagogie, 1930. Square quarto, original pictorial card covers (a few light marks, small paper loss at head of spine), edges uncut, early gift inscription to front free-endpaper, pp. 59, text printed in red and set within illustrated borders throughout, a good copy. A book of poems by the Belgian …

  • # 16443

    NEILSON, John Shaw (1872-1942)

    New poems by Shaw Neilson.

    Sydney : The Bookfellow in Australia, 1927. Quarto, publisher’s printed brown wrappers (some creasing and staining), inside front wrapper with later exlibris, frontispiece black-and-white photographic portrait of the author, pp. 35; occasional spotting, a good copy in the original wrappers. The scarce third published collection of poetry by South Australian writer John Shaw Neilson, dedicated …

  • # 16507

    GOODE, Cyril E.

    The grower of golden grain and other inland ballads. (Inscribed copy)

    Melbourne : The Southland Press [for the author], 1932. Octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers (upper wrapper with mild foxing), with two presentation inscriptions by the author, the first on the page facing title, dated 1942, the second on the title, dated 1950; 31 pp, vignette illustrations, internally very clean. A small collection of verse self-published …

  • # 16677

    NEILSON, John (1844-1922)

    The men of the fifties

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, November 1938. First edition, limited to 100 copies for private distribution. Octavo, plain card covers with attached overlapping wrappers, (chipped at head of spine, a few light marks, otherwise very good), ex libris of A. Harpley Bradfield, frontispiece portrait of John Neilson, pp 24, [1] colophon, a near fine copy. …

  • # 16681

    GORDON, Adam Lindsay (1833-1870); with notes by ANDERSON, Hugh

    The feud / Adam Lindsay Gordon ; with notes by Hugh Anderson and the traditional ballad “The dowie dens o’Yarrow” ; six illustrations by Noel Paton. (Special issue of the limited edition)

    Adelaide : Rigby Limited, 1964. “This is one of the special issue of 100 copies, bound in full calf” (Inscription to front pastedown). Number 17 of 1001 copies of this limited centenary edition of Adam Lindsay Gordon’s verse, on handmade paper, signed by Hugh Anderson. Octavo, full calf binding with gilt lettering to spine, edges …

  • # 16679

    THIELE, Colin (1920-2006)

    Man in a landscape

    Adelaide : Rigby Limited, 1960. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in pictorial dust jacket (front and rear panels with closed tears), front pastedown with later ex libris, front free-endpaper with tipped-in contemporary newspaper cutting relating to Thiele; top- and fore-edges with foxing, otherwise a good copy. The third published collection of poetry by celebrated …

  • # 16780

    JAMES, Brian

    Cookabundy bridge and other stories. (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd., 1946. First edition. Octavo, red cloth boards (upper board marked, spine slightly rolled), a presentation copy inscribed on the front free-endpaper by the author for bibliophile Harry F. Chaplin ‘With all kindest regards to Harry Chaplin. And may he forgive the infliction of these stories upon his innocent self. …

  • # 16782

    WRIGHT, Judith

    The moving image

    Melbourne : The Meanjin Press, n.d. [c. 1946]. Octavo, boards in dustjacket ( a couple of very minor chips to spine), pp. 33. The author’s first book of verse. Folios of Australian Poetry series.

  • # 16779

    SARGESON, Frank.

    [ANGRY PENGUINS]. When the wind blows

    Christchurch: The Caxton Press, 1945. Octavo, boards in dustjacket, which bear the Reed & Harris Melbourne imprint, with advertisements for their publications on back wrapper, bookplate to front pastedown. Licensed for sale in Australia through Reed & Harris, the scarce Australian variant with advertisements from the publishers of Angry Penguins.

  • # 16786

    HAZZARD, Shirley

    Cliffs of fall : and other stories

    London : Macmillan, 1963. First edition (preceding the American edition). Octavo, red cloth boards with gilt-lettered spine, in original dust jacket (foxed), preliminaries with a small amount of foxing, edges flecked, otherwise a very good copy of the scarce first edition of Hazzard’s first published book, a collection of ten stories, nine of which had appeared …

  • # 16776

    BENNETT, A.H.E.

    [HAWTHORN PRESS] The Hidden voices and other verses

    Cover title: Interlude. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, [1950?]. Edition limited to 20 copies, signed by the author. Octavo, original quarter red calf over grey cloth boards (spine scuffed), upper board with ‘Interlude’ printed in red, 25 pp, a near fine copy. THP 23. A rare privately printed volume of poetry by Alfred Bennett. Only …

  • # 16778

    DAVISON, L. H. (ed.)

    Direction : new literature in Australia (volumes 1 and 2)

    Melbourne : the editor, 1952. Two volumes, octavo, printed wrappers (some foxing), pp. 52; 44, articles by Max Harris, Judith Wright, Vincent Buckley, Peter Cowan, John Yule, Barrie Reid, Elizabeth Vassilieff et alia and an early drawing by Charles Blackman. The first two issues (of a total of 4) of this short-lived literary magazine, with …

  • # 16777

    FITZGERALD, Robert D.

    This night’s orbit : verses by Robert D. FitzGerald.

    Carlton : Melbourne University Press, 1953. Octavo, cloth with printed dustjacket, 41pp. Ex libris Harold Oliver; signed by author on title page; contents page and some poems with annotations in pencil in Oliver’s hand. Light foxing. Edition limited to 230 copies. Accompanied by a single page typed letter (November 1953) to Oliver from C.B. Christesen …

  • # 16525

    GELLERT, Leon (1892-1977); LINDSAY, Norman (1876-1969)

    The Isle of San

    A phantasy by Leon Gellert with five original etchings by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : Art in Australia, 1919. Folio, quarter-vellum over green cloth (a few light marks), pp 139 with initials printed in red, frontispiece portrait after an etching by Lindsay, five original large etchings with lettered tissue-guards by Norman Lindsay, each signed in full …

  • # 16508

    GOODE, Cyril E.

    Wattle in the ranges and other sonnets. (Inscribed copy)

    Perth, W.A. : Imperial Printing Company [for the author], [1939]. Octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers, inside front wrapper with later ex libris; a presentation copy inscribed by the author on title page, with a date of 1950; 24 pp; author’s initialled correction on page 6; outer leaves with light foxing, otherwise a very good copy. …

  • # 16479

    FREAME, William

    The man from kangaroo and other verses

    Sydney : printed at The Boys’ Home, Westmead, 1927. Octavo, original pictorial pink wrappers (wear at head of spine and corners), staple bound, later ex libris to inside front wrapper, pp. [16]; illustrated; internally clean, a good copy.

  • # 16517

    CHANCELLOR, A. Ernest

    Where beauty speaks : poems

    Melbourne : S. John Bacon, [1948]. First edition. Square duodecimo, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers (rear wrapper with light staining), inside front wrapper with later ex libris and early owner’s inscription, 40 pp; a good copy. Scarce collection of verse by Tasmanian poet A.E. Chancellor. Four copies are recorded in Australian collections (Monash University Library; National …

  • # 16496

    GRATTAN, C. Hartley

    Australian literature

    Seattle, U.S.A. : University of Washington Book Store, 1929. Series: University of Washington chapbooks, 29. Small octavo, publisher’s printed buff wrappers, inside cover with later ex libris, front free-endpaper with gift inscription in pencil dated 1934; 39 pp; includes a foreword by Nettie Palmer; a very good copy.

  • # 16509

    STRUTT, Fred L.

    The song of an outback bloke and other verses

    Cover: Australian sentiment for Australians. [Rockhampton] : Rockhampton Sub-Branch R.S.S.I.L.A., n.d. [1926?]. Duodecimo, original grey wrappers printed in blue (somewhat stained), staple bound, title page with ownership inscriptions, pp 42; contents clean and sound, a good copy. Scarce publication of poetry inspired by the author’s experiences in western Queensland. Only a handful of copies are …

  • # 16411

    KLOPSTOCK, Friedrich Gottlieb (1724-1803)

    Klopstocks Messias

    Leipzig : bey Georg Joachim Göschen, 1800. Four volumes, octavo, uniform contemporary half calf over papered boards, patterned paste-downs and endpapers, spines with raised bands and gilt ornament, titles in gilt lettering on contrasting red morocco; all edges stained red; engraved frontispieces; pp. 320; 272; 352; 362; a fine set. Der Messias is an epic …

  • # 16461

    YOUNG, Jeanne F.; [SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]

    Catherine Helen Spence : a study and an appreciation by Jeanne F. Young.

    Melbourne and Sydney : The Lothian Publishing Co. Pty Ltd, 1937. Octavo, original red cloth boards in the rare dust jacket; front pastedown with later ex libris, frontispiece photographic portrait of Catherine Helen Spence (detached), pp. 208; internally very clean. A tribute to Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910), South Australian writer, preacher, reformer and feminist.

  • # 16458

    [SPENCE, Catherine Helen, 1825-1910]

    [CATHERINE HELEN SPENCE] This for remembrance.

    Adelaide : W. R. Thomas & Co., printers, 1905. Duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers (split along spine), staple-bound; later ex libris inside front wrapper; pp. 36, 2 portrait plates; otherwise in very good condition. Reprint of two articles from the Adelaide Register, 30th and 31st October 1905, entitled A distinguished pioneer and A birthday reception. The articles celebrate the 80th …

  • # 16455

    REID, Ernest

    Australian station stories.

    Melbourne : Frank Wilmot, 1930. First edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (very lightly marked), frontispiece with black-and-white photographic portrait of the author, pp. 68; a near fine copy. A selection of short stories originally published in The Argus and The Australasian.

  • # 16503

    McAULEY, James (1917-1976)

    Under Alderbaran

    Melbourne : Melbourne University Press, 1946. First edition. Octavo, grey cloth boards in dust jacket (foxed), front pastedown with later ex libris, front free-endpaper with gift inscription dated 1950; pp 76; page 8 with tipped-in plate of Tower of Blue Horses by Franz Marc (lightly foxed); top- and fore-edges with spotting; internally clean and sound. …

  • # 16506

    O'DWYER, Joseph; JORDAN, Allan (illustrator)

    The turning year

    With wood engravings by Allan Jordan. Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, 1944. Colophon: ‘The edition is limited to 175 copies (and 30 for private distribution) numbered and signed by both the author and artist. This is no. 48 [signatures of O’Dwyer and Jordan]’. Octavo, gilt lettered brown cloth boards, front pastedown with later ex libris, …

  • # 16510

    WALKER, Kath (1920-1993) [later Oodgeroo Noonuccal]

    We are going

    Brisbane : Jacaranda Press, 1964. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s cloth boards in dust jacket (mild wear to top edgesd), front pastedown with later ex libris, half title with previous owner’s name crossed out, pp 43, internally very clean; a good copy. The first volume of poetry by Indigenous Queensland poet and activist Kath Walker, known …

  • # 16476

    FISHER, Lala (editor) (1872-1929)

    By creek and gully : stories and sketches mostly of bush life, told in prose and rhyme, by Australian writers in England. Edited by Lala Fisher.

    London : T. Fisher Unwin, 1899. Octavo, original green cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, front hinge weakened, front pastedown with later ex libris, front endpaper with early ownership stamp, pp. viii, 302, [10] pages of publisher’s advertisements; frontispiece black-and-white photographic portrait of Lala Fisher; a very good copy. Mary Lucy (Lala) Fisher (1872-1929) began her career …

  • # 16473

    GIBBS, May (1877-1969)

    Gumnut babies.

    At head of title: ‘Words and pictures by May Gibbs’. Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd, [between 1917 and 1919]. Tall octavo (220 x 142 mm), publisher’s printed brown wrappers with pictorial onlay to front (some silverfishing), original ties; inside front wrapper with later ex libris, pp [28], first page with early gift inscription dated …

  • # 16666

    MACARTNEY, Frederick (1887-1980)

    [POETRY; MELBOURNE] Bulldozer booklets, nos. 1 – 4.

    A complete set of the four pamphlets self-published in the 1950s by the Melbourne poet, critic and biographer Frederick Macartney. The increased price of liberty. Black Rock, Melbourne : the author, 1955. Bulldozer booklet no. 1. Octavo, original printed wrappers (sunned), stapled, 15 pp. An attack on the left-wing political stance of Meanjin. An odious …

  • # 16664

    Anon.

    The Englishman

    [London?] : ‘Printed for Private Circulation. Christmas, 1946’. Octavo, printed pale blue wrappers, staple bound, title page inscribed for Australian writer and artist Maie Casey: ‘With love & best wishes for 1947 from Michael Scott. c/o Brooks’s, St. James’s Street, S.W.1. I did not write it. Had lunch with Freya Stark today. She is here …

  • # 16660

    MUNDY, Godfrey Charles (1804-1860)

    An incident of Australian life : a tale of twenty years ago

    pp 607-620 in: Bentley’s miscellany. Vol. XXXIV. London : Richard Bentley, 1853. Octavo, contemporary blue cloth boards (rubbed) with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, pp iv, 575-679, a very good copy. An otherwise unrecorded short story about bushranging. ‘Mundy was an officer in the British Army who came to Australia in 1846 as …