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  • The Spy Who Loved Me – Ian Fleming -1962

    A very good first Book Club edition published by Jonathan Cape [the principal publisher] same year as the pure first edition 1962.

    This is the ninth full novel in the celebrated “James Bond – Secret Service Agent 007” spy series.

    This novel stands out as the most sexually explicit of all of the Bond books. Also, the style of the book is different … a first person narration by a young Canadian Woman, Vivienne Michel who Fleming fictionally describes as the co-author.

    Despite now being a thriller classic the book, perhaps because of its format and forthrightness, was not initially well received by Bond enthusiasts. Fleming wrote to Cape explaining that he felt earlier Bond books were being sensationalised by the young and this was an attempt to bring the franchise into the adult world [our summary]. We love it and with the passing of time it sits well with what we came to know about Bond.

    In the film studio The Spy Who Loved Me was the third appearance of Roger Moore alongside (literally) the ever beautiful Barbara Bach.

    Why pay thousands for a pure first when you can have this copy from the same Publishing House same year 1962.

    The Spy Who Loved Me First – The Easy Way.



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  • Armorial Book-Plates. Their Romantic Origin and Artistic Development – Signed limited edition of 300 this number 218 by the expert of all experts Neville Barnett – published in 1932

    Unusual faux snake-skin binding. Excellent condition 172 pages.

    With numerous book-plate illustrations with 17 tipped in originals from those of great fame (our favourite being that of Polar Explorer Douglas Mawson).

    Chapters on the Origins of Armory; the Age of Chivalry; the Pageant of Heraldry; the Romance of Arms; German, French and British Book-plates the latter extensive and importantly Australian and New Zealand Armorial Book-plates.

    Collectable work from the doyen of Australian Bookplates – Neville Barnett – Numbered Limited Signed edition with Mawsons bookplate.


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  • Michael Howe Bush-Ranger [early detailed account of his goings on and arrest] in – The Military Sketch-book (2 Volumes finely bound) William Maginn – First Edition 1827.

    Michael Howe Bush-Ranger [early detailed account of his goings on and arrest] in – The Military Sketch-book (2 Volumes finely bound) William Maginn – First Edition 1827.

    Fine examples of this rare 2 Volume set of reminiscences, first editions, published by Henry Colburn, London in 1827. Listed in Ferguson 1141a.

    Octavo, 347 pages and 347 pages after preliminaries in each. Bound beautifully in half calf over nicely marbled paper covered boards. Gilt lines, title, decoration and date of publication to each spine. Super copies.

    This scarce collection of “military yarns” includes an account of convict life in Van Diemen’s Land and a first hand account attributed to a “veteran of the Nore mutiny” titled “The Bush-Rangers”. Over 42 pages he recounts the attempts to and final capture of Michael Howe and a few of his bush-ranger comrades. Graphic details of a first failed attempt, a gun battle that saw some of the would be capturers worse off; and then a Hobart sighting and second attempt in curious circumstances etc before he was finally clapped in irons to receive the worst of punishments.

    It has been suggested that the Michael Howe story is based on a pamphlet by Bent … but that pamphlet is so exceedingly scarce we cannot corroborate that view.

    Irish born William Maginn (1794-1847) was a brilliant writer and journalist of the period. He knew and worked with Charles Dickens in the latter’s early days. Fought a duel against a parliamentarian who bashed the editor of a publication in which Maginn had written a damning review of the said parliamentarian’s recently published novel. Like many of his type got into debt, off to prison and died in poverty. Tough days.

    Interesting and various military goings on finishing with some classic Tasmanian history – a first edition set from 1827. Early for any Tasmanian content.



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  • Bony & The white Savage – Arthur Upfield – First edition 1961

    A hard to find first edition published by Heinemann, London in 1961.

    Octavo, 230 pages, reproduction dust jacket. Ownership details on title free end paper with a piece cut out. Otherwise a very clean and bright copy of an often badly foxed edition.

    An old timer in the deep south-west of Western Australia spots a violent criminal on his way back to the caves of Rhudder’s Inlet. Inspecter Napoleon “Bony” Bonaparte is called in with his tracker Lew. What they find leaves them shaken to the core.

    Bony discovers strange goings on in the very south-west.


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  • Bella – Jean Giraudoux

    A 1951 edition of this well liked French short story. Published by Le Livre de Demain, Paris.

    Octavo, 189 pages, striking dust jacket of Bella with one of her suitors. A good presentable copy.

    Jean Giraudoux poet, playwright and author. Liked for his colourful descriptive language often referred to as impressionistic. Here we have two opposites a Nationalist and an Internationalist competing for Bella’s favours. This theme of opposites appearing in many of Giraudoux’s works.

    A beautifully written story and a super way into the French language.


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  • Discoveries and Surveys in New Guinea  Captain John Moresby – First Edition 1876

    Discoveries and Surveys in New Guinea Captain John Moresby – First Edition 1876

    Title continues … and the d’Entrecasteaux Islands: A Cruise in Polynesia and Visits to the Pearl-Shell Stations in Torres Straits of H.M.S. Basilisk.

    First Edition published by Murray London 1876. Large octavo, 327 pages after preliminaries, nice original gilt decorated blue cloth covered boards. Three maps and four plates. Professionally repaired tear to large folding map.

    The historic record of John Moresby’s explorations and discoveries in New Guinea including the finding of Port Moresby (named after his Admiral father) and the magnificent harbour there.

    Also the mapping of the coastline between Heath Island and the Huon Gulf, all completed during the visit of H.M.S. Baslilsk in 1873. A safe passage was found through the Louisiade Reefs to the East of New Guinea and some 140 islands were placed on the chart as a result of his endeavours.

    New Guinea cornerstone book – Moresby First Edition


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