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STOCKIES AND COCKIES: Reminiscences of Stock Inspection in Victoria 1830-1995

By: (Compiled by): Leo Coffey and Malcolm Johns

Price: $34.20

Publisher: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, Animal Health Officers' Association: 1995

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013406

ISBN: 0730665151

Condition: Very Good +


175pp., illustrated throughout: b/white photographic halftone plates (archival sources), plus sketch-art by Gizella Konkoly. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Monochrome, illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped and edgeworn only. Textblock pristine. Stock inspectors with the Victorian Department of Agriculture have played a vital role in the control and eradication of diseases since the first inspection service of the 1830s. With the assistance of contributing officers and their families, these are their stories . . . Contents include: Prelims., Acks., Abbreviations, Introduction, Officers... View more info

'ZAT IZZ APPLES, SIR'. (Signed Copy)

By: Abrami, Janka

Price: $10.45

Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, Globe Press: 1986

Edition: First Edition.

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 003855

ISBN: 0959367195

Condition: Good+


xi, + 203pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Short inscription, signed by author on half-title page, otherwise leaves clean. Sketch-art illustrated [Sharman Fineberg] card wrapper lightly splayed and creased on upper foredge corner. Foxing flecks on rear [text] panel. Janka Abrami has written a moving account of a family of Polish Jews, the Hakari's, who on arriving in Melbourne via Israel in 1955, settle in South Melbourne, and begin the process of 'blending' into the Australian way of life.Contents include: Intro., Part 1: 19 chapters. Part 2: 14 chapters. Book weight approx. 310g. Postag... View more info

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: A Biography of William Dobell

By: Adams, Brian

Price: $20.90

Publisher: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, Hutchinson: 1983

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 002759

ISBN: 009148040X

Condition: Good+


332pp., unpaginated colour-art plates throughout. Intext, candid and b/w art halftone plates. Book clean, square. Spine firm., gilt title there-on. Front free endpaper excised, small splash spot on block edge, otherwise leaves clean. Nominal shelfwear and bump on backstrip. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, closed tears and creases. Tiny stain on foot of rear panel. The biography of Australian art icon, Sir William Dobell, b. 24 September 1899, Newcastle, N.S.W., d. 14 May 1970, Wangi, N.S.W. His prizes, awards and exhibition list cover several pages, but include th... View more info

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OPEN SEASON

By: Akermanis, Jason, with Smart, Gary

Price: $13.30

Publisher: Prahran, VIC, Australia, Hardie Grant Books: 2010

Edition: First Edition, First Impression.

Seller ID: 010274

ISBN: 1740668243

Condition: Very Good +


viii, + 296pp., plus 2 x 8 page, colour, photographically-illustrated sections. Book clean, square. Spine firm, white title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket negligibly edge-creased and surface scuffed only. "No longer restrained by contractual obligations and free to speak at last, Aker reveals a no-holds-barred look at a stellar sporting career, including behind-the-scenes details of his falling out with Leigh Matthews, his move from the Brisbane Lions to the Western Bulldogs and his explosive final season, which was cut... View more info

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IAN GAWLER : The Dragon's Blessing

By: Allenby, Guy

Price: $20.90

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia, Allen & Unwin: 2008

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 007933

ISBN: 1741756081

Condition: Very Good


viii, + 342pp., plus 16 page, b/white and colour, photographic section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean, a hint of tanning to edges, soft corner crease to several. Illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn, soft corner crease to rear. "In 1974, Dr Ian Gawler, an ambitious young veterinarian and athlete, developed bone cancer in his right leg . . . In 1984, Ian Gawler's legendary bestseller 'You Can Conquer Cancer' was published. Today, Gawler is a world-renowned pioneer in the therapeutic application of mind-body medicine and meditation and The Gawler Foundation offers resid... View more info

CLARA'S WITCH

By: Andrews, Natalie

Price: $16.15

Publisher: North Fremantle, Western Australia, Fremantle Arts Centre Press: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 003792

ISBN: 1920731628

Condition: Very Good +


269pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped, plus minor crease on lower foredge corner. A fictionalised, biographical account of the story of 'Clara McGovern', a moving narrative of struggle and ultimate triumph over a life profoundly affected by a traumatic and abusive childhood.Book weight approx. 310g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. View more info

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AN AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE : Words from the Vietnam Years (Signed Copy)

By: Ashbolt, Allan

Price: $42.75

Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Australian Book Society: 1974

Edition: First Edition.

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 012188

Condition: Very Good


400pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over slightly bumped spine. Plain black boards very good. Signed by the author Allan Ashbolt, along with a stamped number '67', on title page. Textblock tanned. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn and abraded, with a pinhole-size biopredation hole on inner side of front foredge fold. Noted for his long career with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and his controversial political views, this book by Allan Ashbolt (1921-2005) covers the period of the 1960s and early 1970s when he was a leading activist in the Aust... View more info

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TO BALLINA & BACK (Signed Copy)

By: Ayerbe, Jack

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Gisborne, Victoria, Australia, Alto Books: 2007

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Inscribed and Signed By Author

Seller ID: 013264

ISBN: 0980289629

Condition: Very Good +


xiii, + 256pp., b/white illustrations intext. Book clean, square. Spine firm. A personal inscription, signed Jack, to reverse of half-title page, else leaves clean and unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper unfdamaged. From the rear panel: "It seemed like a good idea at the time. With these words, young Australian veterinarian Jack Ayerbe moves to a rural practice in the north-west corner of Ireland. It was 1970, an outbreak of respiratory disease was threatening the local cattle population and, sensing adventure, Jack takes up the challenge. It would change his life forever . . . " Book w... View more info

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SPUN OUT : The Shane Warne Story

By: Barry, Paul

Price: $28.50

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, Bantam: 2006

Edition: First Edition, First Impression.

Seller ID: 009635

ISBN: 1863255966

Condition: Near Fine


x, + 541pp., two unpaginated, colour and b/white, candidly-illustrated halftone plate sections. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped spine. Plain black boards undamaged. Text-block unmarked. Subject-portrait illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn only. Not sanctioned by Shane Warne in any way, this biography of the record-breaking Australian cricketer is made up of the recollections of 'ex-schoolmates', 'teachers', 'ex-team-mates', an 'army' of officials acquaintances and others . . . plus, no doubt, a lot from the public record. It is, in the... View more info

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THE WEAPONS DETECTIVE : The Inside Story of Australia's Top Weapons Inspector

By: Barton, Rod

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Black Inc/Schwartz Publishing: 2006

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 007875

ISBN: 0975076957

Condition: Very Good +


x., + 278pp., plus 8 page, b/white, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. " . . . tells of a professional life replete with adventure, urgency and achievement. From the chaos of Somalia to the inner sanctums of the UN, Barton has more than once been in the eye of the historical storm . . . describes the fascinating chess-game of weapons inspection, with its mixture of detective work, scientific analysis and mind-games . . . reveals an unsung Australian hero and sheds new light on a vital chapter... View more info

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CAPTAIN THUNDERBOLT & His Lady. The True Story of Bushrangers Frederick Ward and Mary Ann Bugg

By: Baxter, Carol

Price: $20.90

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia, Allen & Unwin: 2011

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 012952

ISBN: 1742372872

Condition: Very Good +


(xi) + 364pp., several intext b/white halftone plates, and line-drawn locality maps. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped on foredge corners, else undamaged. Textblock unmarked. The time - Colonial Australia. The Setting - Northern New South Wales. He was the gentleman bushranger . . . she was the woman who rode with him. This is the true story of Captain Thunderbolt (Frederick Ward) and his lady, Mary Ann Bugg. Contents include: Prelims., Cast of Characters, Maps, Prologue, Part 1/ Lust. 2/ Vice. 3/ Despair. 4/ Liberty. 5/ Recklessness. 6/ Injustice. 7/ R... View more info

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STILL IN THE BUSH

By: Beadell, Len

Price: $22.80

Publisher: Adelaide, South Australia, Rigby Limited: 1975

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 012546

ISBN: 0727000209

Condition: Very Good


(vii) + 175pp., locality map endpapers. Unpaginated b/white halftone plates throughout (all called-for plates extant and attached). Book clean. Lightly bumped spine firm, and very slightly canted. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Colour, photographically-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn only. Adventurous Australian outback surveyor Len Beadell (1923-1995) tells, in his inimitable style, of his primary involvement in the earliest days of the development of the Woomera Rocket Range, in the far north-west of South Australia . . . Contents include: P... View more info

NO EASY WAY

By: Bettye Le Marquand

Price: $8.55

Publisher: Victoria, Privately Published: 1991

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001261

Condition: Very Good.


44pp. Book square, clean. Author's stamp on title page, else leaves clean. Monochrome illustrated (author portrait on rear), card wrapper undamaged. The autobiography of a determined girl, suffering severe brain damage at birth (Jan 2, 1943) and with stoic resilience and external assistance has lived a complete and fulfilling life. Book weight approx. 100gms. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 8vo View more info

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ONE MAN IN HIS TIME : Edward Bishop Master Builder 1844-1902 (Signed Copy)

By: Bishop, Marjorie de Freyne

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, The Craftsman Press: 1979

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 012978

ISBN: 0909108129

Condition: Good


xi, + 98pp., floor plan layout front endpaper. Sepia halftone plate illustrations throughout, including subject-portrait frontispiece. Book clean and square. Illustrated boards covered with permanent clear adhesive film, which is partly soiled, including overlap on pastedowns. Signed by author on limitation page (500 copies printed, of which 45 were numbered and signed - this copy is signed only). The story of Melbourne, Victoria colonial master builder Edward Bishop (1844-1902), written by his eldest grand-daughter Marjorie de Freyne Bishop (1904-1989). The author lived all of her life in the... View more info

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THROUGH THE WALL: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival

By: Bligh, Anna

Price: $24.70

Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, HarperCollins Publishers: 2015

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 012580

ISBN: 0732299535

Condition: Near Fine


x, + 326pp., unpaginated, illustrated sections (mostly candid colour plates). Book clean and square. Slight bump on head of spine. Plain white boards undamaged. Textblock pristine. Photographic author-portrait, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn, a security sticker affixed to verso of rear panel. From a less than ideal childhood with an alcoholic father, through to being the first female popularly elected Premier of Queensland, faced with leading her state through confronting natural disasters, only to suffer electoral defeat a year later, then to face her own mortality with c... View more info

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THE STALWARTS: A Tribute to Some of the Longest Serving Members of the Transport Workers Union in Victoria and Tasmania

By: Bourke, Paul G.

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Victoria, Australia, Author (Paul G. Bourke) for Vic/Tas TWU: 2008

Edition: First Edition (Paperback)

Seller ID: 013537

ISBN: 0980538203

Condition: Very Good +


xiv, + 158pp., colour-plate frontispiece. Intext b/white halftone plates throughout. Book clean and square. Spinr firm, nominally bumped. Duotone, photographically-illustrated card wrapper minimally bumped on foredge corner only. Textblock unmarked. The theme of this book is a collection of biographies on the 'Stalwarts' - some of the TWU's (Transport Workers Union, Vic./Tas. Branch) longest serving members. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword. Author Bio. Acks. Preface. Introduction. 23 chapters (biographies). Postscript. Book weight approx. 415g. View more info

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BOMBER: From Vietnam to Hell and Back

By: Bower-Miles, Tony 'Bomber', and Whittaker, Mark

Price: $15.20

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, Macmillan (Pan Macmillan Australia): 2009

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 013015

ISBN: 1405039353

Condition: Very Good


ix, + 292pp., unpaginated colour and monochrome halftone plate section. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper bumped on foredge corners, else very good. Textblock unmarked. 'Bomber' is the story of Tony Bower-Miles, who was a young sapper in the Australian Army when he first went to Vietnam in 1969. This is his story . . . Contents include: Prelims., Prologue, 28 chapters. Book weight approx. 495g. View more info

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FINDING MY VOICE : The Peter Brocklehurst Story

By: Brocklehurst, Peter with Bennett, Debbie

Price: $11.40

Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W., Australia, Allen & Unwin: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 011149

ISBN: 1741143446

Condition: Very Good +


231pp., plus 1 x 8 page, b/white photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper has a short, soft crease to front panel. From the back panel: "Peter Brocklehurst is a star. This is his story . . . A stranger walked into the store, heard him singing, asked to hear his story, and there and then resolved to help Peter achieve the dream he'd all but given up on. Today, the cobbler has shut up shop. Instead of fixing broken heels he's training his voice with a top Russian maestro, studying Italian, attending deportment classes and wo... View more info

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DRIVEN : A Diplomat's Auto-Biography

By: Broinowski, Richard

Price: $17.10

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, Harper Collins: 2009

Edition: First Edition.

Seller ID: 011490

ISBN: 0733324037

Condition: Very Good


250pp., plus 1 x 16 page, b/white and colour, photographically-illustrated section. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper softly creased. From the rear panel: "In this engaging memoir, Broinowski reveals what it was like to observe and implement Australian foreign policy, intertwining his reflections on foreign postings with reminiscences of a lifelong love of the motorcar." Book weight approx. 395g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall View more info

THE MERRY BRONHILL. (Signed Copy)

By: Bronhill, June

Price: $35.15

Publisher: North Ryde, N.S.W., Methuen Haynes: 1987

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 004597

ISBN: 0454013434

Condition: Very Good


[vii] + 216pp., unpaginated, b/white halftone plate sections throughout [mostly happy snaps, others stage stills]. Book clean. Spine slightly askew. Small splash-stain on foot of front board. Concise inscription, signed by June Bronhill on title-page, an erratum strip on the contents page, otherwise leaves clean. Portrait-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket lightly edgeworn only. In her own words ['I said no to having a ghost writer'], devoid of chronology ['I've never kept a diary as such'], this is an autobiography by Australian diva June Mary Gough, born 26 June, 1929 in Broken ... View more info