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  • Australian Poetry 1942

    Australian Poetry 1942

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1942. Poetry selected by Robert D. Fitzgerald intended to represent the cream of Australian poetry for the year.

    Being a war year, for some a particularly special issue. Numerous poems reflecting on Australian’s overseas … Garry Lyle – To My Brother in the Navy; Shawn O’Leary – The Olive Tree; Maurice Biggs – Battle Dress and The Wounded; John Quinn – Syrian Memory; R.S. Byrnes – Song out of Syria. And others on softer homely themes.. love, the bush …

    Small octavo, 79 pages with 36 pages. Dust Jacket, often missing and in very good condition. Original inscription on end papers.

    Australian Poetry from WWII and at Home

    $25.00

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  • The Invisible Island –  Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    The Invisible Island – Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    A Story of the Far North of Queensland … by Alexander McDonald and illustrated by Charles M Sheldon.

    Published by Blackie & Sons, London, Glasgow, octavo 360 pages with pictorial image to front cover and spine. A little age otherwise a very good copy and especially clean internally.

    The book opens on an island in the south west of the Gulf of Carpentaria … “Through the dank, shimmering heat haze the island loomed in ghostly outline”

    Six full page illustrations including the frontispiece.

    Adventure and gold in the Far North

    $60.00

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  • The Quest of the Black Opals – Alexander McDonald – 1908

    The Quest of the Black Opals – Alexander McDonald – 1908

    A Tale of Adventure in the Heart of Australia … by Alexander McDonald and illustrated by William Rainey R.I.

    Published by Blackie & Sons, London, Glasgow and Bombay in 1908.

    Octavo 352 pages with nice pictorial covers. Some age to page edges otherwise a very good copy.

    The opening sentence sets the scene nicely … “In that desolate tract of country beyond the borders of Queensland through which the mystic Cooper flows, lies a wealth of fire-flashing opal awaiting only the advent of him who can take it away”.

    Six full page illustrations including the frontispiece, plus a full page map near the front and a small map reference Burke and Wills.

    Adventure stirred up by Opals in the Heart of Oz

    $60.00

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  • The Little Green Road to Fairyland – By Annie R Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite – First Australian edition 1948

    The Little Green Road to Fairyland – By Annie R Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite – First Australian edition 1948

    This is the first Australian printing of this beautifully illustrated, and written, children’s book by Australian Rentoul sisters Annie and Ida (Outhwaite by marriage).

    First published in London in 1922 in a deluxe limited issue. This first Australian edition was issued in 1948 still under the original publishers name, Adam and Charles Black, Soho Square, London and printed by Speciality Press, Collins Street, Melbourne.

    Quarto, 94 pages with sixteen plates, half in colour by Ida. Still has the hard to come by dust jacket albeit signs of tape repair (tape now removed) an a little pink crayon near the edge. Gift inscription inside otherwise internally very clean, with all the plates … sometimes pilfered.
    Reference Muir 739.

    Collectable first Australian printing – beautiful Ida Outhwaite plates delightful Annie Rentoul narrative.

    $180.00

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  • Bibliography of Australian Children’s Books – Marcie Muir – 2 Volumes

    Bibliography of Australian Children’s Books – Marcie Muir – 2 Volumes

    Marcie Muir’s key bibliography of Australian Children’s books a must for any collector and fundamental point of reference.

    Volume 1 a first edition published in 1970 by Andre Deutsch, London. Thick octavo, 1,038 pages, nicely illustrated. Ever so slightly browned otherwise a very good to better copy. After 22 pages of introduction and explanation pages 23- 977 constitute the “bibliography”. Following that, pages 977 to the end represent “A Select Bibliography of the South West Pacific Area” a useful and not often known addition.

    Volume 2 a first Australian edition published 1976 by Hutchinson, Sydney. Thick octavo, 501 pages plus lengthy index of both volumes, nicely illustrated.. After similar introductions, pages 21-447 represent the “supplementary bibliography” and as before pages 447-503 an extension of the Bibliography of the South West Pacific Area”. A very good copy.

    Essential Australian Bibliography Readable Informative

    $80.00

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  • Remembering Babylon – David Malouf – Signed, Numbered, Limited First Edition 1993

    Remembering Babylon – David Malouf – Signed, Numbered, Limited First Edition 1993

    First specially bound limited edition. Published by Chatto & Windus, Limited Editions in 1993. Very good condition. Number 50 of only 150 copies in this form signed and dated by David Malouf.

    Octavo, 200 pages, marbled paper covered boards, gilt lettering etc … nice. Very good if not fine condition.

    Malouf was short listed for the Booker Prize for this novel and it won him the Commonwealth Writers” Prize and the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

    Set in Australia during the 1850′s. A 13 year old boy is cast ashore and taken in by the northern Australian aborigines. He moves back into a community of English immigrant farmers, and one Scottish family, sixteen year later. And its not straightforward.

    Malouf signed very limited edition

    $120.00

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