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Forty-six fine watercolours elegantly bound in a nineteenth-century album by NOVELLI, Francesco

Probably Venice, 1825. An exquisite suite of watercolours, including a beautiful series of scenes documenting a Venetian commedia dell'arte troupe, by the Italian artist Francesco Novelli. Francesco Novelli (1767-1836), one of the preeminent artists of h...

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Kunst-Formen der Natur.; Art Forms in Nature by HAECKEL, Ernst

Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1904. First edition of this famous and marvelous work by German biologist, Ernst Haeckel (1834 -1919). At the start of the twentieth century, 'Kunst-Formen der Natur' had a considerable influence on decorative...

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Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier

Paris: Aux Èditions Rieder, 1936. Limited Edition. Lucien Boucher. Satircal French novel illustrated by Lucien Boucher. First illustrated edition, limited to 2500 copies. Quarto, 298 pages, spine chipped else fine. ...

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Collection of Six Ben and Bella titles by MALTBY, Peg

Melbourne: Murfett, 1951. First Edition. A very scarce set of six volumes of the Ben and Bella series, each in first edition. Peg Maltby (1899-1984) worked in England as an illustrator of chocolate-box lids, before emigrating to Melbourne where she held ...

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Original manuscript translation of 'The Little Mermaid' by [ANDERSEN, Hans Christian]

Boston, 1856. Hans Christian Andersen is the most translated author of all time so the discovery of this early American translation is exciting. Translated from the German by Miss H.C. Sterling. The fourteen illustrated leaves in ˜The Little Mermaid' a...

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Little Obelia and Further Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by GIBBS, May

Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1938. GIBBS, May. An early edition of one of Australia's classic children's tales. In 1918 May Gibbs had published the first of her famous Gumnut classics, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, and the response to her character...

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Falbalas and Franfreluches by Barbier, George

Paris: Meynial, 1925. First Edition. George Barbier. A complete and excellent set of the five annual issues illustrated with a total of sixty beautiful pochoir plates, complete with decorated pochoir title pages. 'Falbalas and Franfreluches' (Fr...

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Japanese Art. a phase in colour-prints by BARNETT, P. Neville

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 publis...

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Silver and Gold by BLYTON, Enid

Thomas Nelson and Sons: London, 1927. Ethel Everett. I WISH IT WOULD RAIN 'I WISH it would rain, oh! I wish it would rain ; But there isn't a cloud in the sky, And the dust is a-blowing down Buttercup Lane, And everywhere's perfectly dry.&#...

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Building the Bridge by CURTIS, R. E

Sydney: Simmons Ltd, 1933. First Edition. Robert Emerson Curtis. "MAKE Big Plans ; for little plans have no magic to stir men's blood and in themselves may never be realised. Make Big Plans ; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, ...

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The Sunday News Comic Section August 1, 1926 by GIBBS, May, NICHOLLS, Syd and others

Sydney: The Sunday News, 1926. Rare children's section featuring Gumnut babies 'Bib and Bub' by May Gibbs (half-page), Fatty Fin by Syd Nicholls (full-page) and other cartoons. Significant for the final sequence of the Marmaduke comic strip w...

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Grecian and Chinese Architecture by WILSON, Hardy

Melbourne, 1937. Edition limited to 100 numbered copies: Sir Ernest Scott's copy with signature on front endpaper. Folio, 50 tipped-in plates, original gilt-printed papered boards and vellum spine. A very good copy. ...

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The Yellow Book. An Illustrated Quarterly by [BEARDSLEY, Aubrey, and others] HARLEY Henry (ed.)

London, Boston and New York: Elkin Mathews & John Lane, The Bodley Head, Copeland & Day, 1897. First Edition. An attractive set of the complete run of the most important and notorious British "magazine" of the 1890s. A journal of art a...

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Paris: Editions Surréalistes, 1937. Signed and dated by the artist 'Salvador Dali 1958'. Dali completed his now famous oil painting 'The Metamorphosis of Narcissus' in 1937 after a long period working and touring in the United Stat...

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Mollie's Staircase by [OUTHWAITE] RENTOUL, A.I and I.S

Melbourne: Hutchinson, 1906. First Edition. OUTHWAITE, Ida Rentoul. 'Mollie's Staircase' marked the beginning of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite's remarkable success in her international career as an illustrator. A collaborative effort between Ida ...

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