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  • Simon Black in Space – Ivan Southall.

    Simon Black in Space – Ivan Southall.

    An early sought after Space Classic published in 1953 an year after the first.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney and London. Octavo, 223 pages, some line drawn illustration, very clean internally albeit light toning, super dust jacket, making the book gift worthy.

    The author was a distinguished pilot in the R.A.A.F in WWII awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (D.F.C). After the war he was co-opted to write about the R.A.A.F in Europe. He still had time to write about the adventures of Simon Black.

    Black in the special aircraft “Firefly 3”, the only aircraft in the World capable of pursuing the flying saucers into space. Accompanied by Rex the Alsatian (it’s a dog’s life).

    Collectable Early Space Adventure penned by Australian Hero.


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  • James Bond – For Special Services – John Gardner – First Edition 1982

    James Bond – For Special Services – John Gardner – First Edition 1982

    After the death of Ian Fleming, John Gardner was give the “licence to print money” by the copyright holders of the Bond trove.

    A first edition published by Jonathan Cape in conjunction with Hodder & Stoughton, London in 1982. Octavo, 254 pages plus afterword. Jacket design by Bill Botten all in very good condition – super condition jacket.

    There was a ten year hiatus until Gardner penned his first post Fleming Bond book “Licence Renewed” … this is his second. Bond is “loaned’ to the Americans – Spectre has reappeared and it’s the Revenge and Extortion bit of the acronym that gives everyone the hump. Killer ants make an appearance

    The New Old Bond back fighting Spectre with the odd dalliance


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  • The Travel Books [the Far East and Spain] – Somerset Maugham

    The Travel Books [the Far East and Spain] – Somerset Maugham

    A triple serving of Maugham … On a Chinese screen; The Gentleman in the Parlour and Don Fernando.

    Thick octavo, 148, 170 and 146 pages of Maugham on the move. Published by Heinemann, London in 1955. A sign of age on the dust jacket edges, otherwise a very good copy especially given its age.

    “The Gentleman in the Parlour” records a journey from Rangoon to Haipong … real Somerset Maugham territory and (as he says) is an exercise in style.

    “On a Chinese Screen” is a reflection on his travels in China during 1920.

    “Don Fernando”, almost self explanatory, is a Maugham Spanish classic. Whilst included under this “Travel” umbrella it is a historical account set in the times of Velasquez and El Greco … and obviously Don Fernando.

    Somerset Maugham perhaps at his best in the East with a helping of Spain thrown in …


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  • Larn Yersel’ Geordie [Learn Yourself Geordie – the Language of the North East of England] – Scott Dobson

    Larn Yersel’ Geordie [Learn Yourself Geordie – the Language of the North East of England] – Scott Dobson

    Not an expensive book but a priceless one! The “go to” reference for the language of Voyager’s birthplace.

    Scott Dobson, a well known local identity, starts by making it clear that this is a language not a dialect … almost correct we would say. Geordie’s take many of their unique words and expression from the Viking’s … and maybe one of two of their customs … e.g. “chatting up each others birds”.

    Not only will you learn some “Geordie” the book is a very funny piece .. as you would expect if you know any of the natives.

    Paperback, 32 pages, with some daft illustrations, ending in a Vocabulary of Geordie Phrases”. Used but pretty good condition. Published in Rothbury, Northumberland in 1986.

    Postage will be reduced on final billing for Australian (and Geordie) customers.

    Man Up .. Learn some Geordie today!


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

    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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