Literature

  • # 16360

    WOOD, Mrs Susan Nugent

    [POETRY; BURKE & WILLS] Bush flowers from Australia. By a daughter of the Soil.

    London : James Nisbet, 1867. First edition. Small quarto, original green cloth with gilt title and decoration (front and rear boards marked, rebacked, endpapers replaced), nineteenth century owner’s inscription, hand-coloured frontispiece, pp viii, 152 (occasional foxing and few ink marks). A collection of poems and short essays by Susan Nugent Wood (1836-1880), who lived much …

  • # 16352

    [LANG, John, 1816-64]

    [FISHER’S GHOST] Une cause célèbre en Australie. L’esprit.

    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 …

  • # 16348

    MASEFIELD, John

    The box of delights, or, when the wolves were running

    London : William Heinemann, 1935. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered blue cloth, a small nick at head of spine and lightly flecked on rear board, illustrated endpapers, pp. 418, lightly foxed on fore-edge. A very good copy.

  • # 16118

    KEESING, Nancy; LANG, John (1816 - 1864)

    John Lang & “The Forger’s Wife”

    Sydney : John Ferguson, 1979. Octavo, black cloth with silver lettering to spine, dust jacket; pp x, 234; includes facsmile of an early edition of the original novel. John Lang, born in Parramatta in 1816, was the first Australian-born novelist. His novel, The Forger’s Wife, or Emily Orford, was first separately published in 1855.

  • # 16082

    ADEMA, Pierre-Marcel; DECAUDIN, Michel

    Album Apollinaire : iconographie [Presentation copy for Sonia Delaunay]

    Réunie et commentée par Pierre-Marcel Adéma et Michel Décaudin. [Paris] : Gallimard, [1971]. First edition. Small octavo, limp full leather with gilt decorated and lettered spine, pictorial dust jacket; a presentation copy, the half title inscribed by the authors for the artist Sonia Delaunay ‘A Madame Sonia Delaunay, en souvenir de simultaneisme, avec le sincère hommage …

  • # 16033

    BARBIER, George (1882-1932)

    La guirlande des mois. Cinquième année, 1921.

    Paris : Meynial, 1920. Duodecimo, pictorial silk, paper dust jacket, illustrated card slipcase (short split to top edge, otherwise very good), all edges gilt, patterned endpapers, pp 137, colour title page, 6 pochoir plates by Barbier; a fine copy. The final year of issue of the annual almanac, exquisitely illustrated by the master of art …

  • # 16119

    LESCURE, Jean

    Album Malraux : iconographie [inscribed by Madeleine Malraux]

    [Paris] : Gallimard, 1986. A presentation copy from André Malraux’s widow, the concert pianist Madeleine Malraux, inscribed on the half title for the art publisher Jacques Damase. Small octavo, limp full leather, spine with gilt ornaments and title; pp 364; illustrated with black and white photographic plates throughout; a fine association copy. Essentially a photographic …

  • # 16034

    McCRAE, Hugh; LINDSAY, Norman

    Idyllia (presentation copy for Rose McCrae)

    [Sydney]: N.L. Press, [1922]. Large quarto (418 x 355mm) bound in white calf over white papered boards with Norman Lindsay decoration in gold and red (soiled), 35pp. with Lindsay decorations in black highlighted with gilt, further illustrated with five large original Norman Lindsay etchings with titled tissue guards tipped-in, each signed and numbered by the …

  • # 16035

    Anon.

    [BROADSIDE] Van Diemans Land [i.e. Van Diemen’s Land] / Lillies in a Valley Grew / Lillies and Roses

    Birmingham : Jackson & Son, Printers, 69, Digbeth (From 21, Moor Street.), [circa 1830]. Broadside, 230 x 155 mm, laid down on fine linen; three ballads printed in two columns, with Van Diemans Land occupying the entire left column; some mild creasing, mostly confined to the right edge, and a few tiny areas of loss; …

  • # 15867

    SOUBIE, Roger (1898-1984)

    [POSTER] Lolita

    [Paris] : Cinemato, 1962. Original full size (160 x 120 cm) lithographic poster; laid on card and framed. Original poster by Roger Soubie for the French release of Stanley Kubrick’s acclaimed adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. The film starred James Mason, Sue Lyon, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Soubie was a prolific cinema poster artist whose …

  • # 15873

    VERNE, Jules

    Among the cannibals

    London : Ward, Lock & Co., n.d. [c. 1880]. Octavo, printed yellow wrappers (small area of wear to foot of spine else very good), colour frontispiece, pp. vii; [1]; 9 – 188; [6 – adverts), overall a fine copy. Early yellowback edition of Among the Cannibals, a self-contained work set among the Maori in New …

  • # 15922

    LILLEY, Norman (1876-1941)

    Lilley’s Magazine. Volume 1, number 2. July 1, 1911.

    Cover: Australian stories, articles, verses, pictures, miscellanies. Sydney : Norman Lilley, 1911. Octavo, original pictorial wrappers (old tape repair to spine; darkened and chipped); pp 49-96; illustrated with photographic plates and line drawings; Scarce copy of the second issue of a very short-lived monthly literary magazine, edited and published in Sydney by Norman Lilley (1876-1941). …

  • # 15842

    [WILMOT, Frank Leslie, 1881–1942 ("FURNLEY MAURICE")]

    [“FURNLEY MAURICE”] All about books for Australian and New Zealand readers

    Vol. VII no. 2, February 11, 1935. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe, 1937. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with portrait of Australian poet, bookseller and publisher “Furnley Maurice” (pseudonym of Frank Wilmot) to front, pp 18-32; a very good copy of this issue.

  • # 15841

    [MURDOCH, Madoline (Nina), 1890–1976]

    [NINA MURDOCH] All about books for Australian and New Zealand readers

    Vol. IX no. 9, September 13, 1937. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe, 1937. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with portrait of Australian writer Madoline (Nina) Murdoch to front, pp 134-148; a very good copy of this issue.  

  • # 15874

    GROSER, Thomas Sidney

    The dream flower

    A descriptive Australian novel with an attractive “native” background. London : Alexander-Ouseley, [1928]. Octavo, boards in illustrated dustjacket (chip to foot of spine and loss to back flap), pp. xiii; 258; (8 – advertisements). Rare in the dustjacket.

  • # 16081

    [BREAD AND CHEESE CLUB]

    Bohemia : the all Australian literary magazine

    Melbourne : Bread and Cheese Club, 1939-40. First issue, April 1939 – Twelfth issue, March 1940. Twelve issues, folio, unbound, as issued; the later issues with masthead printed in red; the first issue printed on thin paper (wrappers detached and waterstained), the remaining issues on thick paper, all in very good condition. A run of …

  • # 16028

    ROSSETTI, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894; BEWICK, John, 1760-1795 (artist)

    [WOMBAT] O uommibatto

    [Title from first line of poem]. [Beecroft, N.S.W.] : Blackdawn Press, 1989. Edition limited to “50 copies for friends of the Blackdawn Press, 1989”. Broadsheet, 340 x 220 mm, hand-set and hand-printed for private circulation to friends of the printer; illustration reproduces Bewick’s engraving of a wombat; a fine copy. Text in Italian. It is …

  • # 15540

    [DENNYS, John]

    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 …

  • # 15579

    [BOAZ, Herman]

    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 [12]; illustrated with twelve wood cuts; a fine copy. First illustrated edition, published in the same year as the unillustrated Newcastle …

  • # 15811

    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 …

  • # 15495

    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; [2]; 497, text in English and Chinese. Volume II of Legge’s great series of translations of Chinese classical works. Printed in Hong Kong, all …

  • # 15356

    [NOLAN] Harris, Max

    The vegetative eye.

    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 …

  • # 15719

    LINDSAY, Norman et al.

    The Lone Hand : The Australian Monthly Vol. VII, No. 38, June 1st, 1910

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15889

    SHAPCOTT, Thomas W.

    [POETRY] Fingers at air : experimental poems 1969

    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.  

  • # 15794

    [McAULEY, James and STEWART, Harold]. “MALLEY, Ern”.

    The Darkening Ecliptic by Ern Malley.

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15715

    [TUCKER]. KERSHAW, Alister

    Excellent stranger

    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 …

  • # 15713

    STIVENS, Dal

    The courtship of Uncle Henry. A collection of tales and stories. (proof copy)

    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 …

  • # 15587

    MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)

    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. Octavo, recent half calf over cloth boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; pp [2], 50 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; a fine copy. Only the second work published at …

  • # 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; …

  • # 15679

    [LINDSAY]. McCRAE, Hugh.

    Satyrs & Sunlight: Silvarum Libri. With pictures and decorations by Norman Lindsay.

    Sydney : John Sands Ltd, 1909. Folio, quarter vellum and decorated papered boards (light wear, edges rubbed), pp. [xvi]; 149; [5], 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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15260

    WHITEHOUSE, Wilfrid

    Ochikubo Monogatari, or, the tale of the Lady Ochikubo. A tenth century Japanese novel.

    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 …

  • # 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 …

  • # 15424

    Melba’s gift book of Australian art and literature

    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, …

  • # 15261

    THOMAS, W. H.

    A slaver’s adventures on land and sea

    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’

  • # 15358

    LITTLE, William

    The Thunder Storm.

    Thoughts suggested at the performance of the 4th Movement of L. van Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony Op. 68. Ballarat: James Curtis [1896]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 8, paper browned as usual, else very good.

  • # 15210

    BRAUTIGAN, Richard

    Trout fishing in America (First edition)

    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.

  • # 15209

    KEROUAC, Jack

    Tristessa

    New York : Avon, 1960. First edition. Duodecimo trade paperback, pictorial wrappers, pp 126, [2]; 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 …

  • # 6649

    FRIEND, Donald

    Save me from the shark (presentation copy)

    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’.

  • # 15251

    WHITEWRIGHT, J. S.

    An introduction to Mandarin

    Vol. II. Weihsien : Shanghai University Press, c. 1915. Octavo, cloth wrappers (marked), unpaginated, text in Chinese characters.

  • # 14903

    Anonymous artist; [WIECHERT, Ernst 1887-1950]

    [ANTI-NAZISM; CALLIGRAPHIC MANUSCRIPT] Eine Mauer um uns baue.

    [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 …

  • # 14786

    DICKENS, Charles; LINDSAY, Norman

    Great Expectations (deluxe edition of 38 copies)

    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. 

  • # 14790

    [LINDSAY, Norman]. McCRAE, Hugh

    Satyrs and Sunlight (presentation copy for Margaret Coen)

    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 …

  • # 15507

    GRAHAME, Jim (1874 - 1949)

    Home departing and leaving (signed copy)

    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. [4], two poems by Grahame on the subject of leaving for war and home coming, signed by the …

  • # 15286

    WILLIAMS, Ben Ames

    [PULP] The strumpet sea

    New York : Popular Library, 1951. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 256 pp; a good copy. “A lusty tale of the South Pacific.”

  • # 15285

    BACCANTE, Leonora

    [PULP] Johnny Bogan

    New York : Popular Library, 1952. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 159 pp; a good copy. “A realistic novel of violent young love.”

  • # 15293

    MARESCA, James

    [PULP] My flag is down

    New York : Bantam, 1952. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 150 pp; a good copy. “The diary of a New York taxi driver.”

  • # 15292

    WILSON, Earl

    [PULP] Pikes Peek or bust

    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).