Secondhand Rows 

Join Stephen (Blackheath) and Scott (Glebe), our secondhand managers, every month here as they takes a closer look at a couple of titles from their shelves.

July 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Tuesday, July 03, 2018
From Blackheath this month a further selection from our collection of the always beautifully produced Folio Society Editions of famed literary works.

Animal Farm by George Orwell, $35
The Folio Society, London, 2002. Reprint. Octavo. Hardcover. Illustrated boards. Gilt spine titling. 104pp. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. Near Fine in like Slipcase. 

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, $30
The Folio Society, London, 2000. Hardcover. Octavo. Illustrated boards. Dark green Endpapers. 317pp. Colour illustrations by Jonathan Hitchen. Introduction by Peter Matthiessen. Near Fine in like Slipcase.

The Jungle Book and the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, $65
The Folio Society, London, 2002. Reprint (with a new binding). Two Volumes. Octavo. Illustrated boards. The Jungle Book 192pp. Colour illustrations by Maurice and Edward Detmold. Just So Stories 189pp. B&W illustrations by the Author. Near Fine in like Slipcase.

Captain Cook’s Voyages 1766-1779, $35
Selected and introduced by Glyndwr Williams.
The Folio Society, London, 2003. Reprint. Octavo. Hardcover. Illustrated decorative boards. Coloured Endpaper Maps. Portrait of James Cook on Frontispiece. 552 pp. Coloured and b/w illustrations, maps. Near Fine in like Slipcase.

A tour of history & travel from 2nd hand upstais at 49 Glebe Pt Rd 

Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit  by Joyce E. Chaplin, $16
In a lively charge through 500 years of worldwide exploration (and beyond) Joyce Chaplin circles the Earth by sail, steam or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, or going into orbit; even with the intrepid who use their own bodily power. In the face of claims by ‘Flat-earthers’, rather than falling of the edge of the world, men and women have been encircling the planet for hundreds of years and Chaplin gives a colourful account of their ambitious rings around the earth.

Quest for Kim: In Search of Kipling’s Great Game by Peter Hopkirk, $15
Rudyard Kipling used the Great Game—a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the 19th century between the British Empire & Russian Empires over Afghanistan & neighbouring territories in Central & Southern Asia—as a backdrop for his novel Kim. The novel presents a detailed portrait of the people, culture, and varied religions of India. Kim is an orphan boy who is recruited into the Indian secret service, and in this book Peter Hopkirk retraces Kim’s footsteps across India in a literary detective story—a quest for Kim—and the India of the novel.

1517: Martin Luther & the Invention of the Reformation by Peter Marshall, $18
2017 was supposedly the Reformation’s quincentenary—marking Martin Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. This act has been a powerful & enduring symbol of religious freedom of conscience, and of righteous protest—however Peter Marshall reviews the available evidence and concludes that, very probably, the Theses-posting is a myth. He argues this fact makes the incident all the more historically significant, and explores the multiple ways in which Martin Luther, and the Reformation itself, have been remembered & used for their own purposes by subsequent generations of Protestants & others.

Shadows of the Sun: The Diaries of Harry Crosby, $20
Harry Crosby (1898–1929) was an American heir, bon vivant, poet & publisher who for some epitomized the Lost Generation in American literature. He was a volunteer in the American Field Service during WWI, serving in the US Ambulance Corps—narrowly escaping with his life. Profoundly affected by his experience he abandoned all pretence of living the expected life of a privileged Bostonian. He scandalised Boston with his open affair with Mrs Richard Peabody—they removed to Europe where, within an open marriage, they embraced a decadent lifestyle. Crosby maintained a coterie of young ladies, and wrote and published poetry that dwelled on the symbolism of the sun & explored themes of death & suicide. With his wife he founded the Black Sun Press which was the first to publish works by a number of struggling authors including James Joyce, Hart Crane, D. H. Lawrence &T. S. Eliot. Crosby died in his 31st year as part of a murder–suicide or suicide pact. These diaries cover 1922 to 1929.

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