Original patterned grey-blue cloth (with the title and author printed in gilt); covers a little discoloured and rubbed; edges slightly foxed; a very good copy.
Nettie Palmer, in an article on 'Admired but Unknown' writers ('The Brisbane Courier', Saturday 29 October 1927) says that this book 'in a small but satisfactory edition was widely sold, but not to most of the people who read and follow general poetry. It is doubtful, for instance, if it reached Brisbane at all, so that Brisbane poetry-lovers would have a chance to choose or neglect it'. We have found reference to a print run of only 500 copies.
London, Longmans, Green and Co, 1926 (tenth impression)/ 1919.
Octavo; gilt-decorated full calf; gilt-decorated spine; five raised spine bands; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; covers lightly scuffed; spine a little sunned; leading edge and early leaves slightly foxed; a very good copy.
Prize Binding of Scotch College, Melbourne. With the 1930 prize label laid down on the front pastedown. Illustrations by Stanley L. Wood.
Cloth; contemporary gift inscription; early blank, title-page and rear endpapers lightly offset; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper slightly marked, creased, worn and torn with slight loss (chiefly to the extremities) with the original... Read complete entry
Loosely inserted is a 1983 newspaper clipping of a letter from local historian and librarian Anthony Laube sketching out further details behind the fiction.
Octavo; papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
With the pencilled ownership signature of Sir Walter Crocker on the flyleaf, with his pencilled annotations and (sometimes emphatic) emphases, and two blank leaves vigorously filled with further pencilled comments. Loosely inserted a contemporary typed letter to Sir Walter ('I am inclined to agree that he was a repressed homosexual') signed by John Bray, and a small sheaf of photocopied notes on the artist's life.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
The dustwrapper retains the shortlist for the 1989 National Book Council Banjo Awards sticker. This is the first biography of Martin Boyd (1893-1972), 'Anglo-Australian novelist and member of Australia's best known family of artists'.
Octavo; cloth; extremities slightly bumped and sunned; top edge a little darkened; contemporary ownership details; a very good copy in the dustwrapper a little sunned and slightly marked and slightly worn with very slight loss.
Octavo; papered boards; an excellent copy with the unevenly sunned dustwrapper.
Warmly inscribed, dated (23 April 1987) and signed 'to a fellow author'. Loosely inserted is a signed, typed letter from the author to Mr S.L. Ryan, Queensland State Librarian. With the launch pamphlet tipped in to the flyleaf.
London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970 [first edition].
Octavo, 223 pages.
Papered boards a little bumped at the extremities and lightly sunned along the top edges and the very foot of the spine; edges very lightly marked; a very good copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly rubbed with minor surface chips at the... Read complete entry
Inscribed and signed by the author ['Dear Geoffrey with much love. Edna'] to fellow-writer Geoffrey Dutton. Loosely inserted is an autograph letter signed by the author, presenting the book ('my new novel which I hope you will have a chance to read before I see you') to Dutton and discussing arrangements to meet in Adelaide [at the forthcoming biennial Festival of Arts in March 1970].
London, Angus and Robertson, 1913 (sixteenth thousand).
Octavo; blind-stamped green cloth; gilt decorated spine; top edge gilt; covers unevenly sunned; flyleaves offset; charming contemporary gift inscription and signature (dated February 1914); an excellent copy.
Octavo, 417 pages with numerous rhymes, chants, riddles and several maps.
Cloth; contemporary ownership details; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little sunned, rubbed and torn with slight loss.
'A record of [a] strange and primitive culture, including seasonal customs, initiation rites, superstitious practices and beliefs ... and the traditional juvenile argot which continues to flourish in street and playground, largely unknown and certainly unheeded by the adult world'.
Octavo, xiv, 181 pages plus a colour frontispiece and seven plates (three in colour).
Quarter cloth and colour decorated paper-covered boards; edges uncut; spine a little sunned; covers a little rubbed, bumped and worn with slight loss; flyleaves lightly offset; a few leaves slightly torn (due to careless opening); a good copy.
With the ownership inscription (dated May 1925) and signature of F. Launcelot Parsons. The Parsons family were consuls to Japan over four generations. Loosely inserted are two pieces of related ephemera. With 230 translations.
Octavo; cloth; front cover slightly bowed; bottom edge slightly bumped; edges very slightly marked; a very good copy with the very good dustwrapper slightly chipped and torn with a little loss (chiefly to the foot of the spine), and unevenly sunned on... Read complete entry
Signed by the author on the title page. Also a presentation copy, warmy inscribed, dated (1 April 1958) and signed by Vance Palmer to Dorothy and Robert Clark (SA poet). Nettie Palmer had 'a personal knowledge of her subject... [as she] corresponded with Henry Handel Richardson for ten years, before visiting her in England several times'.
Papered boards with the paper titling labels laid down on the front cover and spine; extremities slightly bumped; covers slightly creased and a little rubbed and worn (with slight loss); spine slightly cracked; front pastedown slightly bubbled;... Read complete entry
Octavo, xvi, 132, 12 (illustrated publisher's catalogue) pages with 12 'illustrations by a native artist [now known to be Tommy McRae], and a specimen of the native text'.
Attractive dark green-pictorial light green cloth, all edges uncut (and occasionally unopened); cloth lightly sunned and marked; vertical crease to one leaf; a few light fingermarks; careless opening has resulted in short tears and minor chips to some... Read complete entry
Andrew Lang, an anthropologist with a special interest in folk tales, correctly notes in his four-page introduction that 'till Mrs Langloh Parker wrote this book, we had but few of the stories which Australian natives tell'. The illustrations, 'from the sketch-book of an untaught Australian native ... were given to me some years ago by my brother, Dr. Lang, of Corowa.... Probably no other member of his dying race ever illustrated a book.' It is surprising to learn that he was not familiar with George Taplin's important work, 'The Folklore, Manners, Customs, and Languages of the South Australian Aborigines', published in 1879. It features the artwork of an Aboriginal woman, Yertabrida Solomon, among others. Muir 5709.
Octavo, xxiv (last blank), 104, 16 (publisher's illustrated catalogue) pages with 6 'illustrations by a native artist' (now known to be Tommy McRae).
Original light green cloth, edges uncut; cloth lightly sunned and rubbed; an excellent copy.
Andrew Lang has written a seven-page introduction to this, the companion volume to 'Australian Legendary Tales' (1896), which is advertised (with one of its illustrations) on page 12 of the bound-in publisher's catalogue as 'An Australian Jungle-Book'. Inscribed on the half-title to 'Ellen Milne Bundey from K. Langloh Parker (Catherine Stow) 1906'. The recipient was the only child of Sir William Henry Bundey QC (1838-1909), who for ten years was Commodore of the South Australian Yacht Club, a South Australian MP (Attorney-General, 1878-81) and later a Supreme Court judge. In 1888 he published a history of yachting in the colony. Muir 5712 (incorrectly calling for xv preliminaries).
Octavo, 33,  (colophon) pages with 20 illustrations by Marion Hart.
Pictorial wrappers slightly rubbed at the extremities and a little bumped at the head of the spine; an excellent copy.
'In the 'Dark Backward' were made the Blackfellows' Fairy Tales.... And strangest of all were the wonders seen by Wur-Run-Nah in his Walkabouts'. Catherine Stow is better known by her first married name, K. Langloh Parker, 'collector of Aboriginal legends' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Muir 5720.
Cloth; endpapers slightly offset and discoloured near the hinges by the glue used in production; an excellent copy with the price-clipped dustwrapper (slightly chipped and sunned, with three tiny tears to the edges).
James Grassie (1816-1898) was a Scottish-Australian poet and storyteller. 'Many of his articles and poems were of Aboriginal life and legentds during the turbulent period of early white settlement. This book reproduces his 'Legends of Australia', which first appeared int e 'Portland Guardian' in 1867, together with a number of other articles relating to significant Aborigines of the period, together with over 100 poems that he wrote between 1853 and 1898'.
Cloth; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly sunned on the spine.
Although known as the writer of ghost stories, 'his principal achievements were as an academic: he was a biblical scholar ... a leading antiquary... and a pioneer in ... bibliography and palaeography'. Not least, Eton and Cambridge.
Adelaide, Adelaide University Arts Association, 1942.
Octavo, 32 pages.
Printed wrappers with leading edge flaps attached to plain paper covers; tiny chip to the foot of the spine; essentially a fine copy.
Max Harris, the editor of the book, notes that the author is 'at present serving overseas in the Air Force'; he did not return, dying in an aircraft accident in Scotland in 1944. The author was also a contributor to Phoenix, the precursor to Angry Penguins.
Octavo, xii, 13-322, [16, advertisements] pages with an original photographic portrait frontispiece (an albumen paper photograph, 88 x 55 mm, with the photographer Batchelder's name clearly visible within the image).
Full maroon morocco, attractively decorated in gilt, all edges gilt; extremities rubbed; an excellent copy.
With the nameplate of Queensland author Brian S. Donaghey on the front pastedown, the bookplate of Walter Stone on the verso of the front flyleaf and a six-line inscription from Donaghey to Stone in 1964 on the initial blank. Holden 29 records only maroon cloth boards (and the portrait, illustrated at page 99, does not show the photographer's name).
Octavo, [ii], viii, 118 pages with 2 mounted albumen paper photographs (one a portrait of Stephenson, 87 x 57 mm; the other is of a sketch, presumably by Stephenson, 103 x 57 mm). (Ferguson 16245 records six pages of reviews in what must be a later impression; this copy has the reviews loosely inserted as an 8-page pamphlet).
Original blind-stamped cloth; a fine copy. One of the earliest Australian imprints illustrated with original photographs (see Holden: 'Photography in Colonial Australia', 1988, where it is incorrectly referred to in the text and index as... Read complete entry
Almost half the book (58 pages) is given over to verse by Stephenson, who died at the age of 18 in May 1865. With a contemporary inscription (in Charles Todd's hand?) to 'Lizzie Todd 4th Decr 1865' in ink on an early blank; the pamphlet has 'for dear Lizzie' in pencil at the head.
Octavo, [ii, frontispiece], [ii, title leaf], vi, 118, vi (book review) pages with 2 mounted albumen paper photographs (one is a frontispiece portrait of Stephenson, 87 x 57 mm; the other is of a sketch, presumably by Stephenson, 103 x 57 mm). The book review, reprinted from the South Australian Register, December 28, 1865, has been folded down the middle before being bound in.
Full morocco now expertly rebacked, all edges gilt (contemporary but probably not original - we have only seen blind-stamped cloth before); corners worn, front and rear covers a little scuffed; overall a very good copy. One of the earliest Australian... Read complete entry
Inscribed on an early blank, in what we know to be the hand of Charles Todd, to 'Mr Edwd Stirling Junr / Xmas 1865'; with the pictorial bookplate ['Gang forward'] of Edward Charles Stirling. Ferguson 16245; Holden 103. We have previously sold a copy inscribed by Todd to his daughter on 4 December 1865, in which the review was loosely inserted (as an eight-page pamphlet). The Christmas inscription and the inclusion of the review not published until 28 December suggest that this morocco binding came after the event.
Octavo; cloth loosely adhering to boards (a production flaw); corners slightly bumped; covers slightly rubbed; front endpapers slightly foxed; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly foxed, marked, torn and cut with minor loss to the back panel... Read complete entry
Octavo; colour pictorial papered boards; top corners slightly bumped; ownership signature; an excellent copy with the very good dustwrapper slightly bumped, rubbed, sunned chipped and torn with slight loss.
Octavo; laminated colour pictorial card covers; a fine copy.
Inscribed, dated (21 March 1995) and signed by the author. Loosely inserted is a photocopy of a review of the book - and a handwritten letter signed by the author discussing critical aspects of the book.
Wrappers (repeating the title page details within a border on the front cover) slightly chipped; paper (newsprint) uniformly discoloured; a very good copy.
Eumalga was the daughter of a 'sturdy chief of one of the Macquarie tribes.... The main facts of this sad story of the old Wellington Stockade, between the years of 1822 and 1835, and the sensational career of John Saville, were told by Richard Taylor ... [a fellow-prisoner] and other old hands with whom the writer has come in contact during a long period of years'. The author was 'Founder of the first newspapers at: Mudgee in 1857, Wellington in 1874'; the National Library catalogue gives the date of the first edition as circa 1910.
Octavo; olive brown papered boards, top edge pink (and now lightly marked); tiny surface blemish to the front flyleaf; essentially a fine copy with the very lightly rubbed unclipped dustwrapper (although when a variant price sticker laid over the... Read complete entry
Olive-brown cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut; boards slightly bumped and bowed, cloth a little flecked, endpapers offset, uncut edges very lightly foxed, with minimal light foxing to a few leaves; an excellent copy, entirely unopened.
One of only 1250 copies of the first impression of the first edition.
London, Heinemann, 1955 to 1975 (seven are first editions, four are second impressions, and the first volume is the sixth impression).
Octavo, twelve volumes; cloth occasionally lightly flecked or bumped; a very good set complete with all dustwrappers (individual details below).
Titles, publication dates and comments about condition are as follows: A Question of Upbringing (1963/ 1951, dustwrapper price-clipped [dwpc]); A Buyer's Market (1955/ 1952, dustwrapper chipped and lacking the bottom half of the spine and a thin strip from the rear bottom edge); The Acceptance World (1961/ 1955); At Lady Molly's (1958/ 1957, front endpaper offset); Casanova's Chinese Restaurant (1960, dwpc with spine sunned and lightly chipped); The Kindly Ones (1962, dwpc with spine sunned and chipped, and the bottom half of the rear hinge split); The Valley of Bones (1964, dwpc with rear panel torn and crumpled, but entire); The Soldier's Art (1966, dwpc); The Military Philosophers (1968, dwpc); Books Do Furnish a Room (1975/ 1971, dwpc); Temporary Kings (1973, dustwrapper spine slightly chipped); [and] Hearing Secret Harmonies (1975, dwpc with the spine slightly chipped and the rear panel a little marked).
Cloth slightly rubbed and lightly sunned; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly sunned, marked, nibbled and chipped (with slight loss) and with an unobtrusive private catalogue stamp on the rear cover.
Small octavo, twelve volumes. Papered boards; minimally rubbed and marked; an excellent set in the very good dustwrappers slightly rubbed at the extremities and occasionally a little marked (four have slight fading).
Individual publication dates ranging from 1972 to 1976.
London, William Heinemann, 1911 [first edition thus].
Quarto, x, 182 pages plus 30 colour plates by Arthur Rackham with captioned tissue guards .
Blind-stamped gilt decorated chocolate buckram a little flecked (chiefly to the rear cover) and rubbed; top edge slightly marked; leading edge slightly foxed; endpapers a little offset; early leaves foxed; scattered light foxing; a very good copy.
Papered boards; front cover slightly bowed; top edge lightly foxed; an excellent copy with the fine dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed to 'Beatrice, / See page vii / Thank you - / Paul xxx' - from Paul Radley to Beatrice Davis, the distinguished literary editor. It's difficult to image a more exquisite authorial inscription. Page vii is the acknowledgements page: 'This book could not have been written without the support of my mother, Janice ... without the baton of Beatrice Davis, who deals in truth ... nor without the guidance of Canada Jack, a perennial old bastard'. In 1980 nineteen-year-old Radley received the inaugural Australian/Vogel Literary Award for the manuscript of 'Jack Rivers and me'. The following year, the book was published and Radley was named Young Australian of the Year. In 1985, he published a third novel, 'Good Mates'. In 1996 Paul Radley revealed that the author of all three books was in fact his uncle Jack, who was himself ineligible to apply for the award ... This signed copy is offered together with excellent copies with the dustwrappers of first editions of the other two books, the award-winning 'Jack Rivers and me' (top edge lightly marked, dustwrapper spine lightly sunned) and 'Good Mates' (edges of the papered boards a little rubbed, edges of the leaves slightly foxed).