Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1955 (first edition).
Octavo, [x], 50 pages.
Quarter cloth and papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; endpapers and initial leaves a little offset; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned sunned and slightly scratched.
With the ownership signature of Colin Thiele. Loosely inserted is The Bulletin's review (by Douglas Stewart), a little sunned and chipped at the edges.
Octavo; papered boards; minimal foxing to the top edge; an excellent copy with the slightly rubbed dustwrapper.
The play, 'after setting off explosive condemnation and equally explosive acclaim ... in London, was then transferred to Dublin where it met with yet more trauma and was made to close'. 'What they did in Dublin' is Donleavy's 39-page account of this closure.
Dark blue cloth over bevel-edged boards, with ornamental gilt lettering on the spine and front cover; cloth a little marked, sunned, rubbed at the extremities, with very light wear to the front bottom corner; uncut leading edges slightly foxed;... Read complete entry
Inscribed on the half-title 'With love from George & Ida, April 9th 1889'. The first edition of Doyle's third novel, a coming-of-age historical adventure set during the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.
Octavo; stiffened card covers (the spine absent, as issued) lightly yellowed; a rear corner a little creased; contemporary ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned, rubbed, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss (... Read complete entry
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1845 (third edition)/ 1816.
Octavo, iv, 443 pages.
Early half calf (gilt-tooled and polished, with raised bands) and cloth; top edge gilt, others uncut; extremities slightly rubbed, top two corners slightly bumped, cloth slightly marked; bookplate on the front pastedown and ownership details on the... Read complete entry
Octavo; cloth; spine slightly sunned; top edge a little marked; endpapers slightly foxed; a very good copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper a little sunned, foxed and slightly nibbled, and with two tiny closed tears to the front flap.
The second volume in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet.
Octavo; cloth a little flecked about the spine; extremities lightly bumped; a very good copy in the excellent lightly rubbed dustwrapper.
Laid down on the flyleaf is a John Sandoe (Sloan Square bookseller) compliments card inscribed 'Sent at the request of Mr Teddy Millington-Drake'. The recipient, whose ownership signature and interesting annotation on the flyleaf over-runs the card, is none other than Sir Walter Crocker.
Octavo; orange buckram lettered in gilt on a black panel on the spine, with an illustration of a black handprint in a small indented panel in the front cover; top edge gilt; spine very slightly flecked; a fine copy with the fine original clear acetate... Read complete entry
The first collected edition, with revisions. Number 72 of 500 copies signed by the author.
Octavo, [iv], 316 pages plus endpaper catalogues (dated June 1891).
Pictorial flush-cut limp light blue cloth printed in dark blue, with all corners of the entire book rounded as issued; contemporary ownership details on the title page (J. Lowe, Melbourne 1895); mild signs of use; a very good copy.
Number 73 in 'Petherick's Collection of Favourite and Approved Authors. For Circulation in the Colonies Only'.
Octavo; decorated card wrappers; an excellent copy.
Presentation copy inscribed, dated (6 May 1994) and signed by the author to Madge Mitton. Loosely inserted is a UQ compliments slip, also inscribed to Madge, and signed by the author (then Darnell Professor of English at UQ).
Octavo; cloth; extremities slightly bumped; edges and endpapers a little foxed; rear inner hinge cracked but sound; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased and chipped with slight loss.
Small quarto (external dimensions 215 x 172 mm), 94,  (colophon) pages with 15 full-page illustrations by Dorothy Ashley (and occasional generic endpieces).
Three-colour pictorial papered boards a little bumped and worn at the extremities, with minor loss to the head and foot of the spine (and minor surface loss to the paper on the spine); trifling signs of handling; essentially a very good copy of a rare... Read complete entry
Muir 2350 (supplying the date; giving dimensions of 200 x 160 mm). The printed note from the publisher states in part that the 'following short stories ... the work of a young Australian girl ... are offered here simply as Tales told by a Child to younger Children [underlined in the original] ... a loving study of tree and flower, bird and insect, and the association of familiar elements of old-world fairy lore with Australian surroundings'. Olga Ernst (1888-1972), the Australian-born daughter of German migrants, was just sixteen when this book was published. She 'was one of a small group of writers who attempted to nationalise the fairytale towards the end of the 19th century, signalling quite clearly that they intended to affix the elves and fairies of Europe onto the Australian landscape filling a void that was keenly felt by the children of emigrants and the Australian-born children of emigrants' (Robin Floyd: 'Olga Ernst's Contribution to the Development of Australian Identity in Children's Literature' [a paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2010]). Floyd, an ernest admirer to be sure, continues: 'From a 21st century perspective Ernst's fairytales do seem clunky and 'not quite right'. It seems unnatural to find mermaids from the cold Baltic Sea swimming in the Yarra or discovering water nixies who the reader may surmise would be more comfortable in the rivulets of Europe than living in a ferny billabong. Nonetheless, primary sources, critiques and reviews in newspapers at the time 'Fairytales [sic] from the Land of the Wattle' was published, reveal that reviewers saw it as a step forward for Australian children and that linking the old world lore with the new was a logical progression. Reviews of her books are extensive in comparison for those for other early fairytalers, and are discovered in three states: New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria suggesting the market embraced to her writing in a positive way'.
Adelaide, J.L. Bonython and Co., 'Advertiser' Office, 1898.
Duodecimo, [viii], 89 pages.
Plain paper covers with attached printed wrappers (folded over at the edges) slightly chipped on the spine and a trifle dusty; all edges uncut and entirely unopened; virtually fine (we know it to be an uncirculated file copy).
A collection of humorous verse (topical and localized) by a son of the South Australian novelist Maud Jean Franc (Mrs E. Evans).
London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970 (first UK edition).
Octavo; grey papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; a fine copy with the fine price-clipped dustwrapper.
The author's first book, offered here with the true first editions of the only other books he published; together they form an autobiographical trilogy. They are 'Pages from a Cold Island' (1975) and 'Last Notes from Home' (1988), both published in New York by Random House. The books are in fine condition; the dustwrapper on the second one is price-clipped, while that on the first one has a crease to each flap (possibly caused when the laminate was applied to the paper during production).
Fremantle, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, [May] 1981 [first edition].
Large octavo, [xii] (first leaf and last page blank), 326 pages with a frontispiece portrait, 6 maps and 6 full-page illustrations by Robert Juniper.
Synthetic cloth; short split to the head of the front hinge; personalized commercial bookplate on the half-title; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly sunned on (and very lightly bumped at the head of) the spine.
Signed by Albert Facey on the title page. When he was 86, Facey published 'the autobiography that made him and his life famous. His ordinariness and decency, and the enjoyment he took from a life that by the usual standards was far from fortunate, endeared him to his fellow Australians. The style of the book passed beyond plainness into an elemental purity' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This casebound first edition is very scarce (we have previously sold a copy with an original order form indicating a print run of only 500). Signed copies are very rare, as Albert Facey died on 11 February 1982, only nine months after the book was published.
Octavo; black-decorated brown cloth; extremities very slightly bumped; contemporary gift inscription; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss, and, also of the period, a childish sketch of a... Read complete entry
Northport, Seajay Press, 1983 [first separate edition] .
Octavo; cloth; a fine copy [issued without dustwrapper].
First published in the 'Mississippi Quarterly' Volume 36, Summer 1983. Of this separate edition, there were 200 numbered copies for sale and 26 lettered copies for private distribution; this copy is unnumbered. An unpublished short story set and written in Paris in 1925.
London, Jonathan Cape, 1963 (but this uncorrected proof of the first edition was published in 1962).
Octavo; light green wrappers with the Cape logo printed regularly across it; wrappers lightly rubbed and marked, with the paper on the spine creased and buckled (but as issued); bottom corners a little bumped throughout; an excellent copy.
'Uncorrected Proof' on the front cover, with '16s. net [April1963' beneath the text on the half-title.
Black papered boards with Japanese characters in gilt on the front cover; one tiny light mark to the bottom edge; essentially a fine copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper with a short crease and a light fingermark to the rear panel.
London/ Sydney, Michael Joseph/ Angus and Robertson, 1947 [first Australian edition].
Octavo; cloth; bottom edge uncut; covers slightly flecked; spine a little lightly sunned and flecked; edges slightly foxed; contemporary ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, creased and torn with minor loss.
Loosely inserted is a photograph of a polo rider on a horse, inscribed on the verso in the same hand as the previous owner.
Quarto,  pages (erratically numbered to 174) of processed (stencilled) typescript with numerous line illustrations throughout.
Quarter cloth and papered boards with a large colour plate by Leyshon White (of a Digger sniffing a flower) mounted on the front cover; covers a little rubbed and lightly worn at the extremities; 4th Division AMC Association rubber-stamp on the... Read complete entry
The Fourth Division Army Medical Corps comprised the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances; this compilation is not just a record of fallen comrades, but 'a remarkably rich work, not just an anthology of digger verse, song, and illustration but an extensive record of Australian war service, including the Anglo-Boer War. In addition to the requisite chronology of the Great War, the volume includes laboriously compiled records of the entire AIF giving every unit in all divisions, the principal engagements, casualties, etc.; a detailed record of the Nursing Service; a detailed record of the Australian Navy and the RANB in the war; details of warship and mercantile marine losses; number and name of every transport requisitioned by the Australian Navy with complements of officers and men (and horses); honour rolls of the 4th, 12th, and 13th Field Ambulances; etc. The Boer War section includes details of enlistments, principal actions, casualties, as well as South African War songs and verses (and printings of these are especially elusive). The illustrations are by, among others, Hal Gye, Cecil Hartt, and Leyshon White' (quoting Trove, quoting an unidentified 'Bookseller's description'). Dornbusch 241; not in Fielding and O'Neill; Trigellis-Smith 330.
Cloth slightly bumped; bottom edge of the text very slightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, sunned and creased with two tiny edge tears.
An iconographical approach to Spenser's 'Faerie Queene'. 'A concluding chapter deals with wider aspects of numerical composition, and discusses the principles of numerological analysis, which is becoming an indispensable instrument for the student of Renaissance poetry'.
Octavo; red papered boards lettered in silver on the spine; contemporary Adelaide bookseller's paper label on the front pastedown; a fine copy with the fine price-clipped dustwrapper very lightly rubbed and bumped at the head and foot of the... Read complete entry
Folio (390 x 290 mm), [viii], vi, 67 pages with numerous illustrations and 19 tipped-in plates (all but one in colour) and endpaper illustrations (all by Donald Friend).
Half black morocco and purple velvet; a fine copy in the slipcase (a little marked).
'Rochester's Lyrical, lewd & licentious poems were circulated only in manuscript during his lifetime. The earliest printed Editions appeared a year after his Death. But 'The Farce of Sodom' was never printed in England. For centuries its fame (or notoriety) depended on crude Continental imprints. Consequently, in England 'Sodom' was a sort of obscene literary rumour, like Sullivan's ( - or was it Gilbert's?) suppressed 'Sod's Opera', except to those who had privileged access to a few manuscript copies, only two of which are known to have survived until the present day. Thus this Edition is issued with a handwritten Text in keeping with the Manuscript tradition' (Editor's Note). The calligraphy is also by Donald Friend. The edition is limited to only 250 copies signed by the artist; this is number 26.
Cloth sunned on the spine, lightly discoloured around the edges and a little bumped on the bottom corners; endpapers lightly offset with tidemarks in the gutters (probably endemic to the edition); a very good copy with the top edge gilt, others uncut... Read complete entry
Menston, Scolar Press, 1973/ 1969 (facsimile edition)/ 1727 and 1738.
Quarto, cloth; a fine copy with the slightly torn dustwrapper.
The author's 'most noteworthy contribution to English poetry ... Although, in keeping with the fable tradition, Gay's aim was didactic, his genial good humour and light satiric wit blended well with conventional morality, and the popularity of the (work) throughout the eighteenth century was immense'.
Adelaide, Sud-Australische Zeitung, 1870 and 1871.
Large octavo, two volumes, [ii], 620, 526 and [ii], 638 pages.
Contemporary half roan and marbled papered boards rubbed at the extremities and on the covers, with some wear to the corners; scattered foxing and mild signs of use and age; essentially a very good copy (first volume): contemporary half calf and cloth... Read complete entry
These are bound volumes of weekly issues of the literary supplement to the long-running Adelaide German-language newspaper 'Sud-Australische Zeitung'. Offered here is the complete run of the 52 weekly issues of the twelfth year (1870) and issues 27-52 of the thirteenth year (4 July to 26 December, 1871). The indexes show that the contents are mainly short novels by German authors.
Octavo, 85 pages ('practically unabridged from the 5/- editions, with four full-page plates and numerous other illustrations').
Pictorial wrappers; staples a little rusty, with the centrefold neatly detached; contemporary inscription (curiously, dated June 1928); trifling signs of use; a very good copy.
Offered together with a companion volume, in similar condition, by May GIBBS: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. Their Adventures Wonderful (Muir 2753 and 2745; these are scarce editions in the Gumnut Readers series).
Small quarto, [viii], 88 (last colophon) pages with numerous illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 22 full-page sepia plates.
Brown-pictorial cream papered boards lightly marked and bumped, with trifling surface blemishes; occasional mild foxing and slight signs of handling; a very good copy with the colour pictorial dustwrapper expertly conserved (with infill making light... Read complete entry
Not in Muir (but see 2747 for similar editions from 1934 and 1939, omitting in error the preliminaries and not calling for a dustwrapper).
Octavo; papered boards; an excellent copy with the excellent dustwrapper slightly bumped and torn with very slight loss.
Presentation copy. Inscribed 'For Christopher Pearson, with best wishes', dated (March 1996) and signed by the author. Loosely inserted is an ALS from the author to Pearson, also noting that 'only 400 hardcopies have been bound', and the publisher's 4-page prospectus.
London, Dent (printed by Hague and Gill, High Wycombe), 1937.
Octavo, [vi], 141 pages with 12 illustrations by Teg (Denis Tegetmeier).
Buckram; head of the spine slightly sunned; contemporary ownership details on the flyleaf; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly sunned, marked, rubbed and chipped, with minor loss to the head of the spine and trifling surface loss to the... Read complete entry
Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1966 [all first editions thus].
Octavo, five volumes, with a portrait frontispiece in the first volume; cloth; Volume 2 a little sunned on the spine and slightly marked and scuffed; edges a little foxed; an excellent set with four of the dustwrappers (lacking only that of the second... Read complete entry
Each volume carries the bookplate of the notable New Zealand author, collector and photohistorian, Hardwicke Knight.
Oblong small quarto, 60 pages with a vignette and 33 full-page illustrations, all by the author.
Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards (printed in red) a little worn and bumped at the corners; endpapers offset; trifling signs of use; an excellent copy. The 'With the Publishers' Compliments' inkstamp and a small pencil... Read complete entry
Jocelyn Henry Clive Graham (1874-1936) was a successful English 'journalist and later, after distinguished military service, a leading lyricist for operettas and musical comedies, but he is now best remembered as a writer of humorous verse in a style of grotesquerie and black humour' (Wikipedia). He became an officer in the Coldstream Guards and rose to the rank of Captain (although he used the pen-name of Col. D. Streamer, taken from the name of his old regiment).
Cloth; contemporary ownership details on the flyleaf; top edge a little foxed, other edges slightly discoloured; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly chipped at the head of the spine and slightly sunned.