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Auction Description for Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers: Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Maps

Books, Manuscripts, Photographs and Maps (208 Lots)

by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers


208 lots with images

August 28, 2016

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Adelaide, Australia

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AESOP: The Fables of Aesop (1793, with 112 engraved plates)

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Description: AESOPThe Fables of Aesop, with a Life of the Author; and embellished with One Hundred & Twelve Plates. London, Printed for John Stockdale, Piccadilly, 4 June 1793. Super royal octavo (265 x 170 mm), two volumes, [ii] (engraved title leaf, verso blank), lxvi, 189 and [ii] (engraved title leaf, verso blank), xii, 248 pages plus 110 engraved plates (each prefacing one of the 110 fables). The plates are engraved from original artwork by Stothard, Landseer, Hunt, Medland, Lovegrove, Skelton, Powell, Eastgate, Grainger, Clarke, Chapman, and others. Finely bound by Riviere in later full morocco stamped in gilt and with central oval inlays of green morocco; spine gilt in compartments (retained largely intact when the book was skilfully rebacked), with small circular green morocco onlays (one missing); inner gilt dentelles; all edges gilt; extremities a little bumped and slightly worn; spines slightly dulled; some offsetting and foxing throughout (mostly to the first volume); a very good set in handsome bindings. Notes: With the armorial bookplate in each volume of musicologist, author and sometime Assistant Keeper of Printed Books at the British Museum, William Charles Smith (1881-1972). [2 items].

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ANGAS, George French: The Kafirs Illustrated (1849)

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Description: ANGAS, George French: The Kafirs Illustrated in a Series of Drawings taken among the Amazulu, Amaponda and Amakosa Tribes.... Also Portraits of the Hottentot, Malay, Fingo, and other Races inhabiting Southern Africa: together with Sketches of Landscape Scenery in the Zulu Country, Natal, and the Cape Colony. London, J. Hogarth, 1849. Imperial folio, viii, [ii] (list of illustrations), 9-52 pages with 11 in-text wood engravings plus 30 hand-coloured lithographs with tissue-guards (with caption leaves and occasional introductory articles interspersed between them), but lacking the uncoloured frontispiece portrait of the author. Contemporary (if not original) half purple morocco and dark green cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, with a large matching leather gilt-decorated title-label on the front cover; leather rubbed at the extremities and high spots, and a little scuffed, with the corner tips a little worn; expert restoration to a small portion of cloth near the leading edge of the rear cover; trifling signs of handling; a very good copy, with all plates in fine condition. Notes: A beautiful work, a companion volume to the artist's 'South Australia Illustrated' and 'The New Zealanders Illustrated' (both 1847). Although containing only half the plate content of each of the two earlier works, there are proportionately many more attractive landscapes (13, including a couple of village scenes). The portraits on the whole tend to be more impressive too (or perhaps more aggressively exotic); there are 6 full-page plates with one or two subjects, 4 full-page group portraits, and 5 plates each containing two separate half-page images. The remaining two plates are of natural history interest. These three impressive volumes by George French Angas (1822-1886) 'are amongst the most important of the illustrated travel books of their period ... Of the three works, the "Kaffirs" [sic] is the most uncommon' (Tooley: 'Some English Books with Coloured Plates ... First Half of the Nineteenth Century').

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ANGAS, George French: The New Zealanders Illustrated (1847)

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Description: ANGAS, George French: The New Zealanders Illustrated. London, Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Imperial folio, [xii] pages, comprising a superb hand-coloured lithographed pictorial title page dated 1846 (verso blank); letterpress title page dated 1847 (verso blank); lithographed dedication (verso blank); Subscribers to 'New Zealanders Illustrated' (2 pages, with 188 names accounting for 193 copies); Preface (verso blank); 'General Remarks on the New Zealanders' (6 pages, last blank) plus 52 (of 60) hand-coloured lithographs, each with a tissue-guard and accompanying descriptive letterpress (usually one leaf, occasionally more - and all are present). Contemporary (if not original) half purple morocco and matching cloth, lettered in gilt on the spine and front cover (with the stamp of 'Proudfoot, Binder, 73 George St, Euston' on the verso of the front flyleaf); leather a little sunned on the spine, slightly mottled, and a little rubbed at the extremities, with slight scrapes to the surface at the rear; occasional offsetting on to tissue-guards; very light inoffensive tidemark to the top margin of five plates and a few adjacent tissue-guards and text leaves (well clear of any pictorial or printed surface); overall an excellent copy, with the plates in fine condition. Notes: The missing plates are Number 1-6, 8 and 40; four are portraits or group portraits, one is a traditional house, one a forest scene, and two depict mountains (Tongariro and Taranaki). The binding is undisturbed, there are no tell-tale stubs, and there is no evidence of offsetting on to any of the unaccompanied leaves of text, so it would appear that the plates were never present in this copy - alas. This handsome volume was published at the same time as its companion piece, 'South Australia Illustrated', and it is very similar to it in composition. Angas explains himself in his short preface to this volume: 'Perhaps at the present moment, no country in the world is more peculiarly interesting than New Zealand; no race of men more singular than its Aboriginal Inhabitants. Up to the present time, the New Zealander, it is submitted, has never been carefully and faithfully pourtrayed [sic], and his habits, costumes, and works of art, though so rapidly disappearing before the progress of Christianity and Civilization, are yet unrecorded by the pencil of the artist. To accomplish this task, I visited both Islands of New Zealand, and spent a considerable period in travelling round their coasts, and penetrating through the interior - by seeking out nearly every tribe of natives, and living amongst them for some time, in the remote and almost unknown parts of the country, I have succeeded in obtaining portraits of the most important Chiefs, with their families, and have made drawings, on the spot, of all objects of interest connected with their history'.

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ANGAS, George French: South Australia Illustrated (1847)

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Description: ANGAS, George French: South Australia Illustrated. London, Thomas M'Lean, 1847. Imperial folio, [12] pages, comprising a superb hand-coloured pictorial lithographed title page dated 1846 (verso blank); letterpress title page dated 1847 (verso blank); lithographed dedication (verso blank); Preface; 'General Remarks on the Aboriginal Inhabitants of South Australia' (3 pages); 'Subscribers to South Australia Illustrated' (2 pages, with 243 copies accounted for), plus 60 hand-coloured lithographs, each with accompanying descriptive letterpress (usually one leaf, occasionally more). Contemporary (if not original) half maroon morocco and maroon cloth; leather slightly rubbed at the extremities, and lightly worn at the corner tips; short tear (30 mm) at the foot of the title leaf expertly closed; minimal light foxing to the margins of some of the plates (with moderate foxing to four plates and the dedication leaf); the leaf of text accompanying Plate 14 has about 10 mm neatly trimmed from its leading edge; essentially, however, this is a very crisp, clean and attractive copy. Notes: '"South Australia Illustrated" is without question Angas's greatest and most accomplished work. His views of towns and scenery, of the Aborigines and of the flora and fauna offer an outstanding - if romantic - interpretation of the Australian landscape. It is a rare book ... and one which has always been held in the highest esteem. It must be considered one of the fundamental works in any collection of Australian plate books and no collection can be considered complete without it.' Although Jonathan Wantrup wrote this nearly 30 years ago in his influential 'Australian Rare Books, 1788-1900', his comments will ring perennially true with regard to this monumental work.

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Angry Penguins Broadsheet + Ern Malley's Journal + Phoenix 1938

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Description: [Angry Penguins] HARRIS, Max, James McGUIRE and Sidney NOLAN (editors): Angry Penguins Broadsheet. Number 3 [and] Number 7. Melbourne, Printed by the National Press [for Reed and Harris], [March] 1946 and July 1946. Quarto, two issues, each one containing 16 pages with illustrations. Drop-title pictorial wrappers a little marked and with slight loss to silverfish; in very good condition. Notes: Ten issues of this supplement to 'Angry Penguins' appeared monthly between January and December 1946 (with the exception of October and November). All issues are scarce. + Ern Malley's Journal. Volume 1, Number 4, November 1954 (wrappers slightly chipped and creased; only six numbers were issued). + Phoenix 1938 (a fine copy). This journal was the precursor to 'Angry Penguins'; it was published annually by the Adelaide University Union from 1935 to 1939, then intermittently from 1946 to the early 1950s. We would not be surprised to learn that this copy was in the possession of Max Harris at some stage. The following is written in pencil on the first page, in a hand not unlike his: 'We hardly know whether to rejoice or [indecipherable, but you get the drift!] that "Phoenix" is only published once a year'. [4 items].

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Ern Malley and the 'Angry Penguins' [1945]

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Description: [Angry Penguins] [HORNADGE, William]: Ern Malley and the 'Angry Penguins'. Being a Review of the Greatest Hoax in Australia's Literary History, and the Subsequent 'Indecency Trial' [cover title]. Lismore, W. Hornadge (but printed in Adelaide by Thornquest Press), [1945]. Octavo, 20 pages with an illustration. Two-colour pictorial title-wrappers (with a spoof diploma for Ern on the outside rear cover); a fine copy. Notes: '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.

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Angry Penguins #1 (1940, signed by Max Harris)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #1] KERR, D.B. and Max HARRIS (editors): Angry Penguins ('as drunks, the angry penguins of the night ...'). Adelaide, Adelaide University Arts Association, [1940]. Octavo, 54, [1] pages. Overlapping wrappers very lightly marked at the rear; a fine copy. Notes: Inscribed and signed on the half-title 'With best wishes, Max Harris'. The first issue of this famous literary journal, taking off where 'Phoenix' crashed and burned. The introductory note says it all: 'Last year "Phoenix" went, and thus was happily consummated a failure to understand which had started with the first number. Had the members of the Union Committee struck with conviction or even cynicism they might have been pardoned, but without scruples they promoted their apathy to the rank of fervour, and to this there was no immediate answer. Again the calm sincerity of the University's indifference readily absorbed the shock. The production of this magazine will appear then an act of defiance, and indeed it is, but defiance is a dish to be eaten cold; whether good or bad the magazine itself is infinitely more important than the disturbances which lie behind it'.

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Angry Penguins #3 (1942)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #3] HARRIS, Max (editor): Angry Penguins No. 3. 1942. Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1942. Octavo, 56 pages with 4 full-page illustrations (of artwork by Arthur Boyd, David Dallwitz, Douglas Roberts and Albert Tucker). Overlapping wrappers very lightly bumped; a fine copy. Notes: Literary contributors include J.I.M. Stewart, Alister Kershaw, John Reed, D.B. Kerr, Ivor Francis, Geoffrey Dutton, and Max Harris himself.

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Angry Penguins #5 (1943)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #5] HARRIS, Max and John REED (editors): Angry Penguins. Melbourne, Reed and Harris, September 1943. Quarto, [44] pages with 8 illustrations (including 3 by John Perceval, and a full-page one by both Joy Hester and Danila Vassilieff). Drop-title wrappers; slight loss to silverfish to the blank bottom margin of the last two leaves; an excellent copy. Notes: Only 450 copies were printed, and its austere drop-title cover, making it look like it is incomplete, hasn't help many of them survive. Literary contributors include Alister Kershaw, Ivor Francis, Noel Counihan ('How Albert Tucker Misrepresents Marxism'), Tucker himself, Adrian Lawlor, and Hal Porter (a five-page short story, 'And Nothing More').

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Angry Penguins #6 (1944, The Ern Malley number)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #6] HARRIS, Max and John REED (editors): Angry Penguins. 1944 Autumn Number to commemorate the Australian Poet Ern Malley [cover title]. Melbourne, Reed and Harris, 1944. Quarto, [ii], 108 pages with 20 illustrations (8 portraits and 11 Aboriginal artefacts, all from photographs, and a full-page Cedric Flower illustration) plus the wrappers illustrated in colour by Sidney Nolan. Colour pictorial wrappers lightly marked; essentially an uncirculated copy, and probably as fine as they come. Notes: The famous/infamous Ern Malley issue, of which 900 copies were printed. The first 36 pages are devoted to his 'The Darkening Elliptic', with a lengthy introduction and two verse contributions at the end by Max Harris. The striking colour artwork on the front wrapper is the first magazine or book cover by Sidney Nolan.

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Angry Penguins #7 (1944)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #7] HARRIS, Max and John REED (editors): Angry Penguins.... December 1944 [cover title]. Melbourne, Reed and Harris, 1944. 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. Notes: The first 20 or so pages are devoted to comments and letters in defence of Ern Malley. 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'.

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Angry Penguins #8 (1945)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #8] HARRIS, Max and John REED (editors): Angry Penguins. 1945 [cover title]. Melbourne, Reed and Harris, 1945. Quarto, [i] (contents printed inside front cover), 184, [2] (text on the rear cover) pages with illustrations plus 8 pages of plates (including a 4-page supplement on Arthur Boyd). Wrappers (with a two-colour pictorial front cover by Albert Tucker) lightly cracked near the spine, with a few minute chips to the edges; poor-quality text paper uniformly discoloured; essentially a fine copy of a fragile production. Notes: The eighth (and penultimate) issue, with 'a cover illustration by Albert Tucker depicting a returned digger cast like a broken doll among the refuse of society' (Richard Haese: 'Rebels and Precursors'). No issue of 'Angry Penguins' may be considered common; although 900 copies of the notorious Ern Malley number - the sixth - were printed and sold, there were only 450 copies of Number 5, and overall the magazine failed to break even. According to Tregenza ('Australian Little Magazines, 1923-1954'), perhaps the most important legacy of the journal, which 'in issue after issue lavishly reproduced individual paintings' by the likes of Nolan, Tucker, Boyd, Counihan, and Perceval, 'artists who were then in the process of founding the Australian renascence in art, [was the way in which it] played an incalculable, but assuredly important role in creating an Australian taste for the new styles and techniques'.

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Angry Penguins #9 (1946)

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Description: [Angry Penguins #9] HARRIS, Max and John REED (editors): Angry Penguins. July 1946 [cover title]. [Melbourne], Printed by the National Press, 1946. 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. Notes: 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.

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BOYD, David: Sfumato. Paintings and Drawings of David Boyd (1967, signed)

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Description: BOYD, David: Sfumato. Paintings and Drawings of David Boyd. London, Zwemmer Gallery, 1967. Quarto (255 x 200 mm), 24, [1] (five lines printed at the head of the recto of the rear flyleaf) pages with 17 illustrations (8 in colour). Colour-pictorial laminated papered boards lightly rubbed at the head and foot of the spine; first few leaves very slightly creased; an excellent copy. Notes: Number 176 of 300 copies numbered, dated (London, 1967) and signed by the artist. The technique of sfumato ('the use of carbon from a naked candle flame or from an oil lamp as an aid to painting') is discussed in the book in an article by Sheldon Williams (pages 11-14).

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The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer [a facsimile edition of the Kelmscott Chaucer]

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Description: CHAUCER, Geoffrey: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer Newly Imprinted [a facsimile edition of the 'Kelmscott' Chaucer]. A twentieth-century facsimile edition on laid paper, reproducing even the Perch watermark of the original, rebound without identifying publication information. Folio (430 x 295 mm), iv, 554, [1] (colophon) pages, printed in red and black, with elaborate borders and initials by William Morris, and illustrations by Edward Burne-Jones. Modern half leather and coarse linen, lettered in gilt on the spine (a pedestrian effort in every respect); leather lightly scuffed; linen stained (possibly by the adhesive used); first and last pages, and edges a little marked (including light stains to the top edge, not intruding into the upper margins); a small number of protruding uncut leading edges a little stained (small splash marks); binding and minor blemishes notwithstanding, not a bad copy of a good book, now over-protected in a custom-made clamshell case. Notes: One possibility is that this item started life as a proof copy of the 1974 Basilisk Press facsimile edition (a fine copy of which we sold very recently for $3500).

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DAHL, Roald: Matilda (signed sixth impression)

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Description: DAHL, Roald: Matilda. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. 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. Notes: 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.

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A typed letter signed by Roald Dahl to a South Australian bookseller (1989)

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Description: DAHL, Roald (1916-1990): A short but revealing typed letter signed by the author to a South Australian bookseller (one page oblong small quarto on 'Gipsy House' letterhead; 25 May 1989). Notes: 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).

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DICKENS, Charles: The Personal History of David Copperfield (1850)

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Description: DICKENS, Charles: The Personal History of David Copperfield. London, Bradbury and Evans, 1850 [first thus]. Octavo, xiv, [ii] (errata, verso blank), 624 pages plus 39 (of 40) plates by Hablot Knight Browne ('I return to the Doctor's after the party', the plate listed opposite page 175, is missing). Half green morocco and cloth by Sangorski and Sutcliffe; top edge gilt, others uncut; small light stain to the top corner of the first four leaves (half-title, frontispiece, engraved title leaf, and printed title leaf); occasional light scattered foxing and offsetting; a few trifling signs of handling; an extremely good copy. Notes: The plate count includes the unlisted engraved pictorial title page. This copy appears to have all the first issue points with the exception (as often) of 'screwed' not 'screamed' on page 132, line 20. Pity about the missing plate, but at least it enables us to put a reading-copy estimate on it ...

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam ... With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac (1909)

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Description: [DULAC, Edmund] FITZGERALD, Edward: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With Illustrations by Edmund Dulac. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1909 [first thus]. Quarto (285 x 230 mm), [122] pages plus 20 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards. Extensively gilt-decorated cream cloth slightly marked on the spine and rear cover; a few tiny spots of foxing to the leading edge; essentially a fine copy. Notes: The trade edition, but a most attractive production, especially in such agreeable condition.

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Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship 'Essex' (Golden Cockerel Press, 1935)

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Description: [Golden Cockerel Press] CHASE, Owen (and others): Narratives of the Wreck of the Whale-Ship 'Essex' of Nantucket which was destroyed by a Whale in the Pacific Ocean in the year 1819. Told by Owen Chase, First Mate; Thomas Chappel, Second Mate; and George Pollard, Captain of the said Vessel. Together with an Introduction & Twelve Engravings on Wood by Robert Gibbings. London, Golden Cockerel Press, 1935. Small folio (315 x 200 mm), 88 pages with wood-engraved illustrations protected by loosely inserted tissue-guards. Contrasting green and yellow cloth (meeting in a breaking wave-form pattern a third of the way from the bottom edge); top edge gilt, others uncut; cloth a little rubbed and marked; a very good copy. Notes: Number 60 of only 275 copies. These eyewitness accounts of the wreck of the 'Essex' furnished the inspiration for Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick'.

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Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher (Golden Cockerel Press, 1934)

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Description: [Golden Cockerel Press] Ecclesiastes, or The Preacher. London, Golden Cockerel Press, 1934. Folio (340 x 240 mm), 22, [1] (limitation leaf with cockerel device, verso blank) pages with 13 wood-engraved illustrations by Blair Hughes-Stanton. Quarter vellum and orange cloth, with the vellum lettered and ruled in gilt; top edge gilt, others uncut; boards bowed; slight surface silverfish nibbling to the vellum, affecting some of the gilt on a few of the letters on the spine; a very good copy externally (but fine internally, making it an ideal candidate for a commissioned binding). Notes: Number 196 of 250 copies of this 'the Hundredth Book printed by the Golden Cockerel Press, and completed on the 15th day of October 1934'. Loosely inserted is the visiting card of Mrs R.J. Legoe, with her gift inscription on the verso: 'Alick, Happy Birthday and love from Molly'. Molly Legoe was a grand-daughter of Robert Barr Smith; Alick is Sir Alexander Russell Downer (1910-1981).

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The First Fleet (Golden Cockerel Press, 1937)

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Description: [Golden Cockerel Press] The First Fleet. The Record of the Foundation of Australia from its Conception to the Settlement at Sydney Cove. Compiled from the Official Documents in the Public Record Office, with Extracts from the Log-books of H.M.S. 'Sirius' and an Introduction and Notes by Owen Rutter. [London], Golden Cockerel Press, 1937. Small folio (320 x 200 mm), 150, [2] (limitation leaf, verso blank) pages with 5 wood-engravings (and 2 decorative vignettes) by Peter Barker-Mill plus 4 pages of facsimiles. Blue cloth with the contrasting gilt-pictorial tan cloth panel on the front cover; cloth a little dusty, endpapers lightly marked, some uncut leading and bottom edges lightly discoloured; a very good copy. Notes: Number 94 of 375 copies.

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GOODCHILD, John: Original artwork to Fullerton's 'The Australian Bush' (1928)

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Description: [GOODCHILD, John Charles] FULLERTON, Mary E.: The Australian Bush. Illustrated by John C. Goodchild. London, Dent, [1928]. Small octavo (175 x 120 mm), xvi, 242 pages with 6 full-page illustrations and 8 headpieces or tailpieces (all by John Goodchild) and a generic pictorial title page plus a map reproduced on both endpapers. Blue cloth lettered and decorated in gilt on the spine; neat contemporary ownership details; a very good copy. Notes: One of the publisher's Outward Bound Library series. + The original John Goodchild artwork (black ink on white card, captioned and signed or initialled in ink). They are listed in the order in which they first appear in the book (some of the smaller illustrations are used more than once); those with 'f-p' after the size appear in the book as full-page illustrations. 'Light in the Bush' (200 x 140 mm, f-p); 'Camel Team' (100 x 160 mm); 'Country Conveyance' (60 x 140 mm); 'Bullock Team' (100 x 150 mm); 'Bush Settler's Cottage' (150 x 230 mm, f-p); 'Aborigines on Trek' (150 x 210 mm, f-p); 'Droving Sheep' (120 x 170 mm); 'Harvester at work' (100 x 190 mm); 'Queensland Big Scrub' (100 x 150 mm); 'Country Homestead' (110 x 170 mm); 'Stump-Jump Plough' (100 x 170 mm); 'River Murray' (120 x 190 mm, f-p); 'Blue Mountains Scenery' (150 x 210 mm, f-p) and 'Australian Open Spaces' (120 x 220 mm, f-p). Apart from drawing-pin holes in all corners, and a few trifling marks of handling, the artwork is in excellent condition. John Charles Goodchild (1898-1980) was born in London, but emigrated with his family to South Australia in 1913. After active service with the First AIF he studied at the South Australian School of Arts and Crafts, and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. It was during his second period of study there that he produced the artwork for this book. After his return to Adelaide in early 1929, he and his artist wife Doreen established a studio; he was a longtime board-member of the Art Gallery of South Australia, principal (1941-45) of the SA School of Arts and Crafts, and in March 1945 the Australian War Memorial commissioned him as an official war artist (Australian Dictionary of Biography).

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An original black ink sketch on silk of Government House, Adelaide

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Description: [Government House, Adelaide] An original black ink sketch on white silk (image size 85 x 140 mm on a piece of thick silk 225 x 230 mm) captioned 'Government House, Adelaide, S.A.'. Notes: The work is neither signed nor dated, but it would appear to be by a capable draughtsman working in the later nineteenth century.

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KIRSOVA: Australian Ballet (1944) + Original pastel drawing by Trevor Clare

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Description: KIRSOVA, [Helene]: Australian Ballet. Drawings by Trevor Clare. Adelaide, Frank E. Cork, [1944]. Large quarto, 23 pages with 8 vignette illustrations and 11 tipped-in monochrome plates (one in colour) by Trevor Clare. Stiffened overlapping red silver-speckled wrappers (with a twelfth large monochrome plate mounted on the front cover); edges lightly bumped; a fine copy. Notes: 'The drawings and sketches in this book are not intended to be a comprehensive record. They are selected at random from the young artist's typical back-stage impressions formed in the fascinating atmosphere of wings and back-stage'. + A large pastel drawing, captioned in the image 'Joan Gadsden [in] Swan Lake', signed and dated 'Trevor Clare 44'. Mounted and glazed, in a contemporary frame (visible image size 525 x 385 mm); although the acidic matt and mount have discoloured the artwork, the overall condition is very good. The drawing is reproduced in the book (tipped in on page [9], with the caption 'Swan Lake in chalk' printed below the image). Trevor Clare was a well-known South Australian artist and art teacher; born in 1917, he was active through to the 1980s at least. A few related catalogues and newspaper cuttings are also present. [2 items].

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LINDSAY, David: A Voyage to Arcturus (1920, first edition, first issue)

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Description: LINDSAY, David: A Voyage to Arcturus. London, Methuen & Co., 1920 [first edition, first issue]. Octavo, [viii] (first leaf blank), 303, [1] (colophon), 8 (publisher's catalogue) pages. The catalogue is undated, but the first page contains Einstein's 'Relativity - The Special and the General Theory', the first edition of which appeared in August 1920. It went into at least two more editions before year's end. Details of specific editions appear as a matter of course in this catalogue, so presumably this listing is for the first edition of the Einstein. Red cloth with gilt lettering and double rules on the spine, and blind lettering and a single-rule frame on the front cover; bottom edges uncut; cloth lightly stained, marked and bubbled, with the spine slightly faded; extremities a little bumped and rubbed, with minimal wear to the head of the rear hinge; a contemporary newspaper cutting (175 x 50 mm) of a review of the 1946 Gollancz edition is mounted on the front pastedown; ownership details on the front flyleaf; 'Original publication' written in ink on the verso of the title page (and both words and the printed publication details are doubly underlined in ink); trifling signs of use (top corner crease to two leaves; tiny stain to the top edge, impacting very slightly on the top margin of three leaves; minimal light foxing to the leading and bottom edges); a very good copy. Notes: Lindsay's novel, now considered a seminal work of science fiction, was not a commercial success, as the review (from the Adelaide 'Advertiser' of 4 January 1947) points out at some length. Even the 'venturesome, unorthodox Mr. Gollancz' reckoned he was taking a punt in reprinting it. When he read it, he 'welcomed it as a work of genius, if a minor one, and now, when, as he says, the public will apparently buy anything labelled fiction, he is taking a chance on people welcoming a second chance of buying' it. Gary K. Wolfe, in his work on David Lindsay (Starmont House, 1982), states that 'Out of a press run of 1430 copies, only 596 were sold', making a strong case for an upper limit to the number of copies comprising the first issue.

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RANSOME: Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp ... Illustrated by Mackenzie (1919)

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Description: [MACKENZIE, Thomas]. RANSOME, Arthur: Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp. In Rhyme by Arthur Ransome. Illustrated by Mackenzie. London, Nisbet, [1919]. Quarto (335 x 275 mm), unpaginated (but approximately 130 pages) with numerous illustrations and designs, plus 12 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards, and pictorial endpapers. Later gilt-pictorial full black morocco with raised bands and gilt inner dentelles (stamped 'Bound by Zaehnsdorf for E. Joseph'); top edge gilt, others uncut; endpapers lightly marked; some of the more protruding uncut leading edges are a little dusty, with minor chips or tiny tears; trifling signs of handling; an excellent copy. The binding design appears to be identical to that on the original. Notes: The certificate of limitation on the verso of the title page calls for 250 numbered and signed copies; this copy is signed ('T. Mackenzie') but unnumbered. Loosely inserted is the publisher's original prospectus for the Edition De Luxe (small octavo, with the order form on the verso); it mentions that this edition is 'limited to 200 signed and numbered copies in the United Kingdom'. Not surprisingly, this is deemed to be the best illustrated work by Thomas Mackenzie (1887-1944).

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Metropolis (Premiere Season Film Program, 1927)

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Description: Metropolis. Premier Presentation at Marble Arch Pavilion, W.1. Monday, March 21st [1927]. Special Season. Wardour Films Limited [cover title]. 'Metropolis' Magazine. Depicting Scenes, Story and Incidents in the Making of the World's Greatest Modern Spectacular Film Masterpiece ... London, Wardour Films Limited, [1927]. Quarto, [32] pages with numerous illustrations (after photographs) plus flush-cut colour pictorial card covers (the rear cover is blank; the inside front cover contains reviews from the recent American 'Premiere in New York, At the Rialto, Broadway', where it opened on March 5). Top left-hand corner of the front cover very lightly marked, with two tiny surface chips; bottom right-hand corner of the entire magazine lightly creased and bent; staples slightly rusty; these trifling blemishes do not detract from this stunning copy of a very rare item. Notes: The original program for the London premier season of the screening of 'Metropolis', the German expressionist masterpiece of silent film, directed by Fritz Lang. The screenplay was written by his then-wife Thea Von Harbou, based on her novel of the same name. 'The film combines the beautiful futuristic vision of the city, with dystopian scenes of technology gone awry, and dark, Expressionistic, and sometimes gothic imagery ... Only towards the end during the grand finale does the silent film acting and exaggeration become rather wearing, and unintentionally comical' (www.culturewars.org.uk). The film lived up to this program's hype: in 2001 it became the first one to be inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

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MILTON, John: Paradise Lost and Paradise Regain'd (Cresset Press, 1931)

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Description: MILTON, John: Paradise Lost. A Poem in Twelve Books. [Together with] Paradise Regain'd. A Poem in Four Books. London, Cresset Press, 1931 (and printed by Bernard Newdigate at the Shakespeare Head Press, Oxford). Folio (375 x 270 mm), two volumes, xii, 442, [1] (colophon) and [vi], 88, [1] (colophon) pages with a headpiece and tailpiece in each volume plus (respectively) 12 and 4 full-page plates (all 'designed and engraved on wood by D[emetrios] Galanis'; the title page and initial letters were designed by Anna Simons). Cream buckram lettered in gilt on the spines; all edges uncut; covers solidly bumped at the extremities; cloth a little dusty, marked, and unevenly sunned; endpapers offset and a little foxed, with a small light stain to the bottom corner of the front pastedown of the first volume; a few leaves of the second volume have small blue stains to the top edge and blank upper margin where dye from a piece of thin blue ribbon (used as a book mark) has run; a decent set (internally generally in excellent condition) offered here without the original slipcase. Notes: Number 145 of only 195 sets on Batchelor's hand-made paper (there were also ten copies on Roman Vellum, numbered I-X). The text of 'Paradise Lost' is from the second edition of 1674; 'Paradise Regain'd' is from the first edition of 1674.

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NATHAN, Mrs: Elvington. A Novel in Three Volumes (1819)

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Description: NATHAN, Mrs [nee Elizabeth Rosetta WORTHINGTON]: Elvington. A Novel in Three Volumes. London, Printed for J.J. Stockdale, 1819 [first and only edition]. Duodecimo (190 x 110 mm), three volumes bound as one, [iii]-viii, 288 (last blank); 288; and 280 pages, with a separate title page for each volume (but presumably lacking the initial half-title). Early gilt-decorated half calf and marbled papered boards, with a contrasting leather title-label on the spine; leather scuffed, rubbed at the extremities, and a little worn at the corners; heavy surface rubbing to the marbled paper sides; scattered foxing throughout; trifling signs of use and age; essentially in very good condition. Notes: At the head of the first title page is the ink ownership signature of Charles Nathan (1816-1872), the eldest child of the author, Elizabeth Rosetta Nathan, nee Worthington. At the age of 17, Elizabeth Worthington eloped with her music teacher, Isaac Nathan, music librarian to the Prince Regent (later George IV), singing teaching to Princess Charlotte, and most famous for his 'Hebrew Melodies' (1815), with 29 songs by Lord Byron. Elizabeth died in 1824, leaving two sons and four daughters; Charles, the eldest child, was only eight years old. Although he ran away from home at the age of thirteen and studied to become a surgeon, he joined his father and family in migrating to Sydney in 1841. There he started a successful medical practice in Elizabeth Street and in 1845 he was one of the original four doctors appointed to the new Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary. He was a pioneer in anaesthetics (in June 1847), a founder of the British Medical Association in New South Wales, and a foundation member of the Senate of the University of Sydney. His father, who had remarried in 1826, became the colony's first composer, although 'his influence on Australian musical history is hard to assess. His own music was of little worth but he probably contributed to the prevailing pseudo-Byronic and Romantic tone of Sydney's artistic life. He was certainly the first musician with a European reputation to settle in Australia, and the first to attempt a serious study of Aboriginal music' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). We have gleaned little about Elizabeth Nathan: born circa 1795, died 1824, dismissed by the ADB as 'a minor novelist and the only child of an Irish army officer', who, as a young pupil, eloped in 1812 with her music teacher, Isaac Nathan. The British Library catalogue credits her with one other novel, 'Langreath, a Tale', published in London in 1822. Six children and two three-deckers in a little over a decade is no mean feat ... Her literary legacy may be said to be continued through her great-great-grand-daughter Catherine, the matriarch of the Mackerras family.

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MUIR and HOLDEN: The Fairy World of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1985)

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Description: [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul]. MUIR, Marcie and Robert HOLDEN: The Fairy World of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Sydney, Craftsman House, 1985. Quarto, 171 pages with numerous illustrations (some in colour). Coloured patterned cloth with the large paper title label on the front cover; a fine copy in the lightly bumped slipcase. Notes: One of only 50 copies bound thus, with a small certificate of limitation signed by the authors mounted on the verso of the title page; this copy is unnumbered and out-of-series.

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OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul: Mollie's Staircase (1906)

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Description: [OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul]. RENTOUL, A.I. and I.S.: Mollie's Staircase. Melbourne, M.L. Hutchinson, [1906]. 200 x 255 mm, [52] pages (alternate openings blank) with a pictorial title page, 12 full-page illustrations (facing 12 separate poems) and 6 smaller illustrations (5 of them on pages with the poems, plus a tailpiece). Overlapping textured light brown wrappers bound with brown ribbon; wrappers slightly unevenly coloured and slightly marked, with a few tiny chips to the edges; title page and last page uniformly discoloured (from contact with the covers), with their illustrations neatly hand-coloured by an early owner; a few fingermarks and other minor signs of handling; notwithstanding, a very good copy of a rare book. Notes: Twelve verses by Annie Isobel Rentoul, with illustrations by her daughter Ida Sherbourne Rentoul (later Outhwaite). Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's second book (after 'Mollie's Bunyip', 1904). Muir 6333.

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POE: Tales of Mystery & Imagination. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham (1935)

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Description: [RACKHAM, Arthur]. POE, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery & Imagination.... Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. London, George G. Harrap, 1935 [first thus]. Quarto (270 x 200 mm), 318 pages with 11 line illustrations plus 17 full-page black and white illustrations, 12 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards and pictorial endpapers. Full gilt-pictorial vellum, top edge gilt, others uncut; vellum very lightly marked; essentially a fine copy in a later plain slipcase. Notes: Number 280 of 460 copies signed by Arthur Rackham.

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ROBINSON, W. Heath: Bill the Minder (1912)

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Description: ROBINSON, W. Heath: Bill the Minder. Written and illustrated by W. Heath Robinson. London, Constable, 1912. Quarto (295 x 245 mm), xvi, 256 pages with over 110 wood-cut illustrations (many full-page) plus 16 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards. Gilt-pictorial parchment with yellow ribbon ties attached to the leading edges of the boards; top edge gilt, others uncut; parchment a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked, with the rear cover a little scuffed and scored; short split (30 mm) deep in the outside front gutter (but very stable); flyleaves offset and foxed, with occasional light foxing elsewhere; uncut leading edges are a little dusty or tanned, with a few tiny tears or chips; a few mild signs of use and age; a very good copy, and rarely found in the original binding (because of the fundamental inadequacy of the material used for the job). Notes: Number 335 of 380 copies signed by W. Heath Robinson.

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WILDE, Oscar: The Happy Prince ... Illustrated by Charles Robinson (1913)

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Description: [ROBINSON, Charles]. WILDE, Oscar: The Happy Prince and Other Tales.... Illustrated by Charles Robinson. London, Duckworth, 1913 (first thus)/ 1888. Quarto (295 x 240 mm), 134, [2] (colophon] pages with numerous line illustrations plus 12 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards. Gilt-pictorial cream parchment, top edge gilt, others uncut; covers lightly marked and a little rubbed at the extremities; spine sunned; small surface tear to the rear cover now consolidated; flyleaves lightly offset; trifling signs of handling; a very good copy (internally excellent) in a custom-made Solander box. Notes: Number 6 of 250 copies numbered and signed by the artist.

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Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam from a Manuscript by Sangorski and Sutcliffe (1910)

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Description: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Translated into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. With an Introduction by A.C. Benson.... Reproduced from a Manuscript written and illuminated by F. Sangorski and G. Sutcliffe. London, Siegle, Hill and Co., [1910]. Folio (343 x 262 mm), [92] pages of facsimile manuscript calligraphy plus 12 full-page colour plates of pages of illuminated manuscript. Heavily gilt-pictorial full vellum (featuring a large and elaborately-figured peacock), with a gilt-lettered leather title-label on the spine; top edge gilt, others uncut; vellum a little marked; front board a little bowed; front flyleaf lightly creased; overall a very good copy (internally fine). Notes: Number 115 of 550 copies signed by both Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe. The pair are better known as the founders of the eponymous firm of bookbinders established in London in 1901, considered to be one of the most important bookbinding companies of the 20th century. Francis Sangorski (1875-1912) died prematurely in a drowning accident. This copy is inscribed on the initial blank 'C.H. & L.E. Angas from Bob & Beryl'; the Angas family armorial bookplate is mounted below the inscription. The book was a gift to Charles Howard Angas (1861-1928; a grandson of George Fife Angas) and his wife, from their daughter and son-in-law, Major Hon. Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder (1882-1917). Ryder, a Boer War veteran, was killed in action on 30 November 1917 at Villers-Faucon, near Peronne on the Western Front.

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RUSSELL, Mrs H.E.: Too Easily Jealous (1892) + Joyce Martindale (1894)

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Description: RUSSELL, Mrs Henry Edward: Too Easily Jealous. An Australian Romance. London, Eden, Remington and Company, 1892. Octavo (190 x 130 mm), vi, 296 (last blank), [4] (publisher's catalogue) pages. Green textured cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine; cloth near the foot of both front and rear covers slightly damp-affected; flyleaves and first and last pages a little foxed; a very good copy. Notes: + RUSSELL, Mrs Henry Edward: Joyce Martindale. London, Remington and Company, 1894. Octavo (195 x 135 mm), [iv], 324 (last blank), [8] (publisher's catalogue, uncut and unopened) pages. Light blue cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover and spine; covers a little worn and bumped at the extremities; cloth a little rubbed and marked, slightly damp-affected near the foot of both front and rear covers, and a little abraded near the title on the front cover; inner hinges neatly reinforced; a decent copy. New South Wales-born Mrs Henry Edward Russell (Frances Emily Russell, nee Robey, 1849-1899) was the mother of the artist Una Stella Haslingden Russell (1871-1955), the second wife of Sir John William Downer (1843-1915), one of the Fathers of Federation. His name-plate (J.W. Downer) is mounted on the pastedown of the second book. The Bibliography of Australian Literature (Volume 4) records only these two novels and a slim volume of verse ('The Federation of Australia', 1898) under her name (and erroneously gives the date of publication of the second novel as 1893). Trove records very few institutional copies of these novels (with neither of them in the National Library of Australia). [2 items].

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SCHRAMM, Alexander: Native Encampment in South Australia (lithograph, c. 1859)

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Description: SCHRAMM, Alexander (c.1814-1864): Native Encampment in South Australia. [Adelaide, Penman and Galbraith, circa 1859]. Notes: An original hand-coloured tinted lithograph (printed surface 325 x 445 mm), recently matted outside the printed border, framed and glazed; restoration to two small damaged areas; uneven discolouration (most likely from an acidic mount); notwithstanding, this is still an acceptable example of a rare print.

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CARLETON, Caroline: The cover for the music to 'The Song of Australia' (c. 1880s)

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Description: [The Song of Australia] CARLETON, Caroline J.: The colour pictorial cover for the sheet music to 'The Song of Australia. To which the Prize of Twenty Guineas was awarded by the Gawler Institute. Words by Mrs. C.J. Carleton. Music by Carl Linger'. Adelaide, S. Marshall and Sons (and printed by Stannard and Son, London), [circa 1880s?]. An attractive chromolithograph ornately printed in black and gilt, featuring a large emu and kangaroo on either side of a coat of arms, above the words 'Advance Australia' (visible image size 320 x 220 mm); original ink ownership (address) details are a faint presence in a top corner; a very presentable item, now matted, framed and glazed. Notes: 'At the second anniversary of the Gawler Institute in October 1859 a "Song of Australia" competition was held with prizes of ten guineas for the best words and the best music. Of the 96 poetic competitors, Mrs Caroline Carleton (1819-1874) won the prize for her five verses; in 1923 her admirers placed a granite memorial in the Wallaroo cemetery. Linger won ten guineas for the music and the "Song of Australia" was sung in public for the first time on 12 December 1859. Although used widely in South Australia, it did not displace "God Save the Queen" as the national anthem or "Advance Australia Fair" first published in 1878' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). Trove gives the date of publication [1883?].

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English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton (1898, signed by illustrator Robert Bell)

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Description: [STOW, Catherine; Katie Langloh PARKER]. DENNIS, John (introduction): English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton. Illustrations by Robert Anning Bell. London, George Bell and Sons, 1898. Octavo (225 x 145 mm), with 21 full-page illustrations and numerous headpieces and tailpieces by Robert Anning Bell. Cloth a little sunned on the spine and lightly foxed; an excellent copy (internally fine). Notes: Number 124 of only 125 copies printed on Japanese vellum; this copy is also signed on the flyleaf in full by the artist. The pictorial bookplate of Catherine Stow is mounted on the front pastedown. Catherine Eliza Somerville (Katie) Stow (1856-1940) married Langloh Parker, a well-known pastoralist, in 1875. From 1879 to the 1890s they lived at Bangate station on the Narran River, near Walgett, New South Wales. During those years, Katie Langloh Parker collected the myths and legends of the local Aboriginal people, and published two important volumes, 'Australian Legendary Tales' (1896) and 'More Australian Legendary Tales' (1898).

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SURTEES, Robert: Six volumes in fine Bumpus bindings

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Description: [SURTEES, Robert Smith]: Six volumes uniformly bound in three-quarter red morocco by Bumpus. Titles are 'Ask Mama'; 'Handley Cross'; 'Hawbuck Grange'; 'Plain or Ringlets?'; 'Mr Romford's Hounds'; and 'Mr Sponge's Sporting Tour'. London, Bradbury, Agnew and Co., [undated later editions, circa 1890s]. Octavo, six volumes, with numerous illustrations and dozens of hand-coloured steel engravings by John Leech, H.K. Browne and W.T. Maud. Three-quarter red morocco by J. & E. Bumpus Ltd; marbled sides ruled in gilt; spines gilt in compartments, with gilt-tooled hunting motifs; raised bands; all edges gilt. Spines a little faded; a few corner-tips slightly worn; half-title and flyleaf of 'Handley Cross' offset; endpapers slightly offset; an excellent and extremely attractive group. Notes: Each volume bears the impressive armorial bookplate of English banker Frank Cyril Tiarks (1874-1952), sometime director of the Bank of England (1912-1945) and High Sheriff of Kent (1927). [6 items].

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SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles: William Blake. A Critical Essay (1868)

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Description: SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles: William Blake. A Critical Essay. London, John Camden Hotten, 1868. Octavo (230 x 155 mm), viii, 304, 16 (advertisements) pages plus 9 plates (7 of them hand-coloured). Blue cloth; spine lettered and ruled in gilt; sides panelled in gilt; spine lightly sunned and marked; cloth lightly worn at the extremities, with a small hole in the rear hinge near the head; a few leaves carelessly opened, causing slight loss to the blank upper margins; overall a very good copy. Notes: The plates are hand-coloured facsimiles reproducing pages from Blake's 'Jerusalem', 'Marriage of Heaven and Hell', and 'The Book of Thel'. With the small name-plate of Sir John William Downer (1843-1915), lawyer and politician (not least, one of the Fathers of Australian Federation).

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VARGA, Alberto: The Esquire Calendar for 1941 (1940)

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Description: [VARGA, Alberto]: The Esquire Calendar for 1941. Chicago, Esquire, Inc., 1940. 355 x 255 mm, [12] leaves (printed rectos only), featuring very large and playful colour images of calendar girls by Alberto Varga. Plastic-comb binding, with a plain paper front cover and plain cardboard rear support; uncirculated and in very fine condition. Indeed, it is still in its original stout mailing envelope; it was addressed to Sara E Blake, Tufts Medical Library, Boston - a very liberated lady for the times .... Notes: This is more art than literature, as the text for October clearly indicates: 'October is a hunting month / A sport in which I thrive, / I love to bag an old tycoon / and bring him back ALIVE!'.

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WALPOLE, Hugh: The Herries Chronicles (signed limited editions)

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Description: WALPOLE, Hugh: The first four volumes of The Herries Chronicles, all signed limited editions, uniformly bound by Asprey and Company. The titles are 'Rogue Herries'; 'Judith Paris'; 'The Fortress'; and 'Vanessa'. London, Macmillan, 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1933 [all first editions]. Octavo (220 x 155 mm), four volumes, with a folding colour map and folding family tree in each volume. Full red crushed morocco by Asprey and Company; sides panelled in gilt; spines gilt in compartments; raised bands with a gilt dotted rule; turn-ins and board edges ruled in gilt; all edges gilt; trifling mark to the cover of 'The Fortress' where the binder's roll has slipped, otherwise a fine set. Notes: Each volume is one of a limited edition of large paper copies signed by the author. 'Rogue Herries' is one of 200 copies; 'Judith Paris' is one of 350 copies; 'The Fortress' is one of 310 copies; and 'Vanessa' is one of 315 copies. These first four volumes of the Herries Chronicles, an epic family saga through three centuries, were intended as a set in themselves. Expect drama, love, feuds, murder, sex and all manner of other sinful behaviour ... [4 items].

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Biblia Hebraica (Hebrew Bible, 1705)

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Description: [Bible] Biblia Hebraica [also in Hebrew], secundum ultimam editionem Jos. Athiae, a Johanne Leusden denuo recognitam, recensita atque ad Masoram, et correctiores Bombergi, Stephani, Plantini, aliorumque editiones ... ab Everardo van der Hooght. Amsterdam, Boom (and others), 1705 [first thus]/ 1661. Octavo (220 x 140 mm), two volumes, [xxv], 333 and [i], 352, [26] leaves with the title page in the first volume printed in red and black, with a vignette illustration, and a pictorial title page in the second volume; there is an additional engraved title page in the first volume. Contemporary full vellum with a leather title label on each spine; vellum mottled (mainly) on the spines; trifling signs of use and age; an excellent set. Notes: The 'Popular Edition' of the Athias-Leusden Hebrew Bible, originally published in 1661. The text is in Hebrew; the preliminaries and extensive marginal notes are in Latin. [2 items].

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BICHENO, James: An Inquiry into the Nature of Benevolence (1817)

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Description: BICHENO, James Ebenezer: An Inquiry into the Nature of Benevolence, chiefly with a View to elucidate the Principles of the Poor Laws, and to show their Immoral Tendency. London, Sold by Rowland Hunter, 1817. Octavo (235 x 145 mm), iv, 145 pages. Modern quarter cloth and marbled papered boards, with a contrasting leather title-label on the front cover; occasional light foxing and mild signs of use; a very good uncut copy. Notes: James Bicheno (1785-1851), 'author and colonial secretary', devoted much of his life to the study of economics and science (in particular botany). This 1817 'attack on administration was expanded and republished in 1824 as "An Inquiry into the Poor Laws". In "Observations on the Philosophy of Criminal Jurisprudence, with Remarks on Penitentiary Prisons" (London, 1819) he argued that punishments were too severe and protested against burdening the colonies "with the refuse from prisons"' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). In 1842 he was appointed colonial secretary of Van Diemen's Land, and of all the early holders of this office, 'his personal views were least reflected in the official records of his department'. Goldsmiths 21867; Kress B.6869; Williams II, page 229.

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CAREY, Lieutenant-Colonel: Narrative of the Late War in New Zealand (1863)

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Description: CAREY, Lieutenant-Colonel: Narrative of the Late War in New Zealand. London, Richard Bentley, 1863. Octavo (195 x 125 mm), vi, 199, [1] (colophon) pages plus a tinted lithographed frontispiece. Gilt-pictorial red stippled cloth, all edges gilt; cloth lightly mottled, spine lightly sunned; expert restoration to the front outer hinge, resulting in minor disturbance of the inner hinges (but retaining the original endpapers); a very good copy with a contemporary English school prize plate on the front pastedown.

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CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer: My African Journey (1908)

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Description: CHURCHILL, Winston Spencer: My African Journey. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1908. Octavo (195 x 135 mm), [ii] (blank), xiv (last blank), 226, [18] (publisher's catalogue, including a title leaf) pages plus 61 plates (on 47 leaves) and 3 maps (one tinted, all with routes marked in red); the frontispiece tissue-guard is still present. Colour-pictorial red cloth lettered in black on the front cover and in gilt on the spine; cloth lightly worn at the extremities, a little marked, and sunned on the spine; edges foxed, with scattered light to moderate foxing throughout; endpapers offset; contemporary ownership signature on the front flyleaf (G.H. Meek, 15 January 1909); tiny blank corner tip of one leaf missing; two margins of one plate a little darkened (it had been detached at some stage and left with its margins a little proud of the edges); minor signs of use and age; basically a very decent copy.

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Cromwelliana (1810, extra-illustrated with over 340 additional plates)

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Description: Cromwelliana. A Chronological Detail of Events in which Oliver Cromwell was engaged; from the Year 1642 to his Death 1658. With a Continuation of other Transactions, to the Restoration. Westminster, Printed for Machell Stace, 1810. Folio (380 x 240 mm), two volumes, [3]-6 (title page, printed in black and red, verso blank; introduction leaf), 196 pages plus 5 plates (as originally published); although it lacks the half-title, this is more than compensated for by being extra-illustrated with over 340 additional plates (comprising portraits, views, historical scenes and maps) expertly mounted and interleaved throughout the two volumes now required. Contemporary Cambridge-style calf with ornamental gilt rolls and corner pieces; spines gilt in compartments, with five raised bands (retained intact when the book was skilfully rebacked), and red and black morocco title-labels lettered in gilt; covers a little marked and scuffed, with some surface loss; withal a very attractive set, with the plates essentially in fine condition. Notes: This would appear to be one of the 250 large paper copies. The additional illustrations include 20 double-page spreads, and 8 large folding plates; the bulk of the remainder (some 293 of them) are mounted individually, with only approximately 20 small enough to be mounted two or three per leaf. An extraordinary one-off compilation, albeit produced only at the expense of the scores of books cannibalized for the purpose ... [2 items].

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HEALE, Theophilus: New Zealand and the New Zealand Company (1842)

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Description: HEALE, Theophilus: New Zealand and the New Zealand Company: being a Consideration of how far their Interests are similar. In Answer to a Pamphlet entitled 'How to Colonize: the Interests of the Country, and the Duty of Government'. London, Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, 1842. Octavo (220 x 140 mm), 63 pages. Later binder's cloth lettered in gilt on the spine; front cover lightly marked; title page a little marked and dusty; mild signs of use; a very good copy. Notes: Theophilus Heale (1816-1885), 'Surveyor and Judge of the Native Land Court.... On 22 January 1840 he arrived at Wellington, in command of the "Aurora", bringing the first settlers of the New Zealand Company.... [In this book] he levelled some pertinent criticisms against the Company's arrangements for the reception of the settlers' (An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, 1966).

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