Item #122415 The entire output of stand-alone works published by Reed & Harris, offered as one lot. Reed, Publishers Harris.

The entire output of stand-alone works published by Reed & Harris, offered as one lot

'Reed & Harris, the alternative publishing firm based in Melbourne, was established in 1943, the product of a marriage of interests between Max Harris, editor of the Adelaide-based little magazine "Angry Penguins", and Melbourne art patrons John and Sunday Reed. Sidney Nolan, also closely involved, became a partner in 1944. The new firm took on responsibility for producing an expanded "Angry Penguins" (and later the "Angry Penguins Broadsheet") and began building a list of Reed & Harris books on subjects ranging from the Soviet Union to ballet' (Brian Lloyd: 'Reed & Harris. Publishers of the Avant Garde', in 'The La Trobe Journal', Number 64, Spring 1999). The same issue of 'The La Trobe Journal' contains an informative checklist of the firm's publications, compiled by Des Cowley.

1943

  • Reg S. Ellery: Eyes Left! The Soviet Union and the Post-War World (64 pages). Wrappers; excellent condition. Presentation copy inscribed and initialled by the author 'With kindest regards, R.S.E.'
  • Max Harris: The Vegetative Eye (132 pages). Papered boards with the dustwrapper (tanned and chipped)
  • Another copy, the scarce issue in wrappers (tanned and slightly chipped). This issue is not mentioned in Cowley's checklist.
  • Bruce Williams: The Socialist Order and Freedom (72 pages). Card covers marked and splitting; a fair copy. Ownership signature of Henry Mayer. Cowley notes that Sidney Nolan was responsible for the (non-pictorial) cover design.
  • Valentin Zeglovsky: Ballet Crusade (143 pages). The first edition in quarter contrasting papered boards, with a plate of Tatiana Riabouchinska on the front cover. Gift inscription to Petrea Fromen; loosely inserted are two captioned snapshots of ballet in Adelaide, dated 1944.

1944

  • Peter Cowan: Drift (208 pages). Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards, with the dustwrapper; some silverfish damage; in good condition.
  • Geoffrey Dutton: Night Flight and Sunrise (40 pages). Papered boards with the Nolan-designed dustwrapper; in good condition. Cowley indicates a print run of 300 copies.
  • Alister Kershaw: Excellent Stranger (21 pages). Papered boards with the dustwrapper; in good condition. Dustwrapper design by Albert Tucker. Cowley indicates a print run of 200 copies. Inscribed and signed by author 'To Denis Parsons, with – as they say – "warmest regards", Alister Kershaw'.
  • 'Ern Malley': The Darkening Ecliptic (45 pages). Wrappers sunned and detached; a poor copy.
  • Another copy, overseas edition with cover design by Sidney Nolan. Cowley indicates a print run of 400 copies for this edition. Wrappers; in very good condition.
  • Henry Miller: Murder the Murderer. An Excursus on War from 'The Air-conditioned Nightmare' (86 pages). Card covers; in excellent condition.
  • Cynthia Reed: Lucky Alphonse (232 pages). Quarter cloth and pictorial papered boards with the dustwrapper; stains and silverfish damage; in acceptable condition.
  • Harry Roskolenko: A Second Summary (47 pages). Papered boards with the Nolan-designed dustwrapper; in good condition. Cowley notes an edition of 250 copies.
  • Valentin Zeglovsky: Ballet Crusade (143 pages). The second printing in quarter contrasting papered boards, with the dustwrapper; in very good condition. The dustwrapper mimics the covers of the first printing (pale blue and white, with the same image of Tatiana Riabouchinska).

1945

  • Arthur Calwell: How Many Australians Tomorrow? (66 pages). Card covers; in excellent condition.
  • Reg S. Ellery: Psychiatric Aspects of War (191 pages). An excellent copy with the Sidney Nolan-designed dustwrapper (a little tanned and nibbled).
  • Julian Prang [Redmond Phillips]: Playing with Girls (44 pages). Wrappers; in very good condition. Illustrations by Albert Tucker. Not in Cowley.
  • Roy Rene: Mo's Memoirs (200 pages). Cloth with the dustwrapper; in good condition. Ghost-written by Max Harris and Elizabeth Lambert.
  • Frank Sargeson: When the Wind Blows (Christchurch, The Caxton Press; 96 pages). Card covers with the dustwrapper; in very good condition. The scarce Australian issue, with the Reed & Harris imprint on the dustwrapper. Not in Cowley.
  • Valentin Zeglovsky: Ballet Crusade (143 pages). The third printing in quarter contrasting papered boards, with the dustwrapper; in very good condition. For this printing the dustwrapper is yellow, with an image of Irina Baranova.

1946

  • Eric Ashby: Six Broadcasts on Science in the Soviet Union (32 pages). Card covers; in very good condition. Not in Cowley.
  • Charles Barrett: The Bunyip and Other Mythical Monsters and Legends (120 pages). Quarter cloth, with the dustwrapper; in very good condition.
  • Dal Stivens: The Courtship of Uncle Harry (199 pages). Cloth with the dustwrapper; in very good condition.
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Item #122415

Price (AUD): $2,500.00

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