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image of All Aboard for Sunrise Lands. A Trip Through California Across the Pacific to Japan, China and Australia

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Chicago: Donohue, Henneberry & Co, 1891. The tale of a remarkable journey from California to Australia with hundreds of extraordinary wood block illustrations. Remarkable nineteenth century work linking the two continents, in very good original condition. Quarto, original decorated boards with striking silver lettering, the spine ends and external hinges are rubbed, endpapers replaced, a nice copy.
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AU$92.08
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Japanese Art. A phase in colour-prints

by BARNETT, P. Neville

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Published
1953
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AU$1,657.35

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Sydney: Privately Printed by the Beacon Press, 1953. Standard de-luxe edition of 160 copies (total issue of 200 copies). Quarto, tipped colour plates throughout; original cream cloth, a fine copy. A remarkable published celebration of the Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock tradition, lovingly prepared by Neville Barnett in a strictly limited edition of 160 copies. This is the last book published… Read more
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Under the Window. Pictures & Rhymes for Children

by GREENAWAY, Kate

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Published
1890
Edition
First edition
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AU$184.15

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London: George Routledge, 1890. First edition. GREENAWAY, Kate. First edition, second issue, retaining three full-page illustrations absent from future editions. Profusely illustrated in colour, this is Greenaway's first work with Edmund Evans, the printer famous for his mastery of the wood block print. The colour printing process used in these early books was quite innovative, involving photographing Greenaway's original… Read more
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Japanese Art. a phase in colour-prints

by BARNETT, P. Neville

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Rare Illustrated Books
Published
1953
Edition
First Edition
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AU$1,362.71

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Sydney: Privately printed by the Beacon Press, 1953. First Edition. Standard de-luxe edition of one hundred and sixty copies (total issue of two hundred copies). Quarto, tipped colour plates throughout; original cream cloth, a near fine copy. As a publisher, Percy Nevillle Barnett insisted upon the finest materials, with elegant type cut in Europe and printed on paper handmade… Read more
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La Philosophie de la Nature dans L'Art d'Extrême-Orient

by PETRUCCI, Raphael

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Published
1910
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AU$504.57

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Paris: Henri Laurens, 1910. Folio, full-page plates including four woodblocks in colour; contemporary cloth a little foxed. 'C'est sans doute par un effet de la mentalité particulière des Extrême-Orientaux que ~ le monde leur est apparu, non point comme un élément incomplet, soumis à leur orgueil par un créateur absolu, mais comme un ensemble frémissant dont la vie s'écoulait,… Read more
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Kachi-Kachi Yama

by [Japanese Fairy Tales - Hasegawa]

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Published
1885
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Tokyo: Kobunsha, 1885. This is the first edition, on plain paper, with only the phonetically transliterated Japanese title on the front wrapper and the English title only at the beginning of the story. The colophon states (in English) that it is No.5 of the 'Japanese Fairy Tales Series'. The series was also printed on crepe paper, in which format… Read more
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ABC

by HANSEN, Ernst & PEDERSEN, Hans Hartvig Seedorff

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Published
1927
Edition
First edition
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AU$128.91

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Denmark: Gyldendalske Boghandel Nordisk Forlag, 1927. First edition. Hansen, Ernst. Bold and striking Danish language early reader abecedarium, an animal illustrating each letter of the alphabet, with K for Kangaroo. Decorated by noted Danish woodblock artist Ernst Hansen with verses by Hans Hartvig Seedorff Pedersen. Quarto, 32pp, string tied in original colour illustrated wrappers; externally a little browned and… Read more
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Country Cousins; Presented in Picture and Rhyme

by MORT, Eirene

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Rare Illustrated Books
Published
1904
Condition
Fine
Edition
First Edition
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AU$1,841.50

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Sydney: G.B. Philip and Son, 1904. First Edition. Fine. Mort, Eirene. A fine presentation copy of a rare book for children combining illustrations and verse about Australian native species. Working at a time when printmaking in Australia was in its infancy, Eirene Mort (1879-1977) established a reputation as an illustrator and designer in Sydney. She founded the Australian… Read more
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Water Colour Painting

by [THEA PROCTOR] RICH, Alfred. W.

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Published
1918
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AU$357.25

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London: Seeley, Service & Co, 1918. Presentation copy from the author to renowned Australian woodblock artist, Thea Proctor: "May you enjoy reading this book about my wanderings in England, even as I loved to write about them." Bound in original decorated cloth, author's 145mm x 200mm, 278 pp, profusely illustrated; occasional foxing otherwise a very good copy.
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Discobolus and Other Verse

by LINDSAY, Lionel

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Published
1959
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AU$147.32

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Melbourne: F.W. Cheshire, 1959. Beautifully illustrated collection of poetry with Lionel Lindsay's woodcut vignettes. Lindsay's final book, housed in its original slipcase. Limited edition of 350 numbered copies, printed at the Hawthorn Press. Octavo, original brown cloth, slipcase worn at edges, a very good copy.
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From Range to Sea; A Bird Lover's Ways

by BARRETT, Charles

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Published
1907
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Melbourne: T.C. Lothian, 1907. LIND, Ruby. The author considered this whimsical overview of Victorian bird life a Christmas greeting from Australia. Complete with woodblock illustration by Ruby Lind and photographs by A.H.E. Mattingley, here is a book that explores its subjects according to habitat in a charming and indirect manner: 'When we awoke at dawn, all the bushes were… Read more
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Nedzumi no Yome-iri [Mouse's Wedding]

by [Japanese Book - Hasegawa]

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Published
1885
Condition
Near fine
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AU$220.98

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Tokyo: Kobunsha, 1885. Near fine. This is the first issue, on plain paper, with only the phonetic Japanese title on the front wrapper and the English title in the publisher's colophon on the verso. Rare thus. It became No.6 in Hasegawa's Japanese Fairy Tale Series, printed on crepe paper, with different illustrations. Text in English. 14 folded leaves… Read more
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Art in Australia. [First Series Fifth Number]

by [ART IN AUSTRALIA] URE SMITH, Sydney, editor

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Published
1918
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AU$36.83

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Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1918. Of interest: Rupert Bunny profile, two tipped colour plates; the Connell Collection of Old Furniture in the Melbourne Art Gallery, five photographic black & white plates; article entitled "On Richmond Bridge" by W. Hardy Wilson, two tipped-in colour plates; study of M.j. MacNally by Harry Julius. Octavo, a good copy in the original decorated… Read more
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Art in Australia. A Quarterly Journal. Third Series Number 59

by [ART IN AUSTRALIA] URE SMITH, Sydney & GELLERT, Leon

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Published
1935
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AU$73.66

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Sydney: John Fairfax and Sons, 1935. Of interest: 'Inspiration and Design in Aboriginal Art' by Ursula H. McConnel, detailed eight page article with four plates in colour of shield patterns and eight plates of Aboriginal subjects in black & white: the Chinese porcelain collection of Dr. R.S. Godsall, illustrated; tipped frontispiece plate of a watercolour by Kenneth Macqueen; some… Read more
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The Girl in the Apple. From a Tuscan Folk Tale

by BRUNSKILL, Anne

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Published
1984
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AU$265.18

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London: World's End Press, 1984. Translation by Helen Attlee. A short and curious fairy tale illustrated with hand coloured woodblock prints by Anne Brunskill. Limited edition of 120 copies signed by the translator and illustrator. Quarto, illustrated papered boards (back board a little rubbed); a fine copy in a slipcase showing some moderate external wear.
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