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Catalogue of secondhand books on the Blue Mountains

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208020
Baker, Margaret, & Robin Corringham
Blue Mountains Birds
Three Sisters Productions Pty. Ltd., Winmalee NSW, 1988.
Octavo; paperback; 64pp., with full-colour illustrations. Foxing to cover versos and some spots and marks to title page. Very good.
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$20
215403
Baker, Michael
Megalong Tragedy - signed A record of events surrounding the death of Oonagh Kennedy on the Cox's River in August, 1967
M.J. Baker, St. Marys NSW, 2001.
Octavo; paperback; 98pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; signed in ink by the author to the first page. Near fine.
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$40
205119
Barker, Theo
A History of Bathurst - Volume 1 The Early Settlement to 1862
Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., Bathurst NSW, 1992.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 267pp., with maps. Minor wear; slight scraping to the spine heel; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine.
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$60
214173
Belbin, Phil, & David Burke
Full Steam Across the Mountains
Methuen Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1982.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover; tan boards with white spine titling and endpaper maps; 144pp., with full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. Minor wear; board corners lightly scraped; toning and faint spotting to the text block edges. Very good to near fine. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Rails were the path and steam was the goliath that conquered the Blue Mountains making the rich western plains accessible. Puffing up the famous zigzags, thundering along the ridges, sending billowing clouds of smoke up against the clean mountain sky, frantically recharging air brakes on treacherous downgrades, for nearly ninety years the iron horse was supreme. One of the greatest achievements of nineteenth century engineering was the building of Australia's loftiest and steepest mainline. The line across the Blue Mountains was the greatest construction challenge the country had yet faced and in an age when shovel, wheelbarrows, picks and sheer brute force were the tools used, the achievement is astounding. John Whitton, an engineering genius, was the man responsible for elevating the line from the coastal plain to the plateau of the mountains and then bringing the trains down again. Despite almost overwhelming odds - political, financial and topographical - he succeeded. This is the story of his achievement.
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$35
214721
Bellingham, Sidney (ed. Jim Smith)
With the Palette, Shot Gun and Rifle on the Blue Mountains N.S.W.
Den Fenella Press, Wentworth Falls, 2014.
Quarto paperback; 132pp., b&w illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine. 155 copies printed only for subscribers.
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$50
209644
Bentley, James (illus. Phil Belbin)
Black Smoke Blue Mountains The Great Zig Zag Railway
Robert Brown & Assoc., Bathurst NSW, 1988.
Quarto; hardcover, upper board titling and illustrated endpapers; 176pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; small residue spots to front board with lightly rubbed extremities and corners; faint spotting to text block edges. Lightly rubbed dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$35
11605
Blue Mountains Historical Society
Excursion into History
Joseph Bennett, Katoomba NSW, 1972.
Revised: landscape octavo; paperback, with illustrated upper cover; 56pp., with maps, diagrams and many monochrome photographic illustrations. Moderate wear; spine re-stapled; text block and page edges very lightly toned; very light offset to the inside covers. Very good. One of only 2000 copies.
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$15
99136
Butterworth, Meryl, & Melissa Mylchreest
Local Heroes An Insider's Guide to the Blue Mountains
The authors, Glenbrook NSW, 2013.
First edition: quarto; paperback with decorated gatefold wrappers; 192pp., with many maps and full-colour photographic illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine. A catalogue of some of the finest artisan food producers, antique and homeware suppliers, and breathtaking walks and views in the Blue Mountains, accompanied by some of the best recipes of the region's award-winning cafes and restaurants.
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$20
212691
Cardwell, Ronald, & Irene McKilligan
Bradman at Blackheath - signed limited edition
The Cricket Publishing Company, West Pennant Hills NSW, 2011.
Octavo; paperback; 30pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly creased; signed by the authors in ink to the title page. Very good.
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$25
42611
Deane, Henry
The Wolgan Valley Railway - Its Construction
Australian Railway Historical Society, 1979.
Stapled royal octavo paperback; 28pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear to card covers; else very good.
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$15
213850
[Dept. of Environment and Climate Change (NSW)] (Introduction by Carmel Tebbutt & Peter Garrett)
Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Strategic Plan January 2009
Dept. of Environment and Climate Change (NSW), Sydney South NSW, 2009.
Quarto; paperback; 54pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; some rubbing and light creasing to the covers; hinges creased. Very good.
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$16
10521
Dunlop, B.T.
Jenolan Caves New South Wales
The Department of Tourism, Sydney NSW, 1969.
Seventh edition: octavo; stapled pamphlet; 88pp. with maps and many monochrome illustrations. First page excised; foxed preliminaries; toned pages and text block edges. Light stain on front card; some foxing and insect scraping. Else good.
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$14
69602
Falconer, Delia
The Service of Clouds - signed copy
Picador/Pan Macmillan (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1997.
Octavo; paperback; 322pp. Moderate wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn with some scuffing; promotional sticker to the front cover; text block and page edges toned; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; signed by the author in ink to the title page. Good to very good.
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$18
77917
Geraghty, Chris
Cassocks in the Wilderness Remembering the Seminary at Springwood
Spectrum Publications Pty. Ltd., Richmond Vic., 2001.
Octavo; paperback; 200pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed with some minor creasing; a few tiny spots to the upper text block edges; mild edgewear to the covers. Very good.
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$16
33876
Hampshire, Carole
Artists Observed - signed copy Blue Mountains Artists Close Up
UNSW, Sydney NSW, 2007.
Quarto, gatefold paperback; 160pp., with many colour illustrations. Minor wear; covers lightly rubbed; signed in ink to the title page. Very good. Over a period of two years, photographer and writer Carole Hampshire met the sculptors, painters, photographers and potters of the Blue Mountains, some famous and others less so. The resultant book of interviews together with her portraits of the artists themselves, as well as photographs of their homes, studios and art works, is an insider's view of the creative process and the relationship between place and artist.
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$30
9770
Horne, Julia
Jenolan Caves When the Tourists Came
Kingsclear Books/Atrand Pty. Ltd., Crows Nest NSW, 1994.
Landscape octavo; paperback; 72pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed. Very good.
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$15
86872
Horne, Julia
The Pursuit of Wonder - signed copy How Australia's Landscape was Explored, Nature Discovered and Tourism Unleashed
Miegunyah Press, Melbourne Vic,, 2005.
Signed first edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and red endpapers; (vii + 351pp.), richly illustrated in colour and monochrome. Minor wear only; faint spotting to upper text block edges and minimal wear to lightly rubbed dustwrapper edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. Follows colonial tourists as they rolled up their sleeves, loosened their corsets, and set out in the pursuit of nature. The beginnings of environmental tourism together with the influence of European ideas of travel, nature and art on the perception of the Australian landscape. A chapter on the Blue Mountains and many other references.
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$40
60465
Jarvis, Jadwiga
The Wayzgoose Affair
Wayzgoose Press, Katoomba, 2007.
Folio hardcover; black Toyo Saifu cloth boards with blind-stamped spine titling and upper board insignia, endpapers illustrated in colour; 177pp., colour illustrations. Limited edition of 500 copies. Fine in red and black dustwrapper. This is the story of the Wayzgoose Press, a prestigious small press established in the Blue Mountains in 1985. To date the press has produced 20 books and 50 broadsides in limited editions of between 10 and 50 copies, as well as numerous ephemeral paintings. All texts are hand set, illustrated with relief imagery (wood engravings, linocuts, monoprints and collographs), printed on a proof press and hand-bound or hand-assembled and housed in a purpose-made box. A small number of copies from each edition are enclosed in a designer binding which, like the so called edition bindings, have very little in common with traditional book binding. Every aspect of production, sometimes even the writing, takes place in house, or, more precisely, in shed. 'Wayzgoose' is an old English word referring to the annual printers' picnic - as ironically the press found that printing by hand 'ain't no picnic'. Incorporated into its production - the book artists armoury - typography, layout, colour, design, illustrations, textures, binding etc., are all used to give the printed word an individual presence through a tangible, creative and germane setting. A love of black humour and the occasional profanities (Ockers) add textual meat and an element of adventure to their publications, together with the visual puns, the symbolism, literary references and the vibrant colour. In compiling the Wayzgoose Affair, the author has used excerpts from her correspondence with friends, colleagues, supporters and occasionally detractors, to compile an instructive and amusing story. She records the setbacks, successes, irritations and even disasters with a wicked wit and an often critical perceptiveness.
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$300
65915
Langdon, Mark
Conquering the Blue Mountains
Eveleigh Press, Matraville NSW, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 147pp., monochrome plates and a folding map. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The first railway in New South Wales was opened in September 1855 between Sydney and Parramatta with the intention that it would be extended to Goulburn in the south and across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst in the west. The mountains had seemed an impenetrable barrier and initial reactions were that the building of a line was impracticable. Surveys however identified a suitable route and in 1863 work commenced. The author documents the planning and construction, the many difficulties encountered and the innovative solutions effected. The book includes many photographs of trains, locations and the personalities involved.
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$50
202397
Lawson Uniting Church
Lawson Centennial Church 1888-1988
Lawson Uniting Church, 1988.
Stapled octavo paperback, 52pp., monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear only; near fine.
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$10
10575
Liddle, David (Introduction by Margaret Baker)
Blue Mountains Wilderness
Megalong Books/Second Back Row Press Pty. Ltd., Leura NSW, 1987.
Square quarto; hardcover; gray boards with white upper board and spine titling, blue endpapers; 132pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Pages a little toned; faintly spotted text block edges; dustwrapper mildly worn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. Liddle has long watched and wandered the tracks and byways of the mountains and has gathered, in the process, a master collection of photographs of this singular environment. The images are accompanied by quotations from early visitors, explorers and mountain dwellers.
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$45
67757
Llewellyn, Kate
The Waterlily A Blue Mountains Journal
Hudson, Hawthorn, Vic., Australia, 1987.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover; black boards with gilt spine-titling and plain yellow endpapers; 192pp. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges; else very good in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$15
14538
Low, John
The Giant Stairway 1932-1982
Blue Mountains City Library, np. (Katoomba NSW), 1982.
Octavo; stapled paperback; 16pp., with a map and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some rubbing to the covers. Very good.
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$30
205468
Luchetti, A S & Iris Paridaens & Allan Cargill
The Oil Shale Industry: Experience in the Western Coalfields of New South Wales
Lithgow District Historical Society, 1979.
Stapled octavo booklet, limited and numbered edition, this No. 159 of one thousand copies; 52pp., b&w illustrations and fold out diagram at rear. Mild rubbing to covers; toned text block edges and slight wear to edges. Very good.
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$15
73321
McCullough, Colleen
The Ladies of Missalonghi
Hutchinson, Hawthorn Vic., 1987.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in red cloth boards with black spine and gilt spine-titling; 132pp. with monochrome illustrations, plain red endpapers. A few small scratches on dustwrapper and mild spotting on text block edges. Otherwise near fine and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$20
63166
[NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service] (Ian Brown, et.al., illus)
Northern Journeys Touring Guide Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service/NSW Department of Environment and Conservation, Sydney NSW, 2004.
Octavo; illustrated gatefold paperback; 68pp., with many maps and full-colour photographic illustrations. Minor wear; covers a little rubbed and scuffed; errata sheet and walking map bound in. Near fine.
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$16
63229
Rosen, Sue
Losing Ground An Environmental History of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1995.
Quarto; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine-title and endpapers maps; 190pp., with many black & white illustrations. Mild rubbing to board edges and corners; one or two spots on endpapers. Dustwrapper now protected in non-adhesive polypropylene. Very good to near fine. Sue Rosen was commissioned in 1992 by the Water Board to write a study of the impact of European land use on the Hawkesbury - Nepean catchment to provide valuable background information in the formulation of environmental management policies. The author in extending the report to reach a wider audience included themes such as: Aboriginal land use before the invasion; early exploration in the Sydney area; settler activity; flooding; developments in engineering and public health; heavy industry; urbanisation; and the growth of an environmental consciousness. The environmental history is well illustrated and includes a comprehensive appendix of scientific terms; endnotes and a bibliography.
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$25
75021
Ruhen, Olaf & Bruce Adams
Macquarie's Five Towns Windsor, Richmond, Castlereagh, Pitt Town, Wilberforce
Horwitz Publications, North Sydney, 1970.
Quarto; hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 118pp., black & white illustrations. Inscription. Toned text block edges; offsetting and foxing to prelims; dustwrapper spine panel sunned with wear to extremities, chipping at corners, small scrape on upper rear edge. Very good. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. In 1809, Lachlan Macquarie was appointed fifth Governor of the young European settlement in Sydney and in November of that year he set out on an inspection of the settlements along the floodplains of the Hawkesbury and Nepean Rivers to the west of Sydney, following a series of floods that had resulted in serious loss of life and property. These settlements along the floodplain had been established as early as 1794 and were important for the survival of the Sydney colony, as they produced almost half of the food supply needs. At the end of the tour, Macquarie determined that towns needed to be established on higher ground near the existing floodplain settlements. His aim was to encourage the residents of the flood plain holdings to relocate to the safety of the towns from which they could travel down to manage their farms during daytime hours. To this end, on 6 December 1810 at Government Cottage, Green Hills, Macquarie proclaimed the five towns that would become known as the 'Five Macquarie Towns'; Windsor (Green Hills), Richmond, Castlereagh, Pitt Town and Wilberforce.
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$30
42551
Searle, Allan
Places of Historic Interest on the Lower Blue Mountains
Springwood Historical Society, Springwood NSW, 1996.
Reprint: octavo; stapled paperback; 48pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; near fine.
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$12
10595
Skinner, Carolynne
Land Out of Time The Blue Mountains Landscape Then and Now
Oz Arts, Wentworth Falls NSW, 2004.
Quarto paperback, 61pp., colour illustrations. Minimal wear; fine. Eighteen contemporary artists revisit sites in the Blue Mountains made famous by colonial artists such as Eugene von Guerard, William Piguenit and Arthur Streeton. They learn that while changes have occurred in the landscape, it is modern perceptions that have made a quantum leap.
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$20
10560
Smith, Jim
From Katoomba to Jenolan Caves The Six Foot Track, 1884 -1984
Second Back Row Press, Katoomba NSW, nd. (but 1984).
Royal octavo; paperback, with illustrated wrappers and endpaper maps; 167pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and lightly edgeworn; text block edges toned and spotted; previous owner's dated ink stamp to the first page. Very good. Laid in: newspaper articles about the book.
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$30
213391
Smith, Jim
From Katoomba to Jenolan Caves - signed The Six Foot Track, 1884 -1984
Second Back Row Press, Katoomba NSW, nd. (but 1984).
Royal octavo; paperback, with illustrated wrappers and endpaper maps; 167pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and lightly edgeworn; text block edges toned; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; inscribed to person in ink by the author to the title page. Very good.
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$35
42499
Smith, Jim
What is Happening to the Blue Mountains? - signed
Megalong, Katoomba, 1981.
Stapled paperback, 53pp., monochrome illustrations. Lightly worn card covers. Otherwise very good. Inscribed to person.
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$15
34757
Speirs, Hugh (Foreword by Manning Clark; Preface by John Olsen)
Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains The Artistic, Historical, and Environmental Influences upon the Landscape Art of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia; with An Introduction to the Ways in which Nature and Art may be linked in Painting
Alternative Publishing Co-operative, Sydney NSW, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 203pp. with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Lower board edge scraped; otherwise mild wear only. Very good in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. An extended musing upon Nature's impact upon Art, and its ramifications for history and the environment. On one level, Speirs' work is a catalogue of over 220 artists - from Augustus Earle to Reinis Zusters - who have committed paint to canvas in the Blue Mountains region; on another it discusses the effect that such imagery has on the viewers of those works and on their expectations of what the Blue Mountains have to offer, not just artistically, but also socially and commercially. In discussing the "poetic transformation" which the artist imposes upon the landscape, Speirs tracks this change back from the Image to the Human and Natural worlds, on to its logical conclusion: do we see the Blue Mountains as they are? Or as they have been envisaged for us, with all of the baggage which that presumes?
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$50
10593
Stanbury, Peter, & Lydia Bushell (eds.)
The Blue Mountains Grand Adventure for All
Macleay Museum, Sydney NSW, 1985.
Quarto; paperback; 146pp., many maps and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn with some light creasing. Very good. An introduction to the history and people of the Mountains. Each contributor delves into a different aspect of this region: its geological and natural history its past significance to the Aborigines and explorations by white settlers; the activities of residents and tourists across the years - education, the pursuit of health, and recreational pastimes; the towns, the buildings and some of their more notable occupants; the myths and realities of past and present.
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$17
215579
Washington, Haydn
A Sense of Wonder
Ecosolution Consulting, Rylestone, 2002.
Octavo paperback; 112pp., b&w illustrations. Mild spotting to text block edges; slight rubbing to covers and light wear to edges. Very good. The author uses his own experiences in the wild and in the largest wilderness in NSW - Wollemi - to disuss what has so often been overlooked... wonder. Solving the environmental crisis will be as much about rediscovering 'wonder' as about scientific solutions.
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$25
74842
Wheatley, Jarrod Linkston & Peter Adams
Zero Tolerance The Street Artists of the Blue Mountains
The Authors, Katoomba, 2010.
Oblong quarto hardcover, illustrated boards, 158pp., colour illustrations. Fine.
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$18
206638
Zusters, Reinis
Spiral Vision - signed
Bay Books Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1981.
Square quarto; hardcover, with decorated upper board; 176pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; some scraping to the board bottom edges; mild offset to the endpapers; signed, with an inscription by the artist, to the half-title page. Decorated clear acetate jacket somewhat rubbed and scuffed. Very good. An overview of the artist's work, but with substantial emphasis on his Blue Mountains work. Further landscapes, cityscapes are included, human encounters and spiritual visions.
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$60
9577
Zusters, Reinis
Spiral Vision - signed and illustrated by artist
Bay Books, Sydney NSW, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover: 176pp. Moderate wear; reverse of flyleaf and half-title page inscribed in ink and illustrated in monochrome by the author (portraits of the owners, perhaps) and dated 1994. Decorated boards, acetate jacket. Minor wear only; near fine. An overview of the artist's work, but with substantial emphasis on his Blue Mountains work. Further landscapes, cityscapes are included, human encounters and spiritual visions.
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$80