Adelaide, Australian Letters, 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961.
Quarto; overlapping card covers with flaps; first volume bumped at one corner; two volumes slightly marked; fourth volume a little lightly sunned and slightly creased; head of the spines slightly creased and torn; ownership signature; a very good set... Read complete entry
Adelaide, printed by E.S. Wigg [for the Author], 1910.
Duodecimo, 29 pages with a frontispiece portrait of the author.
Flush-cut limp textured cloth [with the cover title 'Australia. By Clow the Younger']; a fine copy.
Poems structured loosely as a play. The third scene of the first poem, 'Vive l'Australie!' (3 pages) features 'Blacks in Pheasant plumage, assembled to celebrate the feast of Nyarrin; which marks the first appearance of that group [the Pleiades] on the sky'. The second poem, 'La Mythologie de l'Australie' (6 pages) is subtitled 'Native Legend'. Not in Greenway, not in Depasquale, but Miller is informative.
Milsons Point, Knopf, 2005 [first Australian edition]/ 2005.
Octavo, [iv], 265 pages.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page. Loosely inserted is a full-page Australian Government Promotion on Australian citizenship, featuring Coetzee (from The Weekend Australian Magazine, 24-25 June 2005). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2003.
The title page is signed by Booker Prize winners J.M. Coetzee (1983 and later in 1999) and Peter Carey (1988 and later in 2001); loosely inserted is a large card signed by Graham Swift, the winner in 1996. The signature of Martin Goff, Chairman of Henry Sotheran Limited, and one of the 1998 Booker Prize Management Committee.
Laminated pictorial card covers; an excellent copy.
The Summer 1997 issue of Granta, 'the magazine of new writing'; contributors include J.M. Coetzee and Paul Auster, both of whom have signed the title pages of their articles (pages 85 and 15 respectively).
Papered boards slightly rubbed; a very small glue spot to the rear cover, and a few very small marks and surface tears to the front flyleaves (presumably due to a surfeit of glue - both production flaws); contemporary ownership details; an excellent... Read complete entry
Papered boards lightly marked near the bottom edge of the front board; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper with a 20mm tear to the foot of the hinge of the rear flap and with the laminate a little discoloured (mainly at the edges).
The third in the series of Richard Sharpe's adventures at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
Papered boards; tiny surface blemish to the bottom 10 mm of the front hinge; top edge very lightly marked; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper very lightly bumped at the head of the spine.
The second in the series of Richard Sharpe's adventures at the time of the Napoleonic Wars.
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1901 [first Colonial edition].
Octavo, 421 pages.
White-decorated khaki cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities and lightly marked; spine a little sunned; endpapers offset; inner hinges cracked but firm; light vertical crease to all leaves (this presumably occurred before the book was... Read complete entry
One of only 500 copies of the Lane's Indian and Colonial Library edition, using sheets printed in the USA for the first American edition.
Quarter vellum and gilt-decorated cloth; vellum very slightly rubbed, corners slightly bumped; boards a little bowed; endpapers expertly replaced (retaining a bookplate); occasional ink marginalia (especially to the list of hexagrams at the rear);... Read complete entry
Number 216 of 1000 copies; this copy is inscribed and signed by Keith Richmond. ''Now for Reality' was the title of the frontispiece that appeared in Austin Osman Spare's book 'The Focus of Life' published in 1921. It was also the title of the first of a series of [of] poems which Aleister Crowley later wrote to accompany Spare's illustrations for the book. The present volume comprises the complete text and illustrations of 'The Focus of Life', re-set to incorporate the first ever publication of Aleister Crowley's attendant poems'.
Octavo; pictorial papered boards slightly rubbed, bumped and marked; an excellent copy.
Number 177 of only 300 copies. Signed by the author on the title page. Loosely inserted is a (somewhat soiled) invitation to a 2003 exhibition 'Gallery Artists and The Antipodeans Revisited', the illustration for which is Hugo Shaw's 'Tribute to Dave Dallwitz 'Models of Propriety'.
Octavo, [viii], 232 pages with numerous vignettes by Montaigut plus 10 full-page engravings by Rejchan.
Early half morocco and marbled papered boards (with the binder's stamp of J. Larkins); top edge gilt, others uncut; original wrappers (with the colour pictorial decoration on the front cover) bound in; binder's blanks a little foxed; an... Read complete entry
With the Adrian Feint-designed bookplate of Sir James McGregor (depicting Sydney Heads through the sitting room window).
Octavo; decorated cloth; top edge gilt; covers slightly rubbed and darkened; spine a little sunned; corners slightly turning; leading and bottom edges foxed; endpapers offset; scattered light foxing (chiefly on the leaf facing the plates); a very good... Read complete entry
Octavo; cloth slightly bumped, marked and sunned; flyleaf very slightly marked; period ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwapper a little sunned, creased and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the head and foot of the spine).
London, Chatto and Windus, 1951 (first English edition).
Octavo, viii, 248 pages with illustrations by Clair Stewart.
Cloth; front panel very lightly marked; two tiny marks to the leading edge; an excellent copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper slightly marked, torn and chipped, with minor loss to the unevenly sunned spine.
Overlapping pictorial wrappers a little creased at the edges with a 3mm section missing at the spine; flyleaf wrinkled where a contemporary reprint of a review from 'Smith's Weekly' has been tipped-in; a very good copy.
Signed by the author. 'The Australian One-Story Quarterly Magazine March-April-May, 1937. A 6s Novel for 1/6'. The last 10 pages of the book are devoted to a short explanation of National Credit by the author, the father of Frank Dalby Davison. 'The Australian Authors Publishing Co. will consider book-length manuscripts of novels dealing with Australian problems. Short stories not wanted'.
Octavo, viii, 378 pages with 38 charming woodcuts by Bold.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a leather titling-label on the spine, top edge gilt, others uncut; spine very lightly sunned; paper on the corners slightly worn; early ownership details; an excellent copy.
Number 183 of only 278 copies signed by the author.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a leather titling-label on the spine, all edges uncut; spine sunned, with the label a little rubbed; covers a little sunned around the edges; paper on the corners slightly worn; flyleaves lightly offset; an... Read complete entry
Number 96 of only 210 copies signed by the author.
Octavo; gilt-decorated cloth a little rubbed and bumped; rear cover slightly marked; spine slightly sunned; endpapers offset; bookplate; a very good copy .
With the later ownership signature of Professor Heinz Kent. The colour illustrations by Claude Lovat FRASER were made in 1912, before the first edition of 1913, but this is the first time both have been presented: 'a happiness indeed it is to see them together'.
Octavo, xi, 110 pages with 42 charming woodcuts by Bold.
Quarter cloth and papered boards (with a leather titling-label on the spine), top edge gilt, others uncut; spine sunned, with the label slightly rubbed; bottom corners a little bumped; flyleaves a little foxed; first and last (blank) leaves offset; an... Read complete entry
Number 82 of only 275 copies signed by the author.
Silver-decorated pink cloth; covers a little lightly unevenly sunned; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper slightly sunned, chipped and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the foot of the spine).
With the ownership signature of Professor Heinz Kent. First edition with illustrations by Margaret Wolpe.
London, Harding and Lepard, and G.B. Whittaker, 1827 [fourth edition, greatly enlarged and corrected].
Octavo, two volumes, [ii], xiv, 562 pages plus a frontispiece, and [ii], 579, [1, Corrigenda) pages.
Gilt-decorated full vellum with leather titling labels (with the binder's stamp of White, 24 Pall Mall); vellum a little marked and discoloured; slight worming to the head of the front gutter of the first volume; moderate offsetting from the... Read complete entry
With the early armorial bookplate of the English classical scholar Benjamin Bickley Rogers, and the later bookplate of Hardwicke Knight.
Octavo, [vi], viii, 374 pages with 8 illustrations.
Red cloth very slightly bumped and marked; lettering a little faded; light pencil notes throughout correcting the numerous typographical errors and highlighting passages of interest; an excellent copy.
A personal reminiscence on the Dick's life by his third wife, Anne (née Rubinstein).
Octavo; papered boards; two edges uncut; extremities slightly bumped; ownership details; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned, rubbed, chipped and torn with minor loss (chiefly to the top edges).
Influential speculative writer Philip K. Dick won both the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards in his lifetime; Roger Zelazny was nominated for both 14 times each, and won the Nebula award three times and the Hugo award six times.
Small octavo (175 x 118 mm), 8 pages plus the title-wrappers.
Saddle-stitched green wrappers lettered in black on the front cover; a fine copy (probably uncirculated).
Despite the confident announcement on the front cover that 'These pamphlets will be published the First day of each month, to be had at all the Stationers and Booksellers in Melbourne. Next month being Christmas-month, the next pamphlet will be entitled, 'Christmas Stories by the Spirit of Charles Dickens''', there were no further instalments. Perhaps he really was dead after all ... Ferguson 16083 (not throwing any light on the identity of the author).