Literature

  • # 17042

    MERII, Wulla (pseud.)

    The Fire Stick : incidents in the shearer’s strike : a tale of Australian bush life

    [s.l.] : [s.n.], [1893]. Octavo, illustrated boards (minor rubbing), recent bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 223; a very good copy. A novel set against the 1891 Queensland Shearer’s Strike. This dispute between unionised and non-unionised shearers is regarded as a direct precursor to the formation of the Australian Labor Party. The novel is written from …

  • # 17107

    MELROSE, Alex (1865-1944)

    Song and slapstick : various verses. (Presentation copy)

    Adelaide : The Hassell Press, 1934. Octavo, original cloth boards in scarce illustrated dustjacket (some chipping), later bookplate to front pastedown; a presentation copy inscribed by the author on front free-endpaper for Sir John Latham, fifth Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia; pp 233; a very good copy. A collection of poems, some …

  • # 16868

    MOYLE, Alan

    Words and music : a book of poems by Alan Moyle

    Melbourne : The Hawthorn Press, [1949]. First edition, limited to 350 copies. Octavo, original red cloth boards with black lettering to spine, previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, title page inscribed by Winifred Moyle and dated 1965; pp. 45, a very good copy.

  • # 16752

    MOSES, Jack (1860-1945); MOPPETT, R.H. (illustrator)

    Beyond the city gates : Australian story and verse. (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Austral Publishing Co., 1923. First edition. Octavo, original blind blocked blue cloth boards lettered in gilt; a presentation copy from the author to Joseph Jackson, MLA, the half title with Moses’ inscription and wet stamp; pp. 173, with illustrations by R.H. Moppett and several black-and-white photographic plates; mild foxing to first and last …

  • # 17032

    [ROWE, Richard, 1828-1879]

    Roughing it in Van Diemen’s Land etc. / by the author of “The boy in the bush.”

    London : Strahan and Company, [1880]. Octavo, tan cloth boards (rubbed) with printed device in black to upper board and gilt lettering to spine, patterned endpapers, bookplates of J.B. Prentice to front pastedown and F.G. Coles to free endpaper; pp 351; hinges a little weakened, scattered light foxing; a good copy. Ferguson 15151; Muir 6504.

  • # 16849

    MUDIE, Ian (editor)

    Jindyworobak anthology, 1946

    Melbourne : Jindyworobak, 1946. Octavo, original printed wrappers (spine sunned), previous owner’s bookplate to inside upper wrapper), pp. 63; a good copy. ‘The Jindyworobak Movement was an Australian literary movement of the 1930s and 1940s whose white members, mostly poets, sought to contribute to a uniquely Australian culture through the integration of Indigenous Australian subjects, language and mythology. The movement’s stated aim was to “free Australian art from …

  • # 16845

    ASTON, Tilly

    Singable songs

    Melbourne : [Robertson & Mullens], [1924]. Duodecimo, original printed wrappers, staple bound, pp. 32; previous owner’s bookplate to inside front wrapper; a good copy. A selection of poems by the blind Australian teacher and poet Tilly Aston, founder of the Association for the Advancement of the Blind. The volume was drafted in braille and then …

  • # 17357

    WILLIAMS, Victor

    Harvest time and other poems

    Melbourne : Jindyworobak, 1946. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (light foxing), bookplate inside front wrapper, previous owner’s inscription to title page, pp 35; a good copy.

  • # 16863

    STEWART, Douglas (1913-1985)

    Rutherford and other poems

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson Ltd, 1962. First edition. Octavo, original blue cloth boards, gilt lettering to spine (a little sunned), pp. 85; recent owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, earlier ownership inscription to front free-endpaper; a very good copy. A later collection of poems by Douglas Stewart, a major Australian literary figure also known for his …

  • # 16841

    HOPEGOOD, Peter (1891-1967)

    Austral Pan and other verses

    Perth : Imperial Printing Co. Limited, 1932. Second edition. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, previous owner’s bookplate inside upper wrapper, pp. 34, vignette illustrations; first and last few leaves with very light foxing; a good copy. ‘Peter Hopegood served as a soldier in WWI, and emigrated to Australia in 1924. He worked on a pearling boat …

  • # 16817

    KENNEDY, Victor

    The mirage and the fact (an analysis of some criticisms of the Jindyworobak movement)

    Melbourne : J. Roy Stevens, 1948. Octavo, publisher’s printed wrappers (lightly marked), pp. 12; preliminaries with very mild foxing, previous owner’s bookplate to inside lower wrapper; internally clean, a good copy. ‘The Jindyworobak Movement was an Australian literary movement of the 1930s and 1940s whose white members, mostly poets, sought to contribute to a uniquely Australian culture through the integration of Indigenous …

  • # 16812

    HEBBLETHWAITE, James (1857-1921)

    A rose of regret

    Sydney : The Bulletin Newspaper Co. Ltd, 1900. Series: The Bulletin booklets.—No. II. ‘Edition limited to 550 copies on paper, (and 2 on vellum); 500 of the paper copies are numbered and are for sale.’ (This is copy no. 492). Octavo, original pictorial red wrappers with yapp edges (sunned, chipped, and with paper splits to …

  • # 16829

    CHARLES, Alma J.

    Western District and outback memories

    Berrybank [Vic.] : [A.J. Charles], 1973. Octavo, original wrappers, pp. [28]; a fine copy. Copies are recorded in three Australian collections (Deakin University Library; National Library of Australia; University of Melbourne Library). A scarce self-published collection of verse inspired by Victoria’s Western District.  

  • # 16862

    ROBERTS, Alfred D. (compiler)

    Firelight memories : a collection of verse

    Meadowbank, N.S.W. : A.D. Roberts, [c1945]. Duodecimo, original blue card wrappers (lightly marked), front free-endpaper with gift inscription dated December 1946; pp. [26], verses by A.D. Roberts and others with calendar for each month of the year on facing pages; later ex libris to inside front wrapper; outer leaves with foxing; otherwise a good copy …

  • # 16848

    INGAMELLS, Rex (editor)

    Jindyworobak anthology, 1941

    Adelaide : F.W. Preece, 1941. Octavo, original printed wrappers (sunned, loss to top corner of lower wrapper and head of spine spine), pp. 60; a fair copy. ‘The Jindyworobak Movement was an Australian literary movement of the 1930s and 1940s whose white members, mostly poets, sought to contribute to a uniquely Australian culture through the integration of Indigenous Australian subjects, language and mythology. The movement’s stated …

  • # 16836

    McANDREW, Vera Elsie

    Until to-morrow : poems / by Vera Elsie McAndrew

    Sydney : The Prestige Printery, [circa 1946]. Octavo, original illustrated integral dust jacket (with minor edgewear) over pink covers, pp. 63, illustrated; previous owner’s bookplate to inside front cover, with another previous owner’s inscription to front free endpaper (two residual tape marks); a good copy.

  • # 16852

    McLEOD, Marjorie

    Verses from Swan Hill including the Enchanted Tryst

    Victoria : M. McLeod, [1946]. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers, pp. [20], previous owner’s bookplate to inside upper wrapper; a very good copy.

  • # 16820

    KELLEHER, Bryan J.

    Australian poetry and the Australian Natives’ Association

    Melbourne : Australian Natives’ Association, 1983. Octavo, original cream wrappers (a trifle marked), signed on inner front cover by the editor, Bryan Kelleher, pp. 64; a very good copy; accompanied by a manuscript note by Kelleher, dated 13 June 1985.

  • # 16811

    WILLIAMS, Joan

    The dreaming vine : poems of peace, women & environment

    Sydney : Realist Writers, 1970. First edition. Octavo, original green illustrated wraps (some spotting, edges and backstrip a trifle scuffed) with yapp edges, presentation copy with author’s inscription to title page: ‘For Bill Russell, with the compliments of the author, Joan Williams’; pp. 29; internally clean and sound; a near fine copy.

  • # 17358

    GRAHAM, John

    Blood on the Coal, and other poems for the people

    Sydney : Current Book Distributors, 1946. Octavo, pictorial wrappers, stapled, bookplate to inside front wrapper, pp 31; a fine copy. Miner and Communist John [Jock] Graham was a member of the Kearsley Shire Council in the Hunter Region of New South Wales.

  • # 16837

    BALLANTYNE, Gina (editor)

    Jindyworobak anthology, 1945

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1945. Octavo, original printed red wrappers (spine sunned), pp. 67; previous owner’s bookplate to inside upper wrapper; paper browned, staples exposed at rear; contents sound. ‘The Jindyworobak Movement was an Australian literary movement of the 1930s and 1940s whose white members, mostly poets, sought to contribute to a uniquely Australian culture through the integration of Indigenous Australian subjects, language and mythology. The …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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

    Privately Printed. [1925]. Edition of 12 copies, as stated on the limitation page. 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 inscription …

  • # 17310

    CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer

    Savrola. A tale of the revolution in Laurania

    London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1900. London Colonial Library edition. Octavo, decorated cloth (a little rubbed, spine darkened, canted), patterned endpapers, previous owner’s name neatly sliced from head of title page, pp. [vii]; 345; [2 – advert], a very pale small waterstain to the upper margins, a very good copy. The author’s third book, …

  • # 17480

    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.

  • # 17479

    ASIMOV, Isaac (1920-1992)

    Nightfall (First UK edition)

    pp 2-19 in: Astounding Science Fiction, vol. XXVIII no. 1, September 1941. London : The Atlas Publishing and Distributing Co. Ltd., 1941. “Gordon & Gotch (Australasia) Ltd. sole agents for Australia and New Zealand” (lower wrapper). Large octavo, original illustrated wrappers, upper wrapper printed in red “Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, September, 1941”, with label of …

  • # 17352

    WHITE, Patrick (1912 - 1990)

    Happy Valley : a novel

    London : George C. Harrap, 1939. First edition. Octavo, original blue-lettered tan cloth in full dust jacket (slightly soiled, a few creases and small areas of loss to the corners), bookseller’s label to front free endpaper, some slight offsetting to endpapers and adjoining leaves, light scattered foxing. Happy Valley, the first novel by arguably Australia’s …

  • # 17353

    DENNIS, C. J.

    The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke

    With cover design and decorations by Hal Gye and foreword by Henry Lawson. Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1915. First edition. Octavo. pictorial green cloth (a little flecked and faded), neat presentation inscription dated 1915 to front free endpaper, pp. x, [2]; 13 – 126, illustrations by Hal Gye, decorative initials. A very good copy …

  • # 17182

    TYRRELL, James R.

    Old books, old friends, old Sydney. (Presentation copy)

    Sydney : Angus & Robertson, 1952. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s tan cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt on black, in original dust jacket (worn at corners and edges, a few closed tears), a presentation copy, inscribed in ink on the front pastedown ‘To A.G. Smith, with the regards of the author, James R. Tyrrell’, …

  • # 17360

    GARNETT, Edward

    153 Letters from W.H. Hudson edited and with an introduction and explanatory notes

    London : Nonesuch Press, 1923. Quarto, buckram boards with title label, dustjacket (occasional chipping), bookplate to front pastedown, pp 191. Illustrated with photogravure portrait and original sketch. Numbered 454 of 1000.

  • # 17363

    HUDSON, W.H.

    Birds and man

    London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1901. Octavo, cloth boards with gilt publishers motif, bookplate to front pastedown, bottom edge untrimmed, pp 317.

  • # 17136

    A journey to Lake Taupo and Australian and New Zealand tales and sketches

    London : E.A. Petherick & Co., [1889]. First edition. Octavo, original boards with gilt lettering (minor rubbing), peripherals and edges foxxed, pp. 220.

  • # 17102

    HOWITT, William (1792-1879)

    A boy’s adventures in the wilds of Australia: or, Herbert’s note-book

    London, Glasgow and New York : George Routledge & Sons, n.d. [between 1870 and 1880?]. Octavo, pictorial cloth blocked in two colours and lettered in gilt (boards rubbed, slight edge wear, spine a little softened at head and tail), front pastedown with later ex libris, free-endpaper with school prize inscription dated 1888 and inscription to …

  • # 17315

    GREEN, Henry Mackenzie (eleven years of age)

    Clarence and the goblins; or, under the earth.

    With portrait of the author, and photograph of illustration drawn by him. Sydney : Public Library Press, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. 8, frontispiece portrait, illustration after a drawing by Green. Preface by James Norton, the author’s grandfather, signed by him. A charming illustrated story about an encounter between a boy and a goblin, written …

  • # 15826

    After JOHN LOCKWOOD KIPLING (1837-1911)

    The Lama

    [Australia? United Kingdom? : artist unknown : between 1901 and 1910]. Carving from teak wood (Tectona grandis) in high relief, 580 x 340 x 40 mm, set in its fully contemporary oak frame, 680 x 440 mm; the carving is unsigned, and the back of the frame is also sans label or inscription; the work …

  • # 16905

    BEAN, Keith F.

    Eternal footman : a satiric drama (presentation copy of the deluxe edition)

    Melbourne : Leonardo Art Shop, 1931. Octavo, papered boards with printed label (chipped), pp. 64, light foxing. Printed in an edition of 500 copies, of which 100 are printed in superior cream super brochure paper and signed by the author. This is copy number 2, and inscribed on a preliminary blank ‘Joan an inadequate token …

  • # 16741

    FAVENC, Ernest (1845-1908)

    “The last of six”: tales of the Austral tropics.

    Sydney : The Bulletin Newspaper Company, 1893. “Bulletin Series, no. 3”. Octavo, later green cloth binding, spine with title in gilt on contrasting black morocco previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown, bound without the original wrappers and the final advertisement leaf, pp. 139; occasional handling marks and light foxing. Stories inspired by explorer, journalist and …

  • # 16743

    LAWSON, Henry (1867-1922)

    In the days when the world was wide and other verses.

    Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1896. First edition, 2nd thousand. Octavo, publisher’s maroon buckram boards (rubbed), spine lettered in black (sunned), top edge gilt, edges uncut, title page vignette by Mahony, pp. 234, [8] pages of publisher’s advertisements at rear; printed on Dutch hand-made paper; previous owner’s bookplate to front pastedown; preliminaries with a tiny amount …

  • # 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 …

  • # 16911

    MANN, Thomas (1875-1955)

    Buddenbrooks : Verfall einer Familie

    Berlin : S. Fischer, 1905. 26th edition. Small thick octavo, publisher’s illustrated cloth boards (rubbed, spine with a few light stains), patterned endpapers, pp 539, [5 publisher’s advertisements]; text in German Gothic type; binding firm, a very good copy. An early edition of Thomas Mann’s acclaimed novel chronicling the demise of a German merchant family, …

  • # 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 …

  • # 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.

  • # 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.    

  • # 16970

    DENNIS, C.J. (1876-1938)

    The Glugs of Gosh / with illustrations by Hal Gye.

    Sydney : Angus &​ Robertson, 1917. First pocket edition. Small octavo (145 x 125 mm), publisher’s green cloth boards printed in black (light staining to upper board), illustrated endpapers, frontispiece and title with colour plates, 130 pp, numerous full-page and vignette illustrations in black-and-white; fore-edges sunned and with mild spotting; internally bright and clean, a …

  • # 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.