Large octavo; seven volumes; cloth; top edges slightly foxed; an excellent set complete with the dustwrappers (some spines slightly foxed and sunned, two slightly chipped and with minimal clear tape reinforcement to the extremities).
Offered together with The Narrative of George Russell of Golf Hill (London, OUP, 1935; cloth lightly marked, top edge foxed and slightly marked; an excellent copy with dustwrapper foxed, marked and a little chipped, with the edges reinforced with discoloured clear tape). Russell was manager then partner of the Clyde Company, the Scottish-Tasmanian pastoral syndicate which operated in Van Diemen's Land and the Port Phillip district in Victoria.
Large octavo, 40 pages (including the covers) with portrait illustrations of the four featured Australian composers listed below.
Pictorial wrappers (with the front cover illustration by Russell Drysdale); covers marked (including a messy drink ring on the outside rear); a few minor marks to the text; still a presentable copy - and almost certainly Drysdale's personal copy... Read complete entry
This is one of the 100 copies 'personally autographed by Australian composers, Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe, Nigel Butterley and George Dreyfus', as advertised for sale on the title page of this first issue. The signatures are in ink on or near the respective portraits. The Quarterly quickly became a Sporadically before disappearing altogether after six issues (Volume 1, Numbers 1-4, February 1969 to April 1971; Volume 2, Numbers 1-2, April 1972 and December 1974).
London, Hudson & Kearns and George Newnes, 1895 to 1898.
Folio, five volumes, on average 350 pages per volume with hundreds of illustrations (mainly from photographs) plus a colour frontispiece in Volumes 2, 3, and 4.
Colour pictorial cloth, all edges gilt; occasional light marks; extremities slightly rubbed, with a little wear to two hinges and two spine ends; inner hinges of Volume 1 a little tender (and Volume 3 less so); minimal foxing; an excellent run of the... Read complete entry
Adelaide, Printed at Frearson's Printing House [for the Club], 1911 [first edition].
Octavo, [xv, advertisements], 295 pages (including the printed 'flyleaves' and pastedowns) with 14 pages of advertisements in the index at the rear.
Flush-cut pictorial red cloth a little flecked and marked, with minor wear to the spine; inner hinges cracked but the covers are firmly attached to the original cloth tapes; mild signs of use (a little more in evidence on a couple of leaves in the... Read complete entry
Hoyle 724: 1.1 (not including the pastedown advertisements in the pagination).
Large octavo, xxviii, 454 pages with a map plus 32 plates and 6 maps (including one folding map attached to the rear pastedown).
Original light blue cloth a little discoloured and slightly bumped at the corners; new front endpaper; small light marginal tidemark to the bottom corner of the last 25 leaves and 2 leaves of plates; a very good copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
Octavo, two volumes; pictorial cloth a little rubbed and marked; bookplate; small light tidemark to the first few leaves of the second volume; mild signs of use; a very good set.
+ Forman's Guide to Third Reich German Documents ... and their Values (two volumes, 1995 and 1996). + Forman's Guide to Third Reich German Awards ... and their Values (1993, second edition). + BENDER, Roger James and Hugh Page TAYLOR: Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS. Volume 1 (1986 [sixth printing]/ 1969). + LITTLEJOHN, David: Foreign Legions of the Third Reich. Volume 3: Albania, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Hungary and Yugoslavia (1985). Trifling signs of use; overall, in excellent condition. [7 items].
Octavo, 104 pages with 2 maps and 53 pages of illustrations.
Textured card covers; a fine copy.
The second part of the important series of five volumes on the customs of the Aborigines of the Darling River Valley and Central NSW. Offered together with Part 3, Aboriginal Art Galleries of Western New South Wales (Leeton, 1943); Part 4, The Bora Ground (Leeton, 1944) and the final part, Stone Arrangements (Perth, 1950). Apart from a small abrasion causing minimal loss to the head of the spine of the last volume, the condition is uniformly fine.
Duodecimo, [viii, 108] pages plus a folding map and (loosely inserted) 3 folding facsimile sheets recording the names and descriptions of the mutineers (Volume 1), and octavo, xiv, 223 pages with 43 illustrations plus a colour frontispiece, a folding plan, a folding map and a folding illustration (Volume 2).
Full calf (Volume 1) and quarter calf and cloth (Volume 2); a fine set in the slightly rubbed silk-lined custom-made cloth case.
Number 383 of only 500 sets, comprising the well-produced facsimile of the notebook Bligh used as the deck log of the launch during the epic voyage to Timor, and its transcription (which contains a 40-page introduction by the editor).
The rectos of three of the mounts bear the following contemporary rubber stamp: 'Flashlight & General Photographers. Outdoor work specially catered for. W.H. Smith & Co., Novelty & Fancy Goods Bazaar, No. 12 Arcade, Adelaide'. It is of more than passing interest to realise that there was a market for these images in this form in Adelaide at the time, not least given the specific content: Botha was a BOER Boer War hero; Magersfontein was one of three major British defeats during Black Week in the war; and although Elandlaagte was one of the few clear-cut tactical victories won by the British during the war, they retreated shortly afterwards, throwing away their advantage.
Murray's Imperial Library colour pictorial cloth a little flecked and rubbed; top edge foxed; acidic endpapers discoloured, with trifling surface abrasions to the front endpaper; inner hinge slightly cracked and with slight (chiefly surface)... Read complete entry
The letters were written to Sir Bartle Frere 'in regular succession, from a date shortly before the war broke out.... The writer is a man who has long been resident in South Africa, and has held more the position of onlooker than of participator, in its political and commercial affairs. He is not connected with gold mining, he has carefully watched events, and he is an honest English gentleman'.
Cloth a little worn and marked; scattered foxing; mild signs of age and use (including some pencilled emphases); a decent copy.
With contemporary ownership details of Captain C.D. Mears (8th Battalion?) and Lance-Corporal A.E. Noakes (6th Squadron 1912; Ambala, 1907-1913). Harcourt Mortimer Bengough (1837-1922) 'joined the British Army in 1855, and retired in 1899, after more than forty years of distinguished service from the Crimea to all quarters of the Empire.... He retired from the service on 29 November 1898 ... a little before the Boer War of 1899' (Wikipedia). His notes and reflections are primarily on tactics and strategy, 'but to assume that any great tactical or strategic secrets have been disclosed would be to dignify too highly a campaign which neither in its political nor military objective, nor its conduct, nor its results, can claim to be classed in history as a great war'.
Octavo, xii, 304, [12, publisher's catalogue] pages plus a frontispiece portrait and 5 numbered pages of Colonial Library titles printed on the endpapers (with only the verso of the front flyleaf left blank).
Original blind-pictorial red cloth lightly worn and a little marked; blank 30 mm strip snipped from the head of the title leaf; church library stamp on a number of pages (and a four-digit reference number on three of them); a decent copy.
Adelaide-born Alfred Hales (1860-1936) was an 'author, war correspondent, miner and adventurer ... In 1899 [he] went to the South African war as a correspondent. His dispatches to the London Daily News and John Bull won him a reputation as a critical and daring front-line reporter which was enhanced after his wounding and capture by the Boers at Rensburg' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This book commences 'With the Australians' (74 pages), followed by 'Among the Boers' (52 pages).
Decorated cloth a little rubbed, bumped and marked; front flyleaf and half-title excised (but an integral initial blank leaf makes this very difficult to discern); light tape stains to one early gutter and the verso of the map (the masking tape... Read complete entry
The author was Officer Commanding Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen.
London, John Long, 1901 (a colonial edition, with 'Colonial Library' in gilt at the foot of the spine the only indication thus).
Octavo, xii, 286, [6, publisher's advertisements] pages plus 20 plates and a folding map.
Cloth a little marked and slightly worn at the extremities; edges foxed, with minimal foxing elsewhere; short tear to the blank stub of the map expertly closed; marginal discolouration to one opening (from a small acidic bookmark); a decent copy.
With the contemporary ownership signature of Captain Frederick Henry Howland (25 June 1906) and his address blindstamped on three leaves ('The Poplars', Mount Gambier). Howland was the commander of the 1st South Australian Mounted Rifle in the war. He is mentioned specifically on page 75: 'Captain Howland (South Australia), with his small command, remained on the hill to support the other two, which were now exchanging shrapnel with the enemy'.
Small octavo, [iv], 130, [2, publisher's advertisements] pages.
Gilt-decorated flush-cut limp cloth a little rubbed at the extremities; a few small marks (mainly marginal) to several leaves near the rear of the book; short tear to the leading margin of one leaf expertly closed; an excellent copy.
Quarto, [ii], 544 (last blank), [6, index] pages with hundreds of portrait illustrations.
Decorated cloth; a fine copy (no dustwrapper was issued).
Loosely inserted is a circular letter from the publisher (31 July 1996) listing errata, in particular the incorrect portraits for eight of the aces; a separate sheet containing the correct images is supplied.
Adelaide, The Griffin Press ('A prestige publication of The Griffin Press, Adelaide. Distributed by the Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne'), 1966.
340 x 420 mm, viii, 41 pages with a pictorial title page and 6 full-page colour illustrations of Melbourne (facing 6 small early colour illustrations), and 3 tipped-in double-page colour panoramas (and 4 small early illustrations) of Canberra.
Quarter contrasting black and red calf, with the respective Coats of Arms in gilt on black on the front cover and the title in gilt on red calf mounted on the spine; a fine copy with the heavy-duty slipcase.
The edition was limited to only 200 numbered copies signed by the artist.
Madame Chiang was born Soong May-ling in 1898. Her sister, Ching-ling, married Sun Yat-sen, the nationalist leader who created modern China after overthrowing the Qing imperial dynasty in 1911. Chiang took his place as leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) when Sun died in 1925; he married May-ling in 1926. The rest is well-known history; by the time she died in 2003, aged 106, 'The epic political contest that defined Madame Chiang's life has turned a page: the Communists in Beijing have taken the capitalist road and the Taiwanese electorate has eschewed Chiang's nationalism in favor of its own brand, which seeks to break away from Beijing rather than reconquer it' (with many thanks to the obituary in Time, 24 October 2003).
Large octavo, three volumes (in four - the third volume is published in two books), each approximately 900 pages with illustrations plus plates and maps; the prospectus is loosely inserted.
Gilt-pictorial buckram; edges lightly foxed; an excellent set with the dustwrappers lightly sunned and bumped (and two of them are a little torn at the extremities and inexpertly repaired with tape).
This set lacks the portfolio of charts (1955; folio, viii pages plus 58 charts and views) and the addendum pamphlet, 'Cook and the Russians' (1973; octavo, 9 pages; wrappers). However, it does include the Hakluyt edition of Beaglehole's 1974 biography, 'The Life of Captain James Cook', issued as Volume 4 of the set (gilt-pictorial buckram a little flecked; edges a little foxed; mismatched dustwrapper - as issued - torn, creased and marked; a decent copy).
The signatories are Woodfull (captain), Bradman, Fairfax, Hurwood, Jackson, Kippax, McCabe, Oldfield, Ponsford, Richardson, Rigg and Wall. All apart from Richardson played in that historic first Test (Grimmett did, but his signature does not appear here). Kippax and Richardson have signed in pencil; apart from minimal smudging and fingermarks, this large-format sheet is in excellent condition.
Captioned 'The Australians, 1930. W.M. Woodfull (Captain)', it features screened photographic portraits of the fourteen-member squad; 'A. Wilkes & Son, West Bromich' are credited with the photographs. Woodfull, Fairfax, Oldfield and Richardson appear in rectangular full-length portraits in the centre, with the rest of the team around them in oval head-and-shoulders portraits. Not least of them is Don Bradman on his first tour. The item is in fine condition (although folded, the creases will iron out).
Quarto, 36 pages with 29 illustrations plus a large folding three-colour map (printed surface approximately 700 x 640 mm: 'Map showing Country Examined in the Northern Territory. Commonwealth Exploring Expedition, 1915-16').
Original decorated wrappers very lightly discoloured around the edges and a little rubbed at the extremities and bumped at the corners; staples a little rusty; top corners of the leaves a little bumped throughout; inner margin of the map slightly... Read complete entry
Bulletin of the Northern Territory, Number 20, December 1916. An account of two expeditions between April and September 1915 and May and October 1916. 'The first expedition left Oodnadatta on the 23rd March, travelling by way of Macumba, Dalhousie, and Arina Water, on the Finke River, to Anacoora Bore ... about 48 miles east of Charlotte Waters Telegraph Station', arriving in Barrow Creek about the end of September. The second expedition left Oodnadatta on the 26th May 'travelling in a north north-westerly direction, via Todmorden, Lambina, and Indulkana Stations through the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges to the Northern Territory', arriving in Barrow Creek early in October. A little under 8000 miles was covered in this rapid examination of unoccupied and unexplored country on both sides of the Overland Telegraph Line. McLaren 7761; rare in our experience.
Quarto, [xviii], 343 pages with numerous line illustrations.
Cloth; small library accession stamp on the verso of the title page (recording in pencil the 1992 purchase price of USD195); essentially a fine copy.
By the looks of it, the only time this book came off the library shelves was when it was discarded. The author is clearly nuts about nuts, which doesn't automatically imply that the book is a classic - but read the introduction and you know it has to be ...
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).
Quarter art vellum and marbled papered boards, top edge gilt; leading edge very lightly foxed; two early blanks lightly offset; an excellent copy, complete with its slipcase and dustwrapper (the latter a little sunned and foxed, with slight... Read complete entry
Number 276 of 2000 copies signed by the translator, Robert Graves. 'A new and complete rendering of the best-known novel of ancient Rome'.
305 x 305 mm, a -page booklet with an introduction by Kenneth Frampton, an interview with Hadid by Alvin Boyarsky and illustrations by Hadid, plus 19 loose plates (reproductions of her unique architectural artwork: 17 are 305 x 305 mm, all with a small amount of - generally - only one colour; two are 305 x 605 mm or the reverse, folded in the middle and multi-coloured), all housed in a colour pictorial box (on a removable base with thick cloth ribbons attached).
The box has a short scratch and light scoring to the pictorial top surface, and there is a split near the centre of two of the sides of the 12 mm-deep lid; the contents are in fine condition.
This portfolio was published to coincide with only the second exhibition of Zaha Hadid's work, held at the Architectural Association in November and December 1983. In 2004, Zaha Hadid (born in 1950) 'became the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize', acknowledging the groundbreaking influence in evidence from early in her career. She 'explored the boundaries of architecture in a number of competition designs that always retain an exploratory character. Painting and drawing, especially in her early period, are important techniques of investigation for her design work; ever since her 1983 retrospective at the AA in London, her designs have been shown in exhibitions worldwide' (Designboom website, July 2008). A wonderful and utterly rare production.
Octavo, 16 pages with marginal vignettes printed in blue and 14 illustrations plus the covers (with 6 illustrations on the inside of the rear one).
Decorated wrappers a little rubbed and creased, and slightly strained at the two staples; an excellent copy.
'In this brief outline of the car's development ... there are no illustrations of the actual car; these are being prepared for special presentation in colourful catalogues and other literature which will be available soon ... Production of the new car is now in the final stages'. Presumably this is the first substantial piece of printed ephemera relating to the Holden.