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  • Scents of Flying – Maki Horanai and Hillel Weintraub

    Scents of Flying – Maki Horanai and Hillel Weintraub

    Self published hand made by Mountain Dreams Press in 2010. A special beautiful book displaying the highly original artwork of Maki Horanai.

    Unpaginated but 28 pages of thick handmade paper so lovely you could eat it. Fourteen images by Horanai, alternating full page and double page. Signed boldly on the front pastedown by the artist and the wordsmith Hillel Weintrub. The image of the title, an element of “Homage” is repeated pasted to the front boards. Boards covered in rich handmade paper.

    As you can tell … we love it.

    Wish and you could be a “Sky Carpet Traveller”

    $70.00

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  • The Dawn of Time – Australian Aboriginal Myths in Paintings – Roberts and Mountford.

    The Dawn of Time – Australian Aboriginal Myths in Paintings – Roberts and Mountford.

    A first edition of this “sequel” to Dreamtime. Another wonderful book by ethnologist Charles Mountford and artist Ainslie Roberts.

    Published in 1969 again by Rugby, Adelaide. Same small quarto format 79 pages with a beautiful image for each of the myths recounted by Mountford received from Elders and Storytellers.

    Includes some from the coast such as Kondole the Whale; Pipinyawari the Queen Fish … the Fighting Cloud Women; the Black Kangaroo; and our favourite Brolga the Dancing Girl .. albeit a little sad.

    Remember this story when you see a Brolga.

    $30.00

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  • Richer than All His Tribe – Nicholas Monsarrat – First Edition 1968

    Richer than All His Tribe – Nicholas Monsarrat – First Edition 1968

    A fine copy of the first edition published by Cassell, London in 1968. Octavo, 369 pages, map of The Island of Pharamaul. A really fresh copy.

    Despite fame from “the Cruel Sea” it is widely accepted that amongst his large body of work The Tribe That Lost its Head (published 1956) and this later development of the themes therein Richer Than All His Tribe were his best works.

    Monsarrat had spent some time in South Africa as a diplomat and he draws on his experience to write about the obscure colonial island of Pharamual set in the South Atlantic some 500 miles from the South West Coast of Africa. It all starts with Independence Day …

    Monsarrat back at Pharamaul.

    $30.00

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  • The Dreamtime – Australian Aboriginal Myths in Paintings – Ainslie Roberts and Charles Mountford.

    The Dreamtime – Australian Aboriginal Myths in Paintings – Ainslie Roberts and Charles Mountford.

    A interesting book published by Rigby of Adelaide who have done some good work. Small quarto, 79 pages, well illustrated with colour images of the aforesaid paintings – and they are beauties.

    All up 32 aboriginal stores recounted and illustrated including .. The banishment of the Cuckoos; Mangowa and the Round Lakes; The Creation of the eagle and the Crow; The Mopaditis and the Black Cockatoos; Tirlta and the Flowers of Blood ..

    Special images, beautiful meaningful stories.

    $30.00

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  • Kakadu Man – Bill Neidjie – Signed Copy

    Kakadu Man – Bill Neidjie – Signed Copy

    This book is by Bill Neidjie deceased. An extraordinary man of words from the Gagudju people of Kakadu in the Northern Territory of Australia. He was assisted by Stephen Davis and Allan Fox who provided some of the striking photographic images.

    Signed and dated boldly by the Bill Neidjie and Felix Haemer .. we are not quite sure what Felix’s involvement was.

    Published Allan Fox in 1985. Small quarto, 95 pages of text, the poetry of Bill Neidjie and images form colour photographs, end paper decorative sketch maps. Dust jacket a little tired, overall a very good copy.

    Neidjie has been compared with Chief Seattle of Puget Sound who wrote so eloquently about the environment to George Washington when approached to sell part of their land. Under threat to hand over land for National Parks and worse Uranium Mining Bill Neidjie wrote …

    “Our story is in the land .. it is written in those sacred places. My children will look after these places, that’s the law. Dreaming place … you can’t change it. No matter you rich man, no matter you King. You can’t change it”.

    Bill Neidjie was Kakadu Man

    $35.00

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  • May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Edition – 1967

    May We Borrow Your Husband? and Other Comedies of the Sexual Life – Graham Greene – First Edition – 1967

    Published by the Bodley Head in 1967, a first edition.

    Octavo, 188 pages, with super dust jacket designed by Stephen Russ. Very good if not better condition with a fine complete dust jacket

    Greene twelve short stories – “Comedies of the Sexual Life” many of which rank among his best.

    The subtitle we are told not to be interpreted too narrowly … and we agree. Many different characters and settings, from the South of France to the Caribbean. The title piece is really super and packs in so much in just 40 pages. We also like the reality of “The Over-night Bag” and the Invisible Japanese Gentlemen

    Greene wit at its best .. makes a great and thoughtful gift.

    $60.00

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