Literature

  • # 28874

    WILDE, Oscar; BARTON, Del Kathryn

    Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose. Artworks by Del Kathryn Barton

    Sydney : Art & Australia, 2012. (Fifth edition, 2016). Large quarto, illustrated boards, illustrated endpapers, pp. 56, lavishly illustrated with Del Kathryn Barton’s artworks. As new copy.

  • # 28842

    PEAKE, Andrew

    James Grassie : poet and Aboriginal story teller of Victoria

    Dulwich, S.A. : the author, 2013. Edition limited to 80 copies. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, 258 pp, illustrated, a new copy. A biographical sketch and anthology of the written works of James Grassie, a Scottish immigrant who arrived in Victoria in 1852 and settled near Portland in far western Victoria. Grassie’s fascination with the culture and …

  • # 28590

    DIXON, Thomas (1864 - 1946)

    The Clansman : An historical romance of the Ku Klux Klan (presentation copy)

    New York : Doubleday, Page & Company, 1905. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth (slight bumping at spine), bookplates to pastedown, presentation inscription to F. W. Skiff from the author to front free endpaper, dated Dixondale, Vi., March 22, 1905, frontispiece, pp. 374; 7 illustrations, a fine copy. The first edition of Thomas Dixon’s historical …

  • # 28410

    LINDSAY, Norman (1879-1969)

    Pan in the parlour

    Illustrated by the author. New York : Farrar & Rinehart, 1933. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth bound boards in illustrated dustjacket (a couple of short tears, small chips to spine, an excellent example), pp. 346, illustrated with line drawings by Lindsay. Rare in the dustjacket, a very good copy. First edition, the London edition published …

  • # 26531

    HUDSON, Flexmore (1913 - 1988) (editor)

    Poetry : a quarterly of Australian and New Zealand verse (complete set)

    Adelaide: Wholly set up and printed by Economy Press for the Editor, December 1941 – December, 1947. Vol. 1, No. 1 – No. 25. Twenty-five volumes in twenty-four (issues 23-24 are a combined issue), octavo, printed and decorated wrappers (short tears and sunning to a few issues), pp. 12 – 60, a very good set. …

  • # 27650

    [SWINBURNE, George]. LAWSON, Henry

    Selected poems of Henry Lawson (George Swinburne’s copy)

    Illustrated by Percy Leason. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1918. Quarto, decorated paperd boards (marked), gilt-lettered cloth spine, illustrated endpapers, colour portrait frontispiece of Lawson by John Longstaff, pp. xvi; [ii]; 122, illustrations and initials designed by Percy Leason, a very good copy. The ownership signature of G. Swinburne to the half-title and his markings …

  • # 28432

    BRACKEN, Thomas (1843-1898); READ'S RARE BOOK STORE, BRISBANE (publisher)

    [NEW ZEALAND; QUEENSLAND] Not understood.

    Brisbane : Read’s Rare Book Store, 131 Ann Street, [circa 1930]. Postcard, 92 x 142 mm; printed in black on white, recto with full text of the poem Not Understood by New Zealand poet, journalist and politician Thomas Bracken, author of the New Zealand anthem God Defend New Zealand and originator of the phrase ‘God’s Own Country’ …

  • # 28393

    GILES, Herbert A (translator)

    Strange stories from a Chinese studio

    Shanghai : Kelly & Walsh, 1926. Octavo, lettered yellow cloth (marked and rubbed), presentation inscription to endpaper, pp. xxiii; [i]; 488, light foxing. Legends from Chinese folk lore, printed in Shanghai.

  • # 20784

    BALLANTINE, James (1806-1877)

    The Gaberlunzie’s Wallet. (Presentation copy)

    Edinburgh : The Edinburgh Publishing Company; and London : Houlston and Sons, 1875. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (edges rubbed), pp. 348, all edges gilt, illustrations; a very good copy, with a presentation inscription from the author to Mr. Salmon on the Preface leaf, dated 1875.  Popular novel by the Scottish writer James Ballantine (1806-1877). It was …

  • # 26128

    ELEFTHERIADES, Efstratios (TÉRIADE)

    Verve : revue artistique et littéraire, 1937-1960. (Complete set of French first editions)

    Paris : Éditions de la revue Verve, 1937-1960. Complete set of French first editions, 38 numbers bound in 26 volumes, folio, as issued, original pictorial boards (some rubbing and bumping to the corners) or stiff wrappers (occasional light creasing and wear to spine ends; no. 4 in slipcase, rubbed and split at joints), with cover …

  • # 27720

    BOUVERIE, Julia Fanny (née Montolieu) (1792-1836)

    Album of manuscript poetry by Julia Fanny Bouverie (née Montolieu), wife of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry Frederick Bouverie. Portugal, 1827-28.

    Small quarto album (225 x 190 mm), half straight-grain black morocco over gilt-ruled straight-grain burgundy morocco boards (rubbed and with light staining, both boards with remnants of old paper labels); all edges gilt; front free-endpaper with ownership signature of Julia Fanny Bouverie, [80] pages of manuscript in ink on unruled paper, ms. pagination at upper corners …

  • # 27893

    "Giacomo di Rosenberg" (James Tucker)

    Ralph Rashleigh, or the life of an exile (deluxe edition)

    Now first published from the original manuscript. Edited with introduction and notes by Colin Roderick, M. A. Sydney and London : Angus and Robertson, 1952. Folio, gilt-lettered quarter crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, London, gilt-decorated cloth, top edge gilt, pictorial map endpapers (signed Mayo), etched frontispiece titled ‘Port Hunter, 1832’ by Geoffrey Ingleton, signed …

  • # 27250

    BLOXHAM, H. K.

    On the fringe of the never-never

    With frontispiece by Lionel Lindsay. Sydney : The N.S.W. Bookstall Co., 1906. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (rubbed), illustrated by Lionel Lindsay, reproducing the frontispiece, pp. [viii]; 192; (24 – publisher’s catalogue), a few creases and minor stains, generally worn but a good copy. Scarce work of fiction set in Bourke, N.S.W. in 1870s, including a battle with …

  • # 28419

    BLACKE, S.E.

    Flights from the land of the bell-bird and rata : a collection of short stories illustrative of life in New Zealand. 

    Auckland [N.Z.] : Wildman and Lyell, 1900. Octavo, original cloth backed printed card wrappers (lightly marked), decorative lining papers, 102 pp; a sound copy.

  • # 28415

    BERGASSE, Nicolas and A.-M.-J. CHASTENET DE PUYSEGUR (attributed); [La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de, 1741-1788]

    [LA PEROUSE] La journée des dupes : pièce tragi-politi-comique : représentée sur le Théatre National par les grands Comédiens de la Patrie.

    [Paris] : s.n., 1790. Octavo, modern marbled wrappers; 86 pp, engraved head-piece; a fine copy. Attributed to N. Bergasse and to A.M.J. Chasténet, marquis de Puysegur, this satirical play counts amongst its main characters the French explorer La Pérouse and his “Indian” (i.e. Polynesian) servant, O Paria. The other characters, all important figures in the …

  • # 28061

    MOFFATT-PENDER, Iain Macalastair (1894-1961)

    Moffat-Pender’s own corrected draft of his English translation of Kenneth Macleod’s essay “Duatharachd na mara”.

    “Duatharachd na mara.” (The Romance – or the Mystery of the Sea) / by Kenneth Macleod “The Minister of the Songs” translated by Iain Macalastair Moffatt-Pender. [In red ink above title: NOT FOR PUBLICATION]. [n.d., but 1927, or earlier]. Quarto (270 x 210 mm), typescript, still bound with the original loop of fine wire at top …