Literature

  • # 21628

    LEUNIG, Michael

    Wild figments

    Camberwell, Vic. : Penguin, 2004. First edition, first printing. Large octavo, pictorial card covers, pp 153, with vignette illustrations and endpapers by Leunig; a fine copy. Anthology of short pieces of social commentary, philosophy, and flights of the imagination, by Australia’s most original and beloved cartoonist, Michael Leunig.

  • # 21291

    SMITH, Edward Herbert; [BRUGUIÈRE, Antoine André, Baron de Sorsum, 1773-1823]

    [LA PÉROUSE; BOTANY BAY] Poems, original and translated, by E. H. Smith, A. B., Incumbent of Killamarsh. / “Sweet heart-soothing poesie!”

    Foolscap folio (189 x 285 mm), full maroon calf (boards worn and scuffed), spine with gilt decoration; front pastedown with armorial bookplate with the motto VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES and initials FLS below the coat of arms; manuscript in ink in the author’s own hand, [6] 147 [5] pp; the preliminaries comprise a title leaf and 3-page index …

  • # 22010

    KOS, Vladimir (1924- )

    [DP CAMP PRINTING] Strti cvetovi

    [=Broken flowers]. Lienz, Austria : Slovenska begunska tiskarna [=Slovenian Refugee Press], [c.1946]. Large octavo (200 x 150 mm), original wrappers with printed title (tiny loss at bottom corners), mimeographed text, pp 17 (excluding text on inside upper wrapper), plus [2] leaves each mimeographed on one side only in violet on lighter paper bound at front …

  • # 21188

    [POTTER, Robert]. "EASTERLEY, Robert and WILBRAHAM, John" (pseud.)

    The germ growers

    Melbourne : Melville, Mullen & Slade, 1892. Octavo, gilt-lettered pebbled cloth over bevelled boards (light edge wear, faint library marks to spine), patterned endpapers, pp. vi; 274, text block clean. One of the first Australian works of science fiction, and one of the earliest works to postulate an alien invasion of Earth, published six years …

  • # 21647

    [HUMPHRIES, Barry, 1934 - ]

    Bizarre / compiled by Barry Humphries. (Inscribed and with an original pen self-portrait by Humphries)

    London : Elek, 1965. First edition. Square quarto, publisher’s gold-lettered black cloth over boards in the original dust jacket (some creasing and edge and corner wear, tears to rear panel), a presentation copy inscribed on the title page in blue pen by Humphries: ‘To Keith Wingrove from the Bizarre Bazza Humphries. Jan 21 1973’, with …

  • # 21629

    HOLMES, Katie; MARTIN, Susan K.; MIRMOHAMADI, Kylie (eds.)

    Green pens : a collection of garden writing.

    Melbourne : Miegunyah Press, 2004. First edition. Large octavo, publisher’s pale green cloth over boards, in pictorial dust jacket, decorative endpapers, pp x, 276, monochrome illustrations (including photographic images) throughout; a fine copy.

  • # 21604

    ONO, Yoko (b. 1933)

    Grapefruit : a book of instructions and drawings by Yoko Ono. Introduction by John Lennon. (Inscribed by Yoko Ono)

    New York : Simon & Schuster, 2000. Square octavo, publisher’s black cloth over black papered boards, with copper lettering to spine, in the pictorial dust jacket (not price-clipped, proteted in a clear plastic wrapper with printed label ‘Signed Copy’), inscribed by the author and artist on the front free-endpaper ‘To Gilda. Love, Yoko Ono. Feb. …

  • # 21538

    ROWE, Josephine

    Asynchrony : poetry & prose

    Melbourne : Cherry Fox Press, 2007. Small octavo, pictorial wrappers, signed by the author on the half title, pp 64, vignette monochrome illustrations; a fine inscribed copy.

  • # 21257

    INDEPENDENT THEATRE (NORTH SYDNEY); [JEFFERIS, Barbara, 1917-2004] [CRACKNELL, Ruth, 1925-2002]

    Cavalier Productions present “The Duchess of Malfi” by John Webster. Adapted for the modern stage by Barbara Jefferis. Produced by G. Simpson-Lyttle. First appearance, Independent Theatre, N. Sydney. 29th September, 1948.

    Leichhardt, NSW : Chown’s Gem Print Service [for the Independent Theatre], [1948]. Theatre programme, 220 x 140 mm, [4] pp; centre pages with history of the play, a note on Jefferis’ adaptation, and cast and crew (June Cornell played the Duchess, and the stage manager was Ruth Cracknell, destined to become one of Australia’s best-loved …

  • # 21157

    LAWRENCE, D. H.

    The virgin and the gipsy

    Florence : G. Orioli, 1930. Octavo, illustrated cloth in dustjacket (faded, split along spine), pp. 216, fore edge uncut. Limited to 810 numbered copies. First edition, printed after the author’s death, from the manuscript unrevised.

  • # 21901

    [WYSS, Johann Davis; WYSS, Johann Rudolf]

    [CHILDREN’S] Le Robinson suisse, ou Histoire d’une famille suisse naufragée;

    traduit de l’allemand sur la dernière edition par Frédérich Muller … Orné de huit vignettes de M. de Sainson, gravées sur acier par Beyer. Tours : Alfred Mame et Cie., 1839. Two volumes small octavo, contemporary full green calf, boards with embossed decoration ruled in gilt, spines with gilt lettering and ornament (mild wear), marbled …

  • # 21847

    RIMBAUD, Arthur; MAPPLETHORPE, Robert

    A season in hell

    Translated by Paul Schmidt. With photogravures by Robert Mapplethorpe. [New York] : The Limited Editions CLub, 1986. Quarto, black-lettered red morocco, cloth slipcase, pp. xii; 87; 8 photogravures by Mapplethorpe. Limited to 1000 numbered copies printed letterpress, signed by Mapplethorpe and Schmidt. Schmidt’s revised translation of Rimbaud’s classic poem Un saison en enfer written when the poet …

  • # 21004

    RANKIN, Jennifer and OLSEN, John

    [OLSEN, John]. Earth Hold

    London : Martin Secker & Warburg Limited, 1978. Quarto, gilt-illustrated leather in cloth slipcase, 56 pp., illustrated with full page plates by Olsen. The deluxe edition, limited to 176 copies (of which 150 were for sale), with an original signed Olsen etching ‘Banksia’ tipped-in. The author, Jennifer Rankin, passed away at the age of 38 …

  • # 21124

    CORSO, Gregory (1930-2001)

    Mind field. (Presentation copy)

    Madras & New York : Hanuman Books, 1989. First edition. Number 27 in a series of chapbooks by the publisher. Duodecimo (105 x 70 mm), stiff card wrappers in dust jacket with photographic portrait of Corso by Allen Ginsberg; presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free-endpaper: ‘Here we is again Sly – …

  • # 21127

    FERLINGHETTI, Lawrence (b. 1919)

    The secret meaning of things. (Signed by Ferlinghetti)

    New York : New Directions, 1968. Third printing. Trade paperback, octavo, pictorial stiff wrappers, signed by the author in pen on the half-title ‘Lawrence Ferlinghetti’; 48, [2] pp; a very good inscribed copy. Born March 24 1919, Ferlinghetti was one of the most significant figures of the Beat generation of writers. A poet, painter, and …

  • # 21099

    "MALLEY, Ern" (STEWART, Harold and McAULEY, James)

    Angry Penguins. 1944 Autumn Number to Commemorate the Australian Poet Ern Malley.

    Edited by Max Harris and John Reed. Melbourne: Reed & Harris, 1944. Quarto, illustrated wrappers by Sidney Nolan (fine), pp. 108, LACKING pp. 23-24 which have been neatly excised. Issue 6. The famous Ern Malley issue, of which 900 copies were printed. An Australian literary icon. Rare.