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    AUD $28.00

    Stephane Grappelli by Smith, Geoffrey

    London, Great Britain: Pavilion Books Limited, 1987. Hardcover with black boards and pictorial dust jacket, First Edition, 450gms, 213 pages, blank endpapers. In this first full length biography, written with the direct help of the subject together with many of the musicians who have witnessed the career first hand, Geoffrey Smith details the career and music of undoubtedly the most charismatic jazz violinist still travelling the world and entertaining millions. Book is in good condition with no to very little general wear and tear, mild page discolorations. Dust jacket is in good condition with no to very little shelf wear, it is an ex-library book so has a clear contact over the dust jacket, stamps inside the book on may pages and the library bar code on the back cover, no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library.



    The Fifth Man by Coles, Manning

    New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1946. Humorous if implausible spy thriller. Stated first edition (first printing). Hardcover, full blue cloth, green titling. Light wear, corners bumped, endsheets foxed, pencil initials, minor page cockling; jacket rubbed & torn, foxed, chipped, ½" by 3" chunk missing from lower rear panel, no loss of text.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good/Fair. 5½" by 7¾".


    AUD $40.00

    Russia Soviet Union 1917-1945: From Tsar to Stalin by Thomas, David; McAndrew, Mark

    Rydalmere, Australia: Hodder Education, 1995. Softcover, First Edition, 450gms, 222 pages. Russian/ Soviet Union 1917-1945: From Tsar to Stalin examines the developments in the world's largest geo-political region during some of the most turbulent years of this century. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Soft Cover. Good/Not Applicable. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


    AUD $12.00

    Memoirs of Field-Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, K.G. by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

    London, England: Collins Press, 1958. Hardcover with red boards and no dust jacket, First Edition, 925gms, 574 pages, blank endpapers. This is the autobiography of Field- Marshal The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein. Book is in good condition with moderate general wear and tear and moderate page discolouration/spotting throughout. This is an ex-library book and shows the associated stampings and markings. Boards and dust jacket are in good condition with moderate shelf wear, chipping and scuffing particularly to corners and edges, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Ex-Library.



    Bog-Myrtle and Peat: Being Tales, Chiefly of Galloway, Gathered from the Years MDCCCLXXXIX-MDCCCXCV by Crockett, S. R

    New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1895. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. 8vo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt title as well as decorative purple and green flowers to front board and to spine. Minor edgwear and browning to spine. A few small very light spots of soiling. Minor rolling to spine. Previous owner's stamp to front paste down and free end page. Minor foxing to first and last few pages. Else is clean and bright. 389 pages + ads. SCOT/071718.



    The City and the Pillar. by Vidal, Gore

    New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948. First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a bright near fine dust jacket with two small chips to the crown but does not show the fading endemic to the spine panel. A very sharp example. Stylistically influenced by Hemingway, this work, "is distinguished by its honesty and lack of self-pity; the central figure is unexceptional in every respect but his sexual choices" (Stringer, 690). "One of the best novels of its kind. . . . It isn’t sentimental, and it is frank without trying to be sensational and shocking" (Christopher Isherwood).



    Sandhurst, a presentation copy signed and dated by the author in the House of Commons in the year of publication by Sir John Smyth with a Foreword by Viscount Field Marshal Montgomery of Alamein

    London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1961. First edition. Hardcover. This is the first edition of Sir John Smyth’s history of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, inscribed and dated by the author in the House of Commons in the year of publication. The author’s inscription, in blue ball-point in four lines on the front free endpaper, reads “With kind regards | Jackie Smyth | House of Commons | 3-11-61”. The volume is in very good condition in a very good minus dust jacket. The vivid orange-red cloth binding is clean, bright, and tight with bright spine gilt. We note a very slight forward lean, minor shelf wear to extremities, and bumped upper corners. The contents, which include 12 pages of photographs, remain bright with no previous ownership marks other than the author’s inscription. Light spotting appears confined to the first and final few leaves and page edges. The red topstain is sunned. The dust jacket, illustrated on the front cover and spine and printed on heavy, textured paper, is complete, with no losses and retaining the publisher’s original lower front flap price. An illustration of the Academy wraps the spine and front panel and print is in red and black. Though the jacket shows overall soiling and light wear to extremities, it is unfaded, with no discernible color shift between the covers and spine. The dust jacket is protected beneath a removable, archival quality clear cover. Sir John “Jackie” Smyth (1893-1983) was a highly decorated army officer, prolific writer, and politician. The eldest of three sons born to an Indian Civil Service officer and the daughter of a naval captain, Smyth was set upon a military career from a young age. In 1912 he was ninth of those passing out of Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Indian army “thin as a rail, perhaps rather too serious, but enormously keen”. (Smyth, The Only Enemy). At the outbreak of WWI his regiment was sent to the Western Front where at Richebourg L’Avoue in 1915 he was one of ten soldiers to participate in transferring a supply of bombs to a small party at the front line. Smyth was one of only three to make it across the 250 yards of no man’s land, and he “had bullets through my tunic and cap”. (Smyth, The Only Enemy) For this bravery he was awarded the Victoria Cross. He had no rest in “peacetime” as he served in the Anglo-Afghan War in 1919-1920 for which he won the Military Cross. On 23 April 1940, only two weeks after his second marriage, Smyth left for France. Only ten weeks later he was back in England, having been rescued in the Dunkirk evacuations, and in 1941 he returned to India. His military service ended in controversy when he ordered a bridge on the Sittang River to be blown up, leaving 3,300 men stranded with the advancing Japanese on the far side. In his history of WWII Churchill called this episode “a major disaster.” (Vol. 4, 136) Later that year he was compulsorily retired with a colonel’s pension. He quickly found a second career as a writer and politician. Following his first book, Defense is Our Business, in 1945, Smyth published more than thirty titles on subjects ranging from military histories and The Story of the Victoria Cross to tennis, children’s stories, and cats (a lifelong love of his). In 1950 Smyth was elected to Parliament as a Conservative. He would remain an MP until 1966. Sandhurst was, as Field-Marshal Montgomery terms it in his introduction to this volume, “the cradle of the British Army”. In 1947 two institutions, the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, merged to form the present Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Smyth’s history tells the story of both venerable schools “from their foundation in the eighteenth century, when the life of the gentleman cadet was wild and his studies spasmodic, through the reforms of the Victorian period and their vital contribution during two World Wars”. Woven into Smyth’s story are the notables who have passed through the academy, among them Winston S. Churchill.


    AUD $20.00

    United: A History of the Federated Municipal and Shire Council Employees Union of Australia, New South Wales Division by McMahon, Peter

    Sydney, Australia: The United Services Union, 2003. Softcover, first edition, 598gms, 180 pages. This book tells the story of unionism in local government and the electricity industry recording the achievements and the battles of the past 100 years up until 2003. Book is in very good condition with minor general wear and tear. There is a small pen inscription on the first title page, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Soft Cover. Very Good/Not Applicable. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    A Taste of Murder : Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers by Grossman, Jo; Weibezahl, Robert

    New York: Delll/Random House, 1999. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. vG Hardcover w/red lettering. First edition. SIGNED by author, Robert Weibezahl AND Signed by contributing authors Nathan Walpow AND Willaim Relling, JR. .Light bumps to bottom corners. Lightest edgewear. All text unmarked. Covers clean/bright. Binding solid. . Personally inscribed from previous owner also. 262 pp. 'Diabolically Delicious recipes from contemporary mystery writers'. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Rock 'n' Roll. by Stoppard, Tom

    New York: Faber & Faber, 2006. First edition of "one of the great political plays in the English language (John Peter). Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Tom Stoppard on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rock ’n’ Roll is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan’s volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight. "The acceptable face of colossal braininess" (Daily Telegraph).



    Uneasy Rapture by Lorraine, Kay

    London: Columbine Publishing Co. G: in Good condition with rubbed and chipped dust jacket. Sections of loss to jacket. Boards marked and faded. Spotting to the page edge block and some light browning within. [1939]. First Edition. Pink hardback cloth cover. 190mm x 130mm (7" x 5"). 254pp. .



    Underdog by W R Burnett

    First UK edition of Underdog by William Riley Burnett the crime thriller author many of whose books were snapped up by Hollywood and made into films. The film adaptation of his 'Little Caesar' is considered to be the first of the classic American gangster movies. Unclipped dust jacket with some chips and abrasions to extremities. Some dust to top edge of text block.


    AUD $10.00

    Vanished Civilisations (Reader's Digest) by Reader's Digest

    Surry Hills, Australia: Reader's Digest Services Pty Ltd, 1983. Hardcover with laminated pictorial boards, first edition, 1790gms, 320 pages, illustrated map endpapers. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Boards are in good condition with mild shelf wear and a small tear to the top of the external spine, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Book weighs over 1.5kg and may incur additional postage.. First Edition. Hardcover. Good/Not Applicable. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.



    La Chasse au Snark: une Agonie en Huit Crises [The Hunting of the Snark] by Carroll, Lewis; translated par Aragon

    Chapelle-Réanville - Eure: Hours Press, 1929. First French edition of Carroll's nonsense poem, translated by the surrealist Louis Aragon and published by Nancy Cunard's avant garde Hours Press in an edition of 360 SIGNED by the translator, of which this is number 72. Oversized hardcover, red boards, black titling. Worn, edges chipped, small stains; small bookplate inside front cover; spine replaced. Text clean; [6], 29 pages + colophon.. Signed by the Translator. First French Edition. Hard Cover. Good/No Jacket. 8¾" by 12".



    The Haw Lantern. by Heaney, Seamus

    London: Faber & Faber, 1987. First British edition of the poet’s seventh collection. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Seamus Heaney on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. "More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of" (John Carey, Sunday Times).



    Beautiful Losers. by Cohen, Leonard

    New York: The Viking Press, 1966. First edition of Cohen's second and final novel. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Matthew all the best Leonard Cohen 2008." Fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with only the lightest of wear. Jacket design by Gilda Kuhlman. Beautiful Losers is an expression of the 1960's. Leonard Cohen wrote it while fasting and consuming amphetamines to focus his creativity. The product is a complex novel that uses a range of literary techniques, allusions, and symbolism (Adria, 1990). It is noted for its excesses of language and sexuality, and it is filled with the mysticism and drug-use that is emblematic of the era (Goldie, 2003). In a similar manner, the plot is not a linear, coherent progression. Key scenes repeat themselves, and there is no intelligible timeline. Beautiful Loser's gained great popularity when Cohen turned from writer to popular singer-songwriter, and it is remembered for having introduced postmodernism to the Canadian literary canon.


    AUD $15.00

    Real Story, The: The Gap Into Conflict (#1) by Donaldson, Stephen

    New York, USA: Bantam Books, 1991. Hardcover with black boards and pictorial dust jacket, first edition, 574gms, 229 pages. This is the first book in The Gap Into Conflict series by Stephen Donaldson. Book is in good condition with mild general wear and tear and light page discolouration throughout. Boards and dust jacket are in good condition with only light shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings.. First Edition. Hardcover with Dust Jacket. Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    The California and Oregon Trail. by Parkman, Francis

    New York: George P. Putnam, 1849. First edition, second printing of Parkman's classic account of his journey along the Oregon Trail. Octavo, original blindstamped green cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Wood-engraved frontispiece and additional illustrated title page. Laid in is an autograph letter, signed, from Parkman to a Miss Ashburne declining an invitation due to a previous obligation. Letter dated Boston, 2 Dec., 1878. In very good condition with light rubbing and wear, contemporary name to the front free endpaper. The California and Oregon Trail is the gripping account of Francis Parkman's journey west across North America in 1846. After crossing the Allegheny Mountains by coach and continuing by boat and wagon to Westport, Missouri, he set out with three companions on a horseback journey that would ultimately take him over two thousand miles. His detailed description of the journey, set against the vast majesty of the Great Plains, has emerged through the generations as a classic narrative of one man's exploration of the American Wilderness. "Francis Parkman, one of the giants of Nineteenth Century American historical writing..., began his literary career west of the Mississippi. A tour of the Great Plains in 1846 seems hardly a means to regaining health and vigor, but with this goal in mind young Parkman, in fragile health and in danger of losing his eyesight, set out. His daily notes became the material for his first book..." (Wagner-Camp). Second printing, done in early April, 1849, just a few weeks on the heels of the first printing in mid-March, with terminal advertisements numbered 1-6, 8, Leavitt, Trow & Co. imprint on copyright, no page reference of frontispiece, and with the spine lettering of the author's name in a serifed typeface. This printing was limited to 500 copies; following the 1000 copies of the first printing. BAL 15446; Cowan p.474; Graff 3201; Howes P97; Wagner-Camp 170:1b.



    The Vicar of Wakefield by Goldsmith Oliver

    London: G. Harrap, 1929. Collation, 231[1], 12 full pages coloured plates, text illustrations. Bound in original publishers blue cloth, with gilt lettering/design, top gilt edge, others rough, decorative printed endpapers. Cloth light rubbed on edges, small light stain mark on bottom cover, slightly dusty. Binding in very good firm condition. Dust jacket tatty, some loss in places, dusty/stained. Jacket in good condition. Internally, no loose pages, previous owners gift inscription on first black, dated 1943, some browning to half title page. Pages and illustrations in good clean condition. A63. First Edition. Very Good/Good. Illus. by Arthur Rackham. Large 8vo.


    AUD $60.00

    Chums Annual 1936-37

    London, England: The Amalgamated Press Ltd, 1937. Original cloth boards, first edition, 1780gms, 412 pages. This is a young boys annual that features book length stories and series, short and long stories, articles, verse and humour as well as many black and white illustrations. Book is in good condition for its age with general age-related wear and tear and moderate to heavy page discolouration/spotting/foxing throughout. Original cloth is a little worn and rubbed around edges but is still in good condition with moderate shelf wear. Internal front hinge is partially loose, but all pages are still well in tact, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . First Edition. Original Cloth. Good/Not Applicable. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.



    Trip to Tunisia. Signed Limited Edition by Ferguson, Ken

    Cramlington: Ken Ferguson. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket as issued. 1999. Limited Edition. 110. Half-cloth/board cover. 210mm x 260mm (8" x 10"). 40pp. Unique coloured hand-block. Signed, limited edition. .


    AUD $60.00

    Ruthless: The Global Rise of the Yardies by Small, Geoff

    Lancaster Place, United Kingdom: Warner Books, Inc, 1995. Paperback, First Edition, 375gms, 468 pages. Ruthless is the intriguing and menacing story of Jamaica's nihilistic and violent international drug gangs. Book is in good condition with no to very little general wear and tear, mild page discoloration, some page wrinkling, otherwise no other pre-loved marks. Attached picture is of actual book. Purchase more than 1 item and save money with combined postage. And if you can't find the title you're looking for - why not ask us direct. With over 30,000 books in stock we can't list them all!. First Edition. Paperback. Good/Not Applicable. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    Noble Essences or Courteous Revelations by Sitwell, Osbert

    London: Macmillan & Co Ltd. VG: in very good condition with rubbed and foxed dust jacket. 1950. First Edition. Red hardback cloth cover. 220mm x 150mm (9" x 6"). xii, 324pp. vol V of his five-volume autobiography. .


    AUD $10.00

    Gun(n) Poems of Australia by Gunn Family, The

    Australia: Gunn Publishing Co. of Australia, 1980. Softcover, first edition, 212gms, 216 pages. Book is in good condition with general age-related wear and tear and moderate to heavy page discolouration/spotting throughout. The inside front page shows a small tear. Cover shows moderate scuffing to corners and edges, otherwise no other preloved markings.. First Edition. Softcover. Good/Not Applicable. Illus. by Gunn, Bob. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.



    A Lady of Quality: Being a most curious, hitherto unknown history, as related by Mr. Isaac Bickerstaff but not presented to the World of Fashion through the pages of The Tatler, and now for the first time written down by Burnett, Frances Hodgson

    New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. Very good in green and white cloth covered boards with maroon title to front board and to spine. Gilt decoration to front board. Wear to exterior includes minor soiling, minor bumping to spine ends and corners as well as minor browning to edges and spine. Slight age toning to edges of pages. Text is clean and bright. 363 pages + ads. LIT/043018.

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