There is a rare complete set of the six issues of the periodical 'Venture', with all copies signed by Rex Ingamells: Volume 1, Number 1, July 1937 (the only number in the first series) plus Volume 1, Number 1, April 1939 to the unnumbered fifth issue of May 1940. Other authors represented are Gina Ballantyne (two books); Flexmore Hudson (four books, all signed - one inscribed, one with manuscript corrections); Gifford (one book, signed); William Hart-Smith (two books); 'Ricketty Kate' (one book); Ian Mudie (three books) and Colin Thiele (two books); John Ingamells is represented as editor of 'Cultural Cross-Section' (1941). There is an unbroken run of the Jindyworobak Anthology from the first issue in 1938 to 1950 (two are signed by Rex Ingamells, one is signed by Gifford), as well as a copy of Jindyworobak Review 1938-1948 (but the last three annuals to 1953 are not present). Apart from insignificant chipping to the overlapping edges of a few wrappers, the condition is uniformly fine (although of the seven cloth-bound volumes in the collection, only 'Gumtops' retains its dustwrapper). Fine copies of two essential reference works have been added to the collection; these are 'The Jindyworobaks' by Brian Elliott and 'Australian Little Magazines, 1923-1954' by John Tregenza. With this collection as a foundation, there is the very real possibility of gathering the complete published works of the seminal Jindyworobak movement. To quote Brian Elliott (who was personally involved with the early stages of the movement) in his reappraisal of the real value and effect of the Jindyworobak poetical institutions: 'My conclusion is not that they were a product of exceptional genius, but that the movement was spontaneous, natural and inevitable, and that it had an effect upon the nation - upon the national literature, but also upon the nation itself - that went beyond what was obvious in the poetry. In Judith Wright's words, the Jindyworobaks have taught us all to know ourselves a little better'.
Octavo, 181, [4, publisher's list] pages plus 6 full-page colour illustrations by Leslie Stead.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed at the extremities (a little more heavily so at the head of the spine). A contemporary price label from an Australian department store has been laid down over the English... Read complete entry
The number 48 is printed on the spine of the dustwrapper.
London, Faber and Faber, 1957, 1960, 1963 and 1966.
Octavo, 80, 72, 80 and 84 pages.
Coloured decorated papered boards very slightly sunned, rubbed and bumped (with two slightly greater bumps); a few very small marks to early leaves of the last volume; one tidy ownership signature; an excellent set with the dustwrappers very slightly... Read complete entry
' ... Jones' poetic ideas have been slowly and deeply ground out ... it is the more surprising that he should retain such simplicity of line ... [which] produces an undercurrent of complex rhythm which is its own music.' He never lived to see his fourth collection as he drowned at Newcastle, NSW, in 1965, leaving a wife and three daughters ...
London, printed for G. and W. Nichol [and numerous others], 1816.
Demy octavo, nine volumes, each volume approximately 450 pages.
Early half calf and marbled papered boards with contrasting spine titling-labels; covers a little rubbed, with minor wear to the extremities and minor cracking to some hinges; minimal signs of use; early ownership signatures in each volume; a very... Read complete entry
Loosly inserted is an early receipt 'Bought of S.& J. Ridge ... Newark', dated 1829.
Adelaide, Australian Association for the Study of Religions, 1994 [first edition].
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers a little lightly rubbed; a very good copy.
Australian Association for the Study of Religions, Special Studies in Religions series, Number 8; not least, Elaine Lindsay: 'A Mystic in her Garden: Spirituality and the Fiction of Barbara Hanrahan' (pp19-36), and several articles of Aboriginal interest.
Octavo, xviii, 218 pages with illustrations by Richard Beck plus a frontispiece portrait by William Salmon.
Cloth; a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, marked and torn .
With the ownership signature of T.G.H. Strehlow on the flyleaf, again on the half-title (and inscribed, 'Adelaide University, 3rd July 1961'). Loosely inserted is a (folded) foolscap sheet - 'WEA Bookroom Bulletin' (addressed to Strehlow) with a review of this book by fellow poet J.J. Bray. A small associative piece of Adelaide's literary history.
London, A. and C. Black, 1923 (second, revised, edition)/ 1902.
Octavo; gilt-decorated full calf; gilt-decorated spine; five raised spine bands; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; covers slightly scuffed; spine sunned; outer hinge slightly rubbed; edges a little foxed; a very good copy.
Prize Binding of Scotch College, Melbourne. With the 1932 prize label laid down on the front pastedown. Illustrations by John Fulleylove.
Papered boards lightly marked; an excellent copy (internally fine) with the dustrapper slightly creased, rubbed and torn at the extremities, and lacking a small piece (approximately one by two centimetres) from the bottom corner of the front panel.... Read complete entry
The author's second novel, signed by him on the title page.
Papered boards; corners very slightly bumped; a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and very lightly (and uniformly) sunned, with slight surface damage where a price-sticker has been removed.
Octavo; papered boards browned; contemporary ownership signature; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper unevenly sunned and a little chipped and torn with minor loss, chiefly to the rear panel.
...'certain poems in this volume have been published in [Adelaide University periodical] 'Phoenix' and 'Angry Penguins'. Kerr edited Phoenix and founded 'Angry Penguins'. Before his University studies were completed, he enlisted in the RAAF and was called up shortly after graduation. He died aged 23 in air operations over New Guinea in December 1942.
Oxford, Printed by W. Downing for F. Oxlad Senior, J. Adams, and F. Oxlad Junior, 1673.
Folio, , 341, [3, with the first and second blank] pages with numerous decorated initials, woodcuts and engravings in the text plus an engraved map and 3 engraved plates (one a folding panorama); the main title page is printed in red and black. Of more than passing interest is the fact that the large illustration (160 x 105 mm) on page 264 is printed upside down, and another example of it, cut to size, is mounted over it in the correct orientation.
Antique-style full calf a little stained along the bottom inch or two; light tidemark to the bottom inner corner throughout; a very good copy.
The first combined edition, with the second title page at page . Significantly, the main title page carries the contemporary ownership signature in ink of Thomas Killigrew (1612-83), English dramatist and theatre manager. The two annotations and seven words underlined in pencil in Juvenal's Satire VII (pages 133-138) may well be in his hand.
Quarto, x, 320 pages with illustrations plus a colour frontispiece and 7 colour plates by W. Heath Robinson.
Black decorated green cloth; bottom edge uncut; covers slightly rubbed and flecked; a bottom corner and head of the spine a little bumped; spine a little lightly sunned; flyleaves very slightly marked; a very good copy.
Contemporary ownership inscription dated 15 September 1920.
Octavo, xvi, 215 pages with an illustration on the title page.
Quarter parchment and plain papered boards (with the original paper title-label on the spine), top edge gilt, others uncut; corners heavily worn; spine a little sunned and rubbed, and lightly worn at the head; a very good copy (internally fine). The... Read complete entry
'This edition on handmade paper is limited to 200 copies'.
London, Jonathan Cape, 2005 [first English edition].
Octavo; papered boards a trifle marked; head of the spine slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and bumped and the rear panel slightly marked with a very short closed tear.
Presentation copy. Signed and inscribed ('To Tim, from a friend in New York City') by the author.
Octavo, xvi, 336 pages plus 28 plates (8 in colour).
Gilt-decorated cloth with gilt edges; cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities; one corner slightly worn; endpapers very slightly marked; contemporary gift inscription from a mother to a young girl; an extraordinarily well-preserved excellent... Read complete entry
Octavo; two volumes; papered boards; Volume One lightly sunned at the foot of the spine and a trifle foxed on the flyleaf; Volume Two slightly bumped at the head and foot of the spine; a very good pair with the dustwrappers slightly bumped and Volume... Read complete entry
Cloth; a fine copy with the original glassine dustwrapper.
Number 286 of only 350 numbered copies printed for private subscribers only; with the author's signature on the front flyleaf. Not all copies were signed, and it is possible that the signatures are to be found in copies put on the market at a somewhat later date.
London, Heinemann, 1934 (third impression and first 'Cheap Edition')/ 1932.
Octavo, xxxvi, 889 pages plus 18 plates.
Cloth lightly rubbed; top edge slightly marked; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned, marked and torn on the spine.
With the bookplate of the pioneering Australian children's book bibliographer Marcie Muir (in her maiden name of Collett) designed by George Perrottet - an attractive handcoloured woodcut of a vase of Australian native flowers.
Pictorial cloth; gilt lettering on the spine a little dulled; two tiny and unobtrusive marks near the front hinge; an excellent copy in the slipcase (lightly scuffed and beginning to split at one joint).
Introduction by Richard Hoggart; illustrations by Charles Raymond.
Papered boards; a very fine copy in the unclipped dustwrapper in similar condition apart from a tiny closed tear to a blank portion of the rear top edge - and it is without a hinting of the fading to the spine that invariably bedevils this edition.... Read complete entry
Octavo; black papered boards lettered in white on the spine; a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper.
Signed by the author on the half-title (which appears after the dedication leaf in this edition). Curious to relate, at the time of cataloguing, there were 41 signed copies of the true first edition (Delacorte Press, 1990) of this title on Abebooks, but not one of this first UK edition of the same year ...
Octavo; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; top edge lightly indented; endpapers offset with slight adhesion damage; ownership signature; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly creased and torn.
Not least, Kipling, Hamlet, Sir Walter Scott and the Authorised Version ...
London, Methuen & Co., 1920 [first edition, first issue].
Octavo, [viii] (first leaf blank), 303,  (colophon), 8 (publisher's catalogue) pages. The catalogue is undated, but the first page contains Einstein's 'Relativity - The Special and the General Theory', the first edition of which appeared in August 1920. It went into at least two more editions before year's end. Details of specific editions appear as a matter of course in this catalogue, so presumably this listing is for the first edition of the Einstein.
Red cloth with gilt lettering and double rules on the spine, and blind lettering and a single-rule frame on the front cover; bottom edges uncut; cloth lightly stained, marked and bubbled, with the spine slightly faded; extremities a little bumped and... Read complete entry
Lindsay's novel, now considered a seminal work of science fiction, was not a commercial success, as the review (from the Adelaide 'Advertiser' of 4 January 1947) points out at some length. Even the 'venturesome, unorthodox Mr. Gollancz' reckoned he was taking a punt in reprinting it. When he read it, he 'welcomed it as a work of genius, if a minor one, and now, when, as he says, the public will apparently buy anything labelled fiction, he is taking a chance on people welcoming a second chance of buying' it. Gary K. Wolfe, in his work on David Lindsay (Starmont House, 1982), states that 'Out of a press run of 1430 copies, only 596 were sold', making a strong case for an upper limit to the number of copies comprising the first issue.
Super royal octavo, 328 pages plus a frontispiece and numerous illustrations (several full-page).
Blue gilt-decorated cloth; extremities very slightly bumped an excellent copy.
With the pictorial bookplate, designed by Katharine Stafford, of G.A.Stafford. The illustrations include reduced facsimiles of the title pages of the 46 books published by the Press, which was notable for the literary output of its proprietor, Jack Lindsay. Several of the books published contain illustrations by Jack's father Norman. Other illustrators include Edward Bawden, Hal Collins and Lionel Ellis. This edition is limited to 850 copies.
Octavo, (iv), 236 pages with numerous illustrations by the author.
Papered boards; head and foot of the spine slightly bumped; bottom edge slightly marked; endpapers offset; contemporary gift inscription; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, chipped and torn with slight loss.