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  • The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    The Pagan Trinity – Beatrice Irwin – First Edition 1912 – Presentation Copy to “Cheiro”

    An unusual book of poetry dedicated to French artist sculptor Auguste Rodin. The opening poem inspired by Rodin…” The Hand of God”

    Presentation copy inscribed boldly “To Count Louis Hamon with best regards from Beatrice Irwin Feb 15 /12” … the recipient was also known as Cheiro, a famous cheiromancer (palmist) and author of sought after works on that subject.

    A first edition published by John Lane, The Bodley Head, London in 1912. Octavo, 144 pages half vellum binding with nice marbled paper covered boards, top edge gilt. A nice copy with the super dedication.

    A volume of mystical verse reflecting the poet / actress’s interest in colour – music – poetry relationships, then very fashionable in Europe, America, and Russia through the works of Alexander Scriabin. Irwin Beatrice also know as Lady Rosslyn a spiritualist and followed of the Baha’i faith. Virginia Woolf described the style as neo-Paganism and of significance. Her theatrical career was extensive and included a season in Australia in 1907 when she played in Brewster’s Millions in Sydney and Melbourne. Her views on colour were sophisticated and well known … she influenced Australian artists in that regard including Roy de Maistre.

    The book is arranged in under the following descriptions … Plastic poems; Colour poems; Tone Poems; The Music of Japan and Songs of the Elements. We like it.

    Cheiro, or Count Hamon was born William John Warner in Ireland in 1866. He became an internationally renown clairvoyant, palmist, numerologist … anything occult. He read for so many of the famous including Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, Eddison etc. To read about some of his predictions will surprise. It is no surprise however that he had a connection with the mystical Beatrice Irwin.

    Mystical poetry by the colourful Beatrice Irwin – Cheiro’s copy nicely inscribed.


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  • Growing Pains – The Shaping of a Writer [An Autobiography] – Daphne du Maurier – First 1977

    Growing Pains – The Shaping of a Writer [An Autobiography] – Daphne du Maurier – First 1977

    First Australian edition published by Hutchinson in conjunction with Victor Gollancz in 1977.

    A special autobiography of the writer who would become a legend with Rebecca. Ownership signature back of half title otherwise a very good copy.

    Octavo, 173 pages with images from photographs from the family album.

    She writes of her early life from the time she was a small child up to the age of 25 when by then she was married and had completed her first novels. Her grandfather was the recognised artist and writer George du Maurier and her father Gerald a noted actor …. They were well to do … so Daphne had a pretty fancy early life … London, Paris etc but it was not until the family moved to Cornwall that she found what she was searching for in life … and the rest is well in the words in more ways than one.

    Daphne du Maurier admired autobiography



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  • Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway  – First Edition 1970

    Islands in the Stream – Ernest Hemingway – First Edition 1970

    This is the first UK edition published by Collins, London in 1970.

    Large octavo, 398 pages with end paper maps. Very good if not better condition.

    A major novel left among Hemingway’s writings at the time of death. Mary Hemingway said “The book is all Ernest’s. We have added nothing to it” … we believe her …

    Hemingway’s Last Novel and a good one!


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  • Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    Ernest Hemingway – A Comprehensive Bibliography – Compiled and described by Audre Hanneman.

    The definitive work published by Princeton University Press in 1967. Significant involvement from Scribner’s as one would expect.

    Large octavo, 568 pages. Complete dust jacket with a couple of small spots, very clean inside a very good copy of a book more often found ex public library.

    Following a Forward by Charles Scribner Jnr an a useful Preface by the compiler we have Part I … which comprises a Chronological List of Hemingway’s books then the main game .. Books and Pamphlets (American and English [mainly Cape] Editions). Here we have the full description of each work and progressive edition.

    Following that … Contributions and First Appearances in Books and Pamphlets; Contributions to Newspapers and Periodicals; Translations; Anthologies and Library Holding (Letters, Ephemera etc)

    Part Ii provided information on books and articles about Hemingway an Part III, really and appendix of references to previous notes.

    This is certainly the “go to” reference … it is before Islands in the Stream and we can see one or two omissions and small errors. But don’t be put off.

    Ernest Hemingway – the reference for collectors an admirers.


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  • Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    Poems to Pavlova – Tulloch Cull – First Edition 1913

    A first edition of this poetic homage to the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.

    Published by Herbert Jenkins, London in 1913. Square octavo, 62 pages after preliminaries with 8 plates from period photographs. Original decorative green cloth covered boards, all in very good condition.

    Russian born Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) hardly requires introduction. Principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes … forever to be remembered as the dying swan.

    Her name was pronounced Pa … vlova unfortunately the pudding designed in her honour Pav … lova has corrupted our understanding. Invented (the pudding) during her tour of Australia in the 1920’s … disputed by Kiwis across the Ditch who believe it was first made in Wellington.

    Anna Pavlova … much more than a meringue with fruit!


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  • A Woman – Rhys Davies – 1931

    A Woman – Rhys Davies – 1931

    A fine first of type edition published in 1931, having been published as part of a collection the previous year. A beautifully written and presented short story by the gifted Rhys Davies.

    Printed by Capell at the Bronze Snail Press London. Octavo, 39 pages, number 131 of a limited edition of 165 copies (plus an additional 17 for presentation). Printed on English hand-made paper and hand numbered and signed nicely by the author. Quarter gold toned buckram over an almost iridescent metallic designed paper covered boards.

    Rhys Davies (1901-1978) was born in Wales and became o prolific writer … this is one of almost 100 short stories and the best presented. Whilst he lived most of his adult life in London his work is often set in Wales … as is “A Woman”. He was friendly with D.H and Frieda Lawrence and stayed with them in France shortly before this work was penned and D.H. Lawrence’s passing. Davies smuggled Lawrence’s “Pansies” into Britain and saw to its publication.

    “A Woman” a forthright story about the development of a young woman in South Wales into “A Woman” .. with all the challenges of the time and place. Beautifully written.

    A book with a short poignant story … would make a super gift.


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