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Brown Man's Burden, Finlayson, Roderick
161 Finlayson, Roderick Brown Man's Burden
Auckland The Unicorn Press 1938 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Foxing to margins of papered boards. Previous owner's inscription on front endpaper.; [x], 86 pages. Papered boards. Page dimensions: 222 x 142mm. New Zealand literature. Fiction. Short stories. ; 8vo 
Price: 43.20 NZD
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162 Finlayson, Roderick D'Arcy Cresswell
New York Twayne Publishers 1972 First Edition Hard Cover Good in Good dust jacket 
132 pages. Red boards with gilt titles on spine and front board. Series title: "Twayne's World Authors Series. A Survey of the World's Literature. TWAS 205". Ex-library (Reference) . Library stamps and markings. 1/2" chip in front panel of dust wrapper. D'Arcy Cresswell was a New Zealand poet. ; Ex-Library; 8vo 
Price: 22.95 NZD
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Guide to New Zealand Book Collecting and Handbook of Values., Fischer, Barry
163 Fischer, Barry Guide to New Zealand Book Collecting and Handbook of Values.
Dunedin City Publishers 1977 0908562659 / 9780908562657 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
1/2" tears at head of dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 193 pages. Blue papered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 194 x 134mm. An edition of 1,250 copies, this an unnumbered copy. Dust-jacket cover design by Trevor Reeves. 
Price: 21.60 NZD
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Urania: A Romance, Flammarion, Camille
164 Flammarion, Camille Urania: A Romance
London Chatto & Windus 1891 First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Binding poor, with large 6" tear to spine cloth. Rear joint broken. Front hinge broken. Binding loose. Some loss of cloth along edges of corners of boards. A rough reading copy.; First UK edition. Text in English, translated from the French by Augusta Rice Stetson. vi, 245, [3] pages + 32 pages advertisements. Cloth boards with illustration of 2 persons in a balloon on front board. Page dimensions: 191 x 126mm. Numerous small in-text illustrations by de Beiler, Myrbach, and Gambard. Science Fiction. A reincarnation romance. Flammarion (1842-1925) was a French astronomer and writer, and "one of the first major popularizers of Astronomy" [Clute & Nicholls, "Encyclopedia of Science Fiction" (1995) page 432] [Seller ref: Knightcol] ; 8vo 
Price: 45.90 NZD
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165 Frame, Janet A State of Siege
Christchurch, New Zealand The Pegasus Press (1967) First Edition Original Cloth Fair in Poor dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Library rubber stamps on page edges. Front free endpaper missing. Dust wrapper trimmed at edges. 2/3" surface chip to front panel of dust wrapper with some loss of text. Adhesive tape stains to boards and margins of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; First NZ edition (NB: The US edition is the true first edition for this novel). 230 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. "A South Pacific paradise. An island where storms were stormier, rain was rainier, sun was sunnier; where figs, bananas, passion fruit, pawpaw, fijoas, custard apples, guavas, grew and ripened; where the cold pale narcissi opened their buds at the official beginning of winter, and violets bloomed all year; where the only enemis of man, apart from man, were wasps as big as flying tigers, a few mosquitoes breeding a giant island strain, too many colonies of ants [...]"; Ex-Library; 8vo 
Price: 29.70 NZD
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166 Frame, Janet A State of Siege
Christchurch, New Zealand The Pegasus Press (1967) First Edition Original Cloth Very Good in Good dust jacket 
First NZ edition. 230 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Owner's signature. 1" tear, 1/2" tears and 3/8" chips in edges of dustwrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. "A South Pacific paradise. An island where storms were stormier, rain was rainier, sun was sunnier; where figs, bananas, passion fruit, pawpaw, fijoas, custard apples, guavas, grew and ripened; where the cold pale narcissi opened their buds at the official beginning of winter, and violets bloomed all year; where the only enemis of man, apart from man, were wasps as big as flying tigers, a few mosquitoes breeding a giant island strain, too many colonies of ants [...]"; 8vo 
Price: 70.20 NZD
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Faces in the Water, Frame, Janet
167 Frame, Janet Faces in the Water
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press (1961) First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Owner's signature. Moderate foxing to page edges. Moderate foxing and some dampstains to dust wrapper. A 1 1/2" tear at head of dust wrapper spine. 1/2" tears and chips at corners of dust wrapper. A few other 2/3" and smaller tears to edges of dust wrapper. ; First printing. This New Zealand edition preceded both the US and the UK editions. 219 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. The author's third book, after "The Lagoon" and "Owls do Cry". "They have said that we owe allegiance to Safety, that he is our Red-Cross God who will provide us ointment and bandages for our wounds and remove the foreign ideas, the glass beads of fantasy, the bent hair-pins of unreason embedded in our minds." - opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 121.50 NZD
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168 Frame, Janet Faces in the Water
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press 1961 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good dust jacket 
The New Zealand edition is the true first edition for this title. 219 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Previous owner's signature on front free endpaper (F. W. G. Miller, New Zealand author) . Large tears in dustwrapper with adhesive tape repairs. Some creasing to dustwrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. The author's third book. ; 8vo 
Price: 148.50 NZD
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169 Frame, Janet Owls Do Cry
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press 1958 Second Edition Hardcover Fair in Poor dust jacket 
211 pages. Orange cloth covers with black lettering on spine. Edges of spine and boards rubbed and faded. 1/4" chips to cloth at corners of front board. Corners of boards bumped. Head of spine bumped. 3/4" split to cloth at head of front joint. Front hinge split. 21 line poem written neatly by previous owner on verso of half-title page. Dustwrapper spine 60% missing. Dustwrapper very rubbed, chipped, and worn at edges. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 8vo 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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170 Frame, Janet Scented Gardens for the Blind
Christchurch The Pegasus Press (1963) First Edition Hard Cover Good in Poor dust jacket 
No signatures. Page edges foxed and spotted. Dust wrapper in two pieces, with complete split along dust wrapper spine. Rear flap of dust wrapper nearly detached. Tape stains and paper and glue repairs to dust wrapper. 2" chip to rear panel of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper held together in archival mylar cover. A good reading copy of the first edition.; 192 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Dimensions: 8" by 5 1/4". This New Zealand edition is the true first. The author's fifth book. "Erlene is in the next room. She sits, like a blind person, in the dark." - opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 39.15 NZD
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171 Frame, Janet Scented Gardens for the Blind
Christchurch The Pegasus Press 1963 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
For this title, this New Zealand edition is the true first edition. 192 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Some browning to page edges. Moderate spotting to top page edges. Boards clean and bright. Owner's signature on front free endpaper. 1/4" tears at head of dust wrapper spine. 1/2" tear in tail edge of dust wrapper. 1/2" tear and creasing near tail of dust wrapper spine. A few <1/4" surface chips rubbed off dust wrapper spine. Dustwrapper rubbed at edges. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 8vo 
Price: 94.50 NZD
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172 Frame, Janet Scented Gardens for the Blind
New York George Braziller 1964 First Edition Original Cloth Good in Good dust jacket 
First US edition. 252 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on front board and gilt and red lettering on spine. Ex-library. Library stamps on page edges and copyright page. Owner's sticker on front free endpaper. 3/4" chip to dustwrapper spine. Dustwrapper is not price-clipped. 1/16" tear at tail of dustwrapper spine. ; 8vo 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Scented Gardens for the Blind, Frame, Janet
173 Frame, Janet Scented Gardens for the Blind
Christchurch The Pegasus Press (1963) First Edition Hard Cover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature "P A Simpson 1963". Moderate foxing to top page edges. A 1" tear at tail of dust wrapper spine. A 1/2" tear along rear flap fold of dust wrapper. Several 3/8" chips to ends of dust wrapper spine and to the corners of the dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 192 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 196 x 130mm. This New Zealand edition is the true first edition of this title. The author's fifth book. "Erlene is in the next room. She sits, like a blind person, in the dark." - the opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 75.60 NZD
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174 Frame, Janet The Adaptable Man
Christchurch, New Zealand The Pegasus Press (1965) First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Poor dust jacket 
Owner's ex-libris label on front endpaper. Some staining and spotting to page edges. Some loss to dust wrapper, including large surface chip to paper near tail of spine, and loss of some words on dust wrapper flaps. Some tape repairs to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; This New Zealand edition is the true first edition. 270 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. "A contemporary ingredient in the cauldron world of the witch-novelist is a pilot's thumb. Yet the old mixture remains: entrails, toads got from beneath a stone, fashionable racial scapegoats (Shakespeare has 'blaspheming Jews', 'nose of Turk', 'Tartar's Lips') , souls and bodies strangled at birth; murderers, adulterers. Mix, and bring forth a prophecy.]" - opening paragraph.; 8vo 
Price: 32.40 NZD
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175 Frame, Janet The Adaptable Man
Christchurch, New Zealand The Pegasus Press (1965) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
This New Zealand edition is the true first edition. 270 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Owner's signature. 3/4" tears in tail edge of dustwrapper. 1/2" tears in edges of dustwrapper. 1/4" chips at head of dustwrapper spine. Adhesive tape repairs to dustwrapper. "A contemporary ingredient in the cauldron world of the witch-novelist is a pilot's thumb. Yet the old mixture remains: entrails, toads got from beneath a stone, fashionable racial scapegoats (Shakespeare has 'blaspheming Jews', 'nose of Turk', 'Tartar's Lips') , souls and bodies strangled at birth; murderers, adulterers. Mix, and bring forth a prophecy." - opening paragraph. ; 8vo 
Price: 43.20 NZD
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The Adaptable Man, Frame, Janet
176 Frame, Janet The Adaptable Man
Christchurch The Pegasus Press (1965) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Some rubbing and dust-stains to dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 270 pages. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine. "A contemporary ingredient in the cauldron world of the witch-novelist is a pilot's thumb. Yet the old mixture remains: entrails, toads got from beneath a stone, fashionable racial scapegoats (Shakespeare has 'blaspheming Jews', 'nose of Turk', 'Tartar's Lips') , souls and bodies strangled at birth; murderers, adulterers. Mix, and bring forth a prophecy." - the opening paragraph. 
Price: 81.00 NZD
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The Edge of the Alphabet, Frame, Janet
177 Frame, Janet The Edge of the Alphabet
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press (1962) First Edition Original Cloth Good in Good dust jacket 
Owner's signature. Adhesive tape stains to endpapers and to reverse of dust wrapper. Spotting to page edges. 1/2" tear at tail of front panel of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; The New Zealand edition is the true first edition for this title. 224 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine.; 8vo 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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178 Frame, Janet The Edge of the Alphabet
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press (1962) First Edition Original Cloth Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 
The New Zealand edition is the true first edition for this title. 224 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. No signatures. Small bump to top corner of front board. Moderate spotting to page edges. 1/2" and smaller tears in edges of dust wrapper. 1/2" chip in front flap fold of dust wrapper. 1/4" chip at one corner of dust wrapper. Some rubbing and creasing to dust wrapper. ; 8vo 
Price: 202.50 NZD
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179 Frame, Janet The Edge of the Alphabet
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus Press (1962) First Edition Original Cloth Good+ in Good dust jacket 
Owner's signature. Several 1 1/2" and smaller tears to dust wrapper. 1/2" surface chip to dust wrapper spine. Some adhesive tape repairs to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; The New Zealand edition is the true first edition for this title. 224 pages. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine.; 8vo 
Price: 72.90 NZD
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180 Frame, Janet The Envoy from Mirror City: An Autobiography: Volume Three
Auckland Hutchinson of New Zealand (1985) 0091616905 / 9780091616908 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Owner's signature blacked out on front endpaper..No tears in dust wrapper. Vertical crease in rear flap of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper is not price-clipped. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. A clean copy. ; The first edition of the third volume of Frame's autobiography. True first edition, preceding both the UK and the US editions. 176 pages. Blue boards with gilt lettering on spine. ; 8vo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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