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Author: WILLIAM JOHNSTONE - Foreword by Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bt
Publisher: Barrie and Jenkins, London, 1980, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 360 pages, B/W PHOTOGRAPHS & COLOUR ARTWORKS, 18 Chapters, Bibliography & INDEX.
Condition:Blue cloth-bound h/c with title to spine, slight rubbing to spine & corners, STRAIGHT, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, previous owner's name to frepr + name stamp fr.paste-down, slight foxing to eprs & outside page edges, in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET
Description: As Principal successively of Camberwell and the Central School of Arts and Crafts during and following the Second World War, Johnstone gave a much-needed shot in the arm to art teaching in England.
A selection of fourteen of Johnstone's paintings.
Author: by ELIZABETH SALTER, a biography of John Peter Russell OUT OF PRINT BIOGRAPHIES,AUSTRALIAN ART, HISTORIC FIGURES, IMPRESSIONISM, PAINTING.
Publisher: Angus and Robertson, London, 1976, First Edition, hardcover 8vo without dj, 209pp., COLOUR & B/W PHOTOGRAPHS (Artworks) & B/W ILLUSTRATIONS, brown eprs, 3 Parts.
Condition:Brown cloth-bound hardcover with silver title to spine, slight rubbing to spine & corners, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, with previous owner's name to frepr, foxing to outside page edges, without dustjacket.
Description: This biography documents Russell's career and friendships with Van Gogh, Monet, Rodin and, "The father of Australian Landscape painting" Tom Roberts.
Salter argues that Roberts instructed the young Henri Matisse on the principles of Impressionism.
Author: copyright Mrs Joyce Hutchens, edited by Sandra Jobson AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN PIANO & MUSIC TEACHER & COMPOSER
Publisher: .Wentworth Books, Sydney, 1971, FIRST EDITION, softcove small 8vo without dj, , 56 pp. & INDEX,
Condition:Blue bound softcover, title to spine & front cover, slight rubbing to spine & corners, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, with mild rubbing and edgewear.
Description: Composer, pianist, teacher and concert performer. Influential in the history of Music in Australia. Recorded by ABC and Colombia Records. Tragically illed in a car accident in Sydney in 1965. with a list of original compositions and arrangements.
Author: HAL MISSINGHAM Director of the Art Gallery of NSW History 1946 - 1971
Publisher: Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1973, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 132pp., 12 Chapters.
Condition:Red cloth-bound hardcover with gilt title to spine, slight rubbing to spine, corners & covers, no inscriptions, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight foxing to inside bottom edge with slight edgewear
Description: Hal Missingham has obviously savoured his stories for years and now spills the beans with a fine disregard for feelings or personalities. Behind the laughter and exasperation is a story of real achievement and a genuine record of the Gallery in the years
Author: by Professor FRANCIS WEST BA PhD(Leeds), PhD (Cambridge), F.R. Hist.S, Professorial Fellow in Pacific History at Australian National University
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1968, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 296pp., B/W PHOTOGRAPHS, Map to eprs, 9 Chapters, Epilogue, Bibliography & INDEX.
Condition:Brown cloth-bound hardcover with gilt title to spine, slight rubbing to spine & corners, no inscriptions, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight foxing to inside, a few small tears, rubbing and edgewear.
Description: Hubert Murray administered Papua for thirty-three years, so that his name came to be applied to a whole period of Australian rule and to the policy followed under it. This book explores the man and his ideas in relation to his time, to his actual administ
Author: FRANCES SPALDING - writer and Lecturer in Art History. BLOOMSBURY ART PARIS POST-IMPRESSIONISM
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1984, 3rd impression, 1st pub. 1983, hardcover large 8vo with dj, 399pp., B/W & COLOUR PLATES & ILLUSTRATIONS, gold eprs, 14 Chapters
Condition:Green cloth-bound hardcover with bright gilt title to spine, slight rubbing to spine & corners, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, previous owner's name to frepr, in a clipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight edgewear in a clear plastic protective covering.
Description: In this authorized biography, Frances Spalding draws upon a mass of unpublished documents to reveal Vanessa Bell's considerable achievements in both her art & her life.& recounts her move into Bloomsbury and her exposure to Paris and Post-impressionism.
Author: NANCY KEESING - Author of Lily on the Dustbin - Writer - Poet - Critic
Publisher: Allan & Unwin, Sydney, 1988, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 233 pages, 13 Chapters, portrait of Keesing to eprs & INDEX.
Condition:Crisp black cloth-bound hardcover with bright gilt title to spine, minimal edgewear, no inscriptions, STRAIGHT, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight foxing to inside & slight sunning to the spine with slight edgewear
Description: Nancy Keesing's writing is prolific and varied and includes such works as Shalom, By Gravel and Gum, Australian Bush Ballads and several books of poetry including Three Men and Sydney & Hail and Farewell.
A rare glimpse into Australian cultural life.
Author: Spike Milligan
Publisher: Published by Michael Joseph, hardcover 8vo without dj, 3 parts, b/w illustrations & photos, 146 pp.
Condition:Black cloth-bound hardcover with gilt title to spine, STRAIGHT, TIGHT and CLEAN in GOOD CONDITION with a name in pen inscription to the front endpaper, the cover has mild marks.
Description: "All the salient facts are true, I have garnished some of them in my own manner" (Spike Milligan in the preface).
THE CLASSIC SPIKE in one of his greatest HITS !!!