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Antiquarian bookshop in Castlemaine, Victoria, with extensive online holdings.

Key strengths in travel (particularly mountaineering and polar), Aboriginal Australia, art, literature and children’s books.

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Rackham, Arthur [Charles Dickens]. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
[Signed Deluxe Edition]. ill. Arthur Rackham. London: William Heinemann, 1915. First (Deluxe). 4to. original decorated full vellum gilt, teg, rest uncut (some toning and spotting, lacks silk ties, tiny chip at headcap, else clean & bright throughout); pp. xvi (last blank)], 148 (last colophon), with frontispiece and 11 other colour tipped-in plates (tissue-guarded) + black and white drawings in text. A very good copy. No. 369 of a limited edition of 525 copies signed by the artist. 'Arthur Rackham'.
Keough, Pat & Rosemarie, Antarctica. Explorer Series Volume 1.
Salt Spring Island, BC: Nahanni Productions Inc., 2002. First Edition. Oblong Elephant folio. original blindstamped full grey goatskin (slightly rubbed at corners) in clamshell case (a little rubbed & marked) with bespoke wood and perspex display stand (a little rubbed & nicked); pp. 336 (last colophon), with numerous magnificent full page colour plates, map + other illustrations. No.19 of a limited edition of 925 copies, signed by the authors. A near fine copy.
Hayek, F. A. [Friedrich August von]. The Road to Serfdom.
London: George Routledge & Sons, 1944. First Edition. 8vo. original cloth gilt in duswrapper; pp. viii, 184. A very good copy. Inspired by the writings of the 19th-century French classical thinker Alexis de Tocqueville on the "road to servitude". Hayek "[warns] of the danger of tyranny that inevitably results from government control of economic decision-making through central planning". A highly influential book amongst post-war conservative thinkers. Initially produced in a small print run, leading Hayek himself to describe it as "that unobtainable book".
Merian, Maria Sibylla [Julie Harvey (comm.)] The Surinam Album.
London: The Folio Society, 2006. First Edition 2 vols. Elephant folio. + 8vo. original quarter green goatskin gilt in clamshell case (a few small marks & scuffs to case, else as new); pp. Vol. 1 (Album): Elephant folio. Unpaginated, with 91 tipped in colour plates. Vol. 2 (Commentary): 8vo. 88 (last blank), with frontispiece + endpaper map. No. 481 of a limited edition of 1000 copies, with envelope containing 3 extra plates for framing (as issued) + promotional flyers & other ephemera, loosely enclosed. A fine copy.
Mackaness, George. Admiral Arthur Phillip. Founder of New South Wales 1738-1814
[signed with ephemera]. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1937. First Edition. 8vo. original cloth gilt; pp. xvi, 536, with illustrations. A very good copy. Inscribed to prev. owner on title page, by the author, 'For John W. Spalding, with the best wishes of the author:- George Mackaness. 19/9/63'.with a Christmas greeting card from Governor and Lady Wakehurst featuring a mounted reproduction of the portrait of Captain Arthur Phillip by F. Wheatley, and other related ephemera, loosely enclosed.
Nietzsche, Friedrich. Thus Spake Zarathustra. A Book for All and None... Translated by Alexander Tille [The Works of Freidrich Nietzsche VIII].
London: H. Henry and Co., 1896. First Edition. 8vo. original blindstamped cloth gilt, fore-edge uncut; pp. xxx (last blank), 488, 8 (pubs. cat.). A very good copy of the first translation in English. Nietzsche's works have had a profound impact on 20th- and early 21st-century thinkers across philosophy, art, literature, poetry, politics, and popular culture. He considered this work to be his magnum opus, writing ‘With [Thus Spoke Zarathustra] I have given mankind the greatest present that has ever been made to it so far."
Walton, The Rev. W. H. Murray. Scrambles in Japan and Formosa.
London: Edward Arnold, 1934. First Edition. 8vo. original cloth gilt in dustwrapper; pp. 304, with 26 plates & 2 folding maps. A superb copy in an excellent example of the scarce dustwrapper, about fine. Although there were few major peaks in the Japanese Alps not been scaled before Western alpine pioneers, climbing as a leisure activity was a novel idea to the Japanese. In this context, the mountaineering achievements of Walter Weston and those that followed, H. E. Daunt and Murray Walton, are an enduring legacy of pre-war Anglo-Japanese relations.
Austen, Jane [R.W.Chapman (coll.)], The Novels of Jane Austen. Five Volumes [with] Jane Austen's Letters to her sister Cassandra and others [2 Vols.]
The Clarendon Press, 1923. Lrg Ed. Limited 1000 copies, 950 of which were for sale. 1923/1932. 7 vols. 8vo. contemporary full green morocco gilt, raised bands, uncut, marbled endpapers; pp. The Novels (1923) Vol. I Sense and Sensibility, xii, [ii], 427pp; Vol. II Pride and Prejudice, xiii, [i], 415pp; Vol. III Mansfield Park, Lover's Vows, xii, [ii], 567pp; Vol. IV Emma, xi, [iii], 521pp ; Vol V Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, xiii, [i], 252pp, 1-310pp. The Letters (1932). Vol I.1796-1809. xlvi, 1-266, [34]; xxx, 267-510, [122]. Coloured frontispieces, illustrations and maps, throughout.