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  • The Works of Jonathan Swift [Including Gulliver's Travels] – Published 1760

    The Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St Patricks, Dublin, Accurately Revised in Twelve Volumes, Adorned with Copper Plates; with Some account of the Author’s Life, and Notes Historical and Explanatory, by John Hawkesworth

    Twelve octavo volumes in contemporary full leather bindings published London, 1760. Printed by C. Bathurst et al. Complete and in good authentic condition. Various plates including, in particular the plates and maps relating to Gulliver’s Travels.

    Each volume bound in full leather. Raised bands to spines with six compartments those free with gilt decoration. Leather title and volume numbers applied in gilt direct. Red lettered title pages. Some rubbing, and tender hinges, occasional marks, generally clean.

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) barely requires introduction. An Anglo-Irish satirist, political pamphleteer for the Whigs and then the Tories, poet and cleric who became the Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Whilst Gulliver’s Travels is foremost in most minds he also wrote and published here – A Modest Proposal; A Journal to Stella; Drapier’s Letters; The Battle of the Books; A Tale of a Tub etc. the foremost satirist in the English language.

    The presentation of Gulliver’s Travels is very good. Pages are clean and the plates and in particular the maps are well executed. The relevance to Australia may not be understood by all with Lilliput set south of Sumatra and in the vicinity of Christmas Island; and Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) featuring in the south east … Houyhnhnms Land and the Yahoos, as everybody knows, was discovered in 1711 and sits off the coast of South Australia.

    Swift based his understanding of the geography from the accounts of the voyages of William Dampier [As did Defoe re Robinson Crusoe] and the early Dutch voyagers. Dampier visited Christmas Island in 1688. Some early maps showed erroneously two islands instead of one … this may account for Swift’s ‘two island” depiction.

    The “biographer” John Hawkesworth requires mention, a man of distinction not the least in that he wrote up the official account of James Cook’s First Voyage in the Endeavour.

    Swift’s Works all Twelve Volumes in contemporary 18th C bindings – including Gulliver’s Travels – 1760



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  • The Pearl – John Steinbeck – First UK Edition 1948

    Published by Heinemann, London in 1948. A special short story from the Nobel prize winning author.

    Octavo, 98 pages, dust jacket with some age an chips, otherwise a bright copy of a scarce Steinbeck work.

    Based on an old Mexican folk story … the Great Pearl. How it was found and lost. A simple story about folks … Kino the fisherman, his wife Coyitio and baby Juana. Enchanting.

    The Pearl – a Steinbeck First from a story long told in Mexico by the Ocean.



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  • Minorities – T. E. Lawrence [of Arabia] his favourite poems – First Edition 1971

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1971. Octavo, 272 pages, photographic frontispiece, biographical introduction by J.M. Wilson, preface by C Day Lewis. Light edge wear, previous ownership name at front, a very good copy.

    Lawrence encouraged by his travels kept a notebook of “good poems by small poets and small poems by good poets”. Another insight into the special mind that was Lawrence. The book contains reproductions of some of his own manuscript copies in which he sometimes could not resist improvement or correction of grammar.

    Not particularly minor really – Lawrence of Arabia’s personal anthology in print.



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  • World Famous Books in Outline [Simply the Best] – Odhams – First Edition 1948

    World Famous Books in Outline [Simply the Best] – Odhams – First Edition 1948

    Some readers are worried they will not get through all the books they have to read … this understandably can be quite stressful.

    Regarding the great novels, a course in speed reading may help, but this produces its own form of anxiety … am I really giving the book justice etc? Publisher Odhams, London came up with this precis of the best novels in 1948 … there are other books of this type but none as good as Odhams.

    Published in 1948, octavo, 512 pages, with illustrations of some quality and uniform style which helps you along. Very good condition albeit with a solid chip in the dust jacket at spine ends.

    All up 35 books covered, so you can do the maths. Classics include … Pride and Prejudice; Lorna Doone; Jane Eyre; Don Quixote; the Brothers Karamazov; Madame Bovary; Tess; Notre Dame; Vanity Fair; War and Peace; Faust etc … And, some non-fiction … On the Origin of Species for example

    Get ahead of the game … A good way in and a tease for the full work


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  • Snowball – Gavin Casey – First Edition 1958

    Snowball – Gavin Casey – First Edition 1958

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1958. Octavo, 250, very good condition albeit previous ownership name on paste down. Jacket design by JM portrays patriarch Snowball with some strength and dignity.

    An aboriginal family live on the outskirts of a “white settlement” and there are interactions, some romantic. Not all are sympathetic but quite a few are .. maybe the author is attempting to portray a more inclusive society than would have existed then … maybe it was.

    A very good copy of a novel that maybe should not be ignored.



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  • Agatha Christie – Complete Set of the Collected Edition by Hamlyn – 24 Volumes – 72 Novels.

    Published by Hamlyn, London various dates as issued in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Uniform octavo, over 12,000 pages. Nicely bound in decorated black cloth covered boards with gilt adornment and titles, super headbands, all top edges stained red as required. Each covered in the original “Crime Themed” dust jackets of the period .. now all protected in removeable Brodart. Very good condition, the tiniest bit of age to a couple, all clean as a whistle internally … as fine a set as you could find.

    To be read over a lifetime … maybe twice. Comprising …

    1. 4:50 From Paddington; Lord Edgware Dies; Murder in Mesopotamia;
    2. Sparkling Cyanide; The Secret of Chimney; Five Little Pigs;
    3. A Caribbean Mystery; Taken at the Flood; The Seven Dials Mystery;
    4. Evil under the Sun; Death Comes as the End; The Sittaford Mystery;
    5. Ordeal by Innocence; One, Two, Buckle my Shoe; The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding;
    6. Partners in Crime; At Bertram s Hotel; The Hound of Death;
    7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd; They Do It With Mirrors; Mrs. McGinty s Dead;
    8. The Clocks; Third Girl; Murder in the Mews;
    9. Halloween Party; Passenger to Frankfurt; The Thirteen Problems;
    10. The Hollow; The Moving Finger; Three Act Tragedy;
    11. The Mysterious Affair at Styles; Ten Little Ni*****s; Dumb Witness;
    12. Appointment with Death; Crooked House; Sad Cypress;
    13. The Pale Horse; The Big Four; The Secret Adversary;
    14. Cat Among the Pigeons; The Labours of Hercules; Hickory Dickory Dock;
    15. Nemesis; Parker Pyne Investigates; Poirot Investigates;
    16. Death on the Nile; Towards Zero; After the Funeral;
    17. By the Pricking of My Thumbs; The Mysterious Mr. Quin; Endless Night;
    18. Peril at End House; The Body in the Library; Hercule Poirot’s Christmas;
    19. Murder is Easy; Dead Man s Folly; The Man in the Brown Suit;
    20. The Mirror Crack d from Side to Side; They Came to Baghdad; The ABC Murders;
    21. Murder on the Orient Express; Death in the Clouds; Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?;
    22. The Mystery of the Blue Train; The Listerdale Mystery; The Murder at the Vicarage;
    23. The Murder on the Links; A Pocket Full of Rye; Destination Unknown;
    24. Cards on the Table; N or M; A Murder is Announced.

    Total weight packed is approaching 20 kgs so we will have to quote postage to any buyers location. We always pack well and find the best mailing arrangement for all our customers.

    Agatha Christie simply the best complete set.



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