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1. Wrestling With the Angel; A Time For Sowing; The Cradle & the Egg (ASSOCIATION COPY)


first edition octavo black cloth boards with red lettering to spine, 120pp, VG+ (light tanning primarily to eps) in VG d/w ( suntanning to spine, light wear to extremities, small closed tear to tail of spine) ASSOCIATION COPY, warmly INSCRIBED, SIGNED (initials) and DATED march 1965 by Frank Sargeson to Janet Frame. Sargeson was a huge influence on Frame, and the title of this book by him was used as the title for the biography of Frame written by Michael King. A UNIQUE and important piece of New Zealand Literary history

PUBLISHER: caxton press 1964

KEYWORDS: new zealand literature drama modern first edition frank sargeson signed janet frame


2. The Works of John Ruskin: Library Edition


Complete 39-volume set, very tidy set, imperial octavo, maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine & gilt coat of arms to front board, between aprox 350 and 700pp each of the 39 vols, VG l(some fading to spines, light bruising to spine extrems, some light rubbing to board edges & corners, browning to upper page edges, foxing to fore- and lower page edges, light foxing to prelims & terminals, sporadic light foxing throughout) Many pages unopened/uncut. VERY HEAVY SET so shipping is a factor

PUBLISHER: George Allen 1903 - 1912

KEYWORDS: ET Cook Alexander Wedderburn John Ruskin complete works literature art philosophy biology geology architecture essays philanthropy


3. Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and Round the World; being Personal Narratives of Attempts to reach the North and South Poles; and of an Open-Boat Expedition up the Wellington Channel in search of Sir John Franklin and Her Maje


Two-volume set, superb original bindings, quarto, royal blue buckram boards with gilt lettering to spine & front board, black penguin & polar bear motif to spine, black nautical scenes & anchor chains to front boards, yellow eps, frontispiece with tissue guard + xx + map + 432pp (vol.1), frontispiece + xii + 412pp (vol.2), illus, VG (some browning to spines, some bruising & fraying to spine extrems, white stain to vol.2 front board, some browning & foxing to page edges, front pastedowns damaged by removal of labels, owner's name & address in ink to front pastedowns & to title pages, heavy browning to prelims & terminals, some foxing)

PUBLISHER: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle et al 1884

KEYWORDS: Antarctic Arctic travel exploration North Pole South Pole


4. Isadora of Milan


First edition 5 volume set contemporary quarterbound brown leather with marbled boards and gilt spine 202pp+2pp adverts, 204pp, 211pp, 202pp +2pp adverts, 212pp (final volume includes 2pp addenda by editor, claiming authorship for one Walter, Lord St Aubin) Very Good (rubbing and mild fading to spines, with labels clear and intact, small tears to heads and tails, moderate rubbing and wear to extremities, mild to moderate foxing and occassional very light page creasing throughout, two previous owners names on all title pages) A nice, relatively tidy and complete set of a VERY RARE classic of English Gothic Fiction by an unknown author (despite the various names given, it is not even known if the author was a man or a woman)

PUBLISHER: Henry Colburn New Bond Street 1811

KEYWORDS: first edition literature classic gothic english




Bound in full leather with raised bands and labels to spine, gold rule aprox 510pp in 24 chapters, VG+ (light wear and soiling, light occassional foxing) typed carbon copy text (extra pages are occassionally inserted) with many handwritten proofing corrections, additions and alterations. A unique unpublished manuscript beginning and ending with meetings with Sir Henry Kelliher in New Zealand - the first in 1968. Entertaining and opinionated commentary on the history and nature of New Zealand (including the observations of Sir Henry), Australia, the Pacific, a large section on South Africa, and elsewhere A UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT UNPUBLISHED BOOK FROM A MAJOR AUSTRALASIAN TRAVELLER, HISTORIAN AND COMMENTATOR

PUBLISHER: unpublished c.1968

KEYWORDS: travel new zealand australia pacific south africa history frank clune unpublished manuscript


6. Madman's Island


Very rare, first edition of author's first book, was a bit of a disaster, rewritten in the 1930s as a non-fiction title, octavo, red cloth boards with black lettering to spine & front board, frontispiece, 228pp, illus, VG- (lacks rear ep, heavy fading & chaffing to spine, moderately heavy fading & staining to boards, some damp staining to rear board fore-edge, red ink staining from boards to edges of first three pages, 5cm closed tear repaired with archival tape to fep upper corner, light tanning to page edges, occasional foxing spots) Both plates present.

PUBLISHER: Cornstalk Publishing Co1927

KEYWORDS: Ion L Idriess Australian literature adventure ficiton


7. Ledetraad Til Nordisk Old Kyndighed


TEXT IN DANISH, true first edition, a benchmark book - established modern archaeological practice, & presented the concept of the three ages of man - Stone, Bronze and Iron. Octavo, half bound, mottled yellowisih boards with gilt lettering & gilt decorative tooling to brown leather spine with raised bands, ii + 100pp, illus, VG (lower 5cm portion of spine missing, some chaffing to spine & board edges & corners, some tanning, light dampstain to aprox one-third of page fore-edges)

PUBLISHER: Published in Copenhagen 1836

KEYWORDS: Christian Juren Thomsen TEXT IN DANISH Denmark archaeology Stone Iron Bronze Ages of man true first edition


8. Some Glimpses into Life in the Far East / Sequel to Some Glimpses into Life in the Far East


Author John Turnbull Thomson was later Surveyor General for New Zealand, from the library of John Hall-Jones, biographer of Thomson (and his great-grandson) presented to his father F. G. Hall-Jones by Penang Library via Donald Davies who has inscribed & signed it, ex library, rebacked with new eps, first edition annotated by author JT Thomson's great-grandson & biographer John Hall-Jones, two volumes, ASSOCIATION COPY, SCARCE, super octavo, red cloth boards iwth gilt lettering to spine and embossed decorative rule to boards, frontispiece with tissue guard, xi + 332pp (vol.1), frontispiece with tissue guard, xli + 313pp (Sequel), VG- (moderately heavy fading & staining to boards & spines, underlining & annotation in pencil, light tanning)

PUBLISHER: Richardson & Co 1864 & 1865

KEYWORDS: New Zealand Far East Malacca Singapore Penang Batavia Sunda history Association Copy


9. A History of the Families of Adams and Peers / A Genealogical History of the Family of Peers of Alveston in Warwickshire [2 vols.bound as 1]


first edition author's copy [Maxwell Richard William Peers Adams] [possibly a proof copy] 195pp [hand-numbered with many pp hand-written] ills.[b/w original photos mounted on prelims.] VG (full black leather w.gilt ruled borders,raised/gilt bands to spine,mod.rubbed and soiled,sl.wear to extrems.,marbled eps w.author/owner's armorial bookplate to front pastedown,content edges sl.soiled,many pages handwritten with [author's ?] annotations,many related pieces of ephemera loosely inserted incl.contemporary newspaper clippings,many blank pp bound in) a unique copy of what may well be the author's [Maxwell Richard William Peers Adams] bound proof copy - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: traill calcutta 1891 / simla [np] 1892

KEYWORDS: history biography peers adams alveston warwickshire proof copy genealogy


10. An Arctic Voyage to Baffin's Bay and Lancaster Sound, in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin


first edition rebind viii+152pp [b/w frontis.w.folding map at rear] VERY GOOD (marbled paper boards w.half leather,gilt-on-burgundy title label to spine along w.gilt bands,rubbed and soiled,chipping and wear to extrems.w.surface scuffing to boards,5mm loss to head of spine,white paper label to front pastedown,sl.paper separation at fep gutter,prelims.sl.foxed,b/w frontis.very tidy but sl.separating from gutter,some v.sl.foxing to marbled content edges,folding map at rear is complete but creased and w.some chipping and wear to margins) generally a v.tidy tight copy of this scarce title - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: john van voorst london 1850

KEYWORDS: arctic polar exploration voyage travel goodsir franklin baffins bay


11. The Story of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke


first edition numbered/limited and signed by translator [#2 of 3] 24pp VERY GOOD (patterned paper boards w.blue cloth spine and corners,mod.rubbed and stained,splits to upper hinge,mod.wear and chipping to extrems.,bookplate of Castello di Duino to front pastedown,small number label to ffep,prelims.and untrimmed content edges sl.foxed,translator's sign.and date to numbered colophon at rear) three typed copies of this edition were made - this copy belonged to His Highness, The Prince of Thurn and Taxis - bookplate of Castello di Duino, near Trieste, a residence of the Princes von Thurn and Taxis, the inspiration for Rilke's Duino elegies, conceived while he was visiting Princess Maria von Thurn and Taxis, one of his major patrons - scans available on request

PUBLISHER: privately printed osnabruck 1927

KEYWORDS: literature rainer maria rilke morse


12. Here Then is that Helpful as well as Ennobling Discourse entitled The Essay on Friendship


RARE thus, illuminated by hand by Grace Fournier on first page & colophon page, a lovely production, quarto, half bound with dark brown leather & marbled paper, gilt lettering & gilt decorative rule between five raised bands to dark brown leather spine, teg, deckle fore & lower page edges, marbled eps, 37pp, VG (wear to spine sides & spine extrems, 6cm split to lower spine side, some chaffing & bruising to board edges & corners, some browning to page edges, light soiling to boards_)

PUBLISHER: Roycrofters 1903

KEYWORDS: Henry Thoreau philosophy friendship essay literature


13. Sigmar Polke: Musik Ungeklarter Herkunft (Music from an Unknown Source)


Scarce, booklet with English translation loosely enclosed, folio, white light card covers, 139pp ,illus, nr fine (v v slight browning to page edges) in d/w with full-size flaps, VG+ (slight rubbing to edges, v v slight creasing to corners & spine extrems), booklet is VG+ (v light rubbing & soiling to covers)

PUBLISHER: Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen 1997

KEYWORDS: Sigmar Polke Bice Curiger Fiona Elliott text in German and English German art artist biography painting art exhibition scarce


14. Scottish Arms, Being a Collection of Armorial Bearings A.D. 1370-1678


rare and handsome two volume set, elephant folio, limited numbered edition (#12 of 60 large paper copies signed by publisher William Paterson), half-bound blue leather/blue cloth with red label, gilt lettering and rule, and five raised bands to spine, gilt upper edges, (volume I) xxv + 126 chromolithographic plates, (volume II) 425pp, both volumes VG+ (wear and rubbing to extremities, light soiling to boards, light foxing and soiling to some pages, small hole to front board and scratch across rear board of volume I, small stains to front board and small hole to rear board of volume II) THIS ITEM IS VERY HEAVY AND POSTAGE WILL ACCORDINGLY BE EXPENSIVE

PUBLISHER: William Paterson 1881

KEYWORDS: robert riddle stodart scotland scottish arms history armorial bearings heraldry genealogy family


15. The World Jones Made


First edition thus, octavo, red cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine, 192pp, VG+ (slight foxing to page edges, v v slight foxing to eps) in d/w, VG+ (light rubbing, price sticker to front flap, slight browning & soiling)

PUBLISHER: Sidgwick & Jackson Limited 1968

KEYWORDS: Philip K Dick literature science fiction novel first edition thus


16. Practical Observations on the Use and Abuse of Cold and Warm Sea-Bathing in various Diseases; particularly in Scrofulous and Gouty Cases


Inscribed by author on title page verso, first edition, scarce, octavo, half-bound in polished light brown calf, marbled heavy card boards with gilt lettering & gilt decortive tooling to spine, 144pp, G+ (lower 5cm & upper 2cm of spine missing, 1cm x 5cm portion of spine side missing, heavy chaffing to leather spine, sides & corners, some scuffing to boards with fraying to board edges & corners, browning to page edges, some foxing to prelims & terminals) - much better than the description would make it seem, this is a reasonable copy of a RARE book

PUBLISHER: B McMillan 1813

KEYWORDS: first edition scarce John Gibney MD medicine health disease treatment gout scrofula


17. Nobel's High Explosives: Part 1st - Introductory: Historical and Descriptive; Part 2nd - High Explosives and Appliances; Part 3rd - Sporting and Military Ammunition


RARE, second edition, large folding plate is present, oblong quarto, dark red cloth boards, dark red eps, frontispiece, 165pp, folding plate, illus, VG- (large price sticker to front board partially covering lettering,two large numbers (about 2cm tall) painted on front board, moderate soiling & rubbing to boards, light bruising & fraying to board corners, heavy foxing to frontispiece, light foxing to prelims & terminals, moderate foxing to page edges, wrinkling to part of folding plate)

PUBLISHER: Nobel's Explosives Company Limited 1908 (second edition)

KEYWORDS: Nobel Nobel's Explosives Company history high explosives blasting dynamite gunpowder ammunition


18. The Lagoon & Other Stories


first edition, rare, octavo, off-white boards with light blue decoration motif and blue cloth spine, red lettering with red and blue frame to front board, blue lettering to spine, 130pp, VG (tape residue approx 2cm on top and bottom of both boards, moderate fading to spine, small red crayon mark to lower rear board, slight wear to board edges, cracking to front hinge paper) in d/w VG- (d/w has backing paper and is partly adhered to boards, slight soiling to wrappers, heavy fading to spine, 2 x 10cm tears on spine sides, chips to corners)

PUBLISHER: Caxton Press 1951

KEYWORDS: Janet Frame short stories anthology new zealand literature first edition


19. The Carpathians


first edition inscribed and signed by the author 196pp VERY GOOD+ (blue cloth,v.sl.soiled w.sl.bumps to extrems.,author's inscr.to title page - for Robin & Rosemary Gordon with best regards & many thanks for answering ill-timed phone calls on the nature & behaviour of fowl, wild & tame, from Janet, the goose woman, Shannon, January 1989 - content edges v.sl.foxed) in VERY GOOD+ dustwrapper (sl.rubbed and soiled,sl.wear to extrems.) Janet Frame kep geese and her last book [published posthumously] was named by her 'The Goose Bath Poems'

PUBLISHER: bloomsbury london 1988

KEYWORDS: modern first edition literature janet frame new zealand signed


20. The Ulster Journal of Archaeology [9 vols.in 5 books]


first edition [first 9 volumes bound in 5 books] ills.[b/w and duotone] VG- (bound in full green calf w.gilt ruled borders and gilt stamp to boards,gilt/raised bands to spines,lower board of book1 barely attached,rubbed and soiled,wear and chipping to extrems.,all vols.rebacked w.spines sl.browned,marbled eps,prelims.and some margins sl.foxed w.some sl.foxing to contents,a few plates are detached but present,occasional pen/pencil notes and underlining to text but not too distracting,spines cracked and sl.shaky,aeg mod.rubbed) heavy set - scans available on request - the first 9 volumes of this journal bound in 5 books

PUBLISHER: archer belfast 1853-1862

KEYWORDS: history arts archaeology ulster journal ireland

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