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Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
Scarce Aboriginal GrammarOctavo, 24 pp. A rare grammar of the Narrinyeri (now Ngarrindjeri), who inhabited the country on the shores of Encounter Bay and the lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, extending along the Murray River in South Australia. The language is now listed.....
London: Richard Royston, 1682.
...till the mansions be prepared where we shall sing and feast eternallyTwo vols in one, octavo as issued, double-page wood engraving; contemporary ownership inscription and bookplate, contemporary black morocco gilt, all edges gilt, A beautifully bound early edition of this popular work. The Anglican bishop.....
London: J. Round, 1740. Two volumes, folio, engraved portrait frontispiece after Lely; contemporary calf. Apparent third edition thus: Lowndes lists earlier editions of 1720 and 1731, but this edition is not mentioned. Temple, author and talented diplomat, retired from public life in 1681 to his estate Moor Park, where he.....
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855-1857.
An eclectic mix of London society satiresFour volumes, octavo; contemporary green half calf with red labels, spines gilt. Appealing four-volume set of Thackeray, collecting his major works along with more eclectic writings, such as early journalism and stories original published in serial magazines (such.....
London: Bradbury & Evans, 1855. Two volumes, octavo, with a frontispiece and 22 plates in each volume; contemporary half tan calf, marbled board. First edition: this copy is made up from the original parts which were issued serially from 1853-1855. Published under the pseudonym "Pendennis", The Newcomes was regarded by.....
London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1855. Eight volumes, octavo; with 13 maps, seven of them folding and backed on silk; in an attractive contemporary binding of half red morocco, spines with gilt ruled raised bands, gilt lettered direct, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt; binding by "Tuskett, Binder to the.....
Sydney: 26 November, 1871.
Trollope in AustraliaSingle leaf, small octavo, conjugate leaf removed but the letter evidently complete, simple red device to head of recto, pin-holes, very good. An engaging letter from Anthony Trollope, politely refusing an invitation to whist during his visit to Sydney in 1871. It is.....
London: Strahan, 1869. Two volumes, octavo, with 32 plates; contemporary half maroon calf. First edition, primary issue (both half-titles present) of the story of Louis Trevelyan whose steadfast faith in his conviction that his wife has been unfaithful - 'He knew he was right' - drives him to child abduction.....
London: Smith, Elder, 1864. Two volumes, octavo, with 18 illustrations by Millais; later half dark blue morocco by Roger de Coverly & Sons. First book edition of this novel which originally appeared in the Cornhill Magazine for September 1862 and ran until April 1864. With two of the points sometimes.....
Cologne: Jaques Kainkus, circa 1734.
Third editionDuodecimo, frontispiece, title-page printed in black and red; contemporary sprinkled calf, spine gilt in compartments; bookplate and armorial gilt stamp on front board of F. Lachêvre. A handsome copy of the third edition (Rosenberg edition 'C'), with frontispiece portrait of Massé and title-page.....
Amsterdam: Chez L'honore & Fils. 1748.
Pre-Darwinian utopia dedicated to Cyrano de BergeracTwo volumes in one, octavo, owner's name on title; contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important, controversial, and strangely prescient work, dedicated to Cyrano de Bergerac. By using the device of an imaginary voyage to.....
Paris? Chez rue a l'enseigne, 1740. Two volumes, small octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spines gilt compartments with double labels. Very scarce: the probable first edition of this utopian romance, which is missed by most of the standard bibliographers. This strange mix of the utopian and the fairy-tale is set.....
London: Frederick Warne & Co., circa 1880.
Keenly watched kangaroosOriginal decorated wrappers, 230 x 270mm., six full-page chromolithographic plates and five pages letterpress; a very nice example. "Aust Louisa" was the pseudonym of Laura Valentine who wrote several children's titles for Frederick Warne during the 1880's. This alphabet features.....
London: Harvery and Darton, 1826. Duodecimo, with ten handcoloured plates;, original marbled boards, morocco. First edition of this charming conchological guide for children which takes the form of an instructive dialogue between a father and his two children. The plates are exquisitely engraved and coloured by hand. There are several.....
Paris: J. Hetzel, circa 1868.
Australia…a parody of universal lawsQuarto, engraved frontispiece and title-page vignette, generously illustrated throughout; a bright copy in original gilt tooled scarlet cloth, edges fully-gilt. A lavish, large-format edition with numerous dramatic illustrations by Edward Riou who collaborated with Jules Verne for six of his.....
Amsterdam: 'depens de l'editeur,', 1761. Two volumes, octavo, titles printed in black and red; contemporary mottle,d calf, spines ornately gilt in compartments between raised bands, tan morocco title and number labels (number on volume two missing). First edition of a scarce lunar utopia. This early tale of space-travel is also.....
Racine (Wisconsin): Whitman Publishing, 1935.
A rare, pirated copy of an old friendSmall quarto, three double-page colour pop-up plates; original stiff pictorial wrappers. A rare pop-up book featuring the ever-popular character Blinky Bill. This text is taken from the first Blinky Bill story, with all the associated images, and.....
Sydney: circa 1925.
A lesson in thrift…Octavo; illustrated titling-wrappers. An extremely scarce ephemeral piece, both written and illustrated by Dorothy Wall, and teaching the value of "Thrift". This is one of three variant printings of this delightful gift book for children - teaching them to save against a Rainy.....
Sydney: November, 1933. Quarto, illustrations; contemporary ownership inscription, original decorated boards. Second edition of this tale of a radio-broadcasting kookaburra by naturalist Brooke Nicholls: the first was published in August of the same year. Illustrated throughout by Dorothy Wall; while working on this book for Angus & Robertson she found.....
London: John Wallis, nd. circa 1820.
A rare mention of Australia…Folding canvas-backed handcoloured engraved game, in original blind-stamped cloth slipcase with gilt title vignette; in very good original condition; lacks rule book. Very decorative bi-hemispherical race game of a voyage around the world, with Port Jackson and Van Diemen's.....
London: 1791. Octavo; later half maroon morocco, with marbled sides. A tragedy about incest which suffered from more than the usual attention from pirateers. In the preface the author offered an apology for its appearance in public, claiming "it is solely to avoid its being rendered still worse by a......
London: Nattali and Bond, 1860. Two volumes, large octavo, 14 fine engraved plates, with many additional textual engravings; contemporary half brown morocco over marbled boards, top edge gilt, preserved in a cloth slipcase. This edition is richly illustrated with a total of 61 plates and vignettes, after Stothard, Inskipp, and.....