We, at Berkelouws are looking forward to sharing a range of exciting material at the Sydney Rare Book Fair, covering the early foundational years of Australia through to modern stories. Exploration, natural history and literature will be among some of the subjects you can explore. We also have a unique range of philosophy books that will be making an appearance. Three of the items we are particularly excited about that will be on display are a first edition Casino Royale by Ian Fleming, a miniature edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and The Snakes of Australia by Gerard Krefft.
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
London: Jonathan Cape, (1953). 8vo. Original black cloth with red lettered title to spine & heart design on upper front cover. In slightly chipped first issue dustjacket (price-clipped) with some soiling to rear cover. (218pp.). First Edition: First Issue of Fleming’s first book introducing the famous James Bond 007 series. Endpapers lightly foxed, otherwise fine and complete. $7,500
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam of Naishapur
(Massachusetts: Rosemary Press, n.d. ca. 1916). Miniature oblong book. Blue Russian leather hand tooled in gold. (iii, 102, iipp.). Limited edition of 60 numbered copies, this being No. 4. A fine copy of this unique edition. $1,500
The Snakes of Australia; An Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of all the Known Species by Gerard Krefft
Sydney: Thomas Richards, 1869. Small 4to. In publisher’s original cloth-backed printed boards and preserved in an elaborate full oasis, fleece-lined, folding solander case with gilt illustrated inlay on front cover, gilt borders & decorated spine. (xxvi, 100pp.). Complete with the 12 full-page lithographic plates by Helena Forde and Harriet Scott, as issued. The autograph of Donald F. Thomson, the celebrated anthropologist, on front fly-leaf; a desirable provenance. Fine copy. Ferguson 11247. $5,500