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THE BRIDGES OF KANANOOK CREEK (Signed Copy)

By Smyth, Dacre

Toorak, VIC, Australia: Dacre Smyth, 1986. 52pp., recto-page colour-art by Dacre Smyth (1923-2008) with adjacent relevant description, plus a single line-drawn locality map. Over-square (landscape) format. Book clean. Spine square. Colour-art illustrated ('Mile Bridge', Dacre Smyth, February, 1986 - front; colour photographic artist portrait - rear) card wrapper lightly bumped and edgeworn only. Signed by the artist/author on title page, else leaves unmarked. In this, Dacre Smyth's sixth book of his paintings, he describes in brief each of the 18 bridges which cross the Kananook Creek that runs from Carrum to Frankston in Victoria, Australia. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword (Hester Nevett), Author's Preface. Locality Map. The Bridges. Index. Book weight approx. 275g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Signed by Author/Artist. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

MAO'S LAST DANCER  (Autographed Edition)
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MAO'S LAST DANCER (Autographed Edition)

By Cunxin, Li

Camberwell, Victoria, Australia: Penguin Australia, 2003. 444pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. A short inscription, 'Warmest wishes, Li' by the author on half-title page, else leaves clean and unmarked, albeit mildly edge-tanned. Illustrated card wrapper has a tiny corner crease, very minor edgewear. 'Autographed Edition' sticker to front panel. From the rear panel: "This is the true story of how one moment in time, by the tiniest thread of a chance, changed the course of a small boy's life in ways that are beyond description. One day he would dance with one of the greatest ballet companies in the world . . . One day he would become a star: Mao's last dancer, and the darling of the West." Contents include: A Wedding, Quingdao, 1946. 30 chapters over three 'parts'. Postscript, Acks., The Li Family Tree. Book weight approx. 625g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. 6th Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

GREAT GIPPSLAND MYSTERIES (Author Inscribed Limited Edition)

By Robinson, Grant

Gippsland, Victoria, Australia: Grant K. Robinson (Printed by Griffin Press, Adelaide) , 2014. 160pp., intext b/white halftone plates, plus a line-drawn illustration. Book clean and square. Spine firm, nominally bumped on heel. Gloss, illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped and edgeworn only. A short personal inscription, signed and (year) dated on title page, along with a hand-numbered (326) of a limited edition of 350. Last leaf has a small circular stain on foredge margin, else textblock unmarked. In this, the author's first book, he tells of stories of many unexplained mysteries that have happened in the Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. The local resident, after several years interviewing people with stories to tell, has compiled this rare, enthralling book . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 8 chapters (Wonthaggi Monster, Thylacines, Big Cats, UFOs, Ghosts, Lost Treasure, Mysterious Deaths and more), References. Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Limited (Numbered) Edition.

$45.79

THE THINGS THAT MAKE US: Life, Loss and Football (Signed Copy)

By Riewoldt, Nick

Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia: Allen and Unwin, 2017. (vi), + 376pp., colour photographic endpapers ('Maddie's Beach'). Unpaginated colour-plate sections. Book clean and square. Vivid white title over lightly bumped spine. Plain gunmetal grey boards undamaged. A short personal inscription signed by the author, using a black felt pen, on title page, else textblock unmarked. Photographic, portrait-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn, plus an oblique crease on front flap, else very good. Nick Riewoldt (born 1982) was one of St. Kilda Football Club's greatest ever players, going from No. 1 draft pick in 2000 AFL to 6-time winner of his club's Best and Fairest award, and 5-time all Australian captain in a record 220 games, and a total of 336 AFL games - but that is only part of his story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction. 16 chapters. Conclusion. Acks., Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. Index. Book weight approx. 720g. . First Edition, First Impression. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$42.27

BROADCASTING GRAVE AND GAY (Signed Copy)

By Collins, Ken G.

Christchurch, New Zealand: The Caxton Press , 1967. 196pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped head and heel. Light-khaki coloured, original cloth boards have a minor blind indentation and speck on front board. Signed by author on title page, else leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protecte dustjacket mildly edgeworn, with short closed tears, plus a blind indentation and puncture on front panel. Ken G. Collins recalls his forty years of service to New Zealand broadcasting as an announcer, engineer and manager. He also set up a multi-language broadcasting service in Fiji. This is his story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, 22 chapters. Book weight approx. 385g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$28.18

SCREW: Observations and Revelations of a Prison Officer (Inscribed by Author)

By Merlo, Pat

Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia: Hudson Publishing, 1996. xii, + 180pp., unpaginated b/white halftone plate section. Book clean. Soft reading crease on mildly canted spine, with a minor repair on heel. Illustrated card wrapper slightly edgeworn, with several oblique foredge corner creases on rear wrap. A short personal inscription, signed and dated by author, on title page, else textblock bumped and creased. 'Screw' is the story of Pat Merlo (b. 1951), who worked in the Victorian penal system at Fairlea Women's Prison and the notorious Pentridge Prison in Melbourne for over a decade . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Acks., Layout of Pentridge Prison. Plan of Fairlea Prison. Prologue. 20 chapters. Epilogue. Book weight approx. 255g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. 2nd Impression. Softcover. Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.50

FROM A CAMEL TO THE MOON: An Anthology for the International Year of Older Persons - Signed by (some) Contributors

By Christopherson, Leonie (Editor)

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: National Council of Women of Australia Inc. Ltd. , 1999. 159pp., b/white contributor portraits, plus several other halftone plates throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bumped, with a short repaired split on head. Colour-art illustrated (Jessie Goodacre) card wrapper lightly bumped and creased. Signed by five contributors, namely: M.L. Escott / Isabel Gill / Lilian A. Nugent / Margaret Wagenhofer and Helen Cohn, on their relevent pages, else textblock unmarked. This collection represents not only the depth of talent, but also the richness of women's lives. There is something for everyone - wicked humour, tragedy, nostalgia and drama . . . Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Dedication, Contributions. Book weight approx. 245g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Signed by Five Contributors . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.50

IN THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS . . . RAN Heroism Darwin 19 February 1942 (Inscribed Copy)

By Bradford, John

Henley Beach, South Australia : Seaview Press, 2000. xviii, + 224pp., b/white halftone plate illustrated section, plus line-drawn maps and facsimiles. Book clean. Spine firm, minor repair on head. Colour-art illustrated (Tom Offord) gloss wrapper noticeably creased on front, else lighty bumped, plus a minor dampstain on plain inner. A short personal inscription on the title page, signed and dated by the author, else textblock unmarked. Including a listing of names and citations for Australian military personnel recommended for gallantry awards in the first air raid on Darwin, this book is a tribute to R.A.N.'s somewhat unrecognised heroism in Darwin . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 7 chapters. Appendices x 3. References, and Notes. Index. LEST WE FORGET. Book weight approx. 325g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$19.73

SHARK TALES AND YARNS FROM NORFOLK ISLAND (Signed Copy)

By Tofts, Robert

Norfolk Island: Author (Robert G. Tofts), 2001. 124pp., illustrated throughout: b/white halftone plates, plus several sketch illustrations. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper minimally bumped only. Signed and dated on title page, else leaves unmarked. Stories of sharks and shark fishing on and around the beautiful Norfolk Island, an Australian possession in the South Pacific . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Preface, About Norfolk Island, "The Stories". Book weight approx. 200g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Signed by Author. Reprint. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$11.27

NEVER SAY NEVER: My Life   (Signed Copy)
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NEVER SAY NEVER: My Life (Signed Copy)

By Derham, Peter

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Brolga Publishing, 2005. 139pp., two unpaginated illustrated sections: one b/white halftone plates, the other in colour. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Photographically-illustrated, montage-style card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. A short personal inscription, dated and signed "Peter" on half-title page, else textblock unmarked. The author was born into a relatively well-to-do family in Toorak, Victoria in August, 1925. During his life he spent several years in the Australian military (A.I.F. and Navy), did a science degree at university, and became a leader in the plastics industry via his father's company Nylex. Later still he became heavily involved in philanthropy, spent time in the Antarctic, was a lobbyist for a better Australia to governments of all persuasions. On his retirement he founded a highly successful winery, and limited his time to two boards, five charities, and his family . . . (Sir) Peter J. Derham died from a stroke on 24th September, 2008. Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters. Book weight approx. 200g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition (Australian Printing).. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$17.61

WHEN THE WATTLES BLOOM AGAIN: The life and times of William Barak Last Chief of the Yarra Yarra Tribe (Signed Copy)

By Wiencke, Shirley W

East Kew, Victoria, Australia: Author (Shirley W. Wiencke), 2001. x, + 110pp., intext b/white halftone plates (archival sources), maps and facsimiles throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm, trivial bump on heel. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped only. Signed, 'With my best wishes', by the author, on title page, else textblock unmarked. This book is a thoroughly researched, absorbing story of William Barak (c. 1823-1903), the last chief and sole survivor of the Yarra Yarra or 'Woiwurrung' tribe . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Part 1/ 12 chapters. Part 2/ 6 chapters. Conclusion. Legends - as told by Barak. Bibliography, Sources, Index. Book weight approx. 250g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Signed and Inscribed By Author. Third Impression. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$24.66

A DEER CULLER'S TALE (Signed Copy)

By Drangsholt, Dave

Auckland, New Zealand: The Halcyon Press , 2010. 240pp., unpaginated photographic colour plates, plus numerous intext, b/white halftone plates throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour, photographically-illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped on lower foredge corner of front wrap, else undamaged. An area of abraded surface (probably name removal) above an inscription ('All the best, Regards, D. Drangsholt, July 2016') on title page, else textblock unmarked. The author, now involved in deer research in Victoria, Australia, and the South Island of New Zealand, where he continues to hunt, tells of his years of hunting deer . . .Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Preface, 25 chapters. Book weight approx. 690g. . Signed and Inscribed By Author. Second Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$28.18

THE LAST DRY CREEK (Signed Copy)

By Mahood, Marie

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia : Central Queensland University Press, 2005. vii, + 183pp., small b/white chapter header and closer halftone plate illustrations. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour-art illustrated (Norah Kersh) card wrapper mildly bumped and edgeworn. Signed by author on half-title page, else textblock nominally bumped only. This title is the third in Marie Mahood's 'Serendipity Trilogy'. Set in the Northern Territory of the 1970s (a setting most familiar with the author), it continues the fortunes of two families of rural battlers - the Hardys and the Nelsons - one white and one Aboriginal . . . by now the children have grown to adulthood, and now must cross the last dry creek . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 42 chapters. Epilogue. Author Marie Mahood passed away in 2009. Book weight approx. 365g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$45.79

THE ANGLING COT (Inscribed Copy)

By Liddy, John

Dublin: Beaver Row Press, 1991. 42pp. Book clean and square. Minor bumps and flecks on spine. Art-illustrated (John Shinnors) card wrapper slightly bumped and edgeworn. An inspiring personal inscription, signed by the author John Liddy on title-page, textblock bumped on upper foredge corner, else leaves unmarked. Some of the poetry in this book, by Irish-born (Cork, 1954) poet John Liddy, has been published in other forums. Now a long-term resident in Madrid, Spain, the contents of his collection of poems include: Prelims., Acks., Poems ('Beginning with 'Rainbow Road', and finishing with 'The Angling Cot'). Book weight approx. 115g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Thus. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$25.36

A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME . . .  (Signed Copy)
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A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME . . . (Signed Copy)

By Chambers, Kasey, with Apter, Jeff

Sydney, NSW, Australia: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011. 269pp., unpaginated colour-plate sections. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Photographically-illustrated card wrapper mildly bumped and creased only. Signed on title-page, under a hand-drawn 'heart' symbol by the primary author Kasey Chambers, using a black felt-tip pen, else textblock unmarked. Raised in a nomadic lifestyle on Australia's remote, vast Nullabor by her entertainer parents, the family became 'The Dead Ringer Band' . . . so began Kasey Chambers' stellar country musician/singer's career . . . Contents include: Prelims., Prologue, 16 chapters, Credits, Discography. Book weight approx. 410g. . Signed by Primary Author . Second Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$31.70

LAST SIDE TO GLORY: The Golden Shears Open Championship 1961-1990 (Signed Copy)

By Williams, Des, et al

Christchurch, New Zealand: Hazard Press Ltd. , 1991. 318pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate section (archival and private sources). Book clean and square. Spine firm, nominally bumped on head. Photographically-illustrated (Brian Quinn under a judge's watchful eye . . . ) card wrapper minimally bumped and scuffed on rear wrap. A former owner's name on half-title page, and signed by the primary author on title-page, else textblock unmarked. Kiwis and sheep have forever been intrinsically linked, and on that basis the authors, fascinated with the 'world-renowned' Golden Shears Open Championship of New Zealand, combined painstaking research with perceptive human insight and an ear for a good story to string together this fascinating tribute to the supreme physical endurance, dedication and skill of the shearers who have made up thirty years of Golden Shears . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Preface, Introduction, 16 chapters. Appendices (Roll of Honour, Golden Shears Champions, etc.). Author Bio's. Book weight approx. 490g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$42.27

COUNTRY TOWN QUILT (Signed Copy)

By Roberts, Ken

Gippsland, Victoria, Australia: Author (Ken Roberts) 182pp., intext, b/white halftone plate illustrations throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minimally bumped head and heel. Illustrated card wrapper bumped and edgeworn, with a short closed tear on foredge. Signed 'Ken R' on title page, else textblock unmarked. Part memoir, part social history, this collection of stories in 'Country Town Quilt' provides a glimpse of what life was like growing up in Maffra, a pictureque town in the heart of beautiful Gippsland, Victoria. Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 40 'chapters'. Book weight approx. 360g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

TO BALLINA & BACK (Signed Copy)

By Ayerbe, Jack

Gisborne, Victoria, Australia : Alto Books, 2007. xiii, + 256pp., b/white illustrations intext. Book clean, square. Spine firm. A personal inscription, signed Jack, to reverse of half-title page, else leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper unfdamaged. From the rear panel: "It seemed like a good idea at the time. With these words, young Australian veterinarian Jack Ayerbe moves to a rural practice in the north-west corner of Ireland. It was 1970, an outbreak of respiratory disease was threatening the local cattle population and, sensing adventure, Jack takes up the challenge. It would change his life forever . . . " Book weight approx. 375g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

LOLA BENSKY (Inscribed Copy)
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LOLA BENSKY (Inscribed Copy)

By Brett, Lily

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Australia), 2012. 267pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. A concise inscription, in the authors hand, on the half-title page: "For xxxx, with my best wishes, Lily Brett, 2012", else textblock unmarked. Drawing on her own experiences as a young journalist, best-selling author Lily Brett has created a story about a nineteen-year-old rock journalist Lola Bensky, who spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars . . . or is there more? Book weight approx. 415g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$17.61

CLOUDS ON HANOVER STREET: Poems (Signed Copy)

By Trimble, Kenneth

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Littlefox Press, 2009. (vii), + 84pp. Small print run - on demand publishing. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper slightly edgeworn only. A personal inscription, signed 'Ken T.' on front flysheet, else leaves unmarked. Life-experience inspired poetry by multi-vocational, much-travelled Kenneth Trimble (b. 1953 in Melbourne, Australia). Contents include: Prelims., First poem: "Clouds on Hanover Street" . . . Last poem: "Julia", Author Bio. Book weight approx. 160g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

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