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  • Australian Frogmouths  – Broinowski – 1890

    Australian Frogmouths – Broinowski – 1890

    An original hand finished chromolithograph from Broinowksi’s magnificent wok on Australian birds published late in the Victorian era.

    Two frogmouths … Podargus Strigoides (Tawny Frogmouth) an Podargus Plumiferus (Marbled Frogmouth). With moderate gum arabic highlights on the eyes, beaks and wing tips.

    Matted nicely ready to frame. Printed area 31cm by 24cm. external mat dimensions 43cm by 34cm. A nice example of the desirable frogmouth image … easier to see here than out in the bush.

    Price $140.00 unframed but nicely matted as described. Sorry our scanner is too small to show the full effect of the matting … its nice … double matted with French lines coloured and gilt.

    Australian Frogmouths … very Australian

    $140.00

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  • Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and  Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Amorous Fiammetta – Boccaccio – Stunning Illustrations and Striking Gilt Illustrated Vivid Vellum Cover – First Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Published as a limited edition (No 118 of 550) in 1929 by the Mandrake Press, London.

    This is simply a stunning book – starting with the vivid blue/green stained limp vellum covers with yapp edges with striking gold motif of The Three Graces. Maybe the most beautiful book we have had. A feast of brightly coloured illustrations … simply stunning.

    Originally written by Giovanni Boccaccio and translated into English by Bartholomew Young in 1587.

    Edited and introduced by K.H. Josling. Illustrated by M. Leone

    Folio, after preliminaries .. Introduction of xxxviii pages; further introductions etc per original text up to xlix; 161 pages then illustrated limitation page. Quality bright gilt to all page edges.

    The beautiful Fiammetta was the beloved muse of Giovanni Boccaccio, and was almost certainly Maria d’Aquino (died 1382) a Neapolitan noblewoman. She was the illegitimate daughter of Robert the Wise, King of Naples. Her mother was Sibilia Sabran, wife of Count Thomas IV of Aquino. She was begat during King Roberts coronation festivities.

    Beautiful, will make a super gift

    $340.00

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  • The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    A third edition and scarce regardless. Published by David Bogue, London.

    Scarce in its original form with delicate printed wrappers, albeit a little dusty and rubbed. Small octavo, 112 pages with preliminaries and catalogue at the rear.

    Illustrated by H.G. Hine. A hilarious account of “Bores”. Could still be well applied, approaching two hundred years later.

    Because it is a third edition the writer, through addition, can make reference to critics .. whose remarks include “ The Natural History of Bores .. we take to be an account of the species to which the ingenious writer belongs” … and so forth. Well we have read it and … Voyager may well be modifying some of his own inherent characteristics … not so many stories about oneself seemingly.

    Boring or not it is all set out … could make a good pointed gift

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $90.00

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  • Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    Garden District – Two Plays .. Something Unspoken and Suddenly Last Summer – Tennessee Williams – First Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 72 pages, very good condition.

    Two plays … a short one Something Unspoken a type often referred to as a curtain-raiser; and the longer Suddenly Last Summer.

    Both had just been performed in England at the London Arts Theatre to much acclaim

    Entertaining and still challenging from T.W. …

    $30.00

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  • Sweet Bird of Youth  – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    Sweet Bird of Youth – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1959

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1959.

    Octavo, 93 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but some foxing.

    Described by Hart Crane as a “Relentless caper for all those who step the legend of their youth into the noon” … and so we should … and maybe the evening.

    The finely crafted dialogue and still with a power to shock as expected from T.W.

    A special work by the post war master …

    $30.00

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  • Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    Three Players of a Summer Game – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1960

    A first UK edition published by Secker and Warburg, London in 1960.

    Octavo,223 pages, very good condition bar dust jacket complete but a little dusty.

    Collection of short stories including the title story; The Important Thing; One Arm; Portrait of a Girl in Glass; The Coming of Something to the Widow Holly; Two on a Party; The Yellow Bird; The Field of Blue Children; The Malediction; The Angel in the Alcove; The Resemblance between a Violin Case and a Coffin and The Night of the Iguana.

    A fine collection of Tennessee Williams …

    $40.00

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