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  • Australian Poetry 1942

    Australian Poetry 1942

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1942. Poetry selected by Robert D. Fitzgerald intended to represent the cream of Australian poetry for the year.

    Being a war year, for some a particularly special issue. Numerous poems reflecting on Australian’s overseas … Garry Lyle – To My Brother in the Navy; Shawn O’Leary – The Olive Tree; Maurice Biggs – Battle Dress and The Wounded; John Quinn – Syrian Memory; R.S. Byrnes – Song out of Syria. And others on softer homely themes.. love, the bush …

    Small octavo, 79 pages with 36 pages. Dust Jacket, often missing and in very good condition. Original inscription on end papers.

    Australian Poetry from WWII and at Home

    $25.00

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  • La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    La Vita Nuova (The New Life) – Dante – Translated by Dante Gabriel Rosetti – Special Print & Binding c1916

    In the early part of the 20thC, George Harrap of London and Brentanos of New York republished Rossetti’s translation of La Vita Nuova. It was produced to several standards circa 1916 and this example we believe is the finest in terms of extravagance of printing and binding.

    La Vita Nuova was written by Dante Alighieri in a ten-year period to 1293 and published in 1295. The general theme is courtly love, embodied in the relationship between Dante and Beatrice. The work is a prosimetrum or collection of liked prose and poetry. It was originally published in the Tuscan vernacular and not Latin, a move that did much to establish the Italian language. The work has been often quoted and is suspected to be “the book of poems” referenced in Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue”.

    It was first translated into English by Garrow in 1848. Two years later Rossetti published his translation and added Dante to his name so much was his admiration for the great man.

    The book is small quarto (25cm by 20cm) 166 pages, bound in deeply tooled full leather with brass protectors to each corner. Top edge gilt Decorated end papers. Richly decorated by Evelyn Paul with gilt highlights. Contains added music by Alfred Mercer. Carries the bookplate of J.N. Vander Ley. Some spotting to the uncut page edges, otherwise a very good copy.

    Dante on Love by Rossetti – Beautiful Book

    $290.00

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  • The Invisible Island –  Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    The Invisible Island – Alexander MacDonald – 1911

    A Story of the Far North of Queensland … by Alexander McDonald and illustrated by Charles M Sheldon.

    Published by Blackie & Sons, London, Glasgow, octavo 360 pages with pictorial image to front cover and spine. A little age otherwise a very good copy and especially clean internally.

    The book opens on an island in the south west of the Gulf of Carpentaria … “Through the dank, shimmering heat haze the island loomed in ghostly outline”

    Six full page illustrations including the frontispiece.

    Adventure and gold in the Far North

    $60.00

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  • The Quest of the Black Opals – Alexander McDonald – 1908

    The Quest of the Black Opals – Alexander McDonald – 1908

    A Tale of Adventure in the Heart of Australia … by Alexander McDonald and illustrated by William Rainey R.I.

    Published by Blackie & Sons, London, Glasgow and Bombay in 1908.

    Octavo 352 pages with nice pictorial covers. Some age to page edges otherwise a very good copy.

    The opening sentence sets the scene nicely … “In that desolate tract of country beyond the borders of Queensland through which the mystic Cooper flows, lies a wealth of fire-flashing opal awaiting only the advent of him who can take it away”.

    Six full page illustrations including the frontispiece, plus a full page map near the front and a small map reference Burke and Wills.

    Adventure stirred up by Opals in the Heart of Oz

    $60.00

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  • The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    The Abbe Prevost – A Play by Helen Waddell – First Limited Numbered Signed edition – 1933

    Superior production Published by Constable, London in 1933. Signed by the author and numbered 267 of a limited issue of 750 copies. Printed at the “Raven Press” in Harrow with a frontispiece engraved by Horace Walter Bray. Printed on thick cream paper rough cut to fore-edge, gilt to top. Original quarter velum over beige cloth covered boards. Gilt titles to front and spine.

    Very good condition … note on en paper inviting all communications to Miss Waddell’s agent at Lincoln’s Inn.

    A Play by esteemed Irish Playwright Helen Waddell, in a Prologue and Three Acts, over 57 pages, with Dramatis Personae of eight. The Prologue is set twenty years after the main events in the Library of the Chateau of the Prince de Conti. Act I is set in Lenski’s lodgings at the Hague in 173 and II and II in Prevost’s garret in Drury Lane, London in 1733.

    Abbe (Antoine Francois) Prevost (1697-1763) was a Benedictine Priest who fled France for London in 1728 after falling out with the Abbot. He became a teacher and writer and after a love affair with a pupil fled London for the Hague in 1730. There he met the beautiful Lenski (described by others as a lady of doubtful character) … got into trouble with creditors and fled back to London. It is these events which are the subject of this historical drama.

    Back in London, Prevost was briefly imprisoned for forgery. By 1735 he was forgiven by the Catholic faith and returned to Paris in 1735. A prolific writer, whilst all this was going on he published Manon Lescaut in 1731… one of Voyager’s favourites.

    A glimpse into the 18thC Life of Abbe Prevost

    $80.00

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  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    Brighton Rock – Graham Greene – First Australian edition 1944

    First Australian edition published by Invincible Press printed by “Truth”. Published in 1944. Softcover, octavo, stapled 175 pages showing some usual even toning of war paper – still a pretty good copy. Cover design identical to the UK first.

    The Publisher summary on the front cover is taken from the Heinemann first UK edition of 1938 … “A story of murder and love, of guilt and faith, of the perpetual conflict between evil and good, Brighton Rock is one of the most powerful and exciting novels the publishers have handled” … and it certainly is …

    Many regard this as Greene’s greatest work. Being short in form he still regarded it as an “Entertainment” rather than a fully formed and sized novel.

    Dickie Attenborough starred in the first film adaptation … now recognised as a classic … Dickie was brilliant in the role of the central character

    Graham Greene Collectable

    $90.00

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