First edition Ulysses and other great things 80

Our next sale is on Friday July 15 starting at High Noon.

The highlight of the sale is Ulysses by James Joyce Published in London by John Lane The Bodley Head This Edition published 1936. Limited to 1000 copies. Number 566 in an edition of 900 copies on Japon Vellum paper bound in linen buckram unsigned. This copy is in a dustwrapper. The book and wrapper are in near mint condition. The front flap of the wrapper has a small hole where the price has been removed. On the front and rear endpapers is some pale offsetting.

The top edge is gilt. The spine of the dustwrapper has a decoration in green by Eric Gill and the front board has a similar decoration in gilt. No better copy of this edition exists. It is the first edition published in the UK. One of the most important works of twentieth century fiction See number 23 in Slocum and Cahoon A Bibliography of James Joyce. We also have a poor-ish copy of the eighth edition published 1930 in Paris by Shakespeare and Company.

Baldwin Spencer
We have two very good Baldwin Spencer titles both in dustwrapper : The Arunta and Wanderings in Wild Australia; the first trade edition of Seven Pillars of Wisdom in dustwrapper and in very good condition.

We all need direction
1777 Forster’s Voyage with Cook is another important book in the sale. There are lots of local street directories and maps and guides as well as trade catalogues.

One item which delighted me is the signed copy of Walter Lindrum’s book Billiards and Snooker. Lindrum of course is an icon of Australian sporting history.

There are too many goodies to talk about all of them here. Check out the full catalogue.

Aboriginal Australian Norman Lindsay Art Architecture Firsts Signed Auction 78

Lot 11: Aboriginal Art Burrup
Lot 134: Norman Lindsay First Magic Pudding Signed with Original Drawing
Lot 12: Kimberley Rock Art 3 Volumes
Lot 18: Baldwin Spencer Arunta Dustwrappers
Lot 390: Le Corbusier Radiant City
Lot 74: Aboriginal Desert People
Lot 412: David Wary Bookends
Lot 601: Fine Binding: Australian Historical Statistics 1987
Lot 135: Ruby Lind Drawing
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This auction we have fabulous Aboriginal Australian art and stone books from the Dr Raven’s Collection. An original Norman Lindsay illustration and one from his sister Ruby Lind. Architecture books strong in the Modernists, International Style architecture, urbanisation, and town planning.

Dr JL Raven

The Aboriginal books are part of the library of Dr J L Raven. He was born in Sydney, trained as a Haematologist in London and has lived in Perth since 1975. His two special interests have been NSW Colonial Art (1960-1992) and Aboriginal Stone Items including Churingas from Central Australia and Cylcons from Western NSW (1970-2021). The books about Sydney and NSW reflect his interest in the history of early Sydney and NSW and the Aboriginal books were his working library for the Stone Collection,  in which he became interested when working in Sydney in the 1970s.