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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 First Collected Works of Sir Winston Chuchill (in 34 volumes)


34 volumes complete as published, octavo original full vellum boards, armorial gilt device and rule, lettering and rule to spine gilt, a.e.g., Included with set is original publishers bookplates with limitation number (not deployed) minor variation to tone of the vellum bindings with mild discolouration, otherwise fine., in slipcases, VG (light rubbing & soiling) A VERY HEAVY SET PRICED VERY COMPETITIVELY

PUBLISHER: Library of Imperial History in association with the Hamlyn Publishing Group Ltd. 1973 - 1976 london

KEYWORDS: history biography autobiography politics military world war one two sir winston spencer churchill


3. 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


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. 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


7. Pamphlets; (1) Letter to the Right Hon. The Earl of Chichester President of the Church Missionary Society, In Vindication of the Character of Archdeacon Henry Williams and Other Missionaries of the Church Missionary Society in New Zealand (1850); (2)


Three quarter leather over buckram boards, Eleven pamphlets bound into one book sans original covers. Pagination: 80pp; 27pp; 28pp; vi + 54pp; 31pp; 12pp; 42pp + vi; vii + 44pp16pp; xii + 194pp; 52pp. VG some wear and scuffing to external edges and spine, moderate tanning and foxing, damage to page 79 of first title but without loss of text. Overall a sound, clean, tidy and desirable volume with All titles SCARCE TO RARE

PUBLISHER: williamson and wilson; southern cross; richardson and sansom; et al 1850 - 1865

KEYWORDS: new zealand history governement james busby maori land


8. The Ancient History of the Maori; His Mythology and Traditions (Complete in Seven Volumes; 6 Vols + 1 vol plates)


First editions octavo red cloth boards with black motif and rule, gilt lettering to spines, illus, VG tanning to pages as usual, moderate fading to spines. light soiling to some covers; original publisher's binding, dual language (english and maori). SCARCE set, but RARE with the plates volume, and this is the only set I have seen with the plates volume bound uniformly with the other volumes)

PUBLISHER: government printer 1887 - 1891

KEYWORDS: takitimu tainui maori history new zealand ethnology mythology languages


9. 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


10. 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


11. 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


12. 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


13. 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


14. 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


15. 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


16. 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


17. The History of New South Wales, from its First Discovery to the Present Time


First edition first issue (lacks author's name), professionally rebacked in leather, octavo, full leather boards with gilt lettering to spine, marbled eps, frontispiece, folding map, chart at p41, plate at p109 (lacks one plate), 624pp, VG (library stickers to spine & front pastedown, small library stamps throughout, moderately heavy scuffing & scratching to boards & spine, pale green line across spine (paint?), tastefully reinforced gutters, slight surface loss to board corners & edges, light-moderate foxing & tanning to pages, light foxing & creasing & faint library stamp to flding map, moderate tanning & soiling to page edges, heavy creasing to rear ep. Binding firm)

PUBLISHER: Mackenzie and Dent 1811

KEYWORDS: New South Wales Australia history Van Dieman's Land Norfolk Island


18. 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


19. Recherches sur le Culte Public et les Mysteres de Mithra en Orient et en Occident: texte + planches (Research on Public Worship and the Mysteries of Mithra in the East and West, two volumes - text + plates)


TEXT IN FRENCH, rare, 2 volume set, quarto + large folio, half bound, pink cloth boards with gilt lettering to leather spine, gilt tooling to raised bands on spine, t.e.g., grey eps, viii +692pp (text), 26 + cii plates (plates), front board of plates volume is detached (but present) otherwise set is VG- (moderate fading & soiling to boards, moderate rubbing & staining to leather, moderate foxing - heavier towards prelims & terminals - some plates have significant foxing while others are clean, moderately heavy tanning to page edges prelims & terminals, bruising & surface loss to board corners of plates volume, owner's ex libris label & small newpaper clipping of book ad to front pastedown of text volume)

PUBLISHER: A L'Imprimerie Imperiale 1867

KEYWORDS: Mithra Mithraism religion spirituality ancient history text in French


20. Mein Kampf


Early edition (13th - 22nd thousand), octavo, blue cloth boards with brown lettering to spine, swastika & eagle design to front board, top edges green, frontispiece with tissue guard, xviii + 782 + vii ads at rear, VG- (cloth split along length of outer rear hinge, 3cm split to cloth of front outer hinge, chipping & fraying to spine extrems, light chaffing to board corners, slight staining & rubbing to boards, small red ink stain to page fore-edges, postcard of hitler tipped-in to front pastedown, rear gutter cracked, binding slightly sloppy, owner's name & date in ink to f.e.p., v v occasional underlining in pencil,small annotation to rear pastedown, moderate tanning & soiling to page edges)

PUBLISHER: Verlag Franz Eher Nachfolger 1930

KEYWORDS: Adolf Hitler autobiography

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