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  • Silver Mist – Joan Sutherland – First Edition 1935

    Silver Mist – Joan Sutherland – First Edition 1935

    1935 first edition with a lovely art deco inspired dust jacket. Published by Cassell, London etc, octavo, 287 pages. A ripple to the front board and the odd spot on page edges, really a very good copy in a super dust jacket.

    A romance but with some heat. Penelope falls for Sir Garth. The good looking Garth (they both are) is cited in a divorce 1930’s style. The case failed but Sir Garth was left with the stigma (nothing’s changed there). Lady Olivia is a pursuer but maybe Penelope has some tricks in store.

    1935 First Edition by the much admired Sutherland.

    $50.00

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  • The Girl Green as Elderflower – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1980

    The Girl Green as Elderflower – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1980

    Another absolutely crisp, as if new first edition published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1980.

    Octavo, 150 pages, dust jacket art by John Piper.

    Randolph Stow had been awarded the Patrick White Award the previous year. White established the award from funds received form his Nobel Prize … good on him.

    Following quickly after Visitants a quite different book by Stow. Previous work often dealing with the deterioration of an individual here we have the opposite. Crispin Claire has been badly afflicted by his time in the Tropics. Convalescing in Suffolk the environment provides nourishment. With improved strength he begins to write a narrative around three 12th Century local stories, and he finds himself moving between the present and the time of Richard the Lionheart. Beautifully and skillfully written.

    Unusual and gripping story as can expected from Stow.

    $60.00

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  • Visitants – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1979

    Visitants – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1979

    An absolutely crisp, as if new, first edition published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1979. Octavo, 189 pages plus page on notes.

    Author of Tourmaline one of Voyager’s favourite ever novels waited some time before publishing this yet again unusual narrative.

    Based in Papua New Guinea where at one time Stow had worked in official service.

    The book starts with a Prologue which narrates the sighting of alien lifeform “flying saucers with waving aliens” by Reverend William Gill and his staff, an event of which Voyager has previously had original material.

    The narrative continues on the island of Kailuana where an enquiry is underway regarding strange goings on.

    Reviewers of Stow’s work have occasionally remarked about the surreal in his writing. We agree, and don’t be put off by that …it’s understandable, interesting and rewarding.

    Randolph Stow – it was worth the wait.

    $60.00

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  • Pirates of Papua – J. M. Downie – First Edition 1949

    Pirates of Papua – J. M. Downie – First Edition 1949

    A first edition with the scarce dust jacket published by Frederick Warne, London in 1949.

    Octavo, 249 pages, pretty clean albeit some childlike scribbles on the rear end papers. Rather impressive bookplate of previous owner, Papuan collector Charles Fletcher, at front. A chip to the dust jacket spine top and bottom but really a great example.

    Pirates are still patrolling the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the outlying island … ask Kerry Stokes. This is an adventure story … Dick Hale has a pretty tricky time on the cannibal island of Malekula … but it gets worse when he and his companions find themselves in pursuit of Red Kelly a notorious blackbirder and traitor into the interior of New Guinea.

    An unusual New Guinea story based around real issues .. and a super looking book.

    $70.00

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  • Doctor in Love – Richard Gordan – First Edition 1957

    Doctor in Love – Richard Gordan – First Edition 1957

    Anyone who likes Wodehouse will love Richard Gordan and his series of “Doctor” books.

    A first edition, published by Michael Joseph, London in 1957 edition, the fifth in the “Doctor” series.

    Octavo, 188 pages, in very good condition.

    “You can’t go about the country falling in love with girls at your age” … sage advice Grimsdyke gives to his friend Dr Gordon. Another “advisor” observes “the patients don’t like you messing about with their wives unless they know you’ve got one of your own at home”. Taking all this on board matters get complicated and … Dr Gordan finally gets his girl!

    The right girls does turn up for Dr Gordan …

    $30.00

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  • Doctor in the Swim – Richard Gordan – 1962

    Doctor in the Swim – Richard Gordan – 1962

    Anyone who likes Wodehouse will love Richard Gordan and his series of “Doctor” books.

    A first of type, published by the Book Club and Michael Joseph, London in 1962. This one has our favourite dust jacket which gives you a strong hint at the joviality.

    Octavo, 184 pages, in very good condition with a super example of the aforesaid dust jacket.

    Dr Gaston Grimsdyke reflects on his sex life [nothing lewd] that revolves around the coastal goings on of Whortleton-on-Sea. A summer holiday with Anemone and her mother dame Hilda, a famous criminologist ..etc. Hilarious.

    It all goes on at Whortleton …

    $30.00

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