Australian Literature and Collectible Fiction Books
Antony and Cleopatra -by- Colleen McCullough. Fiction. Australian author. (Doubleday Book Clubs. 2007) ISBN
9781741800517. Used book. Softcover book. 631 pages. Edges of pages are soiled. Covers lightly creased. Foxing on first
and past pages. Else very good.
Australian Plays For The Colonial Stage 1834-1899 -edited by- Richard Fotheringham (The Academy
Editions of Australian Literature). The scripts of nine colonial plays, one of them in two versions. Plays are:
'The Bushrangers' (Henry Melville); 'The Kelly Gang' (Henry Melville); 'Life in Sydney' (1843) (a scurrilous satire);
'Arabin, or The Adventures of a Settler' (1849) (a pioneering romance); The South-Sea Sisters (1866) (a short choral
masque; a proto-nationalistic pantomime in Melbourne and Sydney versions 'The House That Jack Built' (1869 and 1871);
a city murder-mystery 'Hazard' (1872); a comic-horror saga of a bush heroine 'For £60,000' (1874) and the first
Australian stage classic, adapted in 1886 from Marcus Clarke's novel 'For The Term of His Natural Life'.
Explanatory notes and introductions. Over 50 illustrations. (University of Queensland Press. Brisbane. 2006) ISBN
0702234885. NEW book. Softcover book. 800 pages. Still sealed in plastic. Plastic seal is torn in front. No marks
on the book cover. NEW. Weighs 1.3 kilograms.
Backcountry Ballads: Bush Poems for Entertainment -by- Don J Pinwill. Illustrated with line drawings
-by- Max Kleeman. Australian bush poetry. Inscription signed by author on title page
(self published by D J Pinwill, Mount Garnet, Nth Qld, 1988) ISBN 0731633652. Used
small softcover booklet, 44 pages. Cover is lightly soiled and sunned on edges. All else is very good.
Day Of My Delight -by- Martin Boyd.
Australian literature. Autobiography of a distinguished Australian novelist (First Edition 1965
Lansdowne Press, Melbourne) good hardcover book in fair dust jacket, 306pp.
Daylight Corroboree, A First-hand Account Of The 'Wanda Koolmatrie' Hoax by John Bayley (Eidolon Books,
no place, 2004) ISBN 0958546649. Used softcover book, 110 pages, light stains on
edges of cover, light soiling on edges of pages, else very good.
Daylight Robbery -by- Ron Tullipan. Australian fiction (Horwitz Publications, Sydney, First Edition, 1970) ISBN 0725500409.
Used hardcover book in dust jacket, 127 pages. Covered in clear plastic sleeve. Name whited out
on fep. Some marks on eps. Foxing on edges of pages. Else very good.
Donna Roon -by- Nuri Mass. First Edition Australian Fiction (Alpha Books, Sydney, First Edition, 1970) ISBN
0855530014. Used hardcover book in dust jacket, 257 pages. Covered in clear plastic sleeve. Dust jacket
is worn and creased on edges with small tears at corners and both ends of spine. Name
written on fep. Foxing on edges of pages. Else pages are very good.
Earth Battle -by- Dorothy Cottrell. Australian Fiction First Edition. Novel;
story of a pastoralist establishing properties in South-West Queensland (Hodder & Stoughton Limited, London, no date, circa 1930,
presumably first edition) Used hardcover book, no dust jacket, 320 pages. Marked blue cloth with darker blue lettering on front cover and spine.
Bookshop bookplate inside front cover. Foxing on eps, first and last few pages and edges of pages. Else good.
Father Clears Out -by- James Hackston. Illustrated -by- Hal Gye.
Australian Literature. A collection of short stories by one of the best writers for the 'Bulletin' about growing up on a small
farm in the NSW outback. The author is also known as Hal Gye, the person who drew the cupids and cupidesses for C J
Dennis' 'The Sentimental Bloke'; so it is not surprising that James Hackston's stories should be illustrated by Hal Gye (Angus
& Robertson, Sydney. First Edition. 1966) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 208 pages. Dust jacket is worn, torn and
chipped on edges and corners. Foxing on endpapers, first and last few pages and on edges of pages. Else book is good.
For The Term Of His Natural Life (The Australian Experience) -by- Marcus Clarke. Australian
Classic Literature. The definitive Australian convict novel (Axiom Publishing, 2001) ISBN
1864760754. Used softcover book, 436 pages. In fine condition.
Fortune's Favourite -by- Colleen McCullough. Australian Author. McCullough continues the saga of Julius Caesar (Century
Random House, London, First Edition, 1993) ISBN 0712638504.
Used hardcover book in dust jacket, 878 pages. Light foxing on edges of pages. Very good. Weighs 1.2 kilograms
Nod To Strangers -by- Alan P Tory, A novel; first Australian edition (First Australian edition, 1945,
Cassell & Co, London) Used small hardcover book in dust jacket, 143 pages. Dust jacket is
worn on edges and has chips missing along lower edge and top and bottom of
spine, and is now covered in clear plastic sleeve. Light foxing on edges of pages, else book is very good.
On The Track -and- Over The Sliprails -by- Henry Lawson. Australian literature. (Angus & Robertson Ltd. Sydney. 1945) Stapled softcover
book. 241 pages. Covers are worn. Spine torn down one edge. Corners bumped. Foxing. Paper has tanned. Text is good.
Piccaninnies -by- Mary Durack and Elizabeth Durack. Charming children's book containing a poem about the day of two small
Australian Aboriginal children with b/w illustrations by the authors on each page (Offset Printing Coy. Pty. Ltd, Sydney, no publisher,
no date) Stiff card covers, no dust jacket, unpaginated. Covered in clear plastic
cover which has become discoloured, heavy foxing from tape marks inside both
covers from the plastic cover, shadows of which go through onto the adjoining
few pages, light foxing also on edges of pages. Name address and date on
previous owner on title page together with original price written in pencil, small marks in upper corner of first page of poem,
else very good.
'Possum -by- Mary Grant Bruce
(Ward Lock & Co, London, First Australian Edition, 1948) Used small hardcover book, no dust jacket,
255 pages. Brown cloth covers knocked on corners and both ends of spine. Rear cover marked
Spine cocked. Name written on fep. Foxing on eps, first and last few pages and on edges of
pages, Pages have tanned. Hinge cracked at half title page however binding is firm. Overall good.
Rain In Arhnem Land: Further Adventures of
Three Aboriginal Children on the Far North Coast of Australia, And Some of The Stories of Their
People -by- Ann E Wells. Australian Literature. Indigenous Literature. (Supplementary Reader Edition,
Angus & Robertson, 1963) Used softcover book, 90 pages. Covers and pages are worn on edges. Foxing
on edges of pages. Else good.
Skippy The Bush Kangaroo Annual 1972 (World
Distributors (Manchester) Ltd, Manchester, 1971) ISBN 0723501335. Used hardcover
book, no dust jacket, 79 pages, hinge has cracked at hinges however binding is tight,
light foxing to edges of some pages, else very good.
The Fairy Who Wouldn't Fly (The Fairy Who Would Not Fly) -told and pictured by- Pixie O'Harris. Australian childrens' story book written
and illustrated by Pixie O'Harris. Charming colour and black and white illustrations. (Marchant & Co, Sydney. First edition.
Circa 1945) Used hardcover book. No dust jacket. Unpaginated. Covers are soiled, and worn heavily on edges. Name written on cover.
Hinge at front endpaper has been taped. Name and address, a number and a birthday inscription also written on the grubby first page.
Spots and small stains on the first few pages. Some foxing on pages. Else pages are very good. The illustrations are unmarked.
Rare in the first edition.
The Nobleman Jackaroo -by- M Egan Mulry. Novel of the Australian outback (Simpson, Halligan & Co Ltd, Brisbane, 2nd ed, 1927)
Used small hardcover book, no dust jacket, 152 pages + 6 pages of press criticisms and letters of
appreciation of Miss Mulry's books and songs. Red cloth covers are heavily worn and knocked on edges.
Heavy foxing on eps, Foxing and insect damage to edges of pages. Text is good.
The Passage -by- Vance Palmer. Australian Pocket Library. First Australian Edition 1944.
(Robertson & Mullins Ltd. Melbourne. 1944) Used book. Paperback. 188 pages. Covers are grubby and worn on
edges. Pages have tanned. Foxing on covers and edges of pages. Else pages are very good.
Waters Of Forgetfulness: An Australian
Story -by- A Hawkes Mansell. Australian Literature (Henty & Schindler Publishers, Sydney, First Edition. August 1946)
Used small hardcover book, no dust jacket, 293 pages. Marked red cloth covers with black lettering on spine.
Corners of covers and both ends of spine bumped. Foxing on eps and edges of pages. Pages have
tanned. Else pages are very good.
Winged Seeds -by- Katharine Susannah
Prichard. The third novel in the saga of Dinny Quin and Sally Gough, set in the
Larkinville Gold Rush and covers the period from the end of 1936, when the
mining industry was weathering a depression, to 1946, when the prospect of a
renaissance was glimmering like a mirage on the horizon (Australiasian Publ Co,
Sydney, in association with Jonathan Cape, London, First edition, 1950) Used
hardcover book, no dust jacket, 388 pages. Marked brown covers with good blue lettering,
foxing on eps and edges of pages, else good.
You Can't Come Back -by- Bruce Beaver. Australian novel.
A portrait of railway workers in outback Australia (Rigby Publishers, Adelaide, reprint, 1984) ISBN 0727020072.
Used hardcover book in dust jacket. Covered with clear plastic sleeve. 166 pages. Gift inscription on front
endpaper. Light foxing on edges of pages. Else very good.
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