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  • # 20882

    SMITH, W. Robertson

    Kinship and marriage in early Arabia. (Presentation copy)

    Cambridge : at the University Press, 1885. Octavo, gilt-lettered brown cloth (slightly canted), shelf mark to foot of spine, bookplate from David James Banjamin to pastedown, presentation inscription ‘with the author’s kind regards’ to preliminary blank, wet stamp to verso of title page, pp. xiv; 322, (2), (16 – publisher’s catalogue dated November 1885), internally …

  • # 20953

    MACGREGOR, Jessie

    Gardens of celebrities and celebrated gardens in and around London

    With 20 coloured plates and 6 pencil drawings by the author. London : Hutchinson, Quarto, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. xii; 326, colour plates. Important gardens including Lambeth Palace and Gardens, Sion House, The Chelsea Physick Gardens, Marlborough House and Gardens, Chiswick House and Garden, Walpole House, Holland House and Gardens, Hogarth House and Gardens in Chiswick, Carlyle …

  • # 20883

    JESSE, Captain

    The life of Beau Brummell

    New edition, with an introduction and twenty coloured plates. London : privately printed for subscribers, Two volumes, octavo, in dustjackets (toned, a few tears), pp. xxiv; 309; xii; 300, occasional foxing, a very good set. ‘George Bryan Brummell. Beau of Beaux. Dandy of Dandies and Mirror of Fashion, who lived gloriously amid princely surroundings for …

  • # 20401

    LOUDON, J. C.

    Self-instruction for young gardeners, foresters, bailiffs, land-stewards, and farmers;

    in arithmetic and book-keeping, geometry, mensuration, and practical trigonometry, mechanics, hydrostatics, and hydraulics, land-surveying, levelling, planning, and mapping, architectural drawing, and isometrical projections and perspective : with examples, showing their application to horticultural and agricultural purposes. London : Longman, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1845. Octavo, gilt-lettered green cloth (edges rubbed), bookseller’s label of Dalton to …

  • # 20892


    Sixty home plans

    Cover: 60 home plans. Sydney : Associated General Publications, Ltd., 1950. “Sixth, revised edition.” Quarto, publisher’s pictorial stiff wrappers (lightly creased), 106 pp, photographic illustrations and line-drawn architectural plans throughout; includes advertisements; a good copy.  

  • # 20745

    David Hicks Intimate. A private world of interiors

    Photography by Ivan Terestchenko and Shannon McGrath. Melbourne : Thames and Hudson, 2016. Quarto, cloth with pictorial onlay, pp. 240, extensively illustrated. Interior decoration.

  • # 20523

    Tupperware home parties

    Orlando : Tupperware, circa 1975. Oblong octavo, self-wrappers, pp. [36], illustrated in colour. Illustrated catalogue with prices for the ubiquitous plastic tubs with a guide to home parties and a career as a Tupperware salesperson.

  • # 20467


    Fabrics. The key to successful decoration

    New York : F. Schumacher & Co., 1928. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (lightly marked), pp. 32, illustrated in colour and black and white. Fabrics from the art deco era presented for the modern woman by Schumacher fabrics.

  • # 20335

    Toni presents Miss America beauty book

    S.l. : Toni, circa 1960. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, central crease, pp. 40, illustrated in colour. Hair styling tips for would-be beauty queens from Toni beauty products.

  • # 20332


    … In Australia it’s David Jones

    [Sydney : David Jones, circa 1956]. Octavo, illustrated modernist wrappers, pp. [16], illustrated. Promotional card loosely enclosed. Glamorous brochure of the department store David Jones in the 1950s. A single example recorded in Australian libraries (NLA).

  • # 19894

    Coats 4 teens. Look cool feel warm

    Denver : is Press (The Institute of Sociometry), 2017. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, stringbound, pp. 26, illustrated. Small press book documenting an act of guerilla sociometry to ensure Colorado teens were rugged up during winter, in particular ‘irresponsible teens who leave the house without their perfectly good coat and are going to catch their death!’. A …

  • # 20036


    Barbarian Beds: the origin of the chair in China (the author’s copy)

    Canberra : The Australian National University and London : The Cresset Press, 1965. Folio, cloth in dustjacket (chipped with loss at head of spine), pp. xvii; 85, illustrated. Loosely enclosed : an original receipt from the Australian National University Press from 1975 to Professor C. P. FitzGerald for this copy of his book, the price …

  • # 20040

    DUNCAN, Alistair

    Art deco furniture. The French designers

    New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1984. First American edition. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 192, illustrated.

  • # 20749

    CHILVERS, B. J. (editor)

    The history of Fintona 1896 – 1946

    Melbourne : McCarron, Bird & Co., 1946. Octavo, gilt-lettered roan (edges rubbed), marbled endpapers, pp. [x]; 80, photographic plates. Limited to 300 copies signed by the Principal of the Melbourne girl’s school.

  • # 20524

    Tupperware. The nicest thing that could happen to your kitchen!

    [Orlando?] : Tupperware, circa 1958 (the 1950s date obscured). Quarto, single sheet folded to make  pp. [6], slightly worn, illustrated in colour. Illustrated catalogue for the ubiquitous plastic tubs from the company founded in 1946 which revolutionised the home in America and beyond.

  • # 19730

    QUANT, Mary (1934 - )

    Daisy becomes a model

    Press-out dolls and dresses with accessories. Fashions for Daisy by Mary Quant. Story by Diana Cooper. Series : Daisy’s fashion wardrobe No. 1. London : Collins Books, 1973. Quarto, illustrated wrappers, pp. [16], text with story, colour pages with die cut model dolls and garments, ex-library stamp to verso p. [1], this is a fine copy …