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  • Threnos for T.E. Lawrence – Henry Williamson (Author of Tarka the Otter)

    Threnos for T.E. Lawrence – Henry Williamson (Author of Tarka the Otter)

    Threnos … a lament over a victim of a tragedy … no better definition than here … Henry Williamson regarding T.E. Lawrence of Arabia.

    Includes other writings by Henry Williamson together with “A Criticism of Henry Williamson’s – Tarka the Otter – by T.E. Lawrence”

    Published by the Henry Williamson Society, an only edition 1994. Octavo, 134 pages, yellow card covers, fine condition. Frontispiece from a photograph of Williamson, taken in 1930.

    The relationship between Lawrence and Williamson was an unusual one. Born out of publisher Putnam asking Lawrence to review a draft of Traka. He did and sent his written criticism to Putnam who onforwarded it to Williamson. Two year into printing Williamson took up some of T.E.L.’s comments and recognised his involvement in later editions.

    When Lawrence crashed his motorcycle and died from the injuries he had just posted a letter to Williamson making arrangements to visit, strangely making their relationship all that stronger. Williamson understood the complex man that Lawrence was and this was reflected in Lawrence’s friendship with him.

    A rare Lawrence Item that reveals a very personal side of the Williamson Lawrence relationship … and Tarka

    $90.00

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  • The Magic Kangaroo:  the Adventures of Dicky and Nooroo – Mavis Mallinson – First Edition 1944

    The Magic Kangaroo: the Adventures of Dicky and Nooroo – Mavis Mallinson – First Edition 1944

    Published by John Sands, Sydney in 1944 a first edition. Small quarto, (23cm x 18cm), pictorial stiff wrappers, 63 pages, colour illustrations. A very good copy.

    Based in Queensland, illustrated comic strip format. The adventuress of two small boys Dicky and Nooroo in the true Australian bush. Lovely references of the traditional aboriginal way of life.

    Reference authority Muir, bibliography of Australian Children’s books 4740.

    Thoughtful children’s book with sensible underlying message.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $95.00

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  • Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney no date but 1919 and a First Edition.

    Original wrapper with orange cord, 18 pages. Colour pictorial overlay to front of a lovely Boronia Baby.

    Illustrated with coloured frontispiece and 11 full page black and white illustrations.

    Neat gift inscription on the page dedicated for that purpose. Very nice condition.

    Reference authority Muir 2740.

    May Gibbs original – beautiful Boronia Babies

    $160.00

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  • The Girl with the Squint – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    The Girl with the Squint – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1978. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 156 pages, great dust jacket, fine condition overall.

    It all starts in the back streets of Rochefort. Sylvie beautiful … Marie with the squint happy to play the supporting role. Grown up Sylvia ruthless driven by the ambition of wealth. Tables might be turned … maybe.

    Marie … will she make it through?

    $35.00

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  • Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Maigret’s Rival – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1979. Translated from the French by Helen Thomson.

    Octavo, 154 pages, fine dust jacket, all in very good condition.

    Maigret investigates a murder as a favour to the examining magistrate. It gets more complicated than first expected. Private detective, Cavre, is shadowing his moves. Maigret is afraid Cavre will get the upper hand.

    Maigret not keen on competition.

    $35.00

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  • The Magician –  Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    The Magician – Georges Simenon – First English Edition

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London a first English edition 1974. Translated from the French by Helen Sebba.

    Octavo, 188 pages all in pretty good condition.

    The conjurer liked a drink in the Montmartre after his show. He overindulged and caused issues in his marriage. Their relationship continued with quiet intimacy … until ill health changed all that …

    Simenon at his most poignant

    $35.00

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