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  • An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    A first US edition by Nobel Prize winning William Golding, published by Faber and Faber in 1985.

    Golding’s first novel “Lord of the Flies” a Voyager favourite … strange because originally rejected by Faber and, despite his first, surely significantly .behind his Nobel award … which arrived in 1983 just before the publication of this adventure in Egypt. Aussies will know his Rites of Passage and the other parts of what was a superb trilogy … made into a classic screenplay with Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist.

    An unusual and interesting book, a no nonsense account … Golding only needed to please one person … himself. So we quite like his honest views of everything Egyptian on the tour … not done in grand style but in the fashion of any honest adventurer.

    Larger octavo, 207 pages, illustrated with interesting titling .. a very good copy.

    A very different Egypt travel account by the talented irascible sarcastic observant Golding


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  • The Day of Fire [Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud] – James Ullman – First Edition 1959

    The Day of Fire [Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud] – James Ullman – First Edition 1959

    First Edition published by Collins, London in 1959. Octavo, 638 pages. A little sign of age, dust jacket chipped at head, still a very good copy of a special book.

    The author had been working on this book for a number of years and provides a nice foreword about Rimbaud, He thanks New Directions for quotes from their “A Season in Hell”, possibly Voyager’s favourite book.

    No wonder the author invested so much time, Arthur Rimbaud was an extraordinary individual and apart from his poetry and writing led an extraordinary life, not always on the right side of the law.

    Based on the life of Arthur Rimbaud and a colourful life that was.


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  • Hemingway in Spain – Castillo-Puche (Translated by Helen Lane) – First Edition Biography 1975

    Hemingway in Spain – Castillo-Puche (Translated by Helen Lane) – First Edition Biography 1975

    First Edition English edition translated from the Spanish .,.. ‘Hemingway: Entre la Vida y la Muerte” [Between Life and Death] by Helen Lane.

    Published by New English Library, London in 1975. Octavo, xv, 388 pages plus 24 plates. Pages evenly toned as usual for this book … still a very good copy.

    The Spanish writer Jose Luis Castillo-Puche was a close friend of the great man making this an intimate account of all things Spanish about Hemingway.

    Hemingway and his time and association with the land of the bull fight.


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  • The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    Title continues … A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. With a Memoir of the Author by Edward Clodd.

    Originally published as a two-volume set, this is the later one volume edition, published the year of the authors death.

    Published by John Murray, London in 1892. Octavo, lxxxix, 386 pages. Illustrated throughout, including a double colour page spread of Amazonian butterflies. Original green decorated cloth covered boards. Previous ownership and gift inscription at front … nice ones. A very good copy of a desirable account.

    Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) naturalist and explorer accompanied Alfred Russell Wallace on a famous expedition into the rain forests of the Amazon commencing in 1848. Wallace returned to England in 1852, whilst Bates remained there until 1849 a full eleven years. Furthermore, unfortunately Wallace lost all his specimens on the return voyage due to fire on the ship, whilst bates returned with nearly 15,000 specimens of which a massive 8,000 were new to science. This book is the record of his work.

    Bates and Wallace had been friends at school and their interest in science soon focused on elements of natural history and the developing theories on the origin of species. When in the Amazons the two friends largely went their separate ways, to maximise the opportunities for finding new species. Bates travelled to Cameta on the Tocantins Rivers and then up the Amazon to its higher reaches making a base camp at Tefe where he stayed for four and half years. Despite the eleven years he returned to England earlier than he would have liked due to ill health. His book took another two years to write up and is regarded as one of the finest reports on natural history travels.

    The lengthy (72 page) memoir is something special drawing on numerous letters between Bates and his distinguished group … we have provided and image of an exchange with Charles Darwin … there could be no better advertisement fro the book. The writer of the memoir, Edward Clodd, was a wealthy banker and an anthropologist. He mixed with the Darwin crowd, wrote a biography of Huxley, and generally saw and entertained a plethora of scientists and writers, including fictional, at his upmarket country residence.

    Henry Bates in the Amazon colleague of Wallace and friends of Darwin, Hooker, Huxley etc al


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  • The Hard Way [the Writing and Publication of Power Without Glory] – Frank Hardy.

    The Hard Way [the Writing and Publication of Power Without Glory] – Frank Hardy.

    This is the re-issue published by Rigby, Adelaide in 1976.

    Octavo, 255 pages, original brown cloth covered boards, illustrations from relevant photographs. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket which features a painting by fellow communist and artistic activist Noel Counihan.

    This is Frank Hardy’s account of the writing and publishing of his classic novel the Power Without Glory. It was published original in 1961 by which time he had had nearly ten years to reflect on the goings on … including some time in the Courts.

    Frank Hardy and the tale of the making of Power Without Glory


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  • Two Letters of Norman Lindsay – Richard Pennigton Private Press – Signed Number 5 of a Limitation of 75 Copies

    Two Letters of Norman Lindsay – Richard Pennigton Private Press – Signed Number 5 of a Limitation of 75 Copies

    Extended title … Two Letters from Norman Lindsay to Francis and Betty Crossle here printed for Members of the Christopher Brennan Society.

    Privately printed signed and numbered by Richard Pennington, limited to only 75 copies this number 5.

    The letters, in the possession of Richard Pennington printed for the first time – he received the permission of Janet Glad, Norman Lindsay’s daughter.

    Octavo, 24 pages, limitations page, bound in decorative string bound wrappers. Printed in Stephenson Blake’s Perpetua type on Barcham Green hand-made “Tovil’ paper by Richard Pennington at Presse de l’Abricotier Abatuu Blanzac France in September 1980.

    Richard Pennington was born at Rugby, England but spent a large part of his adult working life in Australia. He was Librarian at the University of Queensland for eighteen years from 1946. He retired to France where he purchased a hand printing set-up and operated first in Normandy then later in Blanzac. Ten years before this work he was involved in the printing of a special memoir on the Australian poet Christopher Brennan. Lindsay did a portrait sketch of Brennan for the memoir .. so you can begin to understand the connection.

    Pennington provides a lovely six page introduction. Pennington knew the recipients, who had introduced him to Brennan’s poetry. He describes the recipients interest in the arts and their rather metaphysical view of life and the world … something they had in common with Lindsay. Good content regarding their conversations about Lindsay and how Pennington came to receive the letters from Betty.

    The letters are most interesting a particularly that to Francis which runs to over 1,200 words. Lindsay clearly respects Francis as a Doctor and close friend .. as a consequence the content is extremely personal .. allowing one to understand this genius of man better. Lindsay struggles with over-reaching in his work and finds that whenever he tries to control this “problem” he usually turns to some other form of “work’. In the evenings he listens to classical music but that does not help as it stimulates his mind into thinking of many new elements of work yet to be done. Many rather complex metaphysical views are shared which seem to stem from deeper anxieties. He references Newman’s book .. the best revelation of the critical mind that I have come across, but read it with considerable disgust also. Critic Newman’s book on criticism was published in 1925 .. so dates the letter better than Pennington’s suggestion of the year before [Pennington references the wrong book].

    The letter to Betty is less wordy … just over 500 words … but perhaps more intimate. Lindsay obviously does not like Rousseau .. one of the most evil minds that ever appeared on earth in the disguise of a Good man. Lindsay adores Beethoven, Turner and Byron. He is close to finishing his novel Madame Life’s Lovers … which he will send shortly.

    Special Very Limited Private Press Lindsay Item – with an interesting series of connections


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