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Angry Penguins #3 (1942)
[Angry Penguins #3] HARRIS, Max (editor): Angry Penguins No. 3. 1942. Adelaide, Hassell Press, 1942. Octavo, 56 pages with 4 full-page illustrations (of artwork by Arthur Boyd, David Dallwitz, Douglas Roberts and Albert Tucker). Overlapping wrappers very lightly bumped; a fine copy. Notes: Literary contributors include J.I.M. Stewart, Alister Kershaw, John Reed, D.B. Kerr, Ivor Francis, Geoffrey Dutton, and Max Harris himself. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
Gregory: The Dead Heart of Australia (1906)
<br> <br> <b>GREGORY</b> <b>, J.W.:</b> <i>The Dead Heart of Australia. A Journey around Lake Eyre in the Summer of 1901-1902, with Some Account of the Lake Eyre Basin and the Flowing Wells of Central Australia.</i> <br> <br>London, John Murray, 1906 [first edition]. Octavo, xvi, 384 pages with 6 figures, plus 22 pages of plates (most full-page), 4 small folding colour maps, a map of Lake Torrens (opposite page 252, and omitted from the list of plates and maps), and 2 large folding maps at the rear ('Sketch Map of Eastern Australia Showing the Central Artesian Basin' and 'Sketch Map of Lake Eyre Basin'). Original light brown cloth (with the heart-shaped pictorial paper onlay of desert sand-grains); top edge gilt; spine lightly marked, with a very small hole rubbed in the cloth at the foot of the spine; endpapers a little offset and foxed, with a light waterstain around some edges of a large bookplate; minimal scattered light foxing; slight paper residue on the half-title where a newspaper cutting was tipped in; paperclip rust mark to two pages and a map at the rear; acidic newsprint offsetting to the verso of the first folding map at the rear, with an old paper repair to a short tear near the stub; a very good copy. <br> <br> <b>Notes:</b> <br> <br>With the bookplates of James Edge Partington (1854-1930) and Charles Richmond John Glover (1870-1936); the occasional pencilling, mainly to the bibliography, appears to be by Edge Partington. Loosely inserted is a contemporary review of the book, and a small sheaf of relevant newspaper clippings from the 1930s. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
STRUGATSKY: The Snail on the Slope (1st UK)
STRUGATSKY, Arkady and Boris: The Snail on the Slope. London, Victor Gollancz, 1980 (first UK edition). Octavo; blue papered boards; top corners and bottom edge slightly bumped; an excellent copy with the fine unclipped dustwrapper slightly bumped. Footnote: With ownership details neatly in ink in one line at the head of the half-title. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
[Menu] Adelaide Town Hall, June 5, 1876
<br> <br> <b>[Menu]</b> <i>[Adelaide] Town Hall, June 5, 1876.</i> <br> <br>Adelaide, [Corporation of the City of Adelaide], 1876. A menu card (122 × 91 mm, with a blue marble-pattern on the recto only) printed in gilt within a decorative gilt border; one large corner crease and a small mark on the printed surface have resulted in minor loss of colour and a few letters of text; blank verso a little marked; a very good copy. <br> <br> <b>Notes:</b> <br> <br>We have discovered no special reason for this dinner, other than the enjoyment of a spread that included fillets of Murray Cod, Wild Teal, Roast Turkey, Boiled Turkey, Roast Duckling, Boiled Chickens, Roast Fowls, Saddle of Mutton, York Ham, and Ox Tongue, to say nothing of the entremets and dessert. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
SA Gazette and Colonial Register. 52 issues of new series, 1845-6
<br> <br> <i>South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register. Volume 1, Number 1, Saturday 5 July 1845 to Volume 1, Number 52, Saturday 27 June 1846.</i> <br> <br>Adelaide, George Stevenson, 1845 to 1846. Broadsheet (540 × 380 mm), 52 issues bound as one volume, with each issue comprising 4 pages (with the exception of Number 39, which has 6 pages, last page blank). Modern buckram with gilt lettering on the spine; long tear to one leaf expertly sealed; old tape repair to the last leaf; top corner tip of many leaves a little chewed, occasionally affecting a few words of text; minor signs of (early) use and handling; overall, in very good condition - and fabulously rare. <br> <br> <b>Notes:</b> <br> <br>This is the second coming of South Australia's first newspaper. The publisher's note 'To Our Readers' on the first page of the first issue explains the situation: 'It is upwards of nine years since the first number of the "South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register" was published in London by the writer of the present notice. The second number of that journal was printed in the Colony in June, 1837, and it continued to be edited by the same individual until August, 1842, when his connection with the newspaper ceased. He now resumes his pen'. As ever, it is a fascinating miscellany of local, national and international news, with a decided emphasis on the affairs of the colony. Stevenson chose to re-enter the crowded newspaper scene at a critical moment in the history of South Australia, as the short paragraph on the third page of the first number foreshadows. 'The New Copper Country. - The report in circulation about a fortnight ago that extensive lodes of copper had been discovered on the surface on the ranges about ninety miles to the north of Adelaide, has since been fully confirmed'. This of course was the Burra Monster Mine, which played a large part in rescuing the ailing economy of the colony. The mining content of these issues is considerable; reference to two major articles should suffice. Number 39 of 28 March runs to an extra page (of increasingly smaller type!), as it squeezes in nearly two full pages on the 'Great Public Meeting. By far the most numerous and respectable meeting of Colonists ever assembled in South Australia took place on Saturday last. The object of the meeting was to protest against the Reservation of Minerals and the Imposition of Royalties, attempted by the Local Government at the instigation of the Colonial Office, and to Petition both Houses of Parliament for redress'. Number 48 contains 'Remarks on the Geology and Mineralogy of South Australia' by Thomas Burr, Deputy Surveyor-General; the lengthy article runs to nearly two full pages with 2 illustrations (the only ones in the entire first year of this newspaper). Burr's article was reprinted as a pamphlet (duodecimo, 32 pages plus wrappers, but without the illustrations) later the same year. It is of legendary rarity (and not to be confused with the cunning paper replica issued in the 1890s). Stevenson's interest in mining was not a sometime thing; in October 1847 he changed the name of the newspaper to the 'South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal'. (The crowning indignity of it all is that when the newspaper ceased publication on 13 March 1852, it was not so much for want of readers, but of workers, who were leaving in droves to 'seek the more liberal remuneration which the neighbouring colony holds out' on the goldfields!) Last but definitely not least, this run of the first year of the reprised 'South Australian Gazette and Colonial Register' may well be Stevenson's file copies. The first five numbers have the prices charged for the advertisements on the front page written in ink beside them, and two of these numbers have related calculations and comments in the margins. Many subsequent numbers have ticks or marks against the advertisements, and on the odd occasion, there are additions or corrections to them. Altogether, this is a remarkable offering. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
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