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  • Utopias and Imaginary Voyages to Australasia – John Dunmore

    Utopias and Imaginary Voyages to Australasia – John Dunmore

    Who else could be more qualified to write and present on this subject at the National Library of Australia than John Dunmore?

    Octavo, card cover of 23 delicious pages, the text of Dunmore’s lecture of 2nd September 1987, published by the N.L.A. the following year. A fine copy.

    From Joseph Hall’s “Mundas Alter et Idem’ the first utopian account to be set in the Antipodes, with mentions of La Perouse and “Fragmens” … Aldous Huxley is a bit of a drift … then back to Utopian reality and the Adventures of Alexander Venderchurch and many more esoteric accounts before back to the likes of Gulliver and that endearing Swiss Family.

    A special lecture by Dunmore on down under Utopia – wish I had been there.

    $30.00

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  • A Bibliography of the Writings of Jonathan Swift – Herman Teerink.

    A Bibliography of the Writings of Jonathan Swift – Herman Teerink.

    A second revised and corrected edition of Dr Teerink’s fundamental reference on Swift.

    Published by the University od Pennsylvania Press in 1963. Published in Britain by the Oxford University. First published in 1937, Teerink had continued to compile new discoveries and corrections since that date. He died in 1961 so it was down to Editor Arthur Scouten to produce this update from Teerink’s notes.

    Large, thick octavo, 453 pages with frontispiece of Captain Lemuel Gulliver. A very good copy.

    The preface by Thomas Yoseloff, Director of the Press reflects on the decision to publish the revision and the difficultly in understanding Terrink’s handwriting. Probably in the history of bibliography there has not been more challenge than in this work on Swift, mainly because of the nature of the publishing trade in the first half of the 18thC and the many potential attributions not under the authors real name or published anonymously.

    A monumental work. One might say … what interest a Swift bibliography unless the completely immersed. Well, really it give one a thorough education of the publication of the book in the era … the challenges .. unsold runs of earlier copies and how they can be used in bolstering re-issues of complete works etc. the printing houses and the quality of editorial and review before press.

    The structure of book is helpful … Table of Symbols and abbreviations. Table of Location of Teerink Numbers and then the body … Collected Works; Smaller Collections; A Tale of the Tub; Gulliver’s Travels; Separate Works; Doubtful (well some would challenge other and put some of these in the mix); Biography and Criticism, 1709-1895. And a useful index.

    Jonathan Swift – more than Gulliver and “the Tub” a lifetime work by Teerink.

    $120.00

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  • Graham Greene – Collected Stories

    Graham Greene – Collected Stories

    A second printing of the Collected Series of Greene short stories. Includes the entirety of previous collections titled … May We Borrow Your Husband; A Sense of Reality and Twenty-One Stories. Added to A Sense … are three stories previously not published in book form … The Blessing, Church Militant and Dear Dr Falkenheim.

    One of the advantages of the “Collected Series” is the introduction by GG himself. Here we learn how the stories came about, what makes a great short story (try Chekhov’s – The Lady with the Dog) and also GG’s struggles with the form and the problem of knowing the outcome at the start compared with a fuller form novel of “entertainment’ as he preferred for his “shorter novel” the writer can be taken down various paths unknown at the outset. Well still did a rather good job anyway and the language often in these mere morsels often unfamiliar and rewarding.

    Publishes by the Bodley Head in 1974, octavo 562 pages … 40 stories all up. Dust jacket designed by Michael Harvey. Very good condition bar previous ownership signature on free end paper.

    Graham Greene – short stories, many and varied – great bedtime reading

    $40.00

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  • The Fortunes of Fifi – Molly Elliot Seawell – First Edition 1903

    The Fortunes of Fifi – Molly Elliot Seawell – First Edition 1903

    A first edition published by Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis in 1903. Interestingly, carries the booksellers sticker of Dymock’s Book Arcae, 428 George Street. Dymocks, Australia’s favourite book store was started in 1879 but soon moved to the aforementioned address as the business took off.

    Fifi is a young actress in fourth rate theatre in Paris. Napoleon is involved in a minor way. She has confidantes and admirers and much love and lost love ensues. She turns out to be related to a certain person in very high place … things get rich and in a tangle which really she is not that thrilled with – eventually, she ends up with the one she should. Complex and intriguing romance. The outline is easily told … it became an early silent movie circa WW! And was very successful.

    Octavo, 239 pages, with decorative end papers that match the delightful pictorial covers. A very good copy.

    Classic Romance based in Paris, became one of the very first movies.

    $50.00

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  • The Short Stories of John Steinbeck – Steinbeck

    The Short Stories of John Steinbeck – Steinbeck

    A 1958 edition of Stenbeck’s collection of his very best short stories.

    Published by Heinemann, London, Octavo 568 pages in all. Very good condition bar the jacket spine is light faded as usual

    The jacket gives a clue … includes these delights … Tortilla Flat; Of Mice and Men; The Red Pony; The Moon is Down; Cannery Row and The Pearl.

    Steinbeck Feast – six of the best.

    $35.00

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  • The Quiet American – Graham Greene (Collected Edition)

    The Quiet American – Graham Greene (Collected Edition)

    Turned into a classic movie (how many of Greene’s novels have not been?), with Michael Caine, based in Indo-China a striking story of new and old world

    This is the “Collected Edition” a 1989 printing. Octavo, 211 pages to the novel but with the xxx page introduction by Greene that make this issue something extra.

    A couple of innocent chips to the jacket and a gift inscription on the front end paper, otherwise a very good copy of a surprisingly hard edition to find.

    Greene – One of his Best – With the Quiet American.

    $35.00

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