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 Our Secondhand Bookshop has a general stock of around 20,000 titles. In addition we now have over 10% of our selection of secondhand books available to search and order online; they are clearly annotated "second hand copy" in any search results. Use the Quick Search above (or to search only second hand, use the Advanced Search and select Secondhand from the range of Departments). gleeclub members receive their usual credit.

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Arts, Literature (Classics, 20th century, Literature in translation, Poetry & Drama), History (International and Australian), Politics, Philosophy, Religion, Music, Cinema, Women's studies, Science


Gleebooks' secondhand shop is  at 191 Glebe Point Road (a few blocks up from our main shop at number 49).

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Phone 02 9552 2526 in advance to ensure a secondhand buyer will be available when you arrive, or email us with specific enquiries.

Secondhand Rows

Join Stephen Reid, our secondhand maestro, every month here as he takes a closer look at a couple of titles from his shelves. These titles are for sale, but be quick as we generally only have a single copy of each.

July 2017

 - Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Dupain's Beaches by Jill White (with Matthew Cawood)

Introduction by Sebastian Smee. Chapter & Verse, Neutral Bay NSW, 2000. Square quarto hardcover; white boards with blue spine and lower front board titling, blue endpapers; 111pp., b&w plates. Minor wear. Very good in like white illustrated dustjacket. $75.00.  (update: sorry - now sold

With Winter now upon us, what better image to display than Max Dupain’s Sunbaker. ‘It was a simple affair. We were camping down the south coast and one of my friends leapt out of the surf and slammed down onto the beach to have a sunbake—marvellous. We made the image and it’s been around, I suppose as a sort of icon of the Australian way of life’. (Max Dupain interview, 1991). Taken on a summer’s day in 1937 when Dupain (1911–1992) was enjoying a beach holiday with friends at Culburra on the NSW South Coast. The sunbaker is Harold Salvage (1905–1991), an English migrant. First displayed in a retrospective exhibition in 1975, Sunbaker has become probably the single most widely recognised Australian photograph. ‘An unforgettable image, it spoke to a young 1970s audience as being all about Australia’, says Gael Newton, senior photography curator at the National Gallery of Australia. Compiled by Jill White, Dupain’s assistant and custodian of his vast photographic archive, this is a wonderful collection of some of Dupain’s best work. Taken at Bondi, Manly, Cronulla, Newport and various locations along the Central and South Coasts of NSW from the 1930s to the 1960s. Max Dupain loved the beach and with his Rolleiflex camera to hand, photographed its occupants and captured the play of sand patterns, rock formations, water, shadows and light. Some of my favourite photos in this volume are:
Ice-creams, Bondi – 1940s (p. 78); Boatsheds—1957 (p. 67); Handstand, south coast beach—1939 (p.53); Tathra, south coast NSW—1950 (p.58). 

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