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  • # 21801

    HORE, E. O. (Miss); [CUTLER, Mary Anne, 1843-1937]

    Handwritten invitation to Miss Cutler from Miss Hore to attend her birthday party, to be held at Mrs. Kells’, George Street, Parramatta, on May 8 [1858?]. “Dancing commences at 7. Private entrance”.

    Manuscript in ink, on one side only of a single octavo size sheet of notepaper (182 x 114 mm) with embossed fleur-de-lis at upper left corner; dated at the foot May 4th; original folds, in fine condition. This charming ephemeral piece relates to a manuscript held in the State Library of New South Wales: a …

  • # 21002

    KUNZ, George Frederick and STEVENSON, Charles Hugh

    The book of the pearl

    The history, art, science, and industry of the Queen of gems. London : Macmillan, 1908. First edition. Quarto, decorated buckram (a little rubbed), top edge gilt, pp. xx; 548, 18 colour plates with tissue guards, 83 black and white plates, 5 maps (including the pearling regions in Oceania and Malaysia), a few occasional spots of …

  • # 21639


    Own your own home : 80 years of experience at your ready disposal /​ The Fourth Victorian Permanent Building Society.

    Melbourne : Fourth Victorian Permanent Building Society, [1947]. Octavo, pictorial wrappers (horizontal fold, lightly marked), pp 10, plus folding application form at rear (not filled in); original owner’s pencilled financial calculations inside lower wrapper, a clean copy. Copies are recorded in only two Australian collections (Monash University Library; State Library of Victoria).

  • # 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.

  • # 21599


    [COCKTAILS] Fleischmann’s mixer’s manual

    New York : Fleischmann Distilling Corporation, [c.1960]. Duodecimo, pictorial wrappers, pp 20, colour illustrations; contains recipes for cocktails (whisky-, gin-, and rum- based) and party punches, and advertisements for Fleischmann’s own spirits products; a few toning spots to the first couple of pages, but a good copy.

  • # 21598

    [WHISKY] Kentucky’s best mint juleps … and others too

    New York : National Distillers Products Corporation, [1939]. Duodecimo, pictorial wrappers (faint vertical fold line, lower wrapper with a few light marks), pp 28, illustrated; contains recipes for many different variations on the classic mint julep; a good copy. OCLC locates only one copy (University of California, Davis).

  • # 21589


    [WHISKY] The famous Old Forester mint julep

    Louisville, KY : Brown-Forman Distillers Corporation, Inc., [between 1950 and 1960]. Shaped advertising card, folding to 165 x 70 mm (irregular), identical colour illustration front and back, inside with printed recipe for a mint julep made with Old Forester whisky and monochrome illustration; designed to be free-standing on a bar counter or table; fine condition.

  • # 21585

    JOHNSON, Helen Louise

    The enterprising housekeeper. Suggestions for breakfast, luncheon and supper.

    Cover: 200 Tested Recipes by Helen Louise Johnson. Philadelphia, PA : The Enterprise Manufacturing Co., [1902]. Fourth edition. Duodecimo, original pictorial wrappers, pp 90, [6 index]; lithographed illustrations; a superb copy.

  • # 21584

    GORDON, Billi (1954-2018)

    You’ve had worse things in your mouth cookbook.

    San Francisco : West Graphics, 1985. First edition. Large octavo, pictorial stiff wrappers (some creasing at top corner of upper wrapper), pp 96, b/w and colour photographic illustrations; a good copy. Described by the Saturday Review as “the humor classic of 1985”. The multi-talented Gordon was an American author, television writer, actor and model. In …

  • # 21582

    GEORGE, Jane

    How to have an affair : a mischievous cookbook.

    Burbank, Cal. : The author, [1978]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, staple bound, pp 29; a fine copy. Recipes to go with romantic infidelity; with brief autobiographical interludes by the author.

  • # 21424


    [MELBOURNE] Prospectus for seaside residential sites at South Beach near Somers, Western Port, circa 1925.

    Melbourne : Farrow Falcon Press (printer), [between 1920 and 1930]. Square octavo leaflet, 210 x 170 mm, [4] pp, map to front, inner pages with 4 photographic views and ‘Large seaside residential sites now available for private sale …’; rear page with more detailed descriptive text, at the foot of which is printed: ‘For further …

  • # 21406

    "THE WARDMASTER" [HOLMES, Thomas James]

    Recipes : secret, selected, practical, original : comprising the home doctor, invalid cookery, cakes, pastry etc., household recipes, toilet secrets, beverages, confectonery, etc., etc.

    Compiled by the Wardmaster. Melbourne : Veritas Publishing Co., [1924]. Octavo, original printed blue wrappers, pp [64]; a fine copy. ‘The Author’s royalties from the sale of this book go to help provide comforts for returned soldiers who are still in hospital, and are paid for that purpose to the Victorian Division of the Australian Red …

  • # 21405


    Historic buildings of Victoria.

    Melbourne : Jacaranda Press/National Trust of Victoria, 1966. First edition. Quarto, red cloth over boards in pictorial dust jacket, pp 278, profusely illustrated with b/w photographic plates; light foxing to edges, else a very good copy.

  • # 21404

    ROBERTSON, E. Graeme

    Victorian heritage : ornamental cast iron in architecture.

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1960. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s cloth over boards in pictorial dust jacket (front panel with discolouration from old tape repair at top corner, spine sunned, a few light marks, foxing inside flaps), endpaper maps, pp xviii, 229, profusely illustrated with b/w photographic plates; light foxing to edges and endpapers, else clean …

  • # 21403

    ROBERTSON, E. Graeme

    Sydney lace : ornamental cast iron in architecture.

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1962. First edition. Quarto, publisher’s cloth over boards in pictorial dust jacket, illustrated endpapers, pp xviii, 198, profusely illustrated with b/w photographic plates; light foxing to preliminaries and edges, else a very good copy.

  • # 21402

    ROBERTSON, E. Graeme

    Ornamental cast iron in Melbourne.

    Melbourne : Georgian House, 1967. First edition. Large quarto, publisher’s cloth over boards in pictorial dust jacket, endpaper maps, pp x, 229, profusely illustrated with b/w photographic plates; light foxing to endpapers and edges, else a very good copy.