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  • On The Beach – Nevil Shute

    On The Beach – Nevil Shute

    Nevil Shute’s post apocalyptic novel .. complete and unabridged.

    Published by Heinemann, first film edition 1959, 312 pages, all in very good condition, nice condition jacket protected in removable Brodart.

    As mentioned, this is the film edition issued contemporaneous with the Stanley Kramer directed hit movie. Filmed in Melbourne with a raft of stars including Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner who feature on the iconic dust jacket.

    Superbly written by the British born Australian writer. A shocking novel about the end of the human race following nuclear war in the Northern Hemisphere. No doubt it made many think about the consequences of building tensions during the Cold War.

    Shute’s best and surely most provoking novel


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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