Oblong quarto, 112 pages with many hundreds of illustrations (almost all from photographs).
Decorative wrappers a little foxed and lightly creased; edges, and first and last pages, a little foxed; trifling signs of handling; an excellent copy.
Commissioner Hay's foreword provides some impressive statistics: 'To have erected or purchased 426 buildings in twelve years, and to have actually raised two-thirds of the cost, will ever remain in our minds as a testimony, both of marked Divine assistance, and also of splendid enthusiasm on the part of many Officers, Soldiers and Friends'. Not least, an important architectural history of Australia (attractively printed by The Salvation Army too). Trove records copies in only three collections (the National Library, the State Library of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum), and this is the first copy we have seen in our four decades on the job.
Quarto,  pages with 60 half-page black and monochrome illustrations (either blue or yellow) with the continuous story-line printed beneath each one.
Monochrome pictorial card covers a little unevenly sunned and lightly marked, with minor (mainly surface) loss to silverfish; a very good copy.
Not a bad book, if you like a bad book. When accident-prone Nama, a friend of Ullagulbra and his mate Tewarra, is bitten by a brown snake while out playing, hunting and gathering, the boys quickly kill the reptile and carry the young girl back to camp. 'The witch doctor rubbed some of his magic ointment into the bite. They knew she would get better.' Meanwhile, mother put the snake 'on the hot coals to be cooked with the other food'. It is no surprise that this first and only edition is scarce, while its near-contemporary from the same publisher, Axel Poignant's 'Piccaninny Walkabout. A Story of Two Aboriginal Children' (1957, with 69 illustrations from photographs taken at Milingimbi by the author) was the Best Picture Book of the Year in the Children's Book of the Year Competition, 1957-8, was into its seventh impression by 1964, and was reissued in the 1970s under the title 'Bush Walkabout'.
Duodecimo, -140, 59 (advertisements) pages (including the printed endpapers) plus 2 advertising leaves (one folding, one printed on yellow paper) and rear cover advertising. This copy lacks the inland mails sheet referred to in the index ('On sheet in front of book') and does not contain the 'map gratis, showing the line of telegraph stations, &c., across the continent to the Northern Territory' referred to on the front cover and title page (it was almost certainly issued separately).
Flush-cut cream cloth boards with the title page details repeated on the front cover; cloth slightly sunned and marked, with two tiny holes in the spine; an excellent copy.
The Farmers', Gardeners', and Vignerons' Calendar, 'copied by permission from 'The South Australian Vigneron and Gardeners' Manual' (second edition), by George McEwin' runs to 13 pages; the directory occupies 49 pages. Ferguson 10602 (with a slight pagination discrepancy). There is a full blank page each month for personal diary purposes; this copy has contemporary entries on more than half the available space. A fair amount of it gives details of letters sent and received, but there are some interesting general observations by the unidentified, well-connected (presumably elderly male) writer. February 15: 'Recieved [sic] my letters by the October mail that went down in the 'Rangoon' in Galle, all having been steeped in wet but still readable'. He attended the funeral of John Baker, corresponded with Charles Bagot, went to the 'assembly of John Bagot's friends as a farewell to his deportation to the Mount Margaret cattle station' (and subsequently records the receipt of telegrams from him), and attended the banquet 'at which [there was] much speech making' to celebrate the completion of the overland telegraph line to Port Darwin. Closer study of the many clues in the diary may bear fruit.
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).
North Adelaide, Finke River Mission of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Australia, 1964.
Octavo, xxx, 370 pages.
Cloth flecked and sunned, with minor signs of handling (inside and out); flyleaves offset; ownership signature; a very good copy.
Predominantly in Aranda, although the supplement of selected hymns (97 pages) is in English. The seven-page preface gives a detailed history of the various related publications preceding this one; many of the hymns are translated by T.G.H. Strehlow and Pastor Philipp Scherer.
Cloth lightly rubbed, bumped and flecked, with the spine sunned and more heavily flecked; all edges uncut; a very good copy.
The author was from the '13th Hussars, commanding the Native Levy'; his lively account of the brief Fourth Ashanti War belongs on the same shelf as the published papers of Harry Paget Flashman. The book concludes with 'a chapter on the Political and Commercial Position of Ashanti by Sir George Baden-Powell' (19 pages).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1935 (one volume), 1936 (three volumes), 1937 (six volumes), 1940 (one volume) and 1942 (one volume). The sixth volume is the first and only edition of 1942, the others are mixed editions ranging from the first (Volume 11)
Octavo, twelve volumes, each approximately 700 pages with numerous maps plus plates.
Maroon cloth; minimal flecking to a few volumes; minimal sunning to some spines (noticeable, but only moderately so, on two volumes); light ingrained dust-stains to the foot of most spines; overall, an excellent set.
The Australian Government accepted Charles Bean's 1919 recommendations for 'the official history and for a national war memorial which 'for all time' would 'hold the sacred memories of the AIF'.... Bean himself wrote six volumes about the infantry divisions: the two on Gallipoli, and four on France. He edited eight [sic] more, and he and a colleague annotated the volume of photographs.... The series contained nearly four million words. In Australian historical writing nothing had ever been done on such a scale; and there had been no military history anywhere quite like Bean's.... [He] brought a democratic and colonial scepticism to bear on the assumption that the dispatches of high commanders were the best source of information about what actually happened when men went into battle. His own diaries (226 note-books) were full of the evidence about 'what actual experiences, at the point where men lay out behind hedges or on the fringe of woods, caused those on one side to creep, walk, or run forward, and the others to go back'. Bean's approach differed from that of the British war historians, whose work was official not only in sponsorship but in texture: history written by generals, not by an honorary captain. The British volumes had no biographical footnotes of the sort that were essential to Bean's method because he wanted to show that the participants were 'a fair cross-section of our people ... that the company commander was a young lawyer and his second in command and most trusted mate a young engine driver and so on'' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 209 (the complete set), 353 (Volumes 1 and 2), 294-297 (Volumes 3-6), 374 (Volume 10), 219 (Volume 11) and 223 (Volume 12); Fielding and O'Neill, page 208 (the complete set); Trigellis-Smith 725-36 (the complete set). Dornbusch provides useful information about dates of reprints and revised editions. For the record, the edition and publication date of the volumes in this set are (in order of volume number) 6/37; 5/37; 5/37; 4/36; 7/40; 1/42; 4/37; 5/36; 3/35; 4/37; 1/36; and 7/37.
Octavo, [xii] (advertisements), xvi, 475,  (advertisements) pages with 9 illustrations and 5 pages of advertisements (in the index at the rear) plus 82 full-page plates and 25 tabulated pedigrees on tissue-paper (19 of them folding).
Gilt-pictorial maroon cloth very lightly rubbed and marked; one plate (opposite page 158) was removed at some stage and creased, but it is now reinserted with the leading edge trimmed a few millimetres and very lightly stabilised; contemporary... Read complete entry
The gilt-pictorial front cover, featuring (what we presume to be) an Irish Setter printed in landscape format across the entire available surface, is a superb example of a publisher's binding of the period.
Amsterdam and Kaapstad (Cape Town), Jacques Dusseau & Co., .
Octavo; gilt-decorated green cloth heavily flecked, worn and stained; insect damage and dampstains to the margins of several leaves; scattered foxing; folding maps torn; early ownership signature in pencil; a decent copy under the circumstances.
A historical overview of the Bible in Dutch, with a provenance rather more exciting than its subject matter. The front endpaper is inscribed in ink 'Taken by S.A. White - Lieut IBC [Imperial Bushmen's Corps]. Boer War 1899-00-01. Rustenburg Transvaal'. Lieutenant Samuel Albert White served with the 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen, reaching the Transvaal around August 1900. The Australians saw action in the vicinity of Rustenburg in early November, according to a lengthy contemporary account of the service of the 'Fighting Fourth' published in the Adelaide newspaper, 'The Register', on Saturday 27 July 1901. Samuel Albert White (1870-1954), ornithologist and conservationist: 'During the South African War he had two tours of duty and was temporarily promoted captain, a title he used thereafter' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).
Printed in gilt in the centre of the large handkerchief is 'AUSTRALIA v AMERICA / at the ORMONDE CLUB, / 1890 / FRANK P. SLAVIN, / Champion of Australia, / in his Great BATTLE with / JOE M'AULIFFE, / for £1,000 and / THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD'. In the top two corners an Australian Coat of Arms is repeated in gilt; in the bottom corners the ensigns of the colonies of NSW and Victoria respectively are hand-painted in colour on gilt outlines. The item, relatively recently framed and glazed, is in excellent condition. 'Prizefighting in Australia at the turn of the 19th century wasn't a sport for the faint of heart. The bare-knuckle brawls may have been replaced with gloved bouts but the style of fighting was still as wild as the gloveless days. Tough times call for tough men and 'The Sydney Cornstalk', Frank 'Paddy' Slavin, was as tough as they come' (Daniel Attias). Frank Patrick Slavin (1861-1929) was born near Maitland, NSW (he died in Vancouver, Canada, his adopted country). He trained under Larry Foley, and held the Australian Heavyweight title before travelling to England in 1889, where he 'knocked out a slew of challengers before gaining a shot at England's champion Jem Smith'. That match ended in a controversial 'official decision of a draw. Slavin racked up many more impressive victories in the motherland including a win over Joe McAuliffe [sic] for the Police Gazette belt before venturing to the United States in 1891'. The match with M'Auliffe, scheduled for 23 September 1890, 'had initially been set for 30 rounds or more, but on the insistence of the police it was re-scheduled [for 27 September] for 15 with both men to use four-ounce gloves. Billed for the world championship, both fighters started as if they meant business, and prior to the end of the opening round, following a clinch, Slavin (183) dropped McAuliffe (210) heavily. Although McAuliffe made it back to his corner, before too long in the second he began to cut a sorry figure as Slavin chased him down. With the blows raining in on him McAuliffe was dropped twice more before his seconds tossed in the towel following the second knockdown. Slavin won the Police Gazette Championship Belt on his victory' (BoxRec Boxing Records). The Melbourne 'Argus' of Monday 27 October 1890 carries a (literal) blow-by-blow account of the fight. We can find no record of this printed souvenir.
Cloth with the two-colour paper title-label mounted on the front cover; a fine copy with the slightly scuffed and marked original clear acetate dustwrapper.
The fourth book of the Brindabella Press, and the rarest. Although the print run was standard for this private press - in this instance, 230 copies were printed (this is number 121) - apparently many were not distributed because the printer-publisher, Alec Bolton, was dissatisfied with the quality of the edition. We have previously sold a copy of this book containing a lengthy typed letter signed to Aubrey [Cousins], a colleague from Bolton's Angus and Robertson days. The letter, dated 30 April 1976, stated 'There are a couple of projects in view for the next book ... I think the McAuley might come first, if he decides to let me do the book. I believe he may not be in very good shape, as he recently had a (second) cancer operation. He has been a friend of ours for years'. The book was finished two months after James McAuley died in October 1976, shortly after his 59th birthday.
Papered boards lightly rubbed and bumped; edges a little marked; a very good copy with the slightly worn dustwrapper.
'This is probably unique in being the first book to be written in the English language dealing exclusively with the habits and hunting of the major game animals found in Northern South America, as well as with a number of the more important lesser mammals' (dustwrapper blurb).
Melbourne (Volume 1) and Canberra, Australian War Memorial, 1938 (second edition)/ 1930, 1940 and 1943.
Octavo, three volumes, xxvi, 873,  (publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets) pages with 4 diagrams, 10 graphs, 8 maps and a full-page illustration (page 586), plus 4 diagrams, 8 graphs, 16 maps (including 2 double-page maps) and 128 plates; xvi, 1010,  (tipped-in publisher's advertisement for the Bean and Butler sets, verso blank) pages with 37 diagrams, 12 graphs, 11 maps and a full-page illustration of 'Conventional Signs' (page 959), plus 2 maps and 91 plates; and xx, 1103 pages
Dark blue cloth (uniformly matched in colour) very lightly flecked and rubbed, with the spine of the first volume slightly cockled; all edges of Volume 2, the top edge of Volume 1, and their endpapers and a few adjacent leaves a little foxed;... Read complete entry
The medical companion to the twelve-volume 'Official History of Australia in the War, 1914-1918'; all volumes are scarce (and the third volume must be deemed rare). Arthur Graham Butler (1872-1949) 'was appointed regimental medical officer of the 9th Battalion which sailed for Egypt in September.... Butler was in one of the first boats ashore at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 ... He was the only medical officer to win the Distinguished Service Order at Anzac, where he remained until October ... In 1923, 'against his wish, but from a sense of public duty', he agreed to write the official history of the Australian Army Medical Services in the war; the task was to occupy the next twenty years of his life. He gave up his practice' and lived in relative poverty. He wrote all three volumes 'except part of the first.... His literary work displays the qualities that he showed on the battlefield: courage, compassion and meticulousness. He sought to isolate and analyse important problems as a guide to future policy and management. His arguments are trenchant, his scholarship exact and penetrating. His wide-ranging, critical statistical appendices are especially valuable and shocking in their implications. His three volumes are among the most distinguished war history texts of the English-speaking nations' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Dornbusch 254; Fielding and O'Neill, page 209; Trigellis-Smith 313-315 and 737-739. None of these tackle the pagination, let alone the plate count, and we fully understand why this is so. We thought we had got it right in the Braga Catalogue, but alas no. The above details are a great improvement, but we stand to be corrected (and more power to you!). For the record, the title pages of the three volumes of the history give the following information, for what it's worth: 'With 228 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 1); 'With 212 illustrations, maps, and graphs' (Volume 2); and 'With 85 illustrations, graphs, and diagrams' (Volume 3). Last, and probably least, we suggest that the only difference between the first and second editions of Volume 1 is that the errata slip on page xi in the former is no longer required, as the eight corrections have been made in the second edition.
Octavo, two volumes, xvi, 390,  (publisher's advertisements) pages with approximately 66 wood-engraved illustrations plus 15 plates (13 wood engravings with tissue-guards and 2 folding tinted lithographs) and a large folding colour route map in an end-pocket; and xii, 366, 8 (publisher's advertisements) pages with approximately 57 wood-engraved illustrations plus 18 plates (16 wood engravings with tissue-guards and 2 tinted lithographs, one folding).
Original gilt-decorated blue cloth, all edges uncut; covers lightly rubbed, a little worn at the corners, and with a tiny nick to the foot of the spine of the first volume; one gathering a little loose in each volume; folding map darkened on the verso... Read complete entry
This is the account of Cameron's 1875 expedition across Africa; when he reached the Atlantic coast at Catumbela, Angola, on 28 November he became the first European to traverse the continent from coast to coast (DNB).
London, The Author, 1839 (third edition, considerably enlarged)/ 1837.
Octavo, iv, 243, 16 (advertisements) pages plus 3 folding maps ('District of Adelaide', with an inset 'Sketch of Encounter Bay', 310 x 312 mm; 'Maritime Portion of South Australia', 240 x 425 mm, and 'The City of Adelaide', 162 x 198 mm), a folding leaf of shipping statistics and a folding advertising slip (with an engraved illustration).
Original blind-stamped purple cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, with minimal expert restoration to the head of both hinges; spine sunned to brown; first map lightly foxed; an excellent copy (internally fine).
With the armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Downshire, most probably Arthur Wills Blundell Sandys Trumbull Windsor Hill, 4th Marquess of Downshire (1812-1868). The preferred edition, being more than twice as large as its predecessors of 1837 and 1838. Ferguson 2725.
London, Robert Tyas, 1838 (second edition, 'considerably augmented')/ 1837.
Octavo, vi, 118 pages plus a folding leaf of shipping statistics and a folding frontispiece (147 x 268 mm, containing on it a map of Australia with South Australia marked out, a map of the eastern coast of Gulf St Vincent and a plan of Adelaide).
Original cloth slightly mottled and a little silverfish-nibbled; spine renewed, with most of the original spine retained; frontispiece a little foxed; an excellent copy.
With the ownership signature of Robert Kyffin Thomas (1902) on the front flyleaf. Sir Robert Kyffin Thomas (1851-1910), the grandson of Robert Thomas (who arrived on the 'Africaine' at Holdfast Bay in 1836 with a printing press), was himself an influential newspaperman in the state. Ferguson 2452 (our copy does not have the four pages of 'book advertisements', clearly never present).
London, Murrays Sales & Service Co., [early 1960s?].
Quarto, four volumes, each one comprising 28 pages (including the covers) with 6 leaves (5 in the third volume) of colour cut-outs (versos blank).
Saddle-stapled colour pictorial card covers very slightly rubbed at the foot of the spines; essentially a very fine group.
The note printed in the first volume gives a good idea of the format of the series: 'This edition contains the stage, scenery and 7 working puppets in full colour, together with the History of Punch and Judy and the full stage script'. The 'Model Theatre, Backcloths and Working Puppet Models' are designed to be cut out. At least two more volumes were published: The Variety Theatre (Number 5) and Robinson Crusoe (Number 6).
Octavo, xiv, 404 pages plus 12 Woodburytypes (photomechanical reproductions) of 'drawings made during the voyages'.
Contemporary full calf prize binding (gilt-embossed 'Whinham College, North Adelaide') a little rubbed and scuffed, with a few stains (one being red ink) to the top right-hand corner of the front cover; a very good copy with the College... Read complete entry
John Whinham (1803-1886) opened his North Adelaide Grammar School in 1854, with one pupil. 'The numbers increased rapidly and without patronage or endowments he competed successfully with older foundations.... Whinham achieved repute for his school and made it one of the best known in Australia. It flourished until the 1870s when attendance fluctuated between 200 and 300. He retired in 1873, handing over to his son Robert who built a new, larger college, costing £6000, on the corner of Jeffcott and Ward streets; it was opened as Whinham College on 22 September 1882. Robert was killed by a fall from a horse on 10 October 1884 and John resumed the headmastership, but the shock of his son's death and ensuing heavy responsibilities hastened his own death ... on 13 March 1886 ... After his death the school, which had made an outstanding contribution to the educational and cultural life of South Australia, declined in prestige and finally closed in 1898' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This Whinham College school prize, although undated, must have been presented within those critical years 1882-85; it is signed 'J. Whinham' (followed by '& Son'?), in what may be a secretarial hand. Beddie 178.
Sydney, Weldon, 1989 [third impression, first Weldon edition]/ 1987.
Quarto, two volumes, a total of 800 pages with numerous illustrations (mainly from photographs) and facsimile newspaper clippings.
Papered boards; Volume 1 a little rubbed at the extremities and bumped at the head of the spine, with a tiny tear to the head of the rear hinge; ownership details at the foot of each half-title; a very good set with the dustwrappers a little sunned on... Read complete entry
Don Bradman has signed the frontispiece portrait of each volume, as well as each title page, with a fine blue ballpoint pen.
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).
London, Jonathan Cape, 1989 (sixth impression)/ 1988.
Octavo; red papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; several tiny indentations near the top corner of the front flyleaf; essentially a fine copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper.
A uniquely provenanced copy, inscribed and signed by the author on the half-title in black felt-tipped pen (taking up the entire page): 'To Matilda's [sic] Bookshop with love Roald Dahl, 12/4/89'. Matilda Bookshop is an Adelaide Hills institution; its small paper label (with the then-current address of 220 Mt Barker Road, Aldgate) is mounted on the front pastedown, and its large and attractive bookmark is loosely inserted. Yes, it IS a pity it's not a first edition (because we could have got $5000+ for it!).
The letter reads in full: 'Dear Mrs. van der Schaaf, Many thanks for your letter. I am awfully glad my wife dropped in to see you when we were in Australia. I myself simply did not have the time. The whole programme exhausted me no end but it was still worthwhile. Australian children are pretty marvellous and so are their teachers. I wish you very great success with your shop. Yours sincerely [signed] Roald Dahl'. The recipient was the founding proprietor of Matilda Bookshop, an ongoing institution in the Adelaide Hills. A quantity of related ephemera give context to the content; not least of these is a three-page article by Richard Yallop from a March 1989 issue of 'The Age' Good Weekend Magazine. When Dahl wrote the letter, 'Matilda' was his most recent book, and he had just returned from his first (and only) visit to Australia 'at the age of 72. It transpires that Australia supplies some of his best fans.... the enthusiasm of the Australian response [to his 70th birthday] made him think there was something especially 'sparky' about Australian children, parents and teachers. And he once had an angel of a housekeeper who came from Adelaide, which is why he accepted the invitation from South Australia to attend next month's children's festival'. These insights into Dahl's personal feelings about Australia (and Australians), and in particular about Adelaide (and assuredly by association, about a special Adelaide Hills bookshop coincidentally called Matilda!) suggest that this charming letter is not only far from routine, but also a genuine rarity of its type. Also present are a newspaper article relating to Dahl's appearance at the festival, four relevant Matilda Bookshop publicity leaflets, and a large illustrated poster advertising 'Matilda' ('The New Roald Dahl is here!', 250 x 760 mm).
Quarto, 1007 pages 'Splendidly Illustrated with Several Hundred Plates, Portraits, and other Embellishments', including a supplementary chromolithographic pictorial title page.
Original gilt-decorated half morocco and cloth (both lightly scuffed, with the cloth a little flecked); light foxing to the endpapers and adjacent blank leaves (with trifling loss to silverfish to one of these at the rear); later ownership details on... Read complete entry
Essentially a nineteenth-century coffee-table history of the United States of America.
Octavo; orange buckram lettered in gilt on a black panel on the spine, with an illustration of a black handprint in a small indented panel in the front cover; top edge gilt; spine very slightly flecked; a fine copy with the fine original clear acetate... Read complete entry
The first collected edition, with revisions. Number 72 of 500 copies signed by the author.
Small quarto (external dimensions 215 x 172 mm), 94,  (colophon) pages with 15 full-page illustrations by Dorothy Ashley (and occasional generic endpieces).
Three-colour pictorial papered boards a little bumped and worn at the extremities, with minor loss to the head and foot of the spine (and minor surface loss to the paper on the spine); trifling signs of handling; essentially a very good copy of a rare... Read complete entry
Muir 2350 (supplying the date; giving dimensions of 200 x 160 mm). The printed note from the publisher states in part that the 'following short stories ... the work of a young Australian girl ... are offered here simply as Tales told by a Child to younger Children [underlined in the original] ... a loving study of tree and flower, bird and insect, and the association of familiar elements of old-world fairy lore with Australian surroundings'. Olga Ernst (1888-1972), the Australian-born daughter of German migrants, was just sixteen when this book was published. She 'was one of a small group of writers who attempted to nationalise the fairytale towards the end of the 19th century, signalling quite clearly that they intended to affix the elves and fairies of Europe onto the Australian landscape filling a void that was keenly felt by the children of emigrants and the Australian-born children of emigrants' (Robin Floyd: 'Olga Ernst's Contribution to the Development of Australian Identity in Children's Literature' [a paper presented at the Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Conference, Melbourne, 2010]). Floyd, an ernest admirer to be sure, continues: 'From a 21st century perspective Ernst's fairytales do seem clunky and 'not quite right'. It seems unnatural to find mermaids from the cold Baltic Sea swimming in the Yarra or discovering water nixies who the reader may surmise would be more comfortable in the rivulets of Europe than living in a ferny billabong. Nonetheless, primary sources, critiques and reviews in newspapers at the time 'Fairytales [sic] from the Land of the Wattle' was published, reveal that reviewers saw it as a step forward for Australian children and that linking the old world lore with the new was a logical progression. Reviews of her books are extensive in comparison for those for other early fairytalers, and are discovered in three states: New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria suggesting the market embraced to her writing in a positive way'.
London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1970 (first UK edition).
Octavo; grey papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine; a fine copy with the fine price-clipped dustwrapper.
The author's first book, offered here with the true first editions of the only other books he published; together they form an autobiographical trilogy. They are 'Pages from a Cold Island' (1975) and 'Last Notes from Home' (1988), both published in New York by Random House. The books are in fine condition; the dustwrapper on the second one is price-clipped, while that on the first one has a crease to each flap (possibly caused when the laminate was applied to the paper during production).
Octavo, 64 pages with illustrations by Michael Atchison.
Papered boards; text paper tanned (as ever); small name-stamp on the half-title and the last page; an excellent copy with the slightly creased dustwrapper.
Inscribed and signed by the author 'For Midge and her friends', with two couplets of original doggerel, and with a small doodle by Atchison on the title page (his signature scruffy dog). The verse reads: 'Dear Midge, all dogs we think are fine / Although I'm glad that your [sic] not mine, / I know, dear Midge, you won't be hurt / You're honest, friendly and alert' (Midge being, of course, the recipient's dog!).
Textured card covers with the full title page details repeated on the front cover; covers a little unevenly sunned; some silverfish damage (mainly to the rear cover, with one or two holes to the blank margins of most leaves); a decent copy.
Recorded in 'The Hassell Press, 1885-1942: First Supplement to Bibliography, 1935-1942' (Adelaide, 1943), but not in Trove.
Octavo; brown papered boards lettered in gilt on the spine, with the top edge stained purple; foot of the spine and two corners a little bumped; an excellent copy with the lightly sunned, rubbed and bumped price-clipped dustwrapper.
Octavo; red papered boards lettered in silver on the spine; contemporary Adelaide bookseller's paper label on the front pastedown; a fine copy with the fine price-clipped dustwrapper very lightly rubbed and bumped at the head and foot of the... Read complete entry
Large quarto, twelve volumes, approximately 200 pages per volume with numerous illustrations (many from photographs, and virtually none in colour).
Quarter contrasting papered boards lettered in gilt; small mark to the cover of one volume; very light bumps to a few corners; ownership signature in eleven volumes; essentially a fine set with the dustwrappers lightly sunned on the spines.
Each volume is numbered 1077 from the limited edition of 2000 copies. The set comprises 'The Earliest Ships'; 'The Age of the Galley'; 'Cogs, Caravels and Galleons'; 'The Line of Battle'; 'The Heyday of Sail'; 'The Advent of Steam'; 'Steam, Steel & Shellfire'; 'Sail's Last Century'; 'Eclipse of the Big Gun'; 'The Golden Age of Shipping'; 'Navies in the Nuclear Age'; and 'The Shipping Revolution'.
Octavo,  pages (printed in sepia, last two blank) with a pictorial title page, 11 full-page illustrations and a colour frontispiece.
Flush-cut wood-grain wrappers bound with orange cord, with a colour plate (approximately 175 x 100 mm) mounted on the front cover; the frontispiece has a light shallow tidemark to the top margin and a tiny chip to the leading margin; an excellent copy... Read complete entry
Muir 2733 (recording eight - presumably identical - undated impressions of the shilling reprint between 1917 and 1920, amounting to nearly 33,000 copies). See Muir 2732 for the points identifying the true first edition (the main one being  pages with all versos blank).
Octavo,  pages (printed in sepia, last two blank) with a pictorial title page, 11 full-page illustrations and a colour frontispiece.
Flush-cut wood-grain wrappers bound with orange cord, with a colour plate (approximately 175 x 100 mm) mounted on the front cover; the last two leaves have a light shallow tidemark to the leading margin; an excellent copy with a contemporary ownership... Read complete entry
Muir 2736 (recording eight - presumably identical - undated impressions of the shilling reprint between 1917 and 1920, amounting to over 32,500 copies). See Muir 2735 for the points identifying the true first edition (the main one being  pages with all versos blank).
Sydney, Angus and Robertson, [1918 (first edition)].
Quarto, 88 pages (last one the colophon) with a colour frontispiece, pictorial title page, 22 full-page sepia illustrations and numerous in-text illustrations plus pictorial endpapers.
Flush-cut quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards with a circular colour plate (85 mm in diameter, slightly blemished) mounted on the front cover and a smaller circular illustration printed in sepia on the rear cover; corners very lightly rubbed;... Read complete entry
Muir 2744 (satisfying all the requirements for the true first edition, one of 5000 copies printed; '23,000 copies had been sold by early 1922').
Gilt-pictorial full red roan, top edge gilt, others uncut; leather a little rubbed, a little discoloured on the spine and lightly marked on the front cover; an excellent copy.
Number 92 of only 200 copies numbered and signed by Thomas Gill. This is a deluxe, enlarged edition of a work first published as the Supplement to Volume 11 of the Proceedings of the RGSSA in the same year. The extra material includes text, maps and facsimile documents.
Edinburgh, Oliver and Boyd, 1962 (first edition in English).
Octavo, viii, 198 pages.
Cloth; front flyleaf lightly marked; a fine copy with the unclipped dustwrapper slightly sunned, rubbed, chipped and creased, with a few tiny edge tears.
'Kurt Godel's astonishing discovery and proof, published in 1931, that even in elementary parts of arithmetic there exist propositions which cannot be proved or disproved within the system, is one of the most important contributions to logic since Aristotle' (from the translator's short preface). Braithwaite's introduction runs to 32 pages. This copy comes from the library of Brian Medlin, with his contemporary ownership signature (1962) on the flyleaf, a short ink line in the margin of three pages of Godel's work, and two annotations to the introduction (an addendum of about 20 words on page 8, and a corrigendum of six words on page 10). Brian Medlin (1927-2004) was Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Flinders University from 1967 to 1988. His online obituary by John Schumann is well worth reading.
Papered boards a little bumped and marked, with the spine unevenly sunned where portions of the dustwrapper are missing; endpapers offset, with small light tidemarks (and trifling dye stains from the boards) at the foot of the gutters; a decent copy... Read complete entry
'In 1931 Kurt Godel published a revolutionary paper - one that challenged certain basic assumptions underlying much traditional research in mathematics and logic. Today his exploration of terra incognita has been recognized as one of the major contributions to modern scientific thought. Here is the first book to present a readable explanation to both scholars and non-specialists of the main ideas, the broad implications of Godel's proof' (dustwrapper blurb). This book preceded the first complete English translation of Godel's paper. This copy comes from the library of Brian Medlin, with his contemporary ownership signature (1960) on the flyleaf (in pencil, with some later minor ink scribble on it). Brian Medlin (1927-2004) was Foundation Professor of Philosophy at Flinders University from 1967 to 1988 (his online obituary by John Schumann is well worth reading). He has extensively marked 43 pages of the book in ink and pencil; generally this takes the form of underlining or marginal emphases, but on thirteen pages there are annotations, sometimes lengthy, almost invariably correcting the text.