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Catalogue of Australian poetical works

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56334
Adamson, Robert
Swamp Riddles
Island Press, Sydney NSW, 1974.
Octavo; paperback; unpaginated. Minor wear; a little foxing to the preliminaries; spotted text block edges. Near fine.
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$30
200327
Banning, Lex
Every Man His Own Hamlet - signed
Futurian Press, Coogee NSW, 1951.
Octavo; stapled pamphlet; 32pp. Minor wear; wrappers rubbed and sunned; some light spotting to the text block edges; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; signed and numbered by the author on the limitations page. Very good. Limited edition run of only 200 copies, this is No. 104.
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$100
200326
Banning, Lex
The Instant's Clarity - signed
Futurian Press, Coogee NSW, 1952.
Octavo; stapled pamphlet in yapp covers; 30pp., with a monochrome portrait frontispiece. Moderate wear; wrappers rubbed and spotted; foxing to the preliminaries; light scattered foxing throughout; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; signed and numbered by the author on the limitations page. Very good. Limited edition run of only 200 copies, this is No. 108.
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$100
47127
Brennan, Christopher
Musicopoematographoscope
Hale & Iremonger Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW 1981.
Elephant folio; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration; 34pp., with a colour frontispiece. Minor wear; boards spotted; text block edges lightly toned; offset to the endpapers; light spotting to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn with small segment missing from tail of spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
73291
Brennan, Christopher (Sir Lionel Lindsay, illus.)
The Burden of Tyre Fifteen Poems by C.J. Brennan; Portraits by Sir Lionel Lindsay
Harry F. Chaplin, Sydney NSW, 1953.
Small quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and an upper board decoration; 56pp., untrimmed with wide margins, with a monochrome engraved tipped-in frontispiece and another engraving likewise. Mild wear; scattered foxing throughout; some offset to the endpapers; board edges rubbed mildly. The plain card dustwrapper (which is keyhole cut to reveal the board decoration beneath) is well sunned and shows mild insect damage; there is a small chip at the top of the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This is Number 89 of a limited print run of 300 copies (of which only 250 were offered for sale) and signed by the publisher.
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$220
95644
Buckley, Vincent
The Pattern - signed
Oxford University Press/The Dolmen Press, Dublin Eire, 1979.
Octavo; gatefold paperback; 64pp. Mild wear; some sunning to the wrappers; author's ink inscription to the title page. Very good.
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$20
49529
Campbell, David
Deaths and Pretty Cousins - signed
Australian National University Press, Canberra ACT, 1975.
Octavo; paperback; 68pp. Moderate wear; covers rubbed and sunned; spine sunned; signed in ink to the half-title page; text block edges lightly toned. Very good.
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$30
71557
Dennis, C.J. (Hal Gye, illus.; Foreword by Henry Lawson)
The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1915.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with decorated upper board; 126pp. [i-x; 11-126; 2 blank], with 14 full-page line illustrations. Moderate wear; shaken; mild offsetting to the endpapers; mild shelfwear to the head and tail of the spine; light sunning of the spine and board edges; elaborate inked dedication on front free endpaper; triangular pink stain on pages 50 and 51 from a piece of ribbon used as a bookmark (retained). Lacks dustwrapper. Very good. "The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke", a comic verse novel, sold more than sixty thousand copies in nine editions within a year. By the mid -1970s nearly three hundred thousand copies had been sold internationally. One of the most famous works of Australian literature, it tells the story of Bill, a larrikin, who meets a young woman named Doreen. The book chronicles their courtship and marriage, and Bill's transformation from a thuggish gang member to a contented husband and father.
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$650
60738
Dobson, Rosemary
Child with a Cockatoo
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1956.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover; 50pp. Mild wear; endpapers offset and text block edges toned. Dustwrapper faded along spine. Very good.
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$17
74033
Forbes, John
Damaged Glamour
Brandl & Schlesinger, Rose Bay NSW, 1998.
Octavo; paperback; 60pp. Remainder. New.
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$15
66038
Forbes, John
The Stunned Mullet And Other Poems
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney NSW, 1988.
First edition: octavo; paperback; 52pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; toned text block edges with a few marks; slightly scuffed cover with minor edge and corner wear. Very good.
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$50
204633
Gordon, Adam Lindsay (Frank Maldon Robb, ed.)
The Poems of Adam Lindsay Gordon Edited with Introduction, Notes and Appendixes
Humphrey Milford at the Oxford University Press, London, 1920.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and blind rules; 390pp., with an engraved portrait frontispiece. Minor wear; mild toning to the text block edges; faint offset to the endpapers; retailer's embossed stamp and previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; some slight chipping to the spine panel extremities; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$50
46455
Hall, Rodney
Black Bagatelles
University of Queensland, St. Lucia Qld., 1978.
First edition. Square octavo; hardcover; 85pp. Minor wear; text block edges toned. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed. Very good to near fine.
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$20
33896
Hooton, Harry (Introduction by Sasha Soldatow, ed.)
Harry Hooton: Collected Poems - A&R Modern Poets series Poet of the 21st Century
Collins/Angus & Robertson Publishers Aust., North Ryde NSW, 1990.
Octavo; paperback; 191pp. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed; lightly toned text block and page edges. Very good.
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$20
9814
Humphries, Barry
The Barry Humphries Book of Innocent Austral Verse
Sun Books, Adelaide SA, 1968.
First edition: octavo; paperback, with illustrated covers; 141pp. Mild wear; embrowning to the text block edges; spine creased; mild wear to edges and corners. Very good.
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$15
80063
Humphries, Barry
Neglected Poems - signed copy and Other Creatures
Angus & Robertson/HarperCollins Publishers, Pymble NSW, 1991.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with endpaper maps; 187pp. Mild wear; very slightly rolled; text block and page edges toned; previous owner's ink inscription to the verso of the flyleaf; signed bookplate tipped-in to the title page. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
85300
Kefala, Antigone (Alexandra Buchlerova, trans.)
Nepritomnost / Absence - signed by the author Selected poems from collections "The Alien", "Thirsty Weather", "European Notebook" and "Absence"
Vydala Marie Chribkova, Prague Czech Republic/Hale & Iremonger, Sydney NSW, 1998.
Octavo; paperback; 108pp., bilingual text (Czech and English). Minor wear; signed in ink to the first page. Very good.
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$15
44315
Kocan, Peter
The Other Side of the Fence Paperback Poets, Second Series 11
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Qld., 1975.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 65pp. Minor wear; mild scraping to the board edges; mild spotting to the text block top edge; offset to the endpapers; previous owner's ink stamp to the flyleaf and the half-title page. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
208950
Morant, Henry H. "Breaker" (Foreword by David McNicoll, ed.)
The Poetry of "Breaker" Morant From The Bulletin, 1891-1903
Golden Press Pty. Ltd., Gladesville NSW. 1980.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 62pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; boards rubbed and sunned along the spine; text block edges toned and spotted. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good.
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$40
89092
Murray, Les
The Biplane Houses - signed copy
Black Inc., Melbourne, 2006.
Paperback, octavo; 90pp. Toned text block and page edges. Near fine. Inscribed in ink to owner.
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$25
66118
Murray, Les
Poems Against Economics
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1972.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 70pp. Minor wear; light spotting to text block edges. Slight edge and corner wear to dustwrapper; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good
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$200
66119
Murray, Les
The Weatherboard Cathedral
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1969.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 77pp. Minor wear; light spotting to text block edges. Slight edge and corner wear to dustwrapper with minor chipping; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$200
201971
Neilson, John Shaw (Judith Wright, Vall Vallis & Ruth Harrison, eds.)
Witnesses of Spring Unpublished poems of Shaw Neilson
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1970.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 146pp. Mild wear; text block edges toned; tape stains to the endpapers and preliminaries. Dustwrapper rubbed and sunned along the spine panel; a sticker ghost to the front flap; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
66602
Porter, Dorothy
Akhenaten - signed
University of Queensland Press, St Lucia Qld., 1992.
Octavo; paperback; 172pp., with monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers rubbed and scuffed; text block edges spotted; signed by the author in ink on the first page. Very good.
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$25
207341
Porter, Peter
The Cost of Seriousness - signed
Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1987.
Reprint: octavo; paperback; 56pp. Minor wear; signed in ink by the author to the title page. Near fine.
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$25
207340
Porter, Peter
Fast Forward - signed
Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1984.
First edition. Octavo; paperback; 62pp. Minor wear; covers lightly edgeworn; signed in ink by the author to the title page. Very good.
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$25
78986
Porter, Peter
Peter Porter Reads from His Own Work Poets on Record 12
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Qld., 1974.
Square octavo; hardcover, with a 45rpm record in a cardboard sleeve tipped-in to the front pastedown; 20p. Mild wear; a little foxing; some light scuffing to the boards. Near fine; record quality - fine.
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$20
48234
Riddell, Elizabeth
From the Midnight Courtyard - signed
Angus & Robertson Publishers Pty. Ltd., North Ryde NSW, 1989.
Octavo; paperback; 58pp. Minor wear; inscribed in ink by the author to the title page. Very good to near fine.
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$25
47471
Robinson, Roland
The Hooded Lamp
Edwards & Shaw Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1976.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 56pp. Minor wear; signed in ink by the publisher on the verso of the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and edgeworn with some small tears along the edges with associated creasing; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$18
93592
Ryan, Gig
Manners of an Astronaut
Hale & Iremonger Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1984.
Octavo; paperback; 80pp. Moderate wear; covers rubbed, toned and edgeworn; spine sunned; previous owner's ink inscription to the verso of the half-title page; scattered foxing throughout. Good. Author's second book.
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$30
94221
Sladen, Douglas B.W. (ed.)
Australian Poets 1788-1888
Griffith Farran Okeden & Welsh, Sydney NSW, 1888.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles; 612pp. Mild wear; shaken; boards rubbed and corners bumped; lower board scraped and upper board stained; spine sunned and extremities softened and pulled; text block edges toned and spotted; mild scattered foxing to the preliminaries; previous owner's ink stamp and retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown. No dustwrapper. Very good.
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$60
200345
Stewart, Harold
Phoenix Wings Poems 1940-6
Angus and Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1948.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles; 50pp. Mild wear; slightly rolled; light softening to the spine extremities; offset to the endpapers; pages lightly embrowned; previous owner's name in ink to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper well rubbed and edgeworn; chipping to the spine panel extremities, flap-turns and the upper and lower panel bottom edges, with associated creasing, but no loss of text or images; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$85
85562
Strauss, Jennifer (ed.)
The Oxford Book of Australian Love Poems
Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1993.
Octavo; hardcover; 294pp. Mild wear; light spotting to the text block top edge; previous owner's ink inscription to the verso of the half-title page. Mildly rubbed and sunned dustwrapper. Very good.
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$18
209565
Sykes, Bobbi
Eclipse
University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1996.
First edition. Octavo paperback; 38pp. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$20
209564
Sykes, Bobbi
Love Poems and Other Revolutionary Actions
University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1989.
Reprint: octavo paperback; 57pp. Minor wear only; near fine.
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$20
206731
Taylor, Andrew
Sandstone - signed copy
University of Queensland Press, St Lucia Qld, 1995.
Octavo; paperback; 85pp. Mild wear; lightly toned text block edges; lightly rubbed covers with mild edgewear; inked inscription by the author. Very good.
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$17
74268
Tranter, John
Gloria - signed limited edition
Privately printed for Nicholas Pounder, Sydney NSW, 1986.
Quarto; stapled paperback with illustrated wrappers; 11pp. Mild wear; spotting, sunning and some moderate wear to the covers; foxing to pages; some creasing to the corners. Good to very good. Privately printed by the xerographic process in a limited edition of 250 copies numbered in sequence and twenty-six author's copies numbered A to Z all in hand-coloured wrappers, of which this is number 2. Signed in ink by Tranter and additionally inscribed to person on first page of text. The poem earlier appeared in a slightly different version in The Age Monthly Review, December 1986.
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$30
41599
Tsaloumas, Dimitris
The Harbour - signed copy
University of Queensland Press, St. Lucia Qld., 1998.
First edition: octavo; hardcover; 82pp. Minor wear; inscribed in ink by author; previous owner's name to the title page; lightly toned text block edges. Minor shelf wear to dustwrapper. Very good.
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$20
92903
Wright, Judith
The Other Half
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1966.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 51pp., with a decorated title page. Minor wear; text block edges mildly spotted. Dustwrapper with some chipping along fore-edges and sunning to the spine panel; mild edgewear; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
201736
Wright, Judith
Woman to Man
Angus & Robertson Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1967.
Reprint: octavo; hardcover, with gilt upper board titling; 57pp. Mild wear; text block top edge dusted. Dustwrapper mildly edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
204634
Wright, Judith (ed.)
A Book of Australian Verse Selected with an Introduction
Oxford University Press, Melbourne Vic., 1956.
First edition: octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 266pp. Moderate wear; cocked; spine extremities softened; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; mild offset to the endpapers; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown. Price-clipped dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; chipped at the flap-turns and spine panel extremities; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35