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  • Le Morte DArthur – The History of King Arthur and His Nobel Knights of the Round Table – Sir Thomas Malory – Illustrated with 36 coloured plates by William Russell Flint. Two Volumes Bound for Bumpas, London.

    Le Morte DArthur – The History of King Arthur and His Nobel Knights of the Round Table – Sir Thomas Malory – Illustrated with 36 coloured plates by William Russell Flint. Two Volumes Bound for Bumpas, London.

    Originally published in 1485 and first issued by the Medici Society in 1912. This is an early reprint of that issue, in two volumes, 1920 and, finely bound in full leather under the name of the legendary London bookseller Bumpas.

    Two Volumes, crown quarto, 439 and 531 pages after preliminaries in each case. Magnificent plates, 36 in total, by Russell Flint.

    The binding, full polished morocco, with raise bands and gilt lettering, and gilt fillet with inner wide dentils (a lovely touch), all page edges richly gilt. Silk ribbon markers. Some rubbing, very clean internally.

    Russell Flint’s interpretation of Malory’s work is masterful and depicts seminal moments and characters.

    Imprinted following the text of Caxton, modernised by Alfred Pollard, instructed by the Medici Society, London. Russell Flint (1880-1969) was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite movement and, the stylised neoclassical art of the Renaissance. He attended the Edinburgh, Royal Institute of Art. He admired Arthur Rackham … and you can that in these example. His figures are finely modelled with further influences of Burne-Jones

    Le Morte DArthur – Illustrated and bound in style … a very good set

    $390.00

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  • Women in Love – DH Lawrence – Scarce and Collectable – First UK Edition 1921

    Published by Martin Secker, London in 1921 the first UK edition.

    1,500 printed and a very rare surviving copy. Without the scarce dust jacket which would make it worth several thousand dollars.

    Octavo, 508 pages. Original brown cloth binding, browned inside as usual due to the paper type; a very good copy

    Written during WWI, not about it, but about D. H. Lawrence’s desires, aspirations, struggles .. a record of the profoundest experiences in the self.

    Best and First UK Edition – D.H.L. – Women in Love

    $190.00

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  • Cannery Row – John Steinbeck – First Australian Edition – 1946

    Cannery Row – John Steinbeck – First Australian Edition – 1946

    For many Steinbeck’s greatest and funniest book and highly sought after first Australian Edition 1946 published by Heinemann, London but wholly set up and printed in Australia for the Oxford University Press by the Advertiser Printing Office, Adelaide. .

    Octavo, 134 pages, bright red cloth covered boards with black titling. Very good condition especially as they were printed on war economy paper. Chipped dust jacket, not price clipped.

    Classic Collectable – Steinbeck First Australian Edition – Cannery Row

    $80.00

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  • On The Beach – Nevil Shute

    On The Beach – Nevil Shute

    Nevil Shute’s post apocalyptic novel .. complete and unabridged.

    Published by Heinemann, first film edition 1959, 312 pages, all in very good condition, nice condition jacket protected in removable Brodart.

    As mentioned, this is the film edition issued contemporaneous with the Stanley Kramer directed hit movie. Filmed in Melbourne with a raft of stars including Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner who feature on the iconic dust jacket.

    Superbly written by the British born Australian writer. A shocking novel about the end of the human race following nuclear war in the Northern Hemisphere. No doubt it made many think about the consequences of building tensions during the Cold War.

    Shute’s best and surely most provoking novel

    $40.00

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  • Au Pole de Sud a Bicyclette – Emillio Salgari

    Au Pole de Sud a Bicyclette – Emillio Salgari

    The French translation of an Emilio Salagari classic translated by J. Fargeau. Salagari being the Italian equivalent of Henty and in some respects Jules Verne. Written in the Italian in the 1890’s this French version was published in 1931 a fifth edition.

    Collected because of the genre, the crazy story involving the South Pole and the superb decorative covers by Fontanez. Although, like quite a few, Fontanez should have brushed up his knowledge of natural history.

    Extra large octavo, 240 pages with illustrations in the text. Paper with an even browning as usual. The green percaline covered boards with title back and apine decorated boldly in polychrome with penguins, seals and polar bear (mmhh), with three intrepid explorer on an eight wheeled steam assisted velocipede. Top edge gilt. Good condition, bright covers.

    A classic Polar Adventure – on a tandem!

    $180.00

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  • Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Or “El Hombre de la Pandereta” … first Spanish pressing of the Byrds no 1 hit interpretation of Bob Dylan’s classic song … same year as his 1965. Les Byrds first all up.

    45 rpm EP, including All I Really Want to Do. I Knew I’d Want You and Feel a Whole Lot Better. Very good condition.

    Bob Dylan gave his blessing to the recoding before it was released. Dylan’s version ran for over 5 minutes, but the Byrds decided on a version half that length for air play. It was effectively the first “Folk Rock” hit and in a sense created the genre. Using only the second verse and the chorus twice and an additional construction, starting off with a Bach inspired intro the twelve sting guitar effect is a winner. “You can dance to that” … quote Bob Dylan. The Byrds got Hall of Fame recognition … unusual for a cover … but a special one.

    Get out La Panderata tonight …

    $30.00

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