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  • Biggles and the Missing Millionaire – Captain W.E. Johns. First edition 1961

    Biggles and the Missing Millionaire – Captain W.E. Johns. First edition 1961

    Published by the Brockhampton Press in 1961, part of the Hampton Library series.

    The “Mystery Man of Europe, Otto Brandt, has disappeared. A very large luxury yacht and an arms haul are all part of it – Biggles and his pals fly to the Bahamas to solve the dilemma.

    Octavo, 170 pages, prize label to front, very clean internally, very good dust jacket a smashing copy.

    Adventures in the Bahamas – Biggles wins again!

    $50.00

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  • Billabong Riders – Mary Grant Bruce – 1952

    Billabong Riders – Mary Grant Bruce – 1952

    This is the first UK edition published in 1952, having been published in Australia in 1942.

    An absolutely clean copy with a perfect dust jacket … given the time period of over 70 year something special .. would make great gift.

    Octavo, 192 pages, frontispiece like the jacket cover. We have gushed about the quality, put up with a previous owners book label at the front ends.

    This is all about the riders of Billabong the authors special place that defines real Australia to many … full of character and characters. Understand it before tall buildings take over.

    One for the bush or the curious city dweller.

    $35.00

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  • Spanish Love [the Girl and the Matador] – Juanita Savage – 1926

    Spanish Love [the Girl and the Matador] – Juanita Savage – 1926

    A 1926 edition of this feisty love story. Not long off a hundred year old and still with a wonderful dust jacket.

    Octavo, 316 pages, pages browned a bit; excuse it for its otherwise very good clean condition … still very gift worthy.

    Set in Spain, and we love the authors name … adds a bit of ferocity.

    Our lady, Dolores Annesley was born of a Spanish mother we are told and hence inherited a certain beauty and power over men. Don Pedro was also no slouch when it came to the romantic game … so with two positive charges we are in for a bit of a roller coaster romance. And, we get it … with paella.

    Great guide to romance in Spain if you are heading that way or a few clues for us wishful types.

    $40.00

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  • The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel Defoe – 1716

    The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel Defoe – 1716

    A rare item by Daniel Defoe. The scarce “enlarged” edition printed and sold by James Roberts in 1716.

    Small pocket sized 12mo, 12, 26 pages, bound in contemporary calf backed boards, some age and wear but solid and rare in this original state.

    First edition thus. After the accession of Hanover Defoe added a new passage of 49 lines satirizing the English temper. It was hastily published and contains a number of hasty error which ironically confirm its pedigree

    A True-born English-man, satirical poem of length about xenophobia … a few could learn from it today. Dutch born William of Orange has become King of England, and there was much tittle tattle about his lack of Englishness. Defoe, forever a wit, wrote this is support of old William of O, ridiculing the notion of English racial purity. Well the evidence is there.

    Defoe … much quoted from his opening rant

    “that het’rogeneous thing, an Englishman:
    In eager rapes, and furious lust begot
    Betwixt a painted Britain and a Scot
    Whose gend’ring off-spring quickly learn’d to bow,
    And yoke their heifers to the Roman plough:
    From whence a mongrel half-bred race there came,
    With neither name, nor nation, speech nor fame.
    In whose hot veins new mixtures quickly ran,
    Infused betwixt a Saxon and a Dane
    While their rank daughters, to their parents just,
    Receiv’d all nations with promiscuous lust.
    This nauseous brood directly did contain
    The well-extracted blood of Englishmen.”

    Daniel Defoe and his True-born a delicious antiquarian rarity

    $380.00

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  • Australian Private Press: The Dying Stockman – A Ballad … with Notes by Hugh Anderson and Lino Cuts by Ronald Edwards – No 1 of The Black Bull Chapbooks from The Ram’s Skull Press – Signed Limited No 50 of 75.

    Australian Private Press: The Dying Stockman – A Ballad … with Notes by Hugh Anderson and Lino Cuts by Ronald Edwards – No 1 of The Black Bull Chapbooks from The Ram’s Skull Press – Signed Limited No 50 of 75.

    This is quite a story. Ron Edwards would eventually be given an OAM for his lifetime of work preserving Australian bush heritage. The Rams Skull Press still exists and is run by Ron’s son out of the Brisbane Valley. Ron himself moved from Ferntree, Victoria to equally beautiful Kuranda behind Cairns before he packed his bags.

    This first of firsts printed in hand set Baskerville on Tudor Antique paper by R.G. Edwards at the sign of the Rams Skull Press … Lording Street, Lower Ferntree Fully, Victoria … limitation .. February, 1954.

    Comprising music score, illustrated with woodcuts, hand sewn with leather ties, preserved inside original goatskin covers. A few insect nibbles to goatskin, otherwise all in excellent condition.

    The verses are The Dying Stockman; Rosin the Beau; The Tarpaulin Jack and The Dying Digger … a bit of dying but they seemed to have had a good life and needed few possessions.

    Scarce wondrous Australian bush verses printed on a flat bed everything by hand – dressed in goat skin.

    $190.00

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  • Norfolk Island [Historical Verse]  – Merval Connelly – First edition 1951

    Norfolk Island [Historical Verse] – Merval Connelly – First edition 1951

    A first edition published by the quality Pegasus Press, Christchurch in 1951.

    This continues a theme at Voyager … historical poetry of quality.

    Octavo, 45 pages, illustrated with beautiful woodcut engravings by Gordan McAuslan. Good complete dust jacket. Very good condition.

    Set out in two distinct parts …

    Part I .. Captain Cook discovers the island; These sailed not for pleasure nor knowledge; First convict settlement; The years between; Second convict settlement; The second penal settlement closes; The coming of the Pitcairners.

    Part II … Norfolk pines; In the valleys; Seascape; Cypresses and Banyan trees; Island nocturne; One wonders about the women; The legend of Bloody Bridge; Poem written at Kingston.

    When we finished reading this book of poetry we were left with a better understanding of this unique place and its history and beauty.

    Norfolk Island in verse – a delightful history.

    $40.00

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