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Book Id: 14ca01260


Title: KANGA CREEK an Australian Idyll 1922 FIRST EDITION HAVELOCK ELLIS novel published in England semi-autobiography

Author: HAVELOCK ELLIS the well-known writer on the psychology of sex. This RARE copy has a few wine stains (see scan).

Publisher: The Golden Cockerel Press, Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire: England MCMXXII, 68 hand-cut pages - A RARE copy : refer McCartney p.164, Green Vol 1. p.675

Condition:Worn but intact hardcover with panel title to yellow cloth spine,STRAIGHT & TIGHTLY BOUND in GOOD Minus CONDITION with some red wine stains to the right-hand corner of most pages, 2 names in pen to the frenpr & 1/2 title, small insect damage to last page.

Description: Ellis, the well-known writer on the psychology of sex, lived in Australia between 1875 & 1879 working as an outback school teacher. He later wrote this idyll which he described as a modified biography in that he left out nearly all the significant events.

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Book Id: 14ca01255

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Title: Australia & its SETTLEMENTS 1854 published in Philadelphia,USA - Emmigrant Guide for GOLD RUSH miners to GOLDFIELDS RARE

Author: Originally pub. 1854 by The Religious Tract Society, London. This edition printed by arrangement by the American Sunday-school Union.

Publisher: American Sunday-school Union, 316 Chestnut St., Philadelphia USA, small, pocket-sized hardcover 8vo, 192 pages, 6 chapters, date is between 1853 and 1855 (see text).

Condition:Small, red, cloth-bound hardcover with "VILLAGE & FAMILY" impressed to covers, faded gilt "AUSTRALIA" title to spine, inscription of SALEM SABBATH SCHOOL (USA?), while the ROBUST pages are age-toned, the book is STRAIGHT & TIGHT, in GOOD, worn CONDITION.

Description: A guide completed in 1854, while Governor Fitzroy ruled NSW. Ferguson 6298 lists the UK edition, this copy is more RARE. Gold Fields; NSW, Victoria, South & Western Australia; The ABORIGINES of Australia (30 pages). Contains descriptions of 1850s Aust.

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Book Id: 14ca01247

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Title: PEN POINTS of OLD SYDNEY & HISTORIC NEW SOUTH WALES by Clarke 1951 FIRST EDITION illustrated with fine drawings VINTAGE

Author: Albert N. Clarke with a foreword by Adrian Ashton and coloured endpapers. This is the ORIGINAL book of fine drawings of the Sydney region

Publisher: The Central Press, 309 Castlereagh St., Sydney, quarto with dj, 44 pages, illustrated with fine line drawings and a secondary colour detail on every page.

Condition:Crisp tan cloth-bound hardcover quarto with a red title to spine, STRAIGHT, TIGHT & CLEAN in GOOD CONDITION with a name stamp to the prelim, in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with mild rubbing & ageing. A GOOD COPY of this ORIGINAL Edition.

Description: The original book by Albert Clarke has been reprinted but none have the charm of this 1951 original, with its original pen and ink sketches and historical notes. Sydney; Vaucluse; Lavender Bay; La Perouse; Kurnell; Figtree; Ryde; Parramatta; Liverpool etc

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Book Id: 14ca01241

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Title: The BACHELORS' GUIDE to the Care of the Young and other Stories FIRST EDITION

Author: L. W. LOWER Vintage Australian Humour

Publisher: FRANK JOHNSON, 350 George Street, Sydney, May 1941, STATED FIRST EDITION, softcover 8vo without dj, 128 pages, essays, illustrated with a cover by Unk White.

Condition:Crisp card-bound softcover with title to slightly bumped spine, STRAIGHT, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION with some slight sunfade to a slightly rubbed cover, internally tight and clean. A ROBUST copy.

Description: Leonard (Lennie) Waldermar Lower (24 September 1903 - 19 July 1947) was an Australian humourist who is still considered by many to be the comic genius of Australian journalism.

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Book Id: 14ca01221

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Title: AMPOL BOOK OF Australian Sporting Records by JACK POLLARD 1968 FIRST EDITION All the records in every Australian sport

Author: by JACK POLLARD --- FIRST EDITION with DUST COVER Foreword by W. M. Leonard, Managing Director, Ampol Petroleum Ltd.

Publisher: Pollard Pub. Co., Sydney, 1968, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 325pp., B/W PHOTOGRAPHS & ILLUSTRATIONS, Chapters. News cuttings & ephemera included.

Condition:Blue cloth-bound hardcover with bright gilt title to spine, slight rubbing to spine & corners, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, previous owners name stamp to frepr, slight foxing to few outside page edges, in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with edgewear.

Description: From Aboriginal Sportsmen all the way through to Woodchopping and Wrestling with soooo much in between! It is a unique book - the first to provide all the records that matter in every Australian sport.Here all of our finest achievements in sport. COLLECT

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Book Id: 14ca01210

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Title: Colonial SOUTH AUSTRALIA the History of South Australia 1911 ANTIQUE BOOK by Blacket OLD PHOTOS published in Adelaide

Author: Rev. John Blacket, author of many books and with a foreword by Sir Samuel Way - A Romantic and Successful Experiment in Colonisation Revised Edition

Publisher: Hussey & Gillingham Ltd., Adelaide, 1911, Revised, Enlarged and Continued to a Later Period edition, hardcover quarto without dj, 480pp., 26 chapters 40 illust.

Condition:Worn red cloth-bound hardcover boards with faded gilt title to spine & front cover, STRAIGHT & TIGHT in GOOD MINUS CONDITION with watermark to the cloth cover, internally ROBUST with a stamped name to the front end paper, slight tanning to pages.

Description: Pioneers Foundation and settlement Overland exploration The Germans Political & Religious freedom struggles. Government Penertrating the Interior. Pioneer Builders Social History Aboriginal inhabitants including the Narrinyeri people.

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Book Id: 14ca01164


Title: AUSTRALIA ALBUM The Past in PICTURES a Tribute to journalist LILLIAN ROXAN published 1970s PHOTOS of early AUSTRALIA

Author: readers of Womans Day, The Sydney Morning Herald, the Sydney Mitchell Liobrary and the Department of the Army.

Publisher: Sungravure, Sydney, not dated circa 1974-75, magazine-style softcover 4to, 98pp., B/W & SEPIA PHOTOGRAPHS, ADVERTISEMENTS & ILLUSTRATIONS throughout.

Condition:Illustrated magazine-format softcover with title to frcvr, slight rubbing to spine & corners, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, with a tiny name stamp to inside fr.cvr, slight age-toning & ruffling to page edges

Description: This tribute to Lillian Roxan who was a great Australian and an international journalist - she wrote on the international rock music scene called 'Rock Encyclopaedia'. 'Women who made the news . . . and some who didn't ' is the first headline- unusual !

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Book Id: 14ca01014

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Title: Ion IDRIESS - The Yellow Joss & other Tales - CAPE YORK TORRES STRAITS PNG 1948 Seventh Edition Hardcover Black & White OLD PHOTOS- incl "The Sniper"

Author: Ion L Idriess, famous AUSTRALIAN author of Non-Fiction, Biography, with old B/W photos

Publisher: Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1948, hardcover 8vo without dj, 28 chapters, b/w photo illustrations, Seventh Edition. 19cm x 12.5cm. 256 pages, b/w photos including fr

Condition:Light brown hard covers with black spine titles with rear board lightly spotted and marked, light wear to corners , with light foxing to end papers, small inscription to front endpaper, light foxing to page edges, cloth-bound hardcover with title to spin

Description: This was the author's ninth book, first published in 1934, is a collection of 28 short chapters recalling the author's exeriences, or those of others, mainly in the Cape York area, on the Great Barrier Reef or the islands in that area. However, one "The S

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