Octavo, 112 and 116, [4, a contents leaf for each volume] pages with numerous illustrations plus a frontispiece in each volume.
Publisher's half calf and marbled papered boards, with marbled endpapers and edges; covers a little rubbed at the extremities, with slight surface loss to the leather at the head of the rear hinge and minor wear to the corners; an excellent copy... Read complete entry
The title leaves are laid down on fine blank paper to mask advertising on the verso; the contents leaves are numbered xxiii-xxiv and xiii-xiv respectively, with the running title 'The Antipodean - Advertisements' at the head of each page. Contributors include Rolf Boldrewood, Ernest Favenc, Nat Gould, Henry Lawson, Sir Henry Parkes, 'Banjo' Paterson and Robert Louis Stevenson; artists include Frank Mahoney, B.E. Minns, Percy Spence and W. Withers. A third volume was published at Christmas 1897.
Small quarto (Number 4) and quarto, six issues, 8 pages (Numbers 4 and 8) and 10 pages (Numbers 5-7 and 9) with a few illustrations.
Number 4 was limited to 499 copies, Number 5 to 'not more than 500 copies'; a fine run.
Ten issues of this literary journal were published between December 1950 and June 1953 (the last one, published in Darwin, was called 'The Northern Austrovert'). The first two were limited to 400 copies each, and Number 3 to 500 copies. Number 4 contains an article by Arthur Upfield ('The Critic's Value'), and Number 7 contains a two-page review (of 'The Shades Will Not Vanish' by Helen Fowler, and 'The Ridge and the River' by Tom Hungerford) by P.R. Stephensen, his 'first signed article in the last ten years'.
[Blackwood, Literary Society of the Blackwood, Coromandel and Belair Club], 1914.
Octavo, 12 issues bound as one volume, 288 pages (24 pages each issue) with a handful of illustrations. The first number has 'Second Edition' printed at the head of the first page. A note on Trove states that 'the only difference identified is on page 5 where a different verse is printed in each edition'; in this one, it is a topical limerick about 'An elderly farmer of Mitcham'.
Original gilt-decorated cloth, containing the twelve separate issues of the drop-title magazine; binding a little worn at the extremities, with the front cover bowed and a little ink-marked; old tape-stains to the endpapers; vertical crease down the... Read complete entry
This elusive journal was 'devoted to the interests of [the Adelaide Hills suburbs] Blackwood, Coromandel Valley, Belair, and Eden Hills'. The editorial to what became the final issue commences thus: 'Many a good man has been hung for no fault of his own, and 'The Blackwood Magazine', because the Kaiser has chosen to embroil the world, is to be suspended'.
The most interesting items are leaflets for the Annual Literary Competition in 1885 (one page), 1888 (2 pages, 260 x 140 mm) and 1889 (4 pages, with one page announcing the sixth annual competition and another page devoted to reading clubs). The other items are notices of meetings (some with agendas), an 1888 questionnaire sent to member societies, and an unused SALSU prize plate (100 x 80 mm) mounted on a blank page of the only duplicate item in the group. George Hussey was general secretary for the entire period. The 1885 item above has a chipped, creased and torn blank bottom margin, and the 1888 item above is creased and folded, with some (mainly marginal) splits along two folds; overall the condition is very good or better. Nothing if not rare, and there is enough wheat among the chaff to get the literary taste and flavour of the times.
Octavo, (iv), 280, [(iv), 24 (catalogue dated May 1882)] pages.
Original cloth very slightly rubbed and marked; slight marginal damage to the leading edge of two leaves in the catalogue (due to inexpert opening); occasional light marks to the text where flowers have been pressed; a very good copy.
Plain white wrappers (printed in red on the front cover and spine) lightly rubbed and marked, with a small chip near the head of the front hinge; minimal foxing; an excellent copy.
The half-title is inscribed in ink to 'Thorburn Robertson. Souvenir amical. Berthe Mouchette. Marie Lion'. The French-born Lion sisters, Berthe (Madame Mouchette, 1846-1928) and Marie (1855-1922), emigrated to Australia in 1881, settling first in Melbourne, moving in 1892 to Adelaide. They were artists and art teachers; Marie published novels under the pseudonym Noel Aimir, an anagram of her name. Her best-known work was published in 1911 under the title 'The Black Pearl'. (The biographical information comes from Joan Kerr and DAAO.) The recipient of this item was Thorburn Brailsford Robertson (1884-1930), the eminent biochemist. The book is in French; a cursory glance suggests it is an adventure-romance set in India, with a British hero and heroine.
Octavo; black papered boards; extremities very slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper a little sunned and flecked with slight surface loss (to the spine and rear cover, not affecting the dustwrapper illustration).
From the collection of the Mayo family, with the single name 'Mayo' signed on the flyleaf. The endpapers have the facsimile signatures of the villagers she depicts in the book; the dustwrapper illustration is by Allingham's husband, Philip Youngman Carter.
Papered boards with the blind-stamped decoration; extremities very slightly rubbed; a bottom corner very slightly bumped; rear cover with a very small light bubble; edges a little foxed; endpapers slightly foxed; a very good copy with the price-... Read complete entry
Octavo; a tiny spot to the front cover; rear top corner slightly bumped; ownership signature; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly browned and rubbed on the spine, and with very slight wear to one corner (with trifling loss).
Blind-decorated brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover; cloth lightly marked, scuffed and bumped, with minor wear to the extremities; contemporary ownership signature on the front flyleaf; light marginal pencil marks to three pages... Read complete entry
This copy is extra-illustrated with an accomplished and engaging original watercolour (98 x 178 mm) showing two stockmen on horseback in pursuit of a dingo. It has been mounted on the verso of the half-title and presented within a black ink border as a frontispiece. It is signed and dated in the image 'Chas H. Angas / 80', with a caption in ink below the border in the artist's hand: '' --- we ran the dingo down that gave us such a chase' ... Page 14, 'The Sick Stockrider''. There is a little discolouration of the glue, but this has minimal impact on the painting itself. Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928) was a grandson of George Fife Angas. His father was John Howard Angas; George French Angas was his uncle. We have handled a number of his watercolours, including coursing scenes in a similar style. Of course, the book on its own is significant too, not least for the part it plays in the short and ultimately tragic life of Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870). 'On 23 June 1870 his 'Bush Ballads and Galloping Rhymes' was published and Henry Kendall showed him a proof copy of the enthusiastic review he had written. At dawn the next morning Gordon went to the beach at Brighton and shot himself' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Quarto, [i], 112 pages with 18 illustrations (4 portraits of contributors, including Ern Malley as a nipper; the balance are reproductions of artworks, including seven from the forthcoming CAS Exhibition). Loosely inserted is a typed 'request for review' note from the publishers, and a small slip of yellow paper with a printed note about the 'Cover Illustration. Colour reproduction of painting by unknown Australian Primitive H.D. executed by Len Etheridge'.
Colour pictorial wrappers, with 'Stop Press' text printed in red on the outside rear cover; minimal light foxing; essentially a fine copy.
The first 20 or so pages are devoted to comments and letters in defence of the poetry of Ern Malley, despite its having been exposed as a hoax since its appearance in the previous number. Almost as intriguingly, this section is followed by an article by Albert Tucker on 'The Unknown Australian Artist H.D.', illustrated with six of HD's artworks (with one more on the front cover). Nancy Underhill ('Sidney Nolan. A Life', 2015) discusses HD at length, and comes to the conclusion that 'I see the HD/Dearing pictures as Nolan's first foray into experimenting with Primitive painting, which is not to say he painted them all. Remember the sophisticated faux unskilling in The Kellys. Please recall that naive affectation was god-sent for Nolan as it offered a positive, up-to-date style that obscured his woeful skills at academic tonal modelling'.
Quarto, 64 pages with 13 illustrations (mainly portraits from photographs, but including reproductions of 4 paintings by Eric Lee-Johnston).
Monochrome pictorial wrappers lightly creased and marked; tiny tear to the leading margin of the first ten leaves expertly sealed; an excellent copy.
The editorial notes that, with the end of the war and the easing of certain wartime publishing restrictions from March 1946, hopefully the journal 'will appear at fairly regular quarterly intervals'. However, a certain amount of inevitable disillusionment had settled over the Australian cultural scene, interest in modern painting and literature had waned, and 'some literary journals are feeling the strain of these adverse conditions'. Some journals were finding sales dropping alarmingly, others were being forced off the market. 'At the moment we can luckily claim a rising circulation both here and in America'. Be that as it may, this was the last issue of 'Angry Penguins', and looking at the list of contents, both artistic and literary, it is perhaps hardly surprising.
Lismore, W. Hornadge (but printed in Adelaide by Thornquest Press), .
Octavo, 20 pages with an illustration.
Two-colour pictorial title-wrappers (with a spoof diploma for Ern on the rear cover); a fine copy.
'An invitation extended to Messrs. Harris, McAuley and Stewart some time before publication to make further comment on the hoax has not been accepted.' The ink-stamped date of 11 August 1945 (from experience, we know this to be the mark of the collector Harold Woodlands) inside the front cover confirms the year of publication.
A 'descriptive narrative of outback life including the work of the Australian Inland Mission. The hero, a muscular padre with war service, runs to earth a murderer playing two roles by means of disguises'. Although a novel, the author fits the description of our hero, and the plates are of inland subjects (including the author, his wife and numerous camels).
London, John Lane the Bodley Head, 1924 [first edition].
Octavo; quarter cloth and papered boards with a small cloth inlay on the front cover; extremities very slightly bumped; flyleaves a little offset; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly sunned and chipped with slight loss.
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1958 [first edition].
Octavo, [iv], 144 pages.
Papered boards a little bumped at the head of the spine; top edge very lightly foxed; trifling light erasure to the front flyleaf; an excellent copy with the unclipped dustwrapper a little rubbed and slightly sunned on the exposed heads of the flaps... Read complete entry
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Inscribed, signed and dated (Leura, 6 June 1978) by the author. Loosely inserted is a handwritten note from the author's wife to the recipient of the book: 'It was written out of much heartache following a period on the front in Vietnam just prior to the Tet offensive of '68; and then suffered three years litigation by the Red Cross in Geneva who objected to their (un-)neutrality being exposed'.
Octavo; gilt-decorated synthetic cloth; a fine copy with the fine original opaque paper dustwrapper (slightly sunned on the spine).
A special edition of the publisher's Australian Classics series; mounted on the half-title is a bookplate numbered, signed and dated by the author. This is copy number 9 of an unspecified upper limit, but we believe it to be modest. Curiously, the plate also asks the author to state where the signing took place; in this instance it was Norfolk Island on 28 September 1980! Offered with three uniformly-bound companion volumes, in fine condition with the dustwrappers as above. These volumes are Poor Man's Orange, also by Ruth Park (1980/ 1949; number 8; Norfolk Island, 28 September 1980); The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark (1980/ 1941; number 9; Katoomba, 15 August 1980); and A History of Australia by Marjorie Barnard (1980/ 1963; number 5; Point Clare, 16 August 1980).
Adelaide, The Hassell Press, 1946 [first edition].
Octavo, x, 55 pages plus 31 plates.
Quarter cloth and papered boards slightly browned at the edges; an excellent copy.
The book was prepared by the poet's widower, Walter Hervey Bagot, a significant Adelaide architect and the co-founder of Woods and Bagot. Loosely inserted is a small card, 'With Christmas Greetings from Walter H. Bagot'.
Octavo; cloth; extremities a little bumped; top edge a little darkened; ownership signature; a very good copy in the dustwrapper a little sunned and slightly marked, bumped and very slightly worn with trifling loss.
Octavo; cloth; extremities a little bumped; head and foot of the spine slightly sunned; covers very lightly foxed; top edge darkened; a very good copy in the dustwrapper a little sunned and slightly marked, bumped and chipped with slight loss.
Small quarto; papered boards; an excellent copy with the excellent slightly sunned dustwrapper.
Presentation copy. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. Beneath is an unsigned inscription to Lady Mary Downer in a hand we recognise as that of Cedric Dickens, the great-grandson of Charles Dickens, signing off with his characteristic 'KEEP SMILING'. The numbering is also in Dickens' hand: 116 of 1000 copies.
Duodecimo; papered boards; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed, creased and torn with slight (chiefly surface) loss.
Marcie Muir's pamphlet, 'Charlotte Barton: Australia's First Children's Author' finally solved the mystery of the identity of the author, long misattributed by Ferguson (based on information pencilled in the Petherick copy in the National Library). The thirteen stories in the book are drawn largely from recent colonial history, and include 'Port Essington', 'Loss of the Stirling Castle', 'Wreck of the Charles Eaton' and 'Anecdotes of the Aborigines of New South Wales'.
Presentation copy inscribed, dated (22 April 1968) and signed by the author to Sir Walter Crocker. Loosely inserted is Crawford's later article 'The School of Prudence or Inaccuracy and Incoherence in Describing Chaos?' (reprinted from Historical Studies, Volume 15, Number 57, October 1971), wrappers lightly creased and a little sunned about the spine. Also loosely inserted is Crawford's obituary of John Cawte Beaglehole, O.M.; being four single-sided leaves rough-cut and stapled at the top left corner. Crocker appears to have added a mysterious question mark at one point .
Gilt-decorated cloth slightly rubbed and flecked, with the rear board very slightly cockled near the head of the hinge; endpapers offset; edges and first and last leaves a little foxed (with minimal light scattered foxing elsewhere); a very good copy... Read complete entry
Cloth (top edge gilt, others uncut) a little rubbed, slightly marked, bumped at the extremities and overall a little dusty; front flyleaf stuck to the pastedown (to mask ownership details); rear flyleaf offset; scattered foxing; a good copy.
Octavo; papered boards slightly bowed; bottom edge lightly marked; endpapers offset; an excellent copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper slightly marked and indented (on the rear panel) and a little rubbed (chiefly the extremities).
Cloth slightly flecked; edges, endpapers and occasional margins throughout the book are a little foxed; ownership details on both flyleaves; a few ink checkmarks to the bibliography; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, marked and... Read complete entry
Loosely inserted is a typed letter signed by Belloc to the previous owner; it is one page, octavo, on 'GK's Weekly' letterhead. It is dated 10 August 1936, and is written in reply to a letter sent to Belloc after the death of Chesterton (in January 1936); 'naturally we must notice the loss of so big a man, all who loved him will wish to see his work carried on until it is inevitably appreciated as it deserves'. Two related newspaper clippings are also in the book.
Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1967 (facsimile reprints)/ 1956 (Volumes III and V) and 1956 (Volume IV).
Octavo, three volumes, xii, 470, [iv], 471-960, and [iv], 961-1456 pages.
Cloth; a few light marks to the rear cover of Volume III; an excellent set with the price-clipped dustwrappers sunned about the spine, marked (two cup rings) and with a few other trifling signs of use.
The complete (and stand-alone) 'Plays and Playwrights' section of Bentley's seven-volume work.
Large quarto, [vi], -110 and [vi], -216 pages with 9 full-page engravings by Gustav Dore in each part.
Contemporary padded full morocco with gilt-decorated raised bands and decorations on the spine, single gilt rules with trefoil corner pieces on both covers and extensive gilt tooling on the turnovers, with thick dark green endpapers decorated with a... Read complete entry
The book has the gilt initials F.D.H. (Frances Diana Hope, 1860-1948) on the front cover, and the gilt-tooled and -lettered leather label on the pastedown: 'Presented by the / Clare Reading Circle / 1896'. Frances Hope was the first-born child of John Hope, who settled in the Clare district in 1846. The Hope family's association with the historic property known as 'Wolta Wolta' ended recently after 160 years.
Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1966 [first edition].
Octavo; cloth; a fine copy with the very slightly chipped dustwrapper.
Loosely inserted is a typed lettercard (dated 22 September 1968) warmly inscribed and signed by the author (twice); the note thanks John Colmer (sometime Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Adelaide) and his wife (Dorothy) for their hospitality during his recent stay in Adelaide.
London, David Mallet, 1754 (first collected octavo edition).
Octavo, five volumes; early full polished calf with gilt morocco title-labels on the spines; joints starting to crack, but all of them are very firm; endpapers lightly tanned around the edges by the leather; trifling signs of use and age; an excellent... Read complete entry
Each volume contains the armorial bookplate of A.R. Downer, Sir Alexander 'Alick' Russell Downer (1910-1981), politician and diplomat. He was the Minister for Immigration under Menzies from 1958, and the Australian High Commissioner in London from 1963 to 1972. Henry St John, '1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751) was an English politician, government official and political philosopher. He was a leader of the Tories, and supported the Church of England politically despite his anti-religious views and opposition to theology. In 1715 he supported the Jacobite rebellion of 1715 which sought to overthrow the new king George I. Escaping to France he became foreign minister for the Pretender. He was attainted for treason, but reversed course and was allowed to return to England in 1723. He is best known as the philosopher of the Country Party' (Wikipedia). The 'Dictionary of National Biography' bears all this out, and more, and has this to say about his works: 'Bolingbroke's philosophical works were published after the deist controversy in England had lost much of its novelty.... [His] works excited only a momentary attention, and are too fragmentary and discursive to be of much value.... Finally, in 1754, Mallet published the collected works ... which add 'Substance of some Letters written originally in French about 1720, to M. de Pouilly'; 'A Letter occasioned by one of Archbishop Tillotson's Sermons'; '[Four] Essays addressed to Alexander Pope'; 'Fragments or Minutes of Essays' ... which, according to Mallet, were sent to Pope as written. This edition was the gun charged against Christianity of Dr. Johnson's famous comment'.
Dark green cloth with gilt decoration and lettering on the spine (only); essentially a fine copy with the colour-pictorial dustwrapper slightly rubbed, with a few tiny edge tears, and with expert conservation work to two short tears to the rear bottom... Read complete entry
A sequel to 'Mr Clackworthy' (1925); the words 'Con Man' on the cloth spine of this copy have the very distinct appearance of an indifferently executed afterthought, and suggest strongly that surplus covers from the earlier work have been recycled. One of the Chelsea House Popular Copyrights series, 'a distinct innovation in book publishing. The books are not what are known as 'reprints', but are original stories that have never appeared in any other edition'. Another innovation noted on the same rear flap is that 'Books can now be sent by telegraph. Ask your bookseller'. Back to the future ...