Papered boards lightly marked and slightly bumped on the top corners; contemporary ownership details written discreetly on one line at the head of the half-title; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper lightly rubbed at the extremities.
Rendell's seventh book, and the fourth in the long-running series featuring Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford.
London, Howard Baker, 1976 [facsimile edition]/ 1940 [serialised in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; bottom edge slightly sunned; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, bumped and worn (with slight surface loss) and the top and bottom edges very slightly dusty (as ever).
London, Howard Baker, 1975 [facsimile edition]/ 1935 [serialised in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities slightly bumped and rubbed; bottom edge a little sunned; foot of the spine a trifle worn; pastedowns lightly offset; a very good copy with the dustwrapper lightly stained in the top quarter of the front panel and... Read complete entry
London, Howard Baker, 1974 [facsimile edition]/ 1912 [originally appearing in The Magnet].
Quarto; papered boards; extremities a little bumped and slightly marked; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little bumped and slightly rubbed and torn, and the top and bottom edges slightly dusty (as ever).
Adelaide, Webb, Vardon & Pritchard [for the Author], 1881.
Sextodecimo, 96 pages.
Cloth a little flecked, rubbed and marked; offsetting to the first and last pages; paper uniformly discoloured throughout (due to the high acid content of the paper); light stains to one opening; contemporary ownership inscription; a very good copy.... Read complete entry
Octavo, -14 pages with illustrations by Dora Jarret.
Pictorial two-colour wrappers attached to plain card covers; a fine copy.
'The first book published in Australia by P.R. Stephensen & Co.' The short story first appeared in Harpers in October 1929 and was reprinted in 'The Best British Short Stories of 1930' (Dodd, Mead, 1930).
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1934 (second edition)/ 1931.
Octavo, 318 pages.
Blind stamped red cloth; top edge a little lightly faded; contemporary pencilled gift inscription; essentially a fine copy with the lightly rubbed dustwrapper with an old (partially erased) price, the extremities slightly worn with slight (chiefly... Read complete entry
'On Hampstead Heath Professor Bastion hears the echo of the Voodoo death rhythm'; the prolific author, Percival Charles Rodda [1891-1976], was South Australian-born (but London-based). Hodder and Stoughton Yellow Jacket series.
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1933 [first edition].
Octavo, 317 pages.
Cloth a little lightly marked; edges very slightly marked; a very good copy.
Inscribed 'To Aunt Rick and Ken, with love. Perce. Leaden Roding 5th May, 1933' (from the South Australian-born author Percival Charles Rodda, to relatives in Adelaide). A Professor Bastion mystery thriller; the author's twelth book under the Gavin Holt pseudonym (Loder).
London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1931 [first edition].
Octavo, 320 pages.
Cloth very lightly marked and slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities; edges and a few leading margins slightly marked; endpapers offset; top margin slightly cockled throughout (a little more pronounced in the first third of the book); overall... Read complete entry
Inscribed 'To Aunt Rick, with love, Perce. Leaden Roding, 15 Jan. 1932' (from the South Australian-born author Percival Charles Rodda, to relatives in Adelaide). A Professor Bastion mystery thriller (with a visit to Australia in passing); the author's eighth book under the Gavin Holt pseudonym (Loder).
London, Smith, Elder, 1846 [first edition in book form - the work was originally serialised the previous year in Hood's Magazine, then edited by Rowcroft].
Octavo, three volumes, [iii-iv] (lacking the half-title), 306; [iv], 288; and [iv], 304 pages.
Early half polished black calf and cloth (a later nineteenth century South Australian Institute library binding, with call numbers in gilt at the foot of the spines, and 'Notice to Subscribers' plates on the front pastedowns); slight wear to... Read complete entry
Ferguson 4374 (but this set does not have any of the publisher's catalogues noted in some volumes of some sets).
Quarto, unpaginated, but with 43 leaves of text (all versos blank) and numerous blank interleaves plus a colour-decorated leaf (the photographer's acknowledgments, verso blank) and 28 full-page photogravure plates (from photographs by Adelaide Hanscom).
Colour pictorial cloth, leading and bottom edges uncut; covers slightly rubbed at the extremities, with minute wear to a bottom corner tip; inner hinges slightly cracked; endpapers lightly marked; neat contemporary gift inscription; an excellent copy... Read complete entry
The plates are life studies by Adelaide Hanscom (1876-1932), 'using many notable Bay Area literary figures and artists as her models'. Her studio burned down in 1906, along with the negatives. Originally published by Dodge Publishing Company, New York, this book was one of the first photographically illustrated literary works in the USA, and is believed to be the first to feature the male nude.
Small folio,  decorated pages plus 24 tipped-in colour plates (with all artwork by Willy Pogany).
Quarter cloth and colour pictorial papered boards, top edge gilt, others uncut; covers very slightly rubbed at the corners; neat contemporary ownership details on the half-title; essentially a fine copy with the dustwrapper a little chipped and torn... Read complete entry
Octavo, four volumes; cloth slightly rubbed and scuffed; five corners very slightly worn; with the ownership bookplates of the Government Printing Office Library and blind stamps; flyleaves a little offset; a very good set.
London, Allen and Unwin, 1973 [first English edition].
Octavo, 345 pages.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the very slightly rubbed dustwrapper with a slight price-sticker stain on the front panel.
Fifteen philosophical essays by Russell, including three previously unpublished papers and three essays which have appeared only in French before. 'There is also an extensive bibliography of Russell's works, especially to those studies leading to 'Principia Mathematica''.
Small octavo, x, 107 pages plus the spare paper titling-label tipped in at the rear.
Cloth with a paper titling-label on the spine; cloth lightly rubbed at the extremities, with a tiny snag to the foot of the spine; top edge a little dusty, uncut leading edge a little foxed; endpapers offset; essentially an excellent copy.
'I sing the cycle of my country's year' - a book-length poem divided into the four seasons.
Blind-stamped gilt decorated royal blue cloth; top edge gilt; other edges uncut; spine a little dulled; bottom corners slightly worn with trifling loss; top corners very slightly bumped; an excellent copy.
With the bookplate of Evan Kyffin Thomas (1866-1935), a South Australian journalist and newspaper proprietor (being part-owner of 'The Register'), also the great-nephew of Robert Thomas, South Australia's first printer (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Cloth lightly rubbed; head and foot of the spine a little bumped; endpapers and leading edge slightly foxed; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little rubbed, sunned, chipped and torn with a little loss.
Sayers had previously produced a 'vigorous and vivid translation of the Inferno', and her 'emphasis on the ethical ... significance of Dante's work comes as a welcome and bracing challenge to the confusion regarding values, whether of literature or of life, which characterizes the present age'.
Octavo, three parts bound in two volumes, viii, 277 and viii, 252, [4, blank], xiv, 196 pages plus a frontispiece portrait and 15 full-page copper engravings.
Early gilt-decorated polished speckled calf with contrasting labels on the spines; boards slightly bowed and a little rubbed at the extremities; small ownership stamp; minimal light foxing (mainly to the plates); an excellent set.
Drawing on the picaresque tradition of Rabelais and Cervantes, this work is among the first French novels. Scarron charts the adventures of a troupe of wandering actors, mixing incisive social commentary with bawdy humour.
Cloth slightly rubbed and marked; top edge slightly foxed; an excellent copy.
'To Dear Emma With the best of good wishes from her old friend Racey' is writ large across the top half of the title page. Not least, 'To Glenelg', the view from the window on the train journey from the city for a day at the beach.
Edinburgh, Adam and Charles Black, 1857 [first thus].
Octavo, [iv], 367 pages with numerous illustrations (wood engravings by J.W. Whymper and Edmund Evans from drawings by Birket Foster and John Gilbert) plus a frontispiece and supplementary engraved pictorial title page (after J.M.W. Turner).
Contemporary gilt-decorated full dark green morocco, all edges gilt; extremities a little rubbed (mainly the corners and the front hinge); front and rear covers slightly scuffed and lightly marked; spine sunned (to olive-green); endpapers slightly... Read complete entry
A poem in six cantos on Robert Bruce, first published in 1815; this edition, 'as we now have it in the Author's MS' is published 'with all his introductions, and the editor's notes'.
London, Macmillan and Co, 1925/ 1900 [first thus].
Octavo; gilt-decorated full calf; gilt-decorated spine; five raised spine bands; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; covers slightly scuffed; spine lightly sunned; leading edge and initial leaves very slightly foxed; a very good copy.
Prize Binding of Scotch College, Melbourne. With the 1937 prize label laid down on the front pastedown. With introductory essay and notes by Andrew Lang.
London, Oxford University Press/ Humphrey Milford, 1936, 1935/ 1911 and 1935/ 1912.
Octavo, three volumes; cloth; all edges gilt; a fine set.
Each with the decorated bookplate of Maxwell Gavin Anderson (1862-1949), former attorney to the Orient Steam Navigation Company, and the later ownership signature (dated 1949) of A.G. Anderson (presumably a relative). The text prepared by W.J. Craig, with introductory studies and full glossaries by Edward Dowden; the Comedies volume has a general introduction by Algernon Charles Swinburne. India paper edition; one of the Oxford Poets series.
London, Chatto and Windus, 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1992 (all first editions).
Octavo, four volumes, viii, 488; x, 422; x, 545 and x, 130, (2, catalogue) pages plus numerous plates (but only a frontispiece in the last volume).
Papered boards; a fine set with the fine dustwrappers.
The acclaimed three-volume biography plus 'a fitting encore ... [A] fascinating byzantine tale of social, legal and financial machinations reveals the devious ways in which an artist's aspirations may be waylaid by succeeding generations'.
Octavo; papered boards with a paper titling label laid down on the front cover; front cover slightly bowed; extremities slightly rubbed, bumped and very slightly worn; titling label a little lightly foxed; endpapers a little offset; ownership... Read complete entry
Duodecimo, [vi, (half-title leaf, engraved title-leaf with vignette and printed title-leaf)], xxxx (last page blank), 135 pages with 8 vignette illustrations plus 4 full-page plates and 4 engraved sectional title-pages with vignette illustrations. (The artwork on these 8 plates is by John Sartorius; some of the (woodcut) vignettes are signed 'Austin' while others are Bewick-esque).
Early gilt-decorated speckled calf relatively recently rebacked with polished calf decorated with gilt foxes' heads; corners slightly rubbed, bumped and a trifle worn, with slight loss of leather to the front top corner; very light top-corner... Read complete entry
William Somerville '(1675-1742), poet; of an ancient Gloustershire family; ... his poem of four books in blank verse, 'The Chase', published first in 1735; his hawking poem, 'Field Sports', a kind of supplement, published, 1742' (Concise DNB).
Quarto, 257 pages with numerous illustrations and 6 tipped-in plates (5 in colour) plus 12 pages of plates and endpaper maps.
Publisher's quarter suede and gilt-lettered papered boards (lightly discoloured by the leather, with the rear cover slightly scuffed); essentially a fine copy.
Number 88 of only 100 copies in this deluxe binding. A veritable who's who of the female artists and writers of the day: Mary Harris, Rosa Fiveash, Nora Heysen, Dorrit Black, Marie Tuck, Gwen Barringer, Pixie Harris, Daisy Bates, Lady Mawson, Margaret McGuire, Tarella Quin Daskein ...
Cloth very lightly foxed and very slightly bumped; two leaves slightly marked by a pressed flower; a very good copy with the dustwrapper a little marked, sunned, slightly torn and chipped with a little loss.
Duodecimo, 36 pages with 3 full-page wood-engravings by Mike Hudson.
Hand-bound in stiff paper by Robin Tait, with an ingeniously folded dustwrapper and a two-colour label; tiny bump to the centre of the front panel of the dustwrapper; an excellent copy with the bookplate (twice) of journalist and bookman Stuart Sayers... Read complete entry
One of 220 numbered copies signed by the artist. The first printing of a story unpublished during the author's lifetime. The twelfth book of the press.