Cloth a little flecked and lightly sunned on the spine; endpapers uniformly browned; half-title and final (blank) page offset; edges discoloured; a very good copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper sunned, slightly marked and a little chipped and... Read complete entry
Octavo; cloth; extremities very slightly bumped; ownership signature; an excellent copy in the very good dustwrapper a little unevenly sunned and slightly creased and worn with very slight loss to the extremities.
Octavo, [viii], 104 pages with illustrations (by the author) plus a frontispiece portrait.
Cloth; small glue residue on the rear cover (presumably a publication flaw); pencilled ownership details; essentially a fine copy with the very good dustwrapper lightly rubbed and sunned (as often) and the top edges a little nibbled and worn with... Read complete entry
Adelaide, Adelaide University Arts Association, 1942.
Octavo; textured papered boards a little lightly sunned; extremities very slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned, marked, chipped and torn with very slight loss.
Presentation copy, inscribed and signed in pencil by Max Harris.
Cloth slightly marked, bumped and rubbed (chiefly to the extremities); endpapers offset; ownership signature; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Cloth very slightly bumped, rubbed and marked; tidy later ownership details; endpapers offset; thin strip of clear tape on the rear pastedown; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly marked, torn and chipped with minor loss (chiefly to the... Read complete entry
With the Rose Lowcay-designed bookplate of her husband, Harold Sheard, on the front pastedown.
William Hayley (1745-1820), 'English poet, patron of George Romney, William Cowper, and William Blake. His best-known poem, 'Triumphs of Temper' (1781) was several times reprinted [in fact, there were eighteen editions to 1824]. Robert... Read complete entry
Bound together with four contemporary works by Hayley, uniformly published with the Dodsley imprint. 1) 'A Poetical Epistle to an Eminent Painter'. 1779 (second edition, corrected and enlarged); iv, 84,  (addenda, verso blank). 2) 'Ode inscribed to John Howard, Esq., F.R.S., Author of 'The State of English and Foreign Prisons''. 1780; 19 pages plus an engraved frontispiece by Francesco Bartolozzi. 3) 'Epistle to a Friend on the Death of John Thornton, Esq.'. 1780 (second edition, corrected); 19 pages. 4) 'An Essay on History in Three Epistles to Edward Gibbon, Esq., with Notes'. 1780; [iv], 159 pages. Contemporary tree calf, gilt-decorated with a contrasting title-label on the spine; covers a little worn but very sound; light stain to the top margin of the first half of the volume (extending at most about a centimetre from the top edge); occasional offsetting; faint stains on a few openings from pressed flowers (left in place, as the pleasant surprise they afford outweighs any further harm they may do); scattered light foxing; overall in very decent condition. Various owners have left their mark: the armorial bookplate of William Balfour Crawford, the pencil signature of James Reid, Auckland, 13 June 1866, and the ink inscription by William Wilkinson, Thames Goldfield, 18 January 1872. Thames is located at the south-western end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. A cursory glance online indicates that Wilkinson was a founding proprietor of the 'Thames Advertiser' in April 1868; after a series of partnerships, he eventually sold out in the mid-188s. He was also mayor of the town from 1880-82.
Dated 18 August 2000, it is written on the verso of a British Library postcard which reproduces the manuscript (circa 1400) of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. It is a less-than-routine response to a very mundane request, and it is short (and worthy) enough to quote in full: 'Forgive this long delay in returning the signed slips. I tipped your letter into a 'personal' pile, which meant you were treated like a friend, which means I carry the letters with me and don't answer them, but mean to ...'. The postcard, sent inside an envelope (not present), is in very fine condition.
Octavo; red papered boards, top edge green, with the second-state dustwrapper (unclipped, but the price has the original new bookseller's printed tape label over it, and this has offset very lightly onto the front flyeaf); essentially a very fine... Read complete entry
The rear panel of this dustwrapper carries quotes from five reviews, replacing the 28-line excerpt from the book featured on the first-state dustwrapper.
Octavo; gilt decorated papered boards; foot of the spine slightly bumped; ownership details; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned, bumped and chipped on the spine with slight loss, and with very slight wear to the corners... Read complete entry
London, Griffith & Farran, 1883 [first edition, with the advertisements dated '9.83'].
Octavo, [viii], 384, 32 (advertisements) pages with decorative head- and tailpieces plus 8 plates (the frontispiece with a tissue guard).
Pictorial blue cloth blocked in gilt and black; cloth a little flecked and marked, sunned on the spine, and lightly rubbed or worn at the extremities; light stains to the top and bottom edges; front flyleaf neatly excised; half-title browned and... Read complete entry
With a gift inscription on the front pastedown, 'R.M.W. Thirkell & G.L.A. Thirkell, Christmas 1904, from L.F. Piesse'. The Tasmanian Thirkell brothers, who would have been in their early teens when they were given this book, both served as officers in the Middle East, England and France during the First World War. The elder brother, Robert Mowbray Winston Thirkell, was awarded the MBE after the war, and was later a career officer, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. The second, George Lancelot Allnut Thirkell, served with various field engineer units in Gallipoli and France. While stationed in England in late 1917 he married the well-connected divorcee Angela McInnes at the Kensington registry office. In 1920 the couple sailed to Australia, but Angela found life in suburban Melbourne dull and the marriage did not last. She returned to Britain around 1930 and soon began a successful career as a novelist under her married name, Angela Thirkell. In 1934 she published 'Trooper to the Southern Cross' under the nom de plume of Leslie Parker, a fictionalised retelling of the couple's eventful voyage from England to Australia on the troopship 'Friedrichsruh', told through the eyes of a character based on her husband George. Dartt, pages 61-62.
A recent note from the (once) dark-haired recipient states in part 'Next day he gave me and another girl [also] called Judy (blond) a copy each of the enclosed poem. He had written about us both after every one had gone to bed'. The humorous verse is worth quoting in full. 'Judy, Black, and Judy, Bright, / Judy, Fair, and Judy, Dark, / Sun and Moon, supply the light / Of this very blissful bark. // Where the old men bloom again / And the young are not so moody, / Where delight and laughter reign, / Ten to one, there is a Judy. // Not a traveller can say / Which is brighter, which is blither, / But the ship will go astray / If we lose the light of either. A.P. Herbert'. A piece of paper about octavo in size (torn from a larger sheet) contains eight lines in pencil of a similar-looking creation by Herbert. It is hard to read, but phrases like 'Mr Punch', 'Every fellow', 'In the ball-room' and 'all the women' give the plot away. A vintage gelatin silver photograph (visible image 130 x 95 mm, taped behind a plain matt) of Herbert with his arm around Judy with the dark hair, standing in front of a sedan near the coast south of Adelaide, rounds out the offering. All items are a little foxed, and the photograph has a few surface cracks, but overall they present well.
Octavo; original blue cloth slightly rubbed, bumped and marked; top edge slightly darkened; contemporary gift inscription; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little creased, rubbed, chipped and torn with a little loss.
Papered boards very lightly bumped at the head of the spine and the front bottom corner; edges very lightly marked; a near-fine copy with minimal slight surface chips to the extremities of the unclipped dustwrapper.
Octavo, xvi, 432 pages with '230 wood-cuts, of which 42 are by Thomas Bewick'; the first 8 illustrations in the 4-page section before the title page (for all intents and purposes a prospectus for the work) are expertly hand-coloured, presumably as issued.
Contemporary half calf and cloth, with contrasting leather labels and extensively blind-tooled decorations on the spine; leather a little rubbed at the extremities; an excellent copy.
With the bookplate of Frederic Hardwicke Knight (featuring an alert squirrel).
Gilt- and black-decorated brown cloth; extremities and hinges a little rubbed and worn (at a few high spots along the hinges); small closed irregular tear to the cloth on the rear board; scattered light foxing and trifling signs of use; a decent copy... Read complete entry
On the front flyleaf is a gift inscription from Albert Gard to his father, Melbourne, 9 May 1872. The author, a medical practitioner, records a discussion on the preservation of human bodies in the six-page preface to this 'quaint novel'; the only other publications attributed to him are two 1871 works printed in phonography (Morris Miller).
Original gilt-decorated cloth slightly flecked and a little rubbed at the extremities, with very slight wear to the two bottom corners; tiny chip to the leading edge of the front flyleaf; title page and the last page heavily offset and (along with the... Read complete entry
Contemporary half calf and stippled cloth (with the stamp of Ramage, London), all edges gilt; leather a little rubbed at the extremities (more heavily so at the corners, which are worn through to the boards); a very good copy (internally fine).
This copy is inscribed in ink on the verso of the title page 'To / George Augustus Sala / From the author. / With sincere regards. / P.J.H. / 2.5.'85'. George Augustus Sala (1828-1895), the 'Prince of Journalists', spent nine months in Australia in 1885; his lasting legacy from that trip was coining the phrase 'Marvellous Melbourne' some six weeks before he received this token from Holdsworth. He amassed an enormous collection of books, but also a crushing amount of debt, and in 1895 he was forced to sell his library of 13000 volumes. This no doubt hastened his death on 8 December that year ... This book later ended up in the collection of Thomas Thornton Reed, sometime Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide; it carries his signature and his Dean of Adelaide stamp.
[Adelaide], 'Printed and Published by the Author', 1931.
Octavo, 171 pages with the press mark on the title page.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and papered boards; essentially a fine copy of a very indifferent production.
Inscribed by the author, who later released his hand-set and -printed items under the imprint of The Horace Walpole Press. Offered together with four other titles from the Press: 'Occasional Verse' (by Rogers, 1933); 'More Occasional Verse' (by Rogers, 1935) and 'Selections from Modern French Poetry' and 'Dips into the Classics' (both translated by H.E. Ashley and F.E. Rogers). Although the last two mentioned are undated, Farmer (Private Presses and Australia, 1972) gives 1938 as the publication date of 'Selections from Modern French Poetry'. As this book lists all of the titles recorded by Farmer other than 'Memoirs of a Medico' (1941), it seems reasonable to suggest that the six undated titles in Farmer appeared not later than 1938. Of the four extra titles offered here, only 'Occasional Verse' is not inscribed and signed by Rogers.
Plain card covers with attached grey wrappers; wrappers lightly sunned; a tiny closed tear; name-stamp; an excellent copy.
Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed (one page quarto, dated 26 January 1940) from the author to the editor of an Adelaide newspaper requesting a review of this book of 'Verse and Verse Drama'.
Quarter cloth and card boards; slight stain on rear board; ownership signature; rear endpapers lightly stained and foxed; minute foxing throughout (mostly just the edges); a very good copy in the dustwrapper slightly chipped (with slight loss), sunned... Read complete entry
Octavo, viii, 239 pages with several illustrations plus pictorial endpapers by Frank Norton.
Silver-decorated papered boards; very slight mark to the flyleaf; pencilled ownership signature; essentially a fine copy with the excellent dustwrapper with very slight wear and trifling loss to the extremities (and a tiny mark to the front flap).
Octavo, x, 242 pages plus 3 plates by Edgar A. Holloway.
Cloth lightly bumped, front board a little bowed, spine lightly sunned; edges, endpapers and a few margins a little foxed; a very good copy with the dustwrapper (with the front panel a colour illustration by Holloway) a little rubbed at the... Read complete entry
With a presentation inscription on the flyleaf from the publishers to the wife of Captain S.A. White, the ornithologist.
Octavo, [ii, viii], 543,  pages with a colour frontispiece by Cary Henrie.
Gilt-decorated leather, all edges gilt; a fine copy.
'This limited, leather-bound edition has been privately printed, and personally signed by John Irving, exclusively for The Signed First Edition Society'. It also includes 'A special message for the first edition' by the author. Loosely inserted is a one-page circular about the book from the publisher.
Original green cloth a little flecked and marked (mainly on the rear cover, where there is also some loss of colour to the bottom corner due to moisture); short closed tear (very slightly chipped) to the head of the spine, with a tiny nick to the foot... Read complete entry
Macmillan's Colonial Library Number 109. Edel and Laurence F53 (but see also A34c, with which it conforms, minus the 64-page January 1891 catalogue). This second British edition was preceded only by the Boston two-volume edition limited to 1000 sets, and the London three-decker limited to 500 sets, both issued in the same year.