Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
  • 1914 Edition, NOT a reprint.
  • Australian insults, invective, ridicule and abuse as only Australians could invent!  From lords and ladies, governors and generals and even Ned Kelly - on all topics from Explosive Explorers to Royalty Rebuked.  Here is some of the real Australian history, some of it in satirical verse, such as Wowsers by Anon, 1911: For six days long they lie and cheat...And on the seventh at Church they meet...To render to the Lord their God...A threepenny bit, with a holy nod; And then they part with unctuous smile - and a prayer to prosper the next weeks guile. Or this, spotted on the headstone of an old-time Murray River settler's grave: He revelled 'neath the moon; He slept beneath the sun; He lives a life of going-to-do - And died with nothing done.
  • A collection of Nichols' observations of life and society pretensions with his usual satire and humour.  Chapter headings include: The Poison of Proverbs, The Tragedy of the Gigolo and the intriguing Household Gods.
  • Covers a wide selection of well-known and lesser-known mysteries:  The Moving Coffins of Barbados; The Bermuda Triangle; The Disappearance of Agatha Christie; The Devil's Footprints; Was Dillinger Shot? The Mystery of Eilean Mor (The Island Of Disappearing Men); Joan of Arc - Did She Return From The Dead? The Loch Ness Monster; The Mystery of the Mary Celeste; Where Is Mona Lisa? Orffyreus and the Perpetual Motion Machine; Psychometry - A Telescope Into The Past; Did Robin Hood Really Exist? Synchronicity or Mere Coincidence? Spontaneous Human Combustion; The Great Tunguska Explosion;  Velikovsky's Comet; The Most Mysterious Manuscript In The World - The Voynich Manuscript; Crop Circles - Whirlwinds, UFO's or Hoaxers?
  • A riotous account of Aussie Army tactics.
  • In 1957 Odhams Press lost the rights to use any and all Disney characters, meaning that their incredibly popular and long-running title Mickey Mouse Weekly was forced to close. Not every character in the comic was owned by Disney though, and Odhams used everything they still owned in a new weekly called Zip. There were two Zip annuals produced. The first came out in 1958 and is known as the 1959 annual, followed by a second one dated 1959 but known as the 1960 annual. These are the only two Zip annuals; for unknown reasons Odhams decided not to continue the series. This is a very high quality children's annual: Stories include: Nigel Tawny, Explorer - The Adventure Of The Lazy Lobster; Skippy: The Capture; Brett Brand - The Golliwog Mystery; Kid Brother; Touchdown - Operation Bowman; Nigel Tawny - The Windmill; The Kellaway Touch; Brett Brand - Monkey Business; Skippy and the Road Hog; Killer Cuda; Touchdown - The Big Illusion; Nigel Tawny - Obi; The Story of Samuel Plimsoll. There are also comic strips, games, puzzles and things to make. Fabulous artwork - see gallery pictures for examples. Verso front and back boards and endpapers are two different 'board' games. Some cartoons in full colour, others in monochrome.