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  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams – 1956

    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams – 1956

    Classic Tennessee Williams play published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1956, a second printing same year as the first. Fine condition. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Play the year before.

    Octavo, 197 pages to the Play. Before that “Person- To- Person” … 5 pages by the author; Characters of the Play – 2 pages; Notes for the Designer … in which he recalls an image he had seen of Robert Louis Stevenson’s verandah.

    Set in a Plantation home in the Mississippi Delta owned by Big Daddy Pollitt … the play examines the complex relationships among the family including his son Brick and Maggie the “Cat” Brocks wife. Two years after this book it was made into a Movie with a super cast including Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor as Brick and the “Cat”

    TW’s personal favourite and perhaps his best-known work….

    $50.00

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  • The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel defoe – Early Printing 1708

    The True-born English-man: A Satyr – Daniel defoe – Early Printing 1708

    A rare pamphlet by Daniel Defoe published anonymously. First seen in 1701 this is the still scarce edition published by Henry Hills, London in 1708.

    Octavo, 37 pages plus one page of advertisements. Previous owners name on title. A very good copy.

    A 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 in 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.”

    Mmhhh … no holding back there

    Daniel Defoe at his greatest wit … wish he had met Spike – 300 years plus old …

    $190.00

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  • The Night of the Iguana – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1961

    The Night of the Iguana – Tennessee Williams – First UK Edition 1961

    A first UK edition of this classic Tennessee Williams play published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1961.

    Made into the Oscar winning movie filmed by John Houston in 1964. Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.

    A complex story of human emotions, frailty etc. Reverend Shannon, Burton in the movie, is essentially defrocked following a triste with a young Sunday School teacher. He takes work with an American Religious Travel group … off to Mexico. He is accused of more inappropriate conduct and to avoid being reported on contrives the group to be held up a seedy Mexican Hotel run by the vivacious Maxine, Ava Gardner in the movie. Another beauty arrives, Deborah Kerr in the movie, and it all gets too complex for Shannon who breaks down … and has to be tethered … like the “pet’” Iguana.

    A special somewhat challenging work. Red and watch is our recommendation …

    $30.00

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  • A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne – c1905

    A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne – c1905

    Jule Verne classic published by Ward Lock, London, early 20th century, likely pre-WWI. Part of the “Lilley series” – with catalogue at rear indication forty volumes available and another ten in preparation which appears circa 1905. Octavo, 256 pages.

    Lovely pictorial image pasted to front board, with “framing” decoration, which is repeated on the spine. The aforesaid image is repeated as a frontispiece. Some foxing to title and page edges. Generally, given the excellent covers, still a good to better copy for its age.

    Often Journey to the “Centre” here the ”Interior” but we still come out in Iceland, where else? Another slightly unusual translation which adds to the fun.

    Century old Jules Verne – off into the Centre (Interior)

    $80.00

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  • A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    A Journey to the Interior of the Earth – Jules Verne

    Jule Verne classic published by Ward Lock, London, published 1967. Octavo, 192 pages.

    Our favourite, more modern edition with the super dust jacket. Illustrated internally with line drawings. Very good condition.

    Often Journey to the “Centre” here the ”Interior” but we still come out in Iceland, where else?. Translates for the young in mind, the style of translation as usual, unusual and leads to a bit adult amusement.

    Verne – at the interior Centre

    $45.00

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  • Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Boronia Babies – May Gibbs – First Edition -1919

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney no date but 1919 and a First Edition.

    Original wrapper with orange cord, 18 pages. Colour pictorial overlay to front of a lovely Boronia Baby.

    Illustrated with coloured frontispiece and 11 full page black and white illustrations.

    Neat gift inscription on the page dedicated for that purpose. Very nice condition.

    Reference authority Muir 2740.

    May Gibbs original – beautiful Boronia Babies

    $160.00

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