The secrets of angling: teaching the choicest tools, baits, and seasons, for the taking of any fish in pond or river
Edinburgh : Privately printed, 1885. Three books in two volumes. Octavo, printed parchment wrappers (occasional rubbing, minor chipping to spine), uncut and mostly unopened, pp 44, 64. A private press edition limited to 350 copies, this being a copy of the 275 small paper examples. Initially this poem was attributed to John Davours; its author …
The Angler’s Progress: A poem. Developing the pleasures the angler receives from the dawn of the propensity in infancy, till the period of his becoming a complete angler
London : For J.H. Burn, 1820. Octavo, contemporary half morocco over marbled boards, titled in gilt on spine (some wear), marbled endpapers, pastedown with armorial bookplate of John-Longueville Bedingfield Esq. of Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk.; pp ; illustrated with twelve wood cuts; a fine copy. First illustrated edition, published in the same year as the unillustrated Newcastle …
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 …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The Chinese classics : with a translation, critical and exegetical notes, prolegoma, and copious indexes. Vol. II : the works of Mencius
Hong Kong : at the author’s and London : Trubner & Co., 1861. First edition. Volume II only. Octavo, half-morocco over cloth (rebacked with cloth spine, new endpapers), pp. viii; 126; ; 497, text in English and Chinese. Volume II of Legge’s great series of translations of Chinese classical works. Printed in Hong Kong, all …
[McAULEY, James and STEWART, Harold]. “MALLEY, Ern”.
Melbourne and Adelaide: Reed and Harris, 1944. Small quarto, 46 pages, in original wrappers illustrated by Sidney Nolan of ‘The Arabian Tree’ from the ‘Malley’ poem Petit Testament, further reproduced as a black and white frontispiece, chipping to head and tail of spine and edges of lower wrapper. The first edition variant in illustrated wrappers …
[NOLAN] Harris, Max
Melbourne and Adelaide: Reed and Harris, 1943. Large octavo, printed cloth boards in the original Sidney Nolan illustrated wrappers (sunned, foxed, front panel with short edge tear), the image also reproduced as a colour frontispiece, 132 pp; internally fine. The first book by Australian literary figure Max Harris, and the first book cover illustrated by Sidney …
LINDSAY, Norman et al.
Sydney : Printed and published by William Macleod for The Bulletin, 1910. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (illustrated by Norman Lindsay, some creasing), spine fragile with some splitting, pp. xvi; 89 – 176; [li], extensively illustrated in black and white by Norman Lindsay, B.E. Minns, Lionel Lindsay, Sydney Smith et al. With extensive advertisements at front and back, verse …
MORRIS, William, 1834-1896
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 …
SHAPCOTT, Thomas W.
Ipswich, Qld : [printed privately], 1969. Edition limited to 200 signed copies (no. 169). Octavo, printed brown wrappers, previous owner’s name on half-title, unpaginated [48 pp]. An excellent copy. Scarce edition of poems by Queensland poet Thomas Shapcott AO.
[McAULEY, James and STEWART, Harold]. “MALLEY, Ern”.
Melbourne and Adelaide: Reed and Harris, 1944. Small quarto, 46 pages, in original wrappers illustrated by Sidney Nolan of ‘The Arabian Tree’ from the ‘Malley’ poem Petit Testament, further reproduced as a black and white frontispiece, spine chipped, a couple of minor stains, upper wrapper nearly detached. The first edition variant in illustrated wrappers, a …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
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 …
[TUCKER]. KERSHAW, Alister
Melbourne & Adelaide : Reed & Harris, 1944. Octavo, boards in dust jacket reproducing a surrealist watercolour by Albert Tucker (slightly chipped at head of front panel), portrait frontispiece of the author, bookplate for Jean Stone to front free endpaper, a fine copy. Printed in an edition of 200 copies. (COWLEY, Des, A checklist of …
Melbourne : Reed & Harris, 1946. Octavo, cloth (lacking dustjacket), pp. 199, a very good copy. 2500 copies printed. (COWLEY, Des, A checklist of Reed & Harris Publications, in The La Trobe Journal No 64, Spring 1999, p. 51).This appears to be a publisher’s proof copy with a few pencil annotations suggesting alterations to the …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Octavo, recent half calf over cloth boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; pp , 50 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; a fine copy. Only the second work published at …
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; …
[LINDSAY]. McCRAE, Hugh.
Sydney : John Sands Ltd, 1909. Folio, quarter vellum and decorated papered boards (light wear, edges rubbed), pp. [xvi]; 149; , twenty-one full page plates and numerous vignette illustrations; scattered foxing, Lindsay illustration from a magazine tipped on to p. [iv]. Limited to 130 copies, signed and numbered by McCrae. The plates include eight tipped-in …
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 …
Jalan : J. L. Thompson ; London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., c. 1934. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth in scarce dust jacket (a couple of small chips), pp 245, light foxing to edges, else very good. ‘Ochikubo Monogatari is a tale of a Japanese Cinderella. It has more plot than the majority of early Japanese …
STENT, G[eorge C[arter] (1833 - 1884)
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 …
Melbourne : George Robertson, c. 1915. Quarto, lettered cloth, pp. 176, colour and black white plates. Fundraising book from the Great War “The entire profits from the sale of this book will be devoted by Madam Melba to the Belgian Relief Fund”. Literary contributors include Ethel Turner, Henry Lawson, Tarella Quin, Dorothea Mackellar, Edward Vidler, …
THOMAS, W. H.
Boston : Lee & Shepard, 1872. Octavo, gilt-decorated green cloth, inscription to front free endpaper, engraved title page and frontispiece, pp. 406. Children’s story by the author of ‘The gold-hunters’ adventures in Australia’
Thoughts suggested at the performance of the 4th Movement of L. van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony Op. 68. Ballarat: James Curtis . Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 8, paper browned as usual, else very good.
San Francisco : Four Seasons Foundation, 1967. First edition. Octavo trade paperback, publisher’s illustrated wrappers, 112 pp; previous owner’s name inside front cover and initials on fly leaf, but a fine copy of the very scarce first edition of one of the defining books of the sixties.
New York : Avon, 1960. First edition. Duodecimo trade paperback, pictorial wrappers, pp 126, ; a fine copy of the true first edition (the book was not issued in cloth). “Tristessa. Girl of throatstopping Aztec mystery loveliness. Golden-skinned whore eternally hooked on morphina.” Written during 1955-56, Tristessa is a thinly-veiled chronicle of Kerouac’s Mexican love affair with drug addict …
A picaresque entertainment. London : William Collins, 1973. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket (edges worn), pp. 191. Presentation copy, inscribed by Donald Friend on the front free endpaper ‘For Attilio Guarracino – Bali 79’.
WHITEWRIGHT, J. S.
Vol. II. Weihsien : Shanghai University Press, c. 1915. Octavo, cloth wrappers (marked), unpaginated, text in Chinese characters.
Anonymous artist; [WIECHERT, Ernst 1887-1950]
[Germany, circa 1937]. Calligraphic manuscript. Small folio (320 x 230 mm), original quarter cloth over papered boards with onlaid manuscript title to front 'Ernst Wiechert. Eine Mauer um uns Baue'; stitch bound; pp 44, calligraphic manuscript in red and black inks; scattered mild foxing, confined to the margins of the leaves; else fine. Ernst Wiechert …
[LANG, John, 1816-64]
IN: L'ami de la maison, Paris : Paulin et Le Chevalier, vol. 1 no 11, March 20 1856, pp161-67 and vol. 1 no. 12, March 27 1856, pp177-82, each part with 3 engraved illustrations; contained within a bound volume of nos. 1-25 (the complete first volume), January-June 1856, quarto, contemporary quarter calf over marbled papered …
DICKENS, Charles; LINDSAY, Norman
With forty-six illustrations by Norman Lindsay. Sydney : The Shepherd Press, 1947. Thick octavo, gilt-lettered crushed morocco (edges slightly rubbed), original glassine, top edge gilt pp. 520, Norman Lindsay illustrations, a number of which are pasted in. The deluxe edition, in a special leather binding, limited to 38 copies, printed on thicker paper. Rare.
[LINDSAY, Norman]. McCRAE, Hugh
Being the collected poetry of Hugh McCrae. Illustrated and decorated by Norman Lindsay, with an introduction by Thomas Earp. London : The Fanfrolico Press, 1928. Quarto, full crushed morocco with gilt decoration (rubbed and worn, spine faded, leather liftin on lower board), top edge gilt, other edges uncut, pp. 175, numerous full page plates after …
GRAHAME, Jim (1874 - 1949)
Respectfully dedicated to the women of Australia who may have sons with the fighting forces. Leyton [N.S.W.] : Murrumbidgee Irrigator (printer), 1944. Octavo, folded sheet (a little creased, loss to corner of front panel), portrait illustration, pp. , two poems by Grahame on the subject of leaving for war and home coming, signed by the …
WILLIAMS, Ben Ames
New York : Popular Library, 1951. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 256 pp; a good copy. “A lusty tale of the South Pacific.”
New York : Popular Library, 1952. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 159 pp; a good copy. “A realistic novel of violent young love.”
New York : Bantam, 1952. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 150 pp; a good copy. “The diary of a New York taxi driver.”
New York : Popular Library, 1946. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 160 pp; a good copy. “Tales of a saloon editor”. Cover art by “Xela” (Alex Schomburg).
New York : Avon Publications, Inc., 1948. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 158 pp; a good copy. Originally titled You go your way (1941).
New York : Avon Publications, Inc., 1946. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 288 pp; first few leaves loosened; else a good copy.
New York : Popular Library, 1951. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 223 pp; a good copy. “He had a war to fight and a woman to win.”
New York : Avon Publications, Inc., 1957. First edition. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 159 pp; a good copy. “An original science fiction novel – one man’s bridge to eternity!”
PRICHARD, Katharine Susannah
With decorations by Eileen McGrath. Sydney : The Sunnybook Press, 1932. Quarto, cloth in dustjacket (due to the glue used the dustjacket has adhered to the boards), unpaginated, some offsetting, McGrath illustrations. Limited to 75 copies signed by Prichard, McGrath and Ernest O'Shea (printer). Presentation inscription from Hugh McCrae on the title page 'To Dorothea, …
CLARKE, Marcus (1846-1881); KEILEY, Henry
/ written and arranged by Marcus Clarke and Henry Keiley. Cover: Academy of Music … First produced by Joseph Aarons Esqr. Proprietor, 24th of December 1878. Musical Director Mr. Alfred Plumpton. Melbourne : Nicholson & Ascherberg, [1879?]. Folio, original wrappers (detached) lithographed by Troedel & Co.; lower wrapper and inside wrappers with advertisements; pp 1-12 …
WHITE, Patrick (1912 - 1990)
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 …
MONRAD, Ditlev Gothard, Bishop of Lolland and Falster (1811-1887)
[=Old New Zealand]. Kjøbenhavn : C.A. Reitzel, 1870. First Danish edition. Duodecimo, original cloth-backed papered boards (rubbed), upper board with nineteenth century Danish school library's ownership inscription, mild foxing to paste-downs outer leaves, 66 pp, contents clean and sound, a good copy. Text in Danish. Rare. Politician and religious authority Ditlev Gothard Monrad lived in …
Greenwich, Connecticut : Fawcett Publications, Inc., 1961. First printing (October 1961). Trade paperback, small octavo, 176 pp; a fine copy. “Stag Preston, idol of millions – whose private life was wilder than any of the songs he sang.” (cover)
New York : Ballantine Books (by arrangement with Guild Press, Ltd.), 1967. First Canadian edition (July 1967). Trade paperback, small octavo, pp 155, [5 advertisements]; a fine copy. “Ride hard, die young – England’s motor-bike gangs.” (cover) Freeman’s story is centred around the rocker subculture in London and features a gay motorcyclist. Adapted for the …
LONEY, ALan and GIMBLETT, Max
Foreword by John Yau. Auckland : The Holloway Press, 2009. Quarto, gilt-lettered buckram, unpaginated, illustrated with drawings by Gimblett. The standard edition. Limited to 50 copies (there was also a deluxe edition of 30 copies). “On a visit to New York in 2005, Alan Loney saw eight paintings in Max Gimblett's studio (a ninth was …
STEPHENS, James Brunton; D'ARCY, Mary and Ellen
London : Macmillan & Co., 1871. First edition. Small octavo, original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt; recased with new endpapers, but retaining the original free endpapers, the front endpaper bearing the blind stamp of Brisbane booksellers Watson & Co.; the title page inscribed 'Elly E. D'Arcy from Mary, 29th Decr. 1873' and at the …
POUGENS, Charles de (1755-1833)
pp 1-75 in: Pougens, Charles de. Récréations de philosophie et de morale. Yverdon : [F. B. de Félice] ; et se vend à Paris : chez Debure l'aîné, 1784. Duodecimo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt (rubbed), spine with gilt ornament, contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt 'Histoire d'Alexis Goodman' (frayed at head and …
[McAULEY, James and STEWART, Harold]. “MALLEY, Ern”.
Melbourne and Adelaide : Reed and Harris, 1944. Small quarto, original printed grey wrappers (pale foxing, short paper split at tail of spine), Sidney Nolan painting reproduced as black and white frontispiece, featuring an image of ‘The Arabian Tree’ from the ‘Malley’ poem Petit Testament, pp 46; a couple of small stains to the preliminaries, …
[NOLAN]. DUTTON, Geoffrey.
Melbourne and Adelaide : Reed and Harris, 1944. Octavo, original pink papered boards with printed title to spine, in Sidney Nolan illustrated dust jacket (rubbed, chipped at corners and tail of spine), pink endpapers, frontispiece portrait of the author, pp 40; a few toning spots, but a very good copy. The first published volume of …