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  • The Eye of the Storm – Patrick White – Fine First Edition Copy

    The Eye of the Storm – Patrick White – Fine First Edition Copy

    A fine first edition of Patrick White’s ninth and epic novel about the reality of family relationships. This is the book that earned White the 1973 Nobel Prize.

    Published by Jonathan Cape, London in 1973, 608 pages, top edge blue. Dust jacket and book in perfect condition. Jacket art by Desmond Digby.

    The book was adapted to film in 2011 staring Charlotte Rampling, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis.

    White First and Best

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  • Yandy – Donald Stuart – First Edition 1959

    Yandy – Donald Stuart – First Edition 1959

    A first edition published by Georgian House, Melbourne in 1959. Octavo, 156 pages plus glossary of aboriginal words. A very good copy.

    Described as a documentary novel. Based on the true story of an aboriginal group who went on strike as station hands in the north of Western Australia in 1946. They won their right to independence and established their own mining co-operative at Marble Bar. The “Yandy” is the name given to the shallow bowl used by fossickers.

    Successful fight for aboriginal independence – based on a true story.

    $30.00

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  • An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    An Anzac Muster [Tales of Gallipoli] – William Baylebridge – Collected Works Vol II

    This is Volume II of the Collected Works of William Baylebridge (Memorial Edition) published in 1962. The Memorial publications were released at different times hence they are often found in separate volumes. This volume stands alone.

    The Anzac Muster was first printed privately in an edition of only 100 copies. It is regarded as an outstanding contribution to Australian literature. This publicly available volume represents the very next printing and contains the authors revisions which were made in 1932. These revisions never made the printing press and Baylebridge died in 1942.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, octavo, 226, with colour portrait frontispiece and a facsimile of the authors hand written amendments at the rear. A very good copy in a like dust jacket a trifle marked.

    Tales from Gallipoli from by Baylebridge – revised and revisited.

    $25.00

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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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  • Bibliography of Australian Children’s Books – Marcie Muir – 2 Volumes

    Bibliography of Australian Children’s Books – Marcie Muir – 2 Volumes

    Marcie Muir’s key bibliography of Australian Children’s books a must for any collector and fundamental point of reference.

    Volume 1 a first edition published in 1970 by Andre Deutsch, London. Thick octavo, 1,038 pages, nicely illustrated. Ever so slightly browned otherwise a very good to better copy. After 22 pages of introduction and explanation pages 23- 977 constitute the “bibliography”. Following that, pages 977 to the end represent “A Select Bibliography of the South West Pacific Area” a useful and not often known addition.

    Volume 2 a first Australian edition published 1976 by Hutchinson, Sydney. Thick octavo, 501 pages plus lengthy index of both volumes, nicely illustrated.. After similar introductions, pages 21-447 represent the “supplementary bibliography” and as before pages 447-503 an extension of the Bibliography of the South West Pacific Area”. A very good copy.

    Essential Australian Bibliography Readable Informative

    $50.00

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  • Harold Effermere – A Story of the Queensland Bush – Michael Costello – First Edition 1897

    Harold Effermere – A Story of the Queensland Bush – Michael Costello – First Edition 1897

    Published by Swan Sonnenschien, London a first edition 1897. Octavo 309 pages in original green cloth covered binding with embossed design to front and git titling to spine. Showing some signs of age but still a very good copy of a rare work.

    A superb and rare late 19thC novel based in the Queensland bush – country horse race rigging at its best. A great Australian yarn.

    The author Michael Costello was the eldest son of pioneer, pastoralist and explorer John Costello. As a young lad the author often accompanied his dad on risky expeditions driving stock great distances in the bush in difficult conditions. Michael’s biography on his father published much later c1930 is one of our favourite pioneer accounts, almost impossible to find.

    Whilst we find the dodgy horse racing elements the most amusing aspect of “Harold Effermere” we also learn to put your swag on the western side of a bush to avoid the morning sun and never to make your tea in the beef billy unless you want tea soup!

    Early and rare Queensland Bush Story from a True Blue Bush Boy.

    $120.00

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