A selection of Australian literature including both colonial and twentieth century prose and poetry, and a choice of children’s books and early educational material. Some curious items from our extensive stock include literature celebrating early maritime discoveries in Australia and the Pacific, and a handful of utopias set in the southern land.
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Lisbon: Vicente Jorge de Castro, 1841.
Portuguese public servant's imaginary voyage to the interiorThree volumes bound in one, small octavo; some wear to the edges of the boards and a library reference at head of spine, an attractive copy in contemporary quarter calf. A rare Portuguese imaginary voyage to.....
London: Privately Printed, 1916.
With pencil revisions probably by the authorOctavo, original wrappers, uncut, partly unopened. A very good copy of the only edition, with pencil revisions to several poems, probably by Baylebridge himself. Christened Blocksidge, the Australian poet and short story writer is better known as William Baylebridge.....
London: Harvey & Darton, 1830. Duodecimo, with an engraved frontispiece and three plates;, in the original quarter red roan with marbled boards, First edition: considered the first novel of Australia. This is an exemplary copy of the very scarce first edition, bound with the advertisements in the publisher's roan-backed marbled.....
Launceston: Hudson & Hopwood, circa 1871. Octavo, frontispiece folding colour map, author's presentation dated 1872; original green cloth. Author's presentation copy of this rare Launceston-printed primer on the history and geography of Tasmania. The author begins by describing the physical characteristics of the Island, flora and fauna. Then goes on.....
Paris: circa 1940.
A primerColour printed cloth book measuring 230 x 115, stitch sewn and folded to form four pages with illustrated covers. Vibrant French natural history primer for young children, with a kangaroo; old cloth books such as this example are typically worn and ravaged, making this fine.....
Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1921. Quarto, colour frontispiece and title, numerous illustrations in the text; original decorated boards, cloth spine. Scarce first edition: the only children's book from the pen of iconic poet and Aussie larrikin C. J. Dennis.This is an interesting association copy inscribed by the publisher George Robertson.....
London: S.P.C.K., n.d., but, 1879. Octavo, frontispiece and two black &-white plates; in the original green decorated cloth. Charles Eden lived in Australia for eight years, during which time he wrote a number of stories for boys. This tale is based on his experiences in Queensland and New Guinea.
Melbourne: George Robertson, 1909. Small quarto, illustrations throughout; in the original pictorial grey cloth. First edition of this scarce children's book, illustrated by Percy Lindsay in what was to become his characteristic "Bulletin" style, with full-page plates and marginal sketches on every page.
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Paris: Desiree Eymery, 1836. Small octavo, frontispiece, title vignette and three full-page engraved plates; contemporary prize label, a handsome copy in contemporary tree calf. First edition of a scarce French children's story set in Australia about an errant child sent to the convict colony at Botany Bay. The introduction notes.....
Launceston: Cornwall Chronicle, 1855.
Poems for the Crimean WarSmall octavo, 114 pp., single page "In Memoriam" bound in, early newspaper report of Gardner's death pasted to a blank, some significant toning; a charming copy in full pebble-grained green morocco, gilt. Very scarce: a Launceston-published anthology of poetry by William.....
Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1933.
An ephemeral reprintOctavo, 77 pp., with a frontispiece and illustrations throughout, with two instances of juvenile handcolouring (but minor); original wrappers. The popularity of Gibbs' "gumnut" series ensured that many subsequent editions would enter the market in different formats: this sequel to Little Ragged.....
London: Darton & Clark, n.d., 1840. Small octavo, with frontispiece maps of Australia and America and numerous illustrations; in original striped black and red cloth. Very rare: a history of America and Australia for children by American author Goodrich, under his more famous pen name "Peter Parley", with a charming.....
Oxford University Press, 1913. Octavo, portrait frontispiece, very good; in three quarter green crushed morocco, top edge gilt, An attractive single-volume edition of the poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon in a Bayntun binding. Gordon (1833-1870), a well known horseman, became one of our most loved and acclaimed poets. Born at.....
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye.....
Sydney: S.T. Leigh & Co., circa 1892. Small quarto, tinted title page; original decorated boards. An unusually fine copy of a collection of short stories for children. Published in Sydney this charming book is most beautifully designed and illustrated with original lithographs. Some stories are set in Tasmania, and all.....
London: Ward, Locke & Co. n.d, circa 1865. Octavo; contemporary half blue morocco. A nice copy of this one-volume edition of Kingsley's classic novel, first published in three volumes in 1859. Two Devonshire county families come to Australia to seek their fortunes; bushrangers, natural disasters and cattle branding give drama.....
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Waiting for La PerouseTwo volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and half-title in each volume; nineteenth-century mottled calf, gilt. First edition of Esmenard's epic poem on voyages of discovery generally, and La Pérouse specifically. The work includes a plate of the 'Naufrage des Canots de.....
London: Grant and Griffith, 1851. Small octavo, with four steel-engraved plates; good in original blue cloth, blind blocked boards and ornate gilt spine. First edition of an imaginary travelogue for children featuring detailed yet entirely concocted descriptions of Aboriginal life in the Australian wilderness. The tale follows the dashing Captain.....
Paris: Gide Fils, circa 1830.
With plates based on "Foreign Field Sports"Oblong quarto, with 60 engravings; an attractive copy in original printed boards. A rare and beautiful French children's book, with wonderful Australian plates including six based closely on Clark's Foreign Field Sports. This work is not recorded by.....