Item 1
Click on the image to see an enlarged version BATTEN,  Jean

Solo Flight

Sydney, Jackson & O'Sullivan, 1934, 1st edition
pp216, plus facsimile of her log written in the air, photo plates, end-paper maps; 8vo, cloth, a little flecked & faded (as usual). Foxing to edges, else very good, firm copy in the very attractive (rare) dust wrapper

This is her account of her record-breaking flight from England to New Zealand

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Item 2
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [BAXTER,  George]

`Australia. News from Home'. [Together with] `News From Australia'. Original colour prints from the Baxter Process

London, c. 1860 (?)
110mm x 149mm. Cropped, without the Baxter stamp. `News from Abroad' has Baxter's signature in the print lower left

Nos. 195, 196 in Lewis's Baxter catalogue. `News from Home' shows some men (gold diggers?) in a bark hut, reading the letter from home. Various animals lie about, and a Major Mitchell cockatoo swings on a perch suspended from the ceiling. In the doorway stands an aborigine dressed in a traditional Maori feather cloak. `News from Abroad' shows the family reading the letter seated under a poster promoting emigration to Australia. One man holds a hundred pound note, presumably sent from successful gold diggers to pay the family's fare to Australia

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Item 3
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [BAXTER,  George]

George Baxter The Picture Printer. By C.T. Courtney Lewis

London, Sampson Low Marston & Co. [1924]
ppxxxvi, 608, 80 plates, including 16 coloured with tissue guards; thick 4to, cloth, top edges gilt, others faintly foxed. Includes Corrigenda slip. Very good

No. 841 of 1000 copies (limitation slip pasted onto fixed endpaper). A biography and detailed catalogue of Baxter's prints. Baxter is credited with being the first printer to print in colour

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Item 4
Click on the image to see an enlarged version BELLOWS,  Albert J

The Philosophy Of Eating [tog. with] How Not to be Sick. 2 volumes

New York, Hurd & Houghton, 1872, seventh edition, revised and enlarged; London, Sampson Low, 1869, First UK edition
pp426; 366, 8vos [120x185mm], contempory full calf, spines gilt in raised bands, contrasting titling label. Marbled endpapers and edges. Very good copies in handsome bindings (a near matching pair

See Bitting p. 34. Bellows, `Professor of Chemistry, Physiology, and Hygiene', advocates the chemical analysis of food for a health enhancing diet. `So perfectly ignorant are people generally of the laws of nature, that they give their pigs the food that their children need to develop muscle and brain, and their children what their pigs need to develop fat. [The farmer] sifts out the bran and outer crust from the wheat, which contains the nitrates and phosphates, and gives them to his pigs and cattle, while the fine flour, containing little else than heating carbonates, he gives to his children'

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Item 5
Click on the image to see an enlarged version BENNETT,   E. T., editor

The Gardens and Menagerie of the Zoological Society Delineated. 2 volumes complete. Volume I. Quadrupeds: Volume II. Birds

London, Charles Tilt, 1831 (printed by Charles Whittingham's Chiswick Press)
ppxii, 308; viii, 328, over 200 very fine wood-engraved natural history illustrations, by various artists, including William Harvey and Edward Lear (his first book appearance). 8vos [140x230mm], original silk covered boards with paper titling labels on spines (a little darkened and rubbed). Very good copies, with no foxing

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Item 6
Click on the image to see an enlarged version BLAKE,  William

Auguries Of Innocence. The calligraphy by Lillian Frost, printed in silver and red by James Guthrie

London, The Pear Tree Press, 1914, first edition thus
16 plates, interleaved with tissue. Small 4to, bound in full vellum. Some of the tissues have faint foxing, else fine

Signed, at the foot of the colophon page, `James Guthrie. Of 25 in vellum, Special No. 3'

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Item 7
Click on the image to see an enlarged version CAREY,  Peter

The True History of the Kelly Gang

St Lucia (Brisbane), University of Queensland Press, 2000. First edition, advance reading copy
pp, 8vo, original printed wrappers. Front wrapper with a faint glass mark, and a one inch tear to leading edge. Apart from these defects, a fine copy

An advance reading, proof copy of the true first edition of Carey's much awarded book. This was his second Booker Prize novel, which also won the Commonwealth Literary Award. Offered with a copy of the regular first edition, in pigskin backed boards, in the plain, opaque dust wrapper

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Item 8
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [CARROLL, L] COLLINGWOOD,  Stuart Dodgson

The Lewis Carroll Picture Book

London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1899, first edition
pp376, b/w illus. 8vo, original pictorial red cloth gilt (a little darkened, spine sl. leaning), else very good

Prose and drawings published for the first time

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Item 9
Click on the image to see an enlarged version CARTIER-BRESSON,  Henri, & Jean Miro

The Europeans

New York/Paris, Simon & Schuster/Verve, 1955. First US edition
114 full page photographs; folio, illustrated boards designed by Miro. Front spine cracked, with a one cm. chip at top, but a very good copy

With the separate pamphlet of captions laid in

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Item 10
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [COBURN, J] ROZEN,  Alan

The Art Of John Coburn

Sydney, Ure Smith, 1979. First edition
pp96, 60 colour plates; 4to, cloth. A fine copy in the dustwrapper

This copy signed `John Coburn 3.4.80' with a large original pen drawing on half title

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Item 11
Click on the image to see an enlarged version COPE & CO.

Cope's Smoke-Room Booklets. Nos 1-8, 10, 13,14

Liverpool, Cope's Tobacco Plant, 1890-1893. First editions in this format
8vos, illus. wrappers printed in gilt and colours. Some foxing, mainly to prelims and finals. Very good

11 booklets, the first published. Nos. 9,11,12, all to do with Pipes and Meerschaum, appeared later, and are not present here. Very attractive booklets, of stories, poems, illustrations, all to do with the joys of smoking

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Item 12
Click on the image to see an enlarged version DICKENS,  Charles, & Christopher Coveny

Twenty Scenes From the Works of Dickens. Designed and etched by Christopher Coveny

Sydney, John Sands, printed by Thos. Fielding, 1883
pp 44, including 22 full page original etchings ( including title page & 20 scenes from early novels - plate 7 appears twice), with accompanying text; folio, bound in half calf, publisher's silk cloth, top edges gilt. Cloth a little stained, calf rubbed, lacks front free endpaper, prelim and final blanks foxed. The plates are very fresh and clean, with very sharp images

The National Gallery of Australia's website `Prints & Print Making' states that only 219 copies were published (200 standard, 12 on India paper, 5 on vellum, and 2 on thick paper]. See also Ferguson 9140A

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Item 13
Click on the image to see an enlarged version DULAC,  Edmund

Rubaiyat Of Omar Khayyam: rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald. Illustrated by Edmund Dulac

London, Hodder & Stoughton, [1909]. First trade edition
with 20 tipped in colour. plates with printed tissue guards; large 4to, ornate white pictorial cloth gilt, illus. endpapers. Tiny stain on front board, some marginal foxing to text paper and edges, else a fine copy of a lovely book

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Item 14
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [GIMSON, E] LETHABY,   W. R., & others

Ernest Gimson His Life and Work

The Shakespeare Head Press, 1924, first edition
ppviii, 48, 60 collotype plates of houses, plans, furniture, illus. in text, errata slip, list of subscribers. 4to, buckram backed blue boards, printed paper label on spine, edges untrimmed. An inch-long mark (not unsightly) on front boards, else fine in the defective dustwrapper

A limited edition, No. 245 of 500 copies. Gimson (1864-1919), was greatly influenced by William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement. Nicolaus Pevsner described him as `the greatest of the English architect designers'

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Item 15
Click on the image to see an enlarged version GREEN,  Anna Katharine

7 TO 12. A Detective Story [and] One Hour More [and] X.Y.Z

London, George Routledge, 1887, 1st UK edition
pp188, sm. 8vo, rebound in cloth-backed plain boards. Very good

Anna Katharine Green [1846-1935), American novelist and poet, has been called "the mother of detective fiction"

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Item 16
Click on the image to see an enlarged version HARPER,  Charles G

English Pen Artists Of Today. Examples of their work with some criticisms and appreciations

New York, Macmillan, 1892
ppxii, 300, profusely illus. in b/w; folio, bound in half morocco; original pictorial wrappers bound in. Spine sunned, else very good

775 copies were published. A reference to the black and white artists of the day; from the decorative work of Walter Crane, to the ironic, journalistic work of the likes of Phil May

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Item 17
Click on the image to see an enlarged version HOLBEIN,  John [Hans]

The Dances Of Death through the various stages of human life: wherein the capriciousness of that tyrant is exhibited in forty-six copper plates done from the original designs which were cut in wood, and afterwoods painted

London, printed by W. Smith for John Scott & Thomas Ostell, 1803
pp48, 46 original copperplates, etched by D. Deuchar (plus portait, 2 plates, titlepage vignette); small square 4to, full vellum gilt; all edges gilt, gilt dentelles. Paper a little browned; else a very good copy, the plates crisp and fresh

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Item 18
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [IRELAND] BRUMBY,  J. W

Home Rule and the 3 Bills

London, Jordison & Co, [c.1888]
pp16, 8 b/w illus. Oblong 8vo (18x13cms). Original printed wrappers. A little tanning, else fine, with no tears or chips

8 satirical cartoons attacking Gladstone, Parnell, & the Irish Home Rule Bill

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Item 19
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Five Years of Liberal Mis-Rule

London, Jordison & Co, n.d (c.1887)
pp16, 8 pages of b/w illus. Oblong 8vos (18x13cms), wrappers, a little stained & spotted, else very good

8 satirical cartoons attacking Gladstone's Liberal Government

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Item 20
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [IRELAND] FRAZER,  G. G

O'Brien's Breeches or A Tale of Tullamore

London, Hildesheimer & Faulkner, c.1887
pp12, tinted illustrations. Small 8vo (13x10cms), original stiff card with dust wrapper (rear wrapper takes the form of a greeting card - `With best wishes From..'. A fine, unused, copy

An attractively produced satirical poem about William O'Brien, the Irish journalist and Tullamore politician, who was imprisioned in 1887 for incitement under the Coercion Act. He refused to wear prison clothes, and a tweed suit was smuggled in to him

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Item 21
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [JAPANESE COSTUME] TANAKA,  Naofusa (editor)

Rekise Fukushoku Kou [loosely translated as `History of the Costume and Accessories of the Imperial Court']. Five volumes complete

Tokyo, Meiji Tosho, Meiji 26 [1894]
each volume approx. 70pp, 28 full-page colour woodcuts, 3 double-page, many line illus., conjugate leaves. 8vos, [150x230mm], Japanese 4 hole thread binding, patterned wrappers, title labels. A very good set with no damage or worming

The illustrations are of costume patterns, kaori, kimono, saches, ceremonial garments, footwear, trousers, hats, fans, insignia, etc. Part of the multi volume series `Kojitsu Sosho' or ' Library of Ancient Customs' first published in 1816. Complete in itself

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Item 22
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [JAPANESE COSTUME, KIMONO DESIGNS]

An album titled `Kangiku [Chinese Astor]

Kyoto, for Akiba Gofukuten, Taisho 8 [1919]
50 colour lithograph plates, some with metallic inks, printed rectos only. Oban size [260x38mm], original cloth covered boards with two-hole cord ties and title label. Some offseting on the blank versos of the plates. A very good copy, the beautiful plates fresh and bright

The designs are by Okui Kyoten of the in-house design studio. The mostly floral designs are as follows: 30 full-page colour plates, 12 with 2 designs, 8 with 4 designs, making a total of 86 designs

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Item 23
Click on the image to see an enlarged version JOHNSON,  Samuel

A Dictionary of the English Language: in which the words are deduced from their origin, and illustrated in their different significations by examples from the best writers. To which are prefixed A History of the Language, and an English Grammar. 2 volumes

London, G & J Offer, et. al, 1822
pp12, 1030 (last blank); (2), 1084, engraved portrait frontis. (from the painting of Sir Joshua Reynolds); 4tos, old half calf, marbled boards. Scattered foxing & browning, covers a little worn and rubbed, but good firm copies

A good set of the 4to edition of this iconic English work

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Item 24
Click on the image to see an enlarged version JONES,  David, illustrator

Seven Fables of Aesop, printed in Greek, with W. H. Shewring's translations into English

London, Lanston Monotype Corporation, 1928. First edition
pp24, the text composed in the New Hellenic designed by Victor Scholderer, printed in red and black; 7 original copper engravings by David Jones. 8vo [205x145mm], cloth, uniformly faded, a little rubbed, else a fine copy

A book of legendary rarity. The colophon at rear states that 150 copies were printed, but Stanley Morison believed that no more than 30 copies were actually published. The fine engravings measure 80x65mm

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Item 25
Click on the image to see an enlarged version KACAR,  M. S. editor

Belaruski Narodny Arnament [Belorussian Ornament, printed in Cyrillic]

Minsk, 1953
Title and 3 page introduction in Cyrillic alphabet, then four sections, each with illustrated title-page, of numbered full-page colour litho plates, 39, 41, 38, 10. The highly decorative plates, some with silver or gold, are interleaved with tissues. Folio [310x410mm], mounted in an original illustrated portfolio (some wear)

Designs for textile and embroidery and other folk arts. Very good

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Item 26
Click on the image to see an enlarged version KEIGHTLEY,  Thomas

The Fairy Mythology; Illustrative of the Romance and Superstition of Various Countries. 2 volumes

London, Whittaker, Treacher, & Co., 1833, first edition thus
ppxvi, 334; [vi], 358, [2, publishers' adverts dated 1828]. Drawings on wood and copper-plate etchings by W. H. Brooke. Sm. 8vos, quarter morocco over watered silk boards, sl. rubbed and bumped at corners. Scattered foxing, else very good

Keightley has expanded his work on the fairy legends of Ireland to include discussion of lore in Europe, Britain, and Africa

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Item 27
Click on the image to see an enlarged version LINTON,  W. J

The Masters of Wood Engraving. Issued to subscribers only

New Haven, Connecticut, /London, B. F. Stevens, 1889. First edition
pp xviii, 230, handcoloured frontis., 46 full-page plates (2 folding), numerous illustrations and engravings throughout text. Large folio [320x430mm], modern half calf, gilt lettering. One gathering loose, most of the plates have a small circular library stamp on the blank verso (no other library markings]. A very good copy of a lovely book

No. 40 of 500 (further 100 were on large paper). Signed `W. J. Linton'. Bound in after the front fly is an attractive hand-coloured calligraphed prize presentation page, dated 1903

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Item 28
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [MANDRAKE PRESS] CHAUCER,  Geoffrey

Wyf Of Bathe. Decorated by Pearl Binder

London, Mandrake Press, 1929. First (only) edition
pp44 (printed on Japon vellum], illustrations in red and black by Pearl Binder; 8vo, cream papered boards, slightly discoloured, else very good

One of the two `black letter booklets' published by P.R. Stephensen's short-lived Mandrake Press [1929-30]

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Item 29
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [MANDRAKE PRESS] LAWRENCE,  D.H

The Paintings Of D. H. Lawrence

London, Mandrake Press, [1929]. First edition
pp40, 26 full coloured reproductions of Lawrence's paintings; folio, morocco backed cloth gilt, t.e.g. A fine copy

510 copies were printed, but relatively few copies are known to have survived. The exhibition of the paintings in London was closed down by police (on charges of obscenity) and the paintings and books confiscated. The first, most ambitious, and most desirable book from P.R. Stephensen's Mandrake Press

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Item 30
Click on the image to see an enlarged version MEGGENDORFER,  Lothar

The Genius of Lothar Meggendorfer. With an appreciation by Maurice Sendak. An introduction by Waldo Hunt

London, Jonathan Cape, 1985, 1st edition
portrait of artist, 6 movable pictures; very good

Designed by David Pelham. Illustrated by Jim Deesing after Lother Meggendorfer, the greatest innovator and designer of movable books. Paper engineering by Tor Lokvig

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Item 31
Click on the image to see an enlarged version MEYRICK,  Samuel Rush & Charles Hamilton Smith

The Costume of the Original Inhabitants of the British Islands, From the Earliest Periods to the Sixth Century; to which is added, that of the Gothic Nations of the Western Coasts of the Baltic, the Ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and Anglo-Danes

London, printed by Howlett and Brimmer for T. M'Lean, 1821, the second edition (first published 1815)
pp(6), 60, acquatint additional title page and 24 costume plates, all finely coloured. Folio [26x37cms], cloth-backed marbled paper covered boards with original green paper title label on front board. Expertly rebacked to match. The heavy Whatman paper has watermark dates from 1815 to 1821. Some light spotting to endpapers, but a very good copy

Meyrick, a passionate collector of antiquities, was greatly influencd by William Stukeley's work on Stonehenge. His book's beautiful imagined recreations of Druids and early Britons resemble classical gods like the Greek and Roman sculptures seen on the Grand Tour, with the addition of gold and bronze ornaments and weapons. Abbey 'Life' 427

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Item 32
Click on the image to see an enlarged version OUTHWAITE,  I. R

Fairyland. Verses & Stories by Annie R. Rentoul and Grenby Outhwaite

Melbourne, Ramsey, 1926. First edition
50 tipped-in plates by Outhwaite (19 in colour); folio, pictorial cloth gilt, top edges gilt, others with deckle edge. A little scattered foxing & offsetting, the cloth bright, the paper crisp and clean. A fine copy in the (defective) box

The Edition de Luxe. Number 224 of one thousand copies published for subscribers only (list of subscribers at rear). This copy belonged to subscriber Dr F. H. Vivian Voss (of Rockhampton hospitals note). Fully signed `Ida Rentoul Outhwaite'. Muir 5600

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Item 33
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [PENNINGEN,  Daniel met de]

Nouveaux Contes a Rire et Avantures Plaisantes ou Recreations Francoises. 2 volumes

Cologne, Roger Bontemps, 1722, 20th edition
pp [8], 374, [12]; 354 [12]; title pages in red and black, copper engravings throughout. Sm. 8vos, full morocco with raised bands gilt, all edges gilt. Fine

First published in 1702, this a beautifully illustrated, handsomely bound set of French wit

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Item 34
Click on the image to see an enlarged version (PICASSO,  Pablo)

Picasso at Vallauris. Essay by George Ramie. Translated by Serge Hughes

New York, Reynal & Company, 1959, first US edition
pp104, colour & b/w ills; folio, Picasso designed dust jacket

Text in English and French. Originally published in 1951 in France as a double number of Verve(25 & 26)

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Item 35
Click on the image to see an enlarged version PRESTON,  Margaret

Recent Paintings 1929. Foreword by Leon Gellert and Sydney Ure Smith, with an essay `92 aphorisms by Margaret Preston and others'

Sydney, Art in Australia, 1929
pp(18), woodblock title page printed in red & black, 9 woodcuts (numbered 1 to 9). In addition the item contains the 13 coloured plates (numbered 10 to 23), tipped onto folded cards, and the extra suite of colour prints, but without the original coloured woodcut. (Roger Butler believes not all 250 woodcuts were issued). 4to, in the original chemise and wraparound cloth box. The cream cloth box is slightly soiled, with sides that are splitting (but complete). A little foxing. A very good set of one of the high points of Australian art book publishing

No. 66 of 250 printed in red and black by Perce Green. This copy inscribed by Margaret Preston to Margaret Castle. Offered with an original typed 4 stanza poem signed by Rex Ingamells `For Margaret Preston'. Rex Ingamells was a leading light of the Jindyworobak Movement, an artistic and literary movement whose members sought to promote indigenous ideas and customs over `alien', European culture. Margaret Preston admired and promoted aboriginal art, and contributed illustrations and essays to Jindyworobak publications

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Item 36
Click on the image to see an enlarged version PRINSEP,  Elizabeth

Journal of a Voyage from Calcutta to Van Diemen's Land; comprising a description of that colony during a six month's residence. From original letters selected by Mrs A Prinsep

London, Smith Elder & Co, 1833, second edition
ppviii, 118, (18 adverts), folding engraved map (the Route from Hobarton to Launceston). Sm. 8vo, cloth covered boards, paper label. Front board spotted, else a very good copy

Ferguson 1697, Wantrup pp. 305-6. Rare. The Prinsep family (English merchants living in Calcutta), were early tourists in Tasmania in 1829 and 1830

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Item 37
Click on the image to see an enlarged version PULSKY,  Carl, & Friedrach Fischbach

Ornamente der Hausindustrie Ungarn's

Budapest, 1878
pp8, 34 [descriptive text in parallel German, Hungarian and French. 39 (of 40) plates on thick paper (all but 3 are chromolitho), some with silver or gold. Folio [280x390mm], loose as issued in cloth-backed portfolio (spine chipped, lacking the ties)

The beautiful plates illustrate traditional and folk textile and embroidery designs from Hungary and Romania. Lacking plate 25

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Item 38
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [RASPE,  Rudolph]

The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen. From the best English and German editions. With illustrations printed in colours from original designs by A Bichard

London, Frederick Warne, n.d. [c.1900], later edition
pp104, 4 delightful full-page chromolitho plates, cloth spine. 4to [230x330mm], pictorial boards, cloth spine. The cloth spine is faded and worn, the pictorial boards, plates and paper are in very good condition

There was an earlier edition with 18 plates. This edition is complete with 4

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Item 39
Click on the image to see an enlarged version RUSKIN,  John

Fors Clavigera. Letters to the Workmen and Labourers of Great Britain. New Series 1-12 (complete)

Sunnyside, Orphington, George Allen, 1878-1884. First editions
large 8vos, printed buff-coloured wrappers, with the `rose' illustration, as issued. Fine

Ruskin's cultural and social theories, in the form of `open-letters', which he addresses to the working men of Britain

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Item 40
Click on the image to see an enlarged version RUSKIN,  John

Praeterita. Outlines of Scenes and Thoughts Perhaps Worthy of Memory in My Past Life. 3 volumes in 28 monthly parts [with] Dilecta. Correspondence, Diary, Notes, and Extracts from Books, illustrating Praeterita. In 3 parts. All first editions, first issues

Sunnyside, Orphington, George Allen, 1885, 1886,1887, 1888, 1900.
large 8vos, printed buff-coloured wrappers, with the `rose' illustration, as issued. Some fox spots to edges (only), else an exceptionally fine set

Ruskin's last great work, his `highly personalised, selective, eloquent but incomplete account of aspects of his life' in the original parts

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Item 41
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [SCHREIBER, Lady C] GUEST,  Montague

Lady Charlotte Schreiber's Journals. Confidences of a Collector of Ceramics and Antiques Throughout Britain, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Austria & Germany from the Year 1869 to 1885. 2 volumes

London, Bodley Head, 1911. First editions
ppxl, 504, xiii, 542, complete with over 100 plates, 8 colour. Large 8vos, cloth lettered in gilt (edges rubbed). foxing, else very good

Lady Charlotte Schreiber [1812-1895], daughter of the 9th Earl of Lindsay, shocked Society twice. First by marrying the Welsh industrialist John Guest, and, after his death, the much younger Charles Schreiber. An avid scholar and linguist, she spoke Welsh, Arabic, Hebrew and Persian, as well as the more conventional European languages. After her marriage to Schreiber, they travelled widely in Europe, collecting ceramics, fans, board games and playing cards, which they donated to London's V&A

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Item 42
Click on the image to see an enlarged version SCOTT,  Sir Walter

The Waverley Novels. 48 volumes

Edinburgh, A & C Black, 1859 - 1860
with numerous woodcuts and steel engravings; 8vos [11x15mm], half calf, raised spines gilt, marbled boards, edges and end-papers. Scattered foxing, neat owner inscription [1884], else a fine set

`This New Edition [combines] the advantages of a portable size, good readable type, and pictorial illustration'. The woodcuts have been taken from the Abbotsford Edition, along with many steel engravings

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Item 43
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [STREETON, A] URE SMITH,  Sydney, Bertram Stevens and C. Lloyd Jones, editors

The Art Of Arthur Streeton. Introduction by Julian Ashton, an essay of Streeton's Australian years by Lionel Lindsay, and his English paintings by P. G. Konody. Special Number of Art in Australia

Sydney, 1919. First edition
pp20, plus 36 colour & many b/w plates and illus; 4to, papered boards, cloth spine. Some minor spotting to white paper. A fine copy in dust wrapper with slight chipping at spine ends

One of the special edition of only 30 copies, with 2 sets of the colour plates, one set being engraver's proofs mounted on coloured boards, with the engravers' seal on lower corners

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Item 44
Click on the image to see an enlarged version THACKERAY,  W.M

The Virginians: A Tale of the Last Century. In 24 monthly parts

London, Bradbury & Evans, 1857 - 1859, first edition, first issue, with `actresses' instead of `ancestresses' on p.207, Part VII
48 plates (including 2 engraved title-pages), many text illus.; 8vos, in the original yellow pictorial wrappers (lacking wrappers on Parts 1 and 21, & rear wrapper of Part 24, front present but detached), some loss to spine ends in others]. Heavy tanning to plates, with occasional spotting, but a good set in a contemporary hand-made box

With almost all the advertisments called for by Van Duzen 232. Lacking pp1-4 of the `Virginians Advertiser' of Part 1; the back adverts. in part XI; the single-page slip `Mr Byron's Complete Works' in Part XIV; and the `New Weekly Periodical' and `Grace A in Part XXIV, but with the 2 page `The Daily News' not called for

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Item 45
Click on the image to see an enlarged version URE SMITH  Sydney & Gwen Morton Spencer, editors

Australia: National Journal. No. 1 Winter Issue 1939

Sydney, Ure Smith, 1939. The first issue
pp96, profusely illus. in colour & b/w illus; folio [250x312mm], original wrappers. Very good

Sydney Ure Smith's new venture after the sale of Art and Australia and Home Magazine to Fairfax Press. Like them, the magazine covers design, art, and architecture, with an additional focus on industry. Printed on quality paper, it sold for 2 shillings. Articles include `Australia at the New York World Fair', `Commerce & Culture' by Norman Lindsay, `Decadence or Resurgence' by Lionel Lindsay, `A Tourist in Australia' by Arnold Haskell, and `The Designer in Industry' by R. Haughton James. There is also a lengthy (full-page, with photo), positive review of Patrick White's first novel, Happy Valley

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Item 46
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [VICTORIAN ARTISTS SOCIETY]

The Australian Artist. Vol 1 Part 1. to Vol. 2. Part 2 [6 issues, all published]

Melbourne, [1947-8]
b/w plates, text ills; 4to, illus. wrappers. Very good

Short-lived but influential journal published by the Victorian Artists' Society

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Item 47
Click on the image to see an enlarged version WALTON,  Izaac & Charles Cotton

The Complete Angler or Contemplative Man's Recreation Being a Discourse on Rivers, Fish-Ponds, Fish and Fishing by Izaac Walton and Charles Cotton. Edited with notes by J. E. Harting. 2volumes

London, Samuel Bagster and Sons, 1893. Tercentenary Edition
ppxx, 246; 244; 53 illustrations by Alexander, Wale, Thomas, Samuel, Linnell, Lely, Huysmun and G. E. Lodge; tissue guards. Title pages printed in red and black, red chapter initials. 4to (190x260mm), original vellum backed green cloth, decorated in gilt. Very good copies

No. 91 of the large-paper edition of 350 copies

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Item 48
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [WATT, James, James Jnr., & Gregory] WILLIAMSON,  George

Memorials of the Lineage, Early Life, Education, and Development of the Genius of James Watt. [Tog. with] The original autograph signature of James Watt, from a letter to `Dear Gregory', [and] an original autograph letter, signed `J. Watt Junr.' from Soho, 9 Nov. 1804

Edinburgh, Thomas Constable for the Watt Club, 1856, first edition
pp262, 3 engraved portraits, 6 plates, (1 double-page, 3 tinted, 2 folding), 7 facsimiles of James Watt's letters, and a large folding engraved map. The letter has 2 sheets, 390x200mm, written on 6 pages (last blank removed). 4to, [200x250mm], quarter calf, cloth boards, marbled endpapers and edges. A fine copy

James Watt, the inventor of the steam engine (1736-1819]; James Watt, Jnr (1769- 1848), engineer & business man, and half brother of Gregory (1777-1804). Gregory, a geologist and mineralogist, died of tuberculosis, aged 27

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Item 49
Click on the image to see an enlarged version WHISTLER,  J. A. McNeill

Whistler v. Ruskin Art & Art Critics

London, Chatto & Windus, 1878, 4th edition
pp18, 8vo, original brown wrappers. Fine

A beautifully printed pamphlet, with Whistler's signature butterfly on the last page and front cover. Whistler's response to Ruskin's written remarks that he `never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face'. Whistler successfully sued Ruskin for libel, but was awarded only one farthing in damages

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Item 50
Click on the image to see an enlarged version WHISTLER,  J.A McNeill

Mr Whistler's "Ten O'Clock"

London, (Chatto & Windus), 1888. First edition
pp30. 8vo. A fine copy in the original brown paper wrappers, with the Whistler butterfly

First publication of Whistler's lecture on art, delivered in London, Cambridge and Oxford

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Item 51
Click on the image to see an enlarged version [YEATS,  W.B.]

John Sherman and Dhoya by Ganconagh

London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1891. First edition
pp196; sm. 8vo [95x175mm], original tan cloth (somewhat darkened with a 1cm brown mark on spine). Top edges gilt. [Leading corner sl. bumped]. Small spots of foxing throughout, but a very good, firm copy. Wade 4

356 copies of the cloth edition were printed of this, Yeats' third published book. It contains two stories, the first more realist than the second which seems to have been included to get the book to a more respectable size. It was released in Fisher Unwin's well-marketed `Pseudonym Library'. Yeats expressed the hope to his sister that he would make 30 pounds from it, but we don't know whether this dream ever eventuated. Certainly the book was popular enough to go into a second edition within a month of first publication, and then a third edition the following year. Yeats said of it at the time, " there is more of myself in it than anything I have done", although 3 years later he was calling it "youthful and languid"

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