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A Tale of Two Cities
DICKENS, Charles A Tale of Two Cities; With illustrations by H.K. Browne London: Chapman and Hall, 1859. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo : pp. (6) viii (1, list of plates) (1, blank) (1) 2-254 : 16 plates by H.K. Browne (Phiz) including frontis and vignette title : pale green e.p.s : half leather over marbled boards : five raised bands and gilt lettering to spine. Slight rubbing to boards; plates with occasional closed tears to edges, not affecting images; historical expert cleaning to some leaves; contemporary ownership signature. An exceptionally clean copy, handsomely bound.
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Diamonds Are Forever
FLEMING, Ian Diamonds Are Forever London: Jonathan Cape, 1956. First Edition, first printing, first state. Hardcover : pp. (8) 11-257 : plain e.p.s : publisher's blind stamped black cloth in repeating diamonds with diamond in gilt foil to centre of top board and lettering in silver foil to the backstrip (Binding A) : first state dust jacket design by Pat Marriot showing price 12s6d. With the first edition points as described by Gilbert including publisher's device under the author's name on the title page, "Boofy" on p.134 [Gilbert A4a (1.1)].
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An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales.
David Collins. An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales. London: Printed for T. Cadell Jun. & W. Davies, The Strand, 1798. First Edition. Quarto, pp. xx, xxxviii, [2, short title], 618 pages (final blank), : illustrated with two maps, one folding, 17 engravings and three in-text vignettes : new e.p.s : old rebinding in quarter calf over paper covered boards with red leather title panel to spine lettered in gilt.
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Earth Hold
RANKIN, Jennifer J.; OLSEN, John. Earth Hold London: Secker and Warburg, 1978. Deluxe Edition. Hardcover : [4] [8] 56 : signed original etching "Banksia" with tissue guard (reproduced as frontispiece) : chocolate e.p.s : top edged dyed brown : leather covered boards with original banksia print reproduced in gilt to top board : gilt lettering to spine : original cloth covered slipcase. Small spot (2mm) to leading edge of limitation page towards the tail of the page; slight smudge on page the original print is tipped onto. No.82/150. Near fine. Item #4335
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Birds, Beasts and Flowers; Poems by D.H. Lawrence
LAWRENCE, D.H. Birds, Beasts and Flowers; Poems by D.H. Lawrence. London: Martin Secker, 1923. First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Octavo (23x14.5cm) : pp. (6) 7-207 (1, blank) : untrimmed leaves : plain e.p.s : t.e. dyed (black) : quarter cloth over yellow papered boards : paper label to spine : most of the scarce jacket present in two pieces. Preceded by the U.S. edition, the UK edition was limited to 1000 copies. [Roberts A27b.].
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The Holy Bible, containing the Old Testament and the New:; Newly translated out of the original tongues: and with the former translations diligently compared and revised, by His Majesties special commandment.
London: Robert Barker, 1613 [i.e. 1614]. Black Letter Quarto.[Herbert 331A] Recently re-backed with spine laid back down; hinges strengthened; narrow strip of clear tape to front paste-down and small abrasion where an attempt to remove it lifted the marbled paper; occasional wormhole (1mm) some leaves closely trimmed; numerous ownership marks (some stained by historical removal attempt); handwritten family history (1748-1872) recorded on last two blanks. Very good. Item #4325
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Orpheé; A Tragedy in one Act and an Interval
COCTEAU, Jean; PICASSO, Pablo; WILDMAN, Carl (Trans.) Orpheé; A Tragedy in one Act and an Interval. London: Oxford University Press, 1933. Pablo Picasso. First English Language Edition. Original cloth. Hardcover : pp. [vi] xi, 43 [1] : frontis by Picasso : photo of Cocteau as Heurtebise : printed on Basingwerk paper : signed by both Cocteau and Picasso at colophon (p.iv), Cocteau has added his signature star : fore-edge untrimmed : black cloth boards lettered in gilt on top board : custom clamshell box in black cloth littered in gilt. Cloth is chipped to all edges. No.24/100. Item #3927.
GORDON; Adam Lindsay, PATERSON, A.B. (Banjo); GILMORE, Mary; LAWSON, Henry, et al... ΠоззиЯ ΑΒΣΤΡΑΠИИ [Australian Poetry]
Moscow: Khudozhestvennaya Literature, 1967. First Edition. The first collection of Australian Poetry translated into Russian, PRESENTED to contributing poet Christopher Koch on behalf of the Art Literature Publishing by Mrs Eugenia Dobrovskaya and the USSR Australia Society, Moscow. Hardcover : pp. (4) 5-315 (316) : black and white frontis : orange boards decorated in gilt and black, lettered in black : typed presentation slip pasted to front paste-down (Item #4388)