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  • In the Great White Land (A Tale of the Antarctic Ocean) – Gordan Stables

    In the Great White Land (A Tale of the Antarctic Ocean) – Gordan Stables

    Published by Blackie, London in the early 1930’s.

    Octavo, 288 pages thick spongy paper and despite the spongy quite clean with some marks to the extreme per edge. Coloured frontispiece and three full page illustrations. Prize label on front end papers. Rare in the striking illustrated dust jacket.

    Three stories and despite the subtitle starts with … “Far Away in the Frozen North” an Arctic adventure on the good barque Walrus and the oft frozen Captain Mayne Brace (great pun). Story two “Under the Southern Cross” requires no clue as to the general location with many icy encounters. Finally “On the Great Antarctic Continent” and the beauty and marvel of the Ice-Cave. The sledging journey across the tableland and the dash for the pole takes its lead from the great Heroic Era accounts.

    Adventure in the frozen South – very South.

    $80.00

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  • Biggles Presses On – Captain Johns – 1958

    Biggles Presses On – Captain Johns – 1958

    First edition published in 1958 by the Brockhampton Press. A scarce one.

    Octavo, 192 pages, coloured frontispiece and five coloured plates by Leslie Stead. Some foxing, and manuscript name on end papers and volume number 50 on title. The jacket announces the fiftieth Biggles.

    Biggles investigates a murder on a Pacific Atoll; rescues a Sultan’s son; mink smuggling and an aircraft that disappears!

    Biggles would press on wouldn’t he

    $40.00

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  • Biggles in the Blue [Air Adventure in the Caribbean] – Captain Johns – 1954

    Biggles in the Blue [Air Adventure in the Caribbean] – Captain Johns – 1954

    A second impression of an early Biggles published in 1954 by the Brockhampton Press.

    Octavo, 192 pages, coloured frontispiece and five coloured plates by Leslie Stead. Scarce jacket lightly chipped, the odd age mark, over all still a very good copy.

    Biggles arch enemy Erich von Stalhein is in Jamaica and up to no good. Biggles and his mates are sent to sort him – and maybe they do.

    Biggles in the Caribbean among the blue skies and pink flamingos.

    $40.00

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  • Murder Off Miami A New Era in Crime fiction – Dennis Wheatley

    A Voyager favourite .. super intriguing.

    Originally published in 1936 – this is a faithful 1979 re-issue of this unique work by Dennis Wheatley.

    The most sinister death of multi-millionaire soap powder king Bolitho Blane on board the luxury yacht Golden Gull off Miami looks suspicious. Has he committed suicide or is foul play involved?

    Here we have all the clues laid out in front of us in the form of a the law enforcement case file – it is guaranteed to leave you scratching your head until the end – nothing on google will assist you in working this one out.

    A “sealed section” reveals the solution – do not peek until you are absolutely exhausted.

    $80.00

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  • A Queensland Pair – A Story of Forty Year Ago – Thomas Symon – First and Only 1912 – Extremely Scarce

    A Queensland Pair – A Story of Forty Year Ago – Thomas Symon – First and Only 1912 – Extremely Scarce

    A soft cover only published in this form. Printed at Brisbane at the Sapsford Printers Adelaide Street. Compact, perfect bound octavo, 184 pages, some foxing nearer the ends generally quite clean and a worthy copy as scarce as hen’s teeth. A few coloured pencil marks around chapter XXII when things get a bit amorous. A bit mind you – this is 1912.

    We think effectively self published the authors only book – he was a teacher at Ipswich may have retired before this work.

    The brief Preface … “The Following story is founded on personal experience; and, as far as possible, without exaggeration … The characters are real: and as true to life as I could make them …”

    Scarce Queensland novel and a bit of a curiosity.

    $60.00

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  • The Foundation Trilogy [Foundation: Foundation and Empire: Second Foundation] and then The Stars, Like Dust; The Naked sun; I Robot – Complete & Unabridged – Isaac Asimov

    The Foundation Trilogy [Foundation: Foundation and Empire: Second Foundation] and then The Stars, Like Dust; The Naked sun; I Robot – Complete & Unabridged – Isaac Asimov

    A monster collection including Isaac Asimov’s greatest work the Foundation Trilogy and more all in one place.

    This is a Book Club edition in association with the principal’s Heinemann, Secker and Octopus Book. Issued in 1982. Extra thick octavo, 863 pages. A very slight even tone to the pages due to the nature of the paper very clean throughout – an unread copy we suspect. Binding and dust wrapper very good. Too heavy for overseas without a postage supplement.

    Asimov won the Hugo Award for BEST ALL Time Science Fiction Series with the trilogy … the Galactic empire crumbles but one man creates a new force for civilised life … it gets complicated.

    And at the very end I, Robot … given the explosion of AI makes this a must read or a read again.

    Asimov – his best stuff – will keep you going through the winter.

    $50.00

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