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ANNIE CARR: A Tale of Both Hemispheres. By the Author of "Adventures in the South Pacific". With Coloured Illustrations
London: Religious Tract Society, no date (1909?),
Second edition, presumably. Decorated cloth stamped in black and grey, spine gilt lettered, pictorial cover label. pp 245, , (10, ads) + frontispiece with tissue guard and one other colour plate. Damp spots to rear cover; bit of foxing early and late; small dark spot to margin of a few leaves; else a VG tight and unworn copy, attractive. A religious novel for girls set near Sydney, Australia. The [1903, R.T.S.] first edition had three plates and identified the illustrator, Raymond Potter. This edition may be a title in the Every Girl's Bookshelf series, though it is not so identified in the book or ads.
$34.95 Book Number: 30261 Order / Enquire
THE BLACK TROOPERS AND OTHER STORIES
London: Religious Tract Society, no date (1909),
Octavo, red decorated cloth stamped in black and gilt, all edges gilt. Pp 384; frontispiece and 7 other full page illustrations included in pagination, title page vignette. 1899 prize bookplate at front; spine lightly sunned, with a bit of rubbing to gilt spine panel; small spots to front cover; slight rubbing to spine tips and outer corners; light spots to top page edges; in all, a good-VG copy; text clean, hinges not cracked. The title novella (in 7 chapters) is set in Australia: relations between Aborigines and colonists in 1849; action takes place near Lake Boga, Lower Murray River. Also contains the stories Captain Stauncy’s Vow, The Forged Will, and Just in Time: A Detective Story. Publisher’s preface states that this is the first in a new series of The Leisure Hour Library. That edition was first published . Hubin II p. 19 dates 1866. Not in Loder, though the Australian title story appears to be to have sufficient criminous content.
$50.00 Book Number: 32590 Order / Enquire
"GILROONEY (R. J. Cassidy)
THE LAND OF THE STARRY CROSS and Other Verses
Melbourne, Australia: Thomas C. Lothian, 1911.
Blue ribbed cloth stamped in gilt, top edges gilt. pp 208 + 16 pp Sept., 1911, publisher's catalogue. Covers have damp streaks with consequent colour loss, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names.
$24.95 Book Number: 29188 Order / Enquire
AIMSFELD (pseud. of Alfred Mansfield, b. 1897)
HOWLS OF A DINGO Australian Bush Rhymes. By "Aimsfeld"
Victoria, Britiish Columbia: Diggon Printing Company, 1919.
Brown illustrated card covers printed in black. 48 pp, stapled. Small ink notation to verso of title leaf; short tears and tiny chips to spine tips; staples rusty; VG copy otherwise. Miller & Macartney p. 323. Watters p. 4. Libraries Australia locates 3 copies. A scarce little book. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$65.00 Book Number: 29278 Order / Enquire
THE SEA EAGLE
London: Michael Joseph, 1944.
Second printing, March, 1944 (same month as first). 12mo, black cloth, thin boards. pp (208). Book leaned, VG+ otherwise; no owner names. Dust jacket has nicks to tips of yellowed white spine, two old internal tape stains, VG ottherwise, flap price intact. Australian author's second World War II novel, this one about a small party of men - Greek, Australian, English - left on Crete to fight the German invasion.
$14.95 Book Number: 29143 Order / Enquire
SIGNED WITH THEIR HONOUR
Boston: Little, Brown, 1942.
Octavo, blue cloth. Vertical crease to front free endpaper, yellowing to page edges, VG otherwise, no owner names. Price-clipped jacket has short tears, rubbing, slight spine sunning, good. "Probably the first novel to deal with air power in action in the Second World War." - from the jacket of the UK edition. Australian author's first novel, published at age 23.
$19.95 Book Number: 36534 Order / Enquire
ALLEN, (Charles) [Charles Richards Allen, b. 1885].
THE SHIP BEAUTIFUL. A Two-Fold Tale. With Original Illustrations by George Soper.
London: Warne, 1925.
Octavo. Green cloth, pictorial spine stamped in gilt and black, pictorial endpapers. (x), (279) pp + 6 black & white plates with captioned tissue guards. Vertical crease to front free endpaper, else a fine copy. Pale green jacket is tanned to panels, flap folds; chip to upper edge of rear panel; small chips, rubbing to spine tips; spine is very browned and hard to read; good. "It is the record of a jolly, lovable little boy with a fitting devotion to cricket, and of his uncle who dwells with a brave heart and a fine mind in the shadow of sadness. The pair are the best of friends, and between them they build up the wonder-story which makes the tale within the tale....It should delight all who love the chronicles of fai ryland and the music of Oberon's Horn." - from the tipped in foreword by Justin Huntly McCarthy. "Transcribed from the braille script of Richard Burnard, and here set forth by C.R. Allen." - verso of dedication leaf. Allen was a New Zealand poet and novelist, born in Dunedin, educated in Dunedin and at Cambridge. He had to give up his curacy in Dunedin in 1915 owing to the onset of blindness. This book is partially set in Dunedin.
$45.00 Book Number: 8512 Order / Enquire
THE INCIDENTAL BISHOP: a novel
New York: Appleton, 1898.
Small octavo, light green pictorial cloth stamped in red, black, and gilt. pp vi, 306, (8, ads), . Spine and page edges a bit tanned, light spotting to covers, just a little leaned, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Number 238 in Appleton's Town and Country Library. UK edition was Pearson, 1898. In Hubin (marginal criminous interest). Part I (pp 1-127) is set in Australasia, Part II in England.
$150.00 Book Number: 42681 Order / Enquire
BEYOND THE WITHERED OAK TEN THOUSAND SAPLINGS GROW: Poems. Chosen and Edited by H. Winston Rhodes
Christchurch, New Zealand: Printed at the Caxton Press, n.d. (1962), 1962.
pp 69, , in attached printed jacket with flaps, title page printed in black & brown. Spine yellowed, soft crease to upper outer corners, light tide made to lower margin of late text and rear cover, VG otherwise. Ink inscription on half-title page "Joanne from [? Rewi?], Peking, 22/01/68". Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$24.95 Book Number: 29246 Order / Enquire
ANDERSON, H. (Hugh Anderson)
SHAW NEILSON: an annotated bibliography and checklist 1893-1956
Cremorne, N.S.W.: Walter W. Stone, no date (1956), 1956.
Quarto, blue cloth backstrip and pale grey card covers. pp (3)-26, (1) leaves reproduced from typescript on rectos only. Soft crease to lower outer corners, else fine. Inscribed by the editor / publisher Walter Stone. Only 95 copies were for sale. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$34.95 Book Number: 36703 Order / Enquire
ANDERSON, Hugh (Bernard O'Dowd)
BERNARD O'DOWD (1866-1953): an annotated bibliography
Sydney: Wentworth Books, 1963.
Quarto, pale grey card covers. pp (2), (x), 52, (2) + frontispiece portrait. Slight yellowing to covers, tidy ink owner name at front, else fine. Edition of only 250 copies. Descriptive and annotated bibliography. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.
$45.00 Book Number: 36702 Order / Enquire
THE LAST MAN'S HEAD
London: Macmillan, 1970.
Yellow boards. Some skinning to the endpapers; text paper tanned, else a VG clean and unworn copy in a near fine price-clipped jacket. Crime novel set in Australia by a Sydney author, her second such.
$14.95 Book Number: 29119 Order / Enquire
New York: Knopf, 1970.
Blue cloth. Tidy ink owner name, else VG in VG price-clipped jacket. The first of the author’s novels to be set outside of her native New Zealand.
$14.95 Book Number: 29837 Order / Enquire
SPINSTER: A Novel
London: Secker & Warburg, 1960.
5th UK printing. Octavo, maroon boards. Bookstore rubber stamp to lower inner corner of front free endpaper. Yellowing to page edges, else VG in VG slightly yellowed jacket.
$9.95 Book Number: 31672 Order / Enquire
New York: Simon & Schuster, c1964,
Second printing Octavo, cloth & boards. Short remainder mark to bottom page edges, else fine, no owner names. Dust jacket has light spine yellowing, small sticker shadow on front panel, VG otherwise, flap price intact. A novel about child rearing by this best-selling New Zealand author.
$9.95 Book Number: 31677 Order / Enquire
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1964.
Octavo, cloth & boards. Fine in VG jacket, no owner names.
$9.95 Book Number: 39654 Order / Enquire
London: Secker & Warburg, 1968.
Red boards. Light yellowing to page edges, else a fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has a very small chip to top edge of front panel, very slight sunning to red spine lettering, else fine. Autobiographical writings about her youth.
$9.95 Book Number: 40076 Order / Enquire
HUNTING THE WILD PINEAPPLE
New York: Putnam's, 1991.
Advance copy for review with publisher's promotional sheet (folded) laid in. Dark green and purple boards. Fine in fine jacket. Australian author's second collection of short stories. Astley won three Miles Franklin Awards.
$18.95 Book Number: 29255 Order / Enquire
New York: Viking, 1986.
Cloth & boards. Small cloth crimp at foot of spine, else fine, no owner names. Yellow dust jacket lightly sunned on spine, else fine, flap price intact. An ironic novel about a revolution on a spoiled South Pacific paradise.
$14.95 Book Number: 29270 Order / Enquire
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1972.
Octavo, 158 p. Grey boards printed in mauve, mauve endpapers. Rubber stamps of the Australian Consulate (Toronto) on front free endpaper, half-title leaf, and recto of rear free endpaper; text paper lightly toned; small sticker shadow on front free endpaper; else fine. Dust jacket has a closed tear at head of spine, light rubbing to outer corner, mainly fine otherwise, colours bright, no clips or chips. This novel was her third to win the Miles Franklin Award.
$14.95 Book Number: 29557 Order / Enquire