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  • From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    An early English translation published by Sampson Low, Marston et al, London in 1886.

    Translated from the French by Louis Mercier and Eleanor King. Described as the “Author’s Illustrated Edition”.

    Octavo, 160 pages plus 32 pages Publisher’s Catalogue. Seven full page illustrations. Original red cloth covered binding with black embossed decoration. Gilt title to front and nice decorative embossed image with gilt moon and red “spaceship”. All page edges gilt, very good condition with unusually clean and bright covers.

    Post American Civil War the Baltimore Gun Club had time on their hands. They decided to design and build an enormous gun (a Columbaid) to land three men (the President, his rival and a French Poet) on the Moon. A hugely influential book. Interesting that the section dealing with the calculations has some scientific merit … we like it.

    Early Jules Verne – nicely presented

    $160.00

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  • The Little Green Road to Fairyland – By Annie R Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite – First Australian edition 1948

    The Little Green Road to Fairyland – By Annie R Rentoul and Ida Rentoul Outhwaite – First Australian edition 1948

    This is the first Australian printing of this beautifully illustrated, and written, children’s book by Australian Rentoul sisters Annie and Ida (Outhwaite by marriage).

    First published in London in 1922 in a deluxe limited issue. This first Australian edition was issued in 1948 still under the original publishers name, Adam and Charles Black, Soho Square, London and printed by Speciality Press, Collins Street, Melbourne.

    Quarto, 94 pages with sixteen plates, half in colour by Ida. Still has the hard to come by dust jacket albeit signs of tape repair (tape now removed) an a little pink crayon near the edge. Gift inscription inside otherwise internally very clean, with all the plates … sometimes pilfered.
    Reference Muir 739.

    Collectable first Australian printing – beautiful Ida Outhwaite plates delightful Annie Rentoul narrative.

    $180.00

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  • Romances of Old Japan – Yukio Ozaki – 1920

    Romances of Old Japan – Yukio Ozaki – 1920

    A special book, rendered into English by Madame Yukio Ozaki. A second printing 1920 a year after the first.

    Small quarto, 278 pages with numerous beautiful illustrations, many coloured. Printed at the Complete Press, West Norwood, London and published by Simpkin, Marshall et al. Some light foxing more-so at the ends. Unusual pictorial title page (shown). Rather striking original purple cloth covered boards with lavish gilt work front including Mt Fuji and a Samurai sword and fan arrangement. Nice condition although the back board has suffered a blow which has left a indent which has somewhat spoiled the overall look. Other than that a very good copy.

    The tales recounted include … The quest of the Sword; the Tragedy of Kesa Gozen; The Spirit of the Lantern; The reincarnation of Tama; The Lady in the Picture and six others.

    Special Japanese Stories Nicely Illustrated

    $95.00

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  • The Arabian Droll Tales – Translated by Carlo De Fornaro – Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    The Arabian Droll Tales – Translated by Carlo De Fornaro – Limited Numbered Edition 1929

    Published by the Lotus Society, New York 1929. Number 461 of a limited edition of 550. A Zaidenberg illustrator.

    Octavo, 200 pages, original half green cloth and exotic paper covered boards with original stylish paper label to spine. The beautiful paper has some rubbing as usual. Otherwise a very good clean example. Still uncut to a large degree.

    The translator, Carlo De Fornaro (1871-1943), was quiet a character. He later described himself as artist, writer and revolutionary (he got well wrapped up in the politics of Mexico).

    The Droll Tales consist of 13 classic semi-erotic tales from the east including; The Runaway Lover of Thaquif; The Perverse Dervish; The Blemished Virgin; The Dimpled Beauty and The Donkey Driver’s Mistress.

    For those that are nervous … the tales are interesting, fun and rather mild really!

    Lusty tales from Arabia – Presented Nicely

    $80.00

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  • La Princesse de Cleves – Madame de la Fayette – With Aquarelle by Edith Follet – 1920′s

    La Princesse de Cleves – Madame de la Fayette – With Aquarelle by Edith Follet – 1920′s

    The original novel was published anonymously in 1678. This is the stunning 1920’s production by Nilsson, Paris and contains ten striking tipped in aquarelles (watercolours) as well as the beautiful front cover by Edith Follet.

    In the French language, quarto soft covers (protected0, 186 pages in very good condition. All the aquarelle bright and clean.

    La Princesse de Cleves is regraded by many as the first psychological novel and is regarded as a classic. The story takes place between 1558 and 1559 at the Royal Court of Henry II of France. The novel reflects that era with precision. The characters mainly (apart from the heroine) represent real individual and the events that unfold are faithful to the historical record.

    Striking beautiful illustrations by Follet

    $140.00

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  • I’d Climb the Highest Mountain if I knew I’d Find You – Music Score 1926 – Lee Brown and Sidney Clare

    I’d Climb the Highest Mountain if I knew I’d Find You – Music Score 1926 – Lee Brown and Sidney Clare

    Original Music Score published in 1926 by Irvin Berlin.

    A title with a meaningful message and such lovely 1920′s graphics. Also, arranged for the Ukulele tuned A,D,F#,B ….

    “I don’t know where you are … I don’t know if you still care …. blah blah … terrific …

    And, a bonus song at the rear … The Great Novelty Song sensation … “Gimme a Little Kiss Will Ya Huh?”

    $25.00

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