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  • The Day of Fire [Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud] – James Ullman – First Edition 1959

    The Day of Fire [Suggested by the Life of Arthur Rimbaud] – James Ullman – First Edition 1959

    First Edition published by Collins, London in 1959. Octavo, 638 pages. A little sign of age, dust jacket chipped at head, still a very good copy of a special book.

    The author had been working on this book for a number of years and provides a nice foreword about Rimbaud, He thanks New Directions for quotes from their “A Season in Hell”, possibly Voyager’s favourite book.

    No wonder the author invested so much time, Arthur Rimbaud was an extraordinary individual and apart from his poetry and writing led an extraordinary life, not always on the right side of the law.

    Based on the life of Arthur Rimbaud and a colourful life that was.

    $30.00

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  • The Blue Dahlia – A Screenplay – Raymond Chandler – First Edition 1976

    The Blue Dahlia – A Screenplay – Raymond Chandler – First Edition 1976

    Published by Elm Tree Books – Hamish Hamilton, London in 1976 a first edition. Produced from the only then existing copy of the screenplay used in the movie production kept in the University of California collection.

    Large form octavo, v, ix, xxiii, 129 pages (the screenplay) plus 11 page appendix. Complete dust jacket … a near fine copy.

    A well put together book with a lengthy Memoir “Lost Fortnight” by John Houseman and neat Editorial Note re anomalies in the script. After the screenplay, which is illustrated from movie promotional stills, an Appendix … Chandler on Hollywood; Movies made from Chandler’s Plays and Screenplays written by Chandler (almost as prolific as Graham Greene .. but not quite).

    Many think Chandler the greatest crime writer of the 20th Century. Hollywood needed a script in a hurry for Alan Ladd to continue his rise. Chandler had a half finished book … the Blue Dahlia .. he was commissioned to adapt what he had complete the plot etc. He immediately hit a bout of writers block … his remedy was to write whilst blind drunk for a fortnight … hence the title to the memoir. He finished … it was a hit … he got sober.

    Chandlers Dahlia wrapped up for Hollywood.

    $60.00

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  • Musical Quotation – Jazz – Signed – William Scmidt (1926-2009) American composer, arranger and music publisher.

    Musical Quotation – Jazz – Signed – William Scmidt (1926-2009) American composer, arranger and music publisher.

    An unusual piece of music ephemera in manuscript and signed by the composer … “Opening measures of Rhapsody No 1 for Clarinet and Piano” by William Schmidt.

    Original piece 13 cm by 8 cm … strong “musical hand” in good condition. We love it.

    There is a really lovely biographical interview online with William Schmidt. In that there are a few images helping to illustrate the man … one being this item.. we suppose it may have been given to the talented interviewer and maybe scripted then … who knows?

    More to come we just need time to summarise the interesting life of William Schmidt.

    Get out your Clarinet today for William Schmidt

    $140.00

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  • Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in An Evening with the Royal Ballet

    Margot Fonteyn and Rudolph Nureyev in An Evening with the Royal Ballet

    An original promotion poster produced in 1963 for the Documentary Film staring the great Fonteyn and Nureyev. This was incidentally one year before their highly charged successful performances in Melbourne and Sydney.

    The film was produced by Anthony Havelock- Allen and Anthony Asquith and was filmed at the Royal Opera House, London. Dances performed by the famous couple included from Les Syphides; Le Corsaire; La Vaise and Aurora’s the last segment from the third act of The Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky.

    Printed by Robert Burton, Sydney for local release 100cm by 70cm and in very good condition with bright colours.

    Fonteyn and Nureyev were at first seen as an unusual if not unlikely pairing … Fonteyn the epitome of English poise and grace whilst Nureyev rather wild and a bit of a rascal. This unusual recipe gave rise to surely the best dance pairing ever … Nureyev said … “when we dance, we are one body … one soul”

    Fonteyn and Nureyev for inspiration ……

    $160.00

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  • Australian Poetry – The Road to Burrandong [A Collection] – George Althofer – First Work – Self Published 1936

    Australian Poetry – The Road to Burrandong [A Collection] – George Althofer – First Work – Self Published 1936

    George William Francis Althofer (1903-1993) was an Australian botanist, author and poet. He founded the 410 acre Burrendong Botanic Garden and Arboretum specialising in Australian native plants.

    This was his first proper publication. Quite a number of the poems had found their way into various rural magazines previously. Self published in 1936. Small octavo, original thick paper wraps, 62 pages, staple bound, with 37 poems of various lengths. Poetry of a good standard, easy on the mind often reflecting on the Australian bush ….

    Signed by the poet on the title. Pretty good condition albeit the spine is tired, internally bright and make allowances for a very rare item.

    A Voyager favourite rare Australian poetry.

    $30.00

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  • Summer of Smoke – Tennessee Williams – 1957

    Summer of Smoke – Tennessee Williams – 1957

    Published by Secker & Warburg as a softcover in 1957 originally completed by Tennessee Williams in 1948. Perfect bound 8-0 pages with wrap-around green paper cover to the blue soft cover binding. Excellent condition bar ownership stamp and personal library reference on half title.

    A play in two parts with thirteen scenes. The play was successful after a re-write [published here] in 1952… it again took another form and was re-titled “the Eccentricities of a Nightingale” in 1964.

    The entire play is set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi and is set in the early part of the 20th Century. The story centres on the potential romance between Alma Winemiller a highly strung minister’s daughter and John Buchanan a rather wild and undisciplined young doctor.

    The “Author’s Production Notes” covering two pages are succinct but very helpful … focussing on the scenes, mood etc they provide a super introduction for those who enjoy the reading of a play of some standard.

    Tennessee Williams and the Summer and Smoke

    $30.00

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