Women Writers

  • # 43841

    MENPES, Mortimer and Dorothy


    London : Adam & Charles Black, 1905. Quarto, gilt-lettered decorated cloth over bevelled boards (lightly marked, spine slightly dulled), upper hinge cracked top edge gilt, others uncut, endpapers foxed, pp. x; 254, illustrated with 75 colour plates with captioned tissue guards, occasional scattered foxing, a very good copy. The edition de luxe, limited to 350 …

  • # 42495

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (First Australian edition)

    London : Bloomsbury, 1997 [1998]. Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. First issue of the first Australian edition. Octavo, laminated boards (bump to head and foot of spine, slight wear to corners) in illustrated dustjacket (edge wear, a little crumpled at head and foot of spine, upper and lower edges, …

  • # 42819

    ROBERTSON, Constance (editor)

    Ink. No. 1, 1932 (With two original woodcuts by Margaret Preston)

    Sydney : The Society of Women Writers of N.S.W. for the Friendly Fund, 1932. Quarto, later buckram, the original illustrated wrapper pasted on the upper board; pp. xii, 96; xiii – xxiv; illustrated in black and white, occasional scattered foxing, a very good copy. An extraordinary gathering of women writers and artists who are listed …

  • # 42615

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878 - 1958)

    Billabong Riders

    London : Ward Lock & Co., 1942. First edition. Octavo, lettered cloth,  illustrated dustjacket (neat reinforcements verso), contemporary inscription to front free endpaper, frontispiece, pp. 262, a very good copy. The last book in the Billabong series.

  • # 42622

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878 - 1958)

    Glen Eyre

    London : Ward Lock & Co., 1912. First edition. Octavo, gilt-lettered pictorial cloth,  prize label to front free endpaper, frontispiece and illustrations, pp. 256, (16), a very good copy of the first edition.  

  • # 42619

    BRUCE, Mary Grant (1878 - 1958)


    London : Ward, Lock & Co., 1934. First edition. Octavo, pictorial cloth, illustrated dustjacket (price-clipped, edges chipped with small areas of loss to edges and spine, foxed), frontispiece and illustrations, pp. 256, a few spots of foxing.

  • # 42868

    BOOTHBY, Mabel F. (1870 - 1944)

    An autobiography of a laughing jackass

    Melbourne : P.T. Law & Co., [1916]. Second edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (light edge wear), string bound, a few marks to the lower wrapper, gift inscription to title page, dated 1916, pp. 12, one colour and one folding black and white plate, light toning, a good example. A charming children’s book about the daily life …

  • # 42362

    STEWART, Meg (1948 - ); OLLEY, Margaret (1923 - 2011)

    Margaret Olley: far from a still life (signed presentation copy for Criss Canning)

    NSW : Random House Australia, 2005. Octavo, cloth covered boards, illustrated dust jacket (light handling marks and a short tear), slightly canted, illustrated end papers, signed and inscribed by Margaret Olley the title page, pp. 568, first edition of this biography on Olley written by Meg Stewart, illustrated with several colour and black & white …

  • # 41829

    FRANKLIN, Miles (1879-1954)

    Bring the monkey

    Sydney : Endeavour Press, 1933. Octavo, black-lettered red cloth, dust jacket with illustration by Norman Lindsay (light edge wear, chip with loss to head of spine); pp. 246, line illustrations; a very good copy in the rare and substantially complete dust jacket, seldom found thus.

  • # 41864

    PRATT, Anne

    The flowering plants, grasses, sedges, and ferns of Great Britain,

    and their allies the club mosses, pepperworts and horsetails. London : Frederick Warne, [1883]. Six volumes, gilt-lettered green pictorial cloth (edges rubbed, corners bumped), all edges gilt, pp. viii, 288; viii, 355; ix, 410; viii, 328; viii, 368; viii, 319, very numerous chromolithograph plates, a couple of leaves loosening in the second volume, a couple …

  • # 42170

    McCORMICK, Alice; RHODES, Sarah

    The artist’s lunch : at home with Australia’s most celebrated artists

    Text : Alice McCormick; photography : Sarah Rhodes. Foreword by Margaret Olley. Sydney : Murdoch Books, 2008. Quarto, boards in dustjacket, pp. 231, illustrated. A fine copy. “Join photographer Sarah Rhodes and writer Alice McCormick as they meet up for lunch with 18 of Australias most lauded artists. From beans on toast with Margaret Olley …

  • # 41925

    WALLER, Christian (née Yandell)

    The gates of dawn

    a book made for the young by Christian Waller. Melbourne : Gryphon Books, 1977. Quarto, boards bound in red cloth with gilt lettering (slightly bowed and flecked), an illustrated edition by Richard Griffin of the original edition by The Golden Arrow Press (1932), limited to 1000 copies, signed and numbered by Klytie Plate, art nouveau …

  • # 42047

    OPPEN, Monica

    Tree Song

    [Sydney] : Ant Press, 1991. Folding broadside with a designer binding of cloth bound boards with embossed design, 405 x 120 mm., letterpress with an original woodblock. Limited to 55 copies signed by the author-artist.

  • # 41670

    WATSON, Kathleen

    [QUEENSLAND] Autograph signature of Anglo-Australian novelist, short-story writer and poet Kathleen Watson.

    Cut signature, manuscript in ink on paper, 60 x 100 mm; identified in another hand below as ‘Writer’; light toning, otherwise fine. Bold autograph signature of Kathleen Watson Dearden, a significant figure on the Australian literary scene – particularly in Melbourne and Brisbane – in the first quarter of the twentieth century. Provenance: Autograph album …

  • # 41700

    ROWLING, J. K.

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (First Australian edition)

    London : Bloomsbury, 1998 (but possibly 1999). Printed and bound in Australia by Australian Print Group, Marlborough, Vic. First issue of the first Australian edition, with number line 10 9 8 7 6 4 3 2 1. Octavo, laminated boards (slight bump to corners and head and foot of spine) in illustrated dustjacket (lightly edge …

  • # 41261

    [SPENCE, Catherine Helen]

    An agnostic’s progress from the known to the unknown

    London and Edinburgh : Williams and Norgte, 1884. Octavo, gilt-lettered brown cloth (lightly flecked and rubbed), small owner’s stamp to front pastedown, small stain to lower margin of pastedowns, pp. [ii]; 266, 8 (catalogue), a very good copy. A rare work by Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) – writer and suffragist, Australia’s first female political candidate, …