Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
  • Undersecretary CoverUndersecretary

    This mystery thriller written at the turn of the century begins thus: "Two o’clock - two o’clock in the morning. The bells had just chimed the hour. Big Ben had boomed forth its deep and solemn note over sleeping London. The patient constable on point-duty at the foot of Westminster Bridge had stamped his feet for the last time, and had been relieved by his colleague, who gave him the usual pass-word, “All right.” The tumultuous roar of traffic, surging, beating, pulsating, had long ago ceased, but the crowd of smart broughams and private hansoms still stood in New Palace Yard, while from the summit of St. Stephen’s tower the long ray of electricity streamed westward, showing that the House of Commons was still sitting. The giant Metropolis, the throbbing heart of the greatest empire the world has known, was silent. London, the city of varying moods, as easily pleased, as easily offended as a petted child; London, the dear, smoke-blackened old city, which every Englishman loves and every foreigner admires; London, that complex centre of the universe, humdrum and prosaic, yet ever mysterious, poetic and wonderful, the city full of the heart’s secrets and of life’s tragedies, slept calmly and in peace while her legislators discussed and decided the policy of the Empire. The long rows of light on the deserted terrace and along the opposite shore in front of St. Thomas’s Hospital threw their shimmering reflection upon the black waters of the Thames; the cold wind swept roughly up the river, causing the gas-jets to flicker, so that the few shivering outcasts who had taken refuge on the steps of the closed doorway of Westminster Station, murmured as they pulled their rags more tightly round them. Only the low rumbling of a country wagon bearing vegetables to Covent Garden, or the sharp clip-clap of a cab-horse’s feet upon the asphalt, broke the quiet. Except for these occasional disturbances all else was as silent on that dark and cloudy night in late October as if the world were dead."

  • virginia monologues
    Or: Twenty Reasons Why Growing Old is Great!  Virginia takes the reader on a wacky journey where growing old is not a loss but a gain. If your memory's going, you can forget all the ghastly men you slept can have the fun of comparing all your ailments with other oldies...and you can be a legitimate bore since your in your 'anecdotage'.
  • voyage out
    The First Fleet Re-enactment.  A fleet of square riggers left London on April 27 1987 and arrived at Sydney Cove on January 26 1988.  The author was a full-voyage trainee on that re-enactment voyage.
  • woman thou gavest me
    Written in 1913, this hefty novel commences:  "I was an unwanted child - unwanted as a girl at all events.  Father Dan Donovan, our parish priest, has told me all about it.  I was born in October.  It had been raining heavily all day long.  The rain was beating hard against the front of our house and running in rivers down the window panes.  Towards four in the afternoon the wind rose and then the yellow leaves of the chestnuts in the long drive rustled noisily, and the sea, which is a mile away, moaned like a dog in pain."
  • PoePoe Title
    Volume 1 contains some of Poe's better-known and many of his lesser-known tales, including: The Gold-Bug; The Adventure of One Hans Pfaall; The Balloon Hoax; Von Kemelen And His Discovery; Mesmeric Revelation; The Facts In The Case Of M.Valdemar; MS. Found In A Bottle; A Descent Into The Maelstrom; The Black Cat; The Fall Of The House Of Usher; The Pit And The Pendulum; The Thousand-And-Second Tale Of Scheherazade; The Premature Burial; The Masque Of The Red Death; The Cask Of Amontillado; The Imp Of The Perverse; The Island Of The Fay; The Oval Portrait; The Assignation; The Tell-Tale Heart; The Domain Of Arnheim; Landor's Cottage; William Wilson; Berenice; Eleonora; Ligeia; Morella, Metzgengerstein; The Murders In The Rue Morgue; The Mystery Of Marie Roget; The Purloined Letter.
  • World of Suzie Wong
    3rd impression of 1st edition.
  • world's most fantastic freaks
    The word 'freak' can easily conjure up the image of a squalid Victorian side show exhibit; yet behind the peep show curtains, the medical textbooks and screaming headlines, these are people who were thrust into a prying, probing limelight because they were different.  Among those detailed here are John Merrick, the Elephant Man; Alice, The Faceless Child; Louise, the Four Legged Woman; Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who married and lived with their husbands successfully, as well as featuring in Tod Browning's famous film Freaks; wild children and many more.
  • wreck of the titan

    'She was the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men. In her construction and maintenance were involved every science, profession and trade known to civilisation...unsinkable, indestructible, she carried as few boats as would satisfy the laws.'  So wrote Morgan Robertson in 1898 in this extraordinarily intense novel. The great luxurious steam-and-sail ship Titian collides with an ice-berg...A book which is a compelling read in its own right and has been an enigma ever since the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. The question remains: was it a strange series of coincidences or was something altogether more mysterious at work?

  • Yellow JossYellow Joss Title

    From the Author's Note: The stories in this volume record happenings in men's lives which interested me during years of wandering among the bushmen and natives of Cape York Pensinsula; the pearlers, trochus and beche-de-mer getters of the Coral Sea; the native islanders of Torres Strait; the beach-combers of the Great Barrier Reef...with two exceptions all are transcripts of fact or are largely based on fact...I hope Colonel Woodman, Bert Vigden of Thursday Island, Bert Jardine of Somerset and others will not mind their names being mentioned. My old mate Dick Welch, I know, will not; neither will "Scandalous" Graham. "Scandalous" may swear a lot and say harsh things about me, then quietly show the book in almost every shearing shed in New South Wales and Queensland, That is, if he's "out of trouble."  It doesn't get any better than that!

  • Blue Young Fur Traders
    Contains prize certificate dated 1934. Age spotting on front end papers.
  • Those Folk Of Bulboro
    A retro magazine style story of the type sold at railway stations at the time.
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  • To The Manor Born

    Audrey fforbes-Hamilton enjoys all the luxuries a woman of her position and ancestry might expect - a manor in the country, a modest staff, the respect of the local village and a few pounds in the bank. But it all changes with the death of her husband and she finds she's broke and the estate has been running at a loss for years. Moving to the coach house with her loyal but decrepit butler Brabinger, she has to face the real world: public transport, supermarkets, launderettes and possibly even having to find a job. And yet worse is to follow, when the new Lord of the manor arrives - a nouveau riche owner of a supermarket chain. Audrey must do battle on behalf of her reputation, class and the hallowed name of fforbes-Hamilton.

  • tom and madge tulliver
    Told from George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.  Features beautiful colour plates.
  • DSCN3081tony
    Tony makes an impression wherever he goes - he knows all the right people, wears all the right clothes, is seen in all the right places and is always in the society columns.  Yet there are some odd stories also circulating...a messy divorce case...blackmail and Mob involvement...a very peculiar wedding...He's a rogue, a rascal and a reprobate.  Patrick Dennis tells a good story and has a sly dig at society pretensions and the cult of so-called celebrity at the same time.
  • tony
    Tony simply must be a very important person - he wears the right clothes, knows the right people and is seen in all the right places.  It says so in the society columns and they're always right.  Although there are some strange stories about Tony.  Tall tales...something about all the money he brought home from t he war...a peculiar wedding... a rather messy divorce case...And wasn't there a story about blackmail and The Mob?  Here is Tony - a rascal, rogue and reprobate from the cult of celebrity before there was a cult of celebrity.  Dennis, the creator of Auntie Mame and other memorable characters, has a sly dig at society pretensions while telling a good story as well.
  • Tossed On The Waves
    An English family moves to the New World of Australia.
  • toward heaven
    Warne's Star Series
  • treasury of australian humour
    Chapters include: King Billy's Breeches by Marcus Clarke; "Barefooted Bob" in Melbourne by Tom Collins; A Post-Cup Tale by C.J. Dennis and Bradman and the Burglar by Lennie Lower.
  • true life encounters
    No matter how conservative science can explain somethings, strange phenomena continues:  Yeti sightings, the Loch Ness Monster, spontaneous human combustion and encounters with angels are just a very few of the explorations of this author.
  • trumpet in the dusttrumpet in the dust
  • Trust The Saint
    Six adventures with Simon Templar - The Saint. This volume includes: The Helpful Pirate; The Bigger Game; The Cleaner Cure; The Intemperate Reformer; The Uncured Ham; The Convenient Monster.
  • Turnaround
  • 12 Months To Win
    John and Percy Westerman both wrote numerous 'Boy's Own' Adventures-style stories that leave the mighty Biggles standing!   All our Westerman books are in remarkably good condition, considering they are of the golden day and age when books were handed down through and around families.
  • twice brightly
    By that infamous hilarious member of the Goons, Harry Secombe. Larry Gower left the Army with one ambition: to be a comedian.  His pal Wally got him started in a tough Northern variety theatre, and after that, life was a hectic round of landladies and lodgers, amorous artistes and awkward audiences. But it was the life that Larry wanted - seedy clubs, spotlights and all.
  • Uncanny Tales
    A selection of the best of the uncanny from the master of the occult.  This volume contains:  Carmilla, Sheridan le Fanu; The Dream Woman, Wilkie Collins; The Tapestried Chamber, Sir Walter Scott; The Open Door, Mrs Oliphant; The Spectre Bridegroom, Washington Irving; Ligeia, Edgar Allen Poe; Clarimonde, Theophile Gautier.
  • under twenty five
    Published in 1966, a collection of short stories, poems, illustrations and photographs of how the Australian 'beat generation' saw the world and it was intended also as a vehicle to help get young writers published. The selection staff of three - also under twenty-five, were Anne O'Donovan, Jayne Sanderson and our own well loved Shane Porteous.