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1. Adams, Frances (1994). John Webb's End, or Strong as Death [Australian Books on Demand, no. 12]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 74 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, few tiny scuffs front cover, small dent & tiny closed tears spine, slight crease front cover near spine, minor edgewear. This is a tragic Australian historical novel about a man who is in love with a girl who is not interested in him. He gets in financial difficulties when he takes on a property. He turns to bushranging with disastrous results. This is a well written story and tells a lot about our early beginnings and the nature of outback life. (Originally published, 1891.). ISBN: 0949910414. Our Book No: 29846. $25 AUD.

2. Allen, Margaret (2002). Catherine Martin's Library with a List of the Books (1st ed) [Bibliograhica Historica Australiae]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 60 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good plus condition, frontispiece, small mark front cover. This book has a list of the books in the remaining (major) portion of the library of important Australian writer Catherine Martin. Carefully catalogued, with the many annotations noted. There is a full introductory account of the writer and her books. Catherine travelled overseas and always took her 'trunkful of books'. The books show that she had an interest in art, politics, philosophy and social issues, and contemporary literature. (No 12 in this series.). ISBN: 0949910945. Our Book No: 29933. $30 AUD.

3. Anonymous,Clough, Richard (introduction) (2001). A Gardening Poem of 1809: General Instructions In Gardening, Agriculture and the Care of Sheep [Colonial Poets, no. 17]. Canberra: Mulini Press. Unnum 20 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, card covers, stapled pamphlet, pictorial cover, black & white drawings, front cover little creased, minor edgewear. This poem first appeared in an almanac in Sydney at the end of 1808. The almanac was produced by the compiler and printer, George Howe. The version of the poem reprinted here appeared in the almanac for the following year. It appears to be the first long poem published in Australia. ISBN: 0949910899. Our Book No: 29835. $15 AUD.

4. Atkinson, Louisa; Crittenden, Victor (introduction) (1978). A Voice from the Country. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 32 pp. Paperback small quarto (with flaps), very good condition, stapled, thick card covers, pictorial cover, black & white drawings, spine little faded, minor edgewear. The author describes her visits to the country and the remote bushland near Kurrajong, Springwood, Mount Tomah, Wiseman's Ferry, and a friend's adventures in the bush. The many plants that are described by Louisa make this a fascinating book for anyone wanting to learn about conditions in colonial Australia. (Originally published, 1860s.). ISBN: 0959841431. Our Book No: 29842. $18 AUD.

5. Atkinson, Louisa; Cosh, Janet (foreword),Flavian, Vincent (flowers) (1980). Excursions from Berrima and a Trip to Manaro [Monaro] and Molonglo in the 1870s. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 38 pp. Paperback small quarto (with flaps), very good condition, stapled, thick card covers, pictorial cover, black & white drawings, tiny tear top edge, minor edgewear bottom edge & spine ends. The author describes her visits to the country between Windsor and Wiseman's Ferry and the remote bushland near Kurrajong, Springwood, Mt. Tomah, the Grose Valley, Berrima and Illawarra. The charming sketches bring this fascinating book to life. The foreword is by Louisa Atkinson's granddaughter. (Limited edition, 600 copies. Originally published, 1870s.). ISBN: 0959841490. Our Book No: 29826. $18 AUD.

6. Atkinson, Louisa (1983). Tom Hellicar's Children (1st this ed). Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 103 pp. Hardback small octavo, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), black & white drawings, minor edgewear jacket (small crush & stain top edge). This historical novel is set in Australia after the gold rushes, and was first published as a serial in the Sydney Mail. The story is about three children, left in the guardianship of their Uncle, and the treatment which they and their mother received at his hands. The author has included many realistic descriptions of colonial life. The rounding up of Brumbies is a very vivid description of one of the boys in a dramatic ride down a rocky hillside after one of the wild horses: this scene was written more than 30 years before the scene in "The Man From Snowy River". ISBN: 0949910104. Our Book No: 29783. $18 AUD.

7. Atkinson, Louisa (1988). Myra. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 53 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, minor edgewear, pages faintly toned, spine faded. This novel is set in the 1850s in a farming community west of Sydney on the Nepean River. This is a domestic novel dealing with human relationships, which gives a picture of life as it was often lived by women in the early colony. An excellent novel about early Australia. ISBN: 0949910171. Our Book No: 29820. $16 AUD.

8. Atkinson, Louisa; Crittenden, Victor (introduction) (1992). Debatable Ground, or, The Carlillawarra Claimants [Australian Books on Demand]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 117 pp. Paperback large octavo, card cover, very good condition, black & white drawings, minor edgewear, top corner front cover slightly bent, front cover little scratched. This Australian historical novel is the story of conflict about the ownership of a country property. It appears to be based on the famous Tichbourne Case where a lost heir returns to claim the family property, and the court case that results. A very successfully plotted novel. ISBN: 0949910244. Our Book No: 29735. $30 AUD.

9. Atkinson, Louisa,Lawson, Elizabeth (editor) (1995). Cowanda: The Veteran's Grant [Australian Books on Demand, no. 11]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 109 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, card covers, frontispiece, edges lightly toned, minor edgewear. This historical novel is set in Australia and is author's second novel about the domestic perspective, as well as an observant record of early Sydney and its surrounding pastoral life. The early life of Sydney, its garret rooms with harbour views, busy narrow streets, singing sailors and whistling draymen, ships' masts, dusty offices, market scenes and carts piled high, city lamps shining, and also the descriptive country house interiors, bare huts and barren roads, all make this a very enjoyable novel. ISBN: 0949910465. Our Book No: 29787. $35 AUD.

10. Barton, George B.; Crittenden, Victor (introduction) (1993). Publishing Literature In N.S.W. in 1889 (1st this ed) [Bibliograhica Historica Australiae, no. 2]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 21 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good plus condition, card covers, stapled, few black & white drawings, top corner front cover little creased. First published in the Centennial Magazine 1889. These essays are important in the history of the book in Australia. The essays show how hard it was for a new culture to emerge in the colonies that were soon to unite to form the Commonwealth of Australia. The author was a journalist, historian and lawyer, born in 1836 in Sydney. ISBN: 0949910376. Our Book No: 29883. $20 AUD.

11. Becke, Louis; Crittenden, Victor (biographical note) (2002). Bella of Barina [Small Tales of Early Australia Series, no. 6]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 68 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, card cover, minor edgewear, previous owner’s initials & date inside front cover, two biro corrections rear cover. This Australian novel is an adventure story about a youth's experiences with a young girl in Port Macquarie. The story is about Australians in the middle of the 19th century and shows the social climate at that time. This book has never been published as a separate book, but was included in his collection of stories. The author was born at Port Macquarie, a coastal town in New South Wales. (Annotation by Alan Ivey, book collector.). ISBN: 0949910910. Our Book No: 29823. $16 AUD.

12. Becke, Louis; Spennemann, Dirk R. (editor) (2005). His Native Wife [Australian Books on Demand]. Canberra, Jamison Centre: Mulini Press. 123 pp. Paperback small octavo, very good plus condition. "His Native Wife" was his first novella. He tackles the - at the time - controversial subject of interracial, 'island-style' (de facto) marriage against the backdrop of Protestant missionary activities in Micronesia. Originally published, Sydney, Alexander Lindsay, 1895. Louis Becke (1855 - 1913) was an Australian trader in the Pacific, short storywriter and novelist. This is his scarcest novel. Dirk Spennemann has compiled and edited a critical edition, based on the three published versions of the novel. ISBN: 9780975723227. Our Book No: 17405. $30 AUD.

13. Blacket, Judy (1983). The Year of the House (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 114 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, black & white drawings, front hinge lightly split (pages firm), minor edgewear & rubbing. This fascinating story is about her search for a house of her own in Canberra. The many adventures she has along the way to finding her perfect home will be familiar to many people looking for a permanent home. Text and drawings by the author. ISBN: 0949910120. Our Book No: 29833. $15 AUD.

14. Boldrewood, Mrs Rolf (1995). The Flower Garden in Australia (New ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 144 pp. Paperback small octavo, very good condition, black & white drawings, frontispiece, minor edgewear. This book was originally published in 1893 and was the first Australian gardening book written by a woman. (This modern printing is slightly enlarged.) It is full of gardening information that is still valuable today. The history of the flowers as well as details of their planting and care are given by someone who really loved her garden. The author was the wife of the novelist Rolf Boldrewood who wrote "Robbery Under Arms". Her real name was (Mrs) Maria Browne. ISBN: 0949910554. Our Book No: 29732. $30 AUD.

15. Boswell, Annabella Alexandrina Campbell (1992). Annabella Boswell's Other Journal 1848 - 1851, called "Further Recollections of My Early Days in Australia" (1st ed) [Australian Books on Demand]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 75 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white drawings, minor edgewear. The fascinating diary of a young women growing up in New South Wales coastal town of Port Macquarie in the 1830s and 1840s. This is her second diary which continues her story describing visits to relatives and friends in the 1840s. She continues her interest in painting Australian wildflowers and in education and reading. It is an interesting book which shows the other side of life for the pioneers of the outback. ISBN: 0949910333. Our Book No: 29739. $30 AUD.

16. Bunce, Daniel (1995). 1836 Catalogue of Seeds and Plants, Indigenous and Exotic, Cultivated and On Sale at Denmark Hill Nursery, New Town Road, Hobart Town (Reprint ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. Unnum 16 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, card covers, stapled pamphlet, pictorial cover, few black & white drawings, minor edgewear. This is a facsimile printing of the first catalogue produced by Daniel Bunce for his newly established Denmark Hill Nursery in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land, in 1836. It is one of the earliest Australian nurserymen's catalogues, and lists approximately 200 plants and seeds available at that time. This little booklet is a fascinating look at gardening in the early Australian Colonies, and there are some Australian Native Plants listed which will interest lovers of early Australian gardening. Victor Crittenden has written a brief after-note about Daniel Bunce. ISBN: 0949910481. Our Book No: 29766. $20 AUD.

17. Bunn, Anna Maria (anon); Webby, Elizabeth (introduction) (1994). The Guardian: A Tale [Australian Books On Demand, no. 10]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 152 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good plus condition, annotation inside front cover (purchase history). This novel, written by "An Australian", was the first printed on the Australian mainland, and the first written by an Australian woman. This novel is a comedy of manners that indexes literary taste in Colonial Australia, but also includes murder and adultery. (Autograph of J. W. Bunn, presumably a relative, on title page. Written note by Alan Ives inside front cover states book was bought when launched by J. Bunn, Victor Crittenden and Elizabeth Webby. "Webby" incorrectly spelt on copyright page and rear cover. ISBN incorrectly printed in book.). ISBN: 094991053X. Our Book No: 13371. $50 AUD.

18. Cambridge, Ada (1997). Fidelis [Australian Books On Demand]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 175 pp. Paperback small quarto, red card cover, as new condition. Australian historical romance novel originally published in 1895. Perhaps her most interesting novel of her later (Williamstown) period. The story of a male novelist, phenomenally ugly, who avoids expressing his love to Fidelis because of his disability, but all works out in the end. ISBN: 0949910635. Our Book No: 13352. $20 AUD.

19. Clarke, Marcus (1996). About Gardens and Flowers [Commemoration Series]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 34 pp. Paperback thin trade, stapled pamphlet, very good plus condition, black & white text drawings. This pamphlet was published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Clarke on 24 April 1846. The novelist is best known for his "For the Term of His Natural Life". He also wrote articles and essays. Among the latter is this essay about Gardens and Flowers. The main part of the essay is about the Botanic Gardens of Melbourne as they were in the 1870s just after they had been taken over from Ferdinand von Mueller by William Guilfoyle. He also mentions Francis Bacon and John Evelyn and some of the well-known and loved flower painters. ISBN: 094991066X. Our Book No: 28444. $14 AUD.

20. Clarke, Marcus (1996). The Mystery of Major Molineux [Small Tales of Early Australia Series, no. 3]. Canberra, Jamison Centre: Mulini Press. 66 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, card cover, minor edgewear. This is one of the author's 'Strange Tales'. The story is set in Hobart in the middle of the 19th century and concerns the strange behaviour of the Major, a resident in Hobart, and a very mysterious house. ISBN: 0949910651. Our Book No: 29871. $18 AUD.

21. Couvreur, Jessie ("Tasma"),Clarke, Patricia (editor) (1995). Tasma's Diaries: The Diaries of Jessie Couvreur with Another by Her Young Sister Edith Huybers (1st ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no.. 15]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 87 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, tables, black & white text-photos (including frontispiece), tiny crush bottom edge front cover & a few pages, minor edgewear. The Tasma Diaries consist of three diaries, two by Jessie Couvreur the novelist who wrote under the pseudonym Tasma, and a third by Jessie's young sister Edith Huybers. Tasma took her name from Tasmania where she spent her early years. Edited by the Australian writer, lecturer and foreign correspondent. ISBN: 0949910597. Our Book No: 29776. $20 AUD.

22. Crittenden, Victor (1979). The Front Garden: The Story of the Cottage Garden in Australia (1st p/b ed). Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 50 pp. Paperback large octavo (with flaps), very good condition, black & white drawings, tiny scuff spine ends, faint toning edges, minor edgewear. The author (publisher and book collector) has written a fascinating history of the cottage garden in Australia. He mentions his own early adventure with gardening, and has researched the history of Australian gardening. He was inspired by Polly Park, a writer on gardens and gardening, to write this book. ISBN: 0959841458. Our Book No: 29922. $25 AUD.

23. Crittenden, Victor (1981). The Voyage of the First Fleet 1787 - 1788: Taken from Contemporary accounts [First Fleet Books, No. 1]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 105 pp. Paperback wide octavo, as new condition, red card cover (with flaps, black lettering), frontispiece map. An account of the selection of convicts, and their voyage to the new colony at Port Jackson (Sydney Town). Crittenden was a senior librarian and bibliographer. Also ISBN: 0949910058. ISBN: 094991004X. Our Book No: 6312. $18 AUD.

24. Crittenden, Victor; Bennet, Arthur (illustrator) (1982). An Autumn Visit: Historic Gardens in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Canberra: Mulini Press. 48 pp. Paperback small quarto (with flaps), very good condition, thin pictorial card covers, black & white drawings, top spine scuffed, minimal insect damage, small mark bottom edge, minor edgewear. (Edition limited to 650 copies.) This book describes the visits in May 1981 to historic gardens at Mount Wilson and a few other gardens in the Sydney area, as part of the Australian Garden History Society's annual conference. The book has biographical notes on the people who planned and constructed the gardens. (1 of 2 available copies.). ISBN: 0949910074. Our Book No: 29722. $10 AUD.

25. Crittenden, Victor (1986). Naval Men of the First Fleet [First Fleet Books, no. 2]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 44 pp. Paperback wide octavo, card covers (with flaps), stapled, very good condition, covers faintly faded, sticker mark front cover, light creasing spine, small mark front cover. This book lists the seamen brought to Australia on the "Sirius" and the "Supply" in 1788. The author has also writes about life in the British Navy at the time. Anyone interested in the first settlement of Australia will enjoy reading this book. ISBN: 094991004X. Our Book No: 26363. $12 AUD.

26. Crittenden, Victor (1986). The Voyage of the First Fleet 1787 - 1788: Taken from Contemporary accounts (Undated reprint ed) [First Fleet Books, No. 1]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 105 pp. Paperback wide octavo, very good condition, red card cover (white lettering), frontispiece map, edgewear, bookplate. An account of the selection of convicts, and their voyage to the new colony at Port Jackson (Sydney Town). Crittenden was a senior librarian and bibliographer. (Bookplate of Victor Crittenden - his own copy. Annotated inside rear cover: "2nd printing 1986".) Also ISBN: 0949910058. ISBN: 094991004X. Our Book No: 6312A. $25 AUD.

27. Crittenden, Victor; Clough, Richard (introduction) (1992). A Shrub in the Landscape of Fame: Thomas Shepherd, Australian Landscape Gardener and Nurseryman. Canberra: Mulini Press. 175 pp. Paperback small quarto, very good plus condition, black & white sketches, minimal edgewear. Thomas Shepherd was a Scot who trained as a landscape gardener. He set off for Australia in 1825 and tried to establish a settlement in New Zealand. At Governor Darling's request, he developed the first commercial nursery in Sydney. He wrote a book on landscape gardening in Australia. This biography gives some details of Shepherd's adventures, life and career battles. It reproduces in full his first lecture on "Landscape Gardening in Australia" delivered in 1836 at the Mechanics School of Arts in Sydney just before his death. ISBN: 094991021X. Our Book No: 23050. $30 AUD.

28. Crittenden, Victor (1992). A Shrub in the Landscape of Fame: Thomas Shepherd, Australian Landscape Gardener and Nurseryman. Canberra: Mulini Press. 177 pp. Hardback small quarto, no jacket as issued, blue cloth cover, very good plus condition, black & white sketches, minimal edgewear. (Limited edition of 50 copies, but out of series.) Thomas Shepherd was a Scot who trained as a landscape gardener. He set off for Australia in 1825 and tried to establish a settlement in New Zealand. At Governor Darling's request, he developed the first commercial nursery in Sydney. He wrote a book on landscape gardening in Australia. This biography gives some details of Shepherd's adventures, life and career battles. It reproduces in full his first lecture on "Landscape Gardening in Australia" delivered in 1836 at the Mechanics School of Arts in Sydney just before his death. (This hardback edition has the same ISBN as as the paperback edition.). ISBN: 094991021X. Our Book No: 17328. $60 AUD.

29. Crittenden, Victor (1993). King of Norfolk Island: The Story of Philip Gidley King as Commandant and Lieutenant-Governor of Norfolk Island (1st ed) [First Fleet Books, no. 4]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 115 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, portrait frontispiece, black & white drawings, cover joins to spine little rubbed, minor edgewear. This is a stirring tale of the founding of the first settlement on Norfolk Island in 1788. This biography of Lieutenant Philip Gidley King covers the period of many years when he was Commandant and Lieutenant Governor of Norfolk Island. The author describes the difficulties he faced in creating a new colony only a few weeks after Governor Phillip had set up the settlement at Sydney. This book is an account of his turbulent life but it was not like the continual conflict he experienced in his later period when he inherited the position of Governor of New South Wales. ISBN: 0949910317. Our Book No: 29750. $25 AUD.

30. Crittenden, Victor (1997). Louisa Atkinson and her Novels. Canberra: Mulini Press. 63 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, black & white drawings, tiny scuff spine edge. This book is about the first native born (Australian-born) woman novelist. This book is an outline of her life and discusses her novels and stories. Louisa Atkinson was born in 1838 and died in 1871. In addition to her novels she is is well-known as a botanist and a collector of Australian plants. ISBN: 0949910546. Our Book No: 29721. $20 AUD.

31. Crittenden, Victor (2002). Yesterday's Gardens: A History and Bibliography of Australian Gardening Books (2nd, revised and enlarged ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 276 pp. Hardback small quarto, no jacket, pictorial cover, very good condition, black & white illustrations, frontispiece, tiny dent spine edge. This book is a fascinating history of gardening books in Australia. The first part outlines the story of gardening books in this country and the people who wrote them. Many of the introduced plants and flowers are revealed and the growing of Native Plants from the earliest times is referred to in this part. This book has been revised and extended and in part rewritten. It now lists 206 Australian Gardening Books published before 1950. The Second Part of the book lists in detail all Australian Gardening Books from the first 'Gardening Guide' in 1806 up until 1950 and gives a brief description of the contents of each book. ISBN: 0949910902. Our Book No: 29723. $35 AUD.

32. Daley, Charles; Coulthard-Clark, Chris (introduction),Purchase, Shirley (editor) (1994). As I Recall: Reminiscences of Early Canberra (1st ed). Canberra, Cook: Canberra & District Historical Society / Mulini Press. 182 pp. Paperback small quarto, very good condition, black & white text-photos, edges lightly toned, spine lightly faded, tiny scuff base spine, minor edgewear. Charles Daley was closely involved in the selection of the National Capital, in its building, the government, and the cultural and social life. He was born in 1887 at Maldon, Victoria. In 1905, he joined the Department of Home Affairs of the Federal Government, then situated in Melbourne. He later moved to Canberra. He was a founding member of the Canberra & District Historical Society in 1953, he later became the President. He died in 1966, still active and still writing his articles which make up this fascinating book. This very special book is written in a personal, friendly style which makes it a great book for anyone. The book is alive with the people he knew and with whom he worked. ISBN: 0949910449. Our Book No: 29731. $35 AUD.

33. Davitt, Ellen; Sussex, Lucy (introduction) (1993). Force and Fraud: A Tale of the Bush (Reprint ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 6]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 143 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good plus condition, minor edgewear, copy 2. (Reprint: red spine, series mentioned on copyright page.) Australia's first murder mystery novel. Published in Melbourne in 1865 in The Australian Journal, this tale set in the Australian bush is a great murder mystery. It tells the story of a young artist accused of murdering his fiancee's father who objected to the match. The action ranges widely with a court scene and clues to the murderer scattered cleverly through the book. It is an astonishing first in the murder mystery genre in Australia and makes fascinating reading. ISBN: 0949910368. Our Book No: 22736A. $40 AUD.

34. De Boos, Charles (1992). Mark Brown's Wife: A Tale of the Gold-fields [Australian Books on Demand, no. 4]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 132 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, minor edgewear, sticker mark front cover. This story was first published in the "Sydney Mail" in 1871. The story is brutal and criminal, set in the Australian goldfields. The tale is told by "Tom Drewe" a gold miner involved in the tale and one of Mark Brown's friends. The novel is full of events and is based on the real life experiences of the author in his gold fields days in Australia. ISBN: 0949910341. Our Book No: 29784. $30 AUD.

35. De Boos, Charles (1999). Fifty Years Ago: An Australian Tale [Australian Books on Demand]. Canberra, Jamison Centre: Mulini Press. 402 pp. Paperback thick quarto, very good plus condition, minimal edgewear. Heavy (1.1 Kg), and extra postage may be requested to destinations outside Australia. Classic lengthy novel of early Australia about a settler in the Hunter region who seeks revenge from Aborigines who have killed some of his family. First published as a serial by Gordon & Gotch in 1867. Later published, heavily truncated, as "Settler and Savage". This is a welcome reprint of the original neglected book, said to be comparable to Marcus Clark and Rolf Boldrewood. De Boos was a French-English migrant who tried farming, before becoming a successful journalist, mining warden and magistrate. (1 of 2 available copies.). ISBN: 0949910759. Our Book No: 17331. $30 AUD.

36. De Boos, Charles (2004). Me and My Horse Showing: How I Got Him, How I Kept Him, and All About Him: Being Sketches of Life on the Peel River Diggings [Small Tales of Early Australia, no. 8]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 38 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, card cover, bottom corner front cover creased, minor edgewear. This historical novelette is a very funny story about a Victorian gold miner and the adventures he has with his horse. It is written using 19th century Australian slang and the colloquial language makes the book a fun-filled read. (Originally published, 1870s.). ISBN: 0975178415. Our Book No: 29836. $18 AUD.

37. Frazer Simons, Phyl (1987). Historic Tasmanian Gardens (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 295 pp. Paperback thick small quarto, very good condition, black & white text-photos & drawings, frontispiece, small dent rear cover & few pages, small scratch rear cover, minor edgewear. The author has researched the early gardens of Tasmania's history. The book is not only about old gardens, but of early settlers, their marriages and families, and the contribution they put into developing the early settlement, and the names they left for posterity. ISBN: 0949910163. Our Book No: 29711. $35 AUD.

38. Galbraith, Jean,Shaw, Peggy (illustrator) (1990). Doongalla Restored: The Story of a Garden (1st this ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 123 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, colour frontispiece, black & white drawings, spine little faded, minor edgewear. The author states that this historical novel is a dream for gardeners who would love to find a old run-down garden and restore it. The story is based on a real garden in Victoria restored by two friends, but the characters and the story are purely fictional. The book is very inspiring for garden lovers and people who like early Australian history. This story was first published in "The Australian Garden Lover", 1939 - 1941. ISBN: 0949910201. Our Book No: 29748. $35 AUD.

39. Gelding, John; Crittenden, Victor (introduction) (1983). Three Sydney Garden Nurseries in the 1860's (1st ed). Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 32 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, flexible card covers, stapled pamphlet, pictorial cover, few black & white drawings, minimal insect damage top edge front cover, minor edgewear. This small booklet contains printed accounts of visits to three garden nurseries in the 1860s. The author was the editor of the Horticultural Society's Magazine, which first published these articles. There is plenty of information on the kinds of trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables grown. One rose mentioned is named Boomerang and a pelagonium named Pride of St. Kilda. Included are descriptions of native plants available for the garden. ISBN: 0949910112. Our Book No: 29778. $15 AUD.

40. Gilbert, Lionel (1985). William Woolls: A Most Useful Colonist. Canberra: Mulini Press. 138 pp. Hardback small quarto, dustjacket, very good condition (in very good dustjacket), black & white photos, minor edgewear. William Woolls was a young orphan migrant who became a schoolmaster at King's School, Parramatta. Later he was ordained as an Anglican and appointed as Rector at Richmond. He was a tireless writer and a dedicated amateur botanist who eagerly investigated the vegetation of his adopted environment and wrote many pioneer works on Australian plants. ISBN: 0949910155. Our Book No: 17244. $20 AUD.

41. Gilbert, Lionel (2000). Mr McLeay's Elizabeth Bay Garden (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 75 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white text-photos (including frontispiece), plans, covers little scratched, minor edgewear. The gardens at Elizabeth Bay, Sydney, were started in 1828 and visited long before the beautiful Elizabeth Bay House was built. By 1835 plants from overseas were being planted. The house is all that now remains except for a few garden fragments. This book contains many of the lists of the exotic plants that Mr McLeay imported from all over the world. This study describes the development of the gardens by Alexander McLeay and his descendants. The plant additions to the gardens are listed with editorial work on the modern plant names by the author. A wonderful book for anyone interested in garden history. ISBN: 0949910767. Our Book No: 29780. $18 AUD.

42. Home, Edward; Crittenden, Victor (introduction, notes) (1999). A First Fleet Letter to a Gentleman in Edinburgh (1st this ed) [First Fleet Books, no. 5]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 26 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, card covers, stapled (little rusted), few black & white drawings, minor edgewear corner tips & spine. This letter was first published in July 1789 in the Edinburgh Magazine and was written by a carpenter on the First Fleet ship the Charlotte. After the ship discharged its convicts and stores in Sydney, the Scarborough and the Charlotte departed for Canton in China to collect a cargo of tea and then return to England. Edward Home records the journey first to New South Wales and then in more detail to Canton. ISBN: 0949910813. Our Book No: 29765. $20 AUD.

43. Howe, George,Crittenden, Victor (1998). Australia's First Gardening Guide of 1806: Observations on Gardening (New, reprint ed) [Foundation of the Australian Garden History Society Commemoration Series, no. 3]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 16 pp. Paperback trade, card covers, very good condition, stapled pamphlet, pictorial cover, black & white drawings, staples little rusted. Published originally by George Howe in his "New South Pocket Almanack and Colonial Remembrancer" in 1806. The writer of this first Australian gardening guide wan not recorded. The guide deals with the planting of vegetables, with some reference to fruit trees. Mulini Press have reprinted this booklet as an historic document from which the gardening literature of Australia descends. The seasons are set out as they were then. ISBN: 0959841474. Our Book No: 29744. $20 AUD.

44. Hoyle, Arthur (2001). The Life of John Hunter, Navigator, Governor, Admiral (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 189 pp. Hardback small quarto, no jacket, very good plus condition, pictorial cover, few colour reproductions, maps, frontispiece. This is the first biography of Admiral John Hunter who was the second Governor of New South Wales and came with the First Fleet in 1788 as second Captain of HMS Sirius. He was the Governor for five years. He battled shortages of food, almost mutinous NSW Corps and a population of convicts. The minister in distant London failed to understand his difficulties. He was later recalled to London in semi-disgrace, but was vindicated a year later when his successors failed also, and his recommendations were finally acted upon. He had an interesting life in the Royal Navy over a period of 68 years, where he rose from the position of Captain's Servant to the rank of Vice-Admiral of the Red. ISBN: 0949910880. Our Book No: 29724. $40 AUD.

45. Irvine, Nance (1997). Eliza! Eliza!: A Biography of Eliza Winstanley 1818 - 1882. Canberra: Mulini Press. 52 pp. Paperback large octavo, card cover, very good condition, black & white drawings, minor edgewear, small mark top edge, dent top edge front cover & first few pages, corners rear cover lightly creased, autograph (author's written & dated dedication). The fascinating story of Eliza Winstanley, one of Australia's earliest actresses and writers. Born in England and arriving in Sydney in 1833 she became an actress on the stage of the Royal Theatre. She achieved much success in the theatres of Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne and then went overseas to London and New York. She gave up the stage in middle life and became the most successful editor of the family magazine Bow Bells and wrote over 30 serials and novels some with an Australian background and story. Eliza returned to Australia about 1879 and died in Sydney in 1882. ISBN: 0949910724. Our Book No: 23918. $22 AUD.

46. Isaacs, Enid (1981). Sufficient Wonder: On Flowers in Wild Places (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 28 pp. Paperback trade, card covers (with flaps), very good condition, stapled pamphlet, pictorial cover, black & white drawings, light stain top edge & few tiny specks front cover. (Edition limited to 500 copies.) In this charming little booklet, the author describes her surprise at finding the flowers she grows in her Armidale garden flourishing as wild flowers in the remote parts of the world. The mountains she visits are the Alps, the Himalayas and the Rockies with some famous peaks like the Matterhorn, Mount Mckinley and Mount Kosciusko. Australian mountains and native flowers are included in the booklet. ISBN: 0949910031. Our Book No: 29749. $20 AUD.

47. Johnson, Louisa (1999). Every Lady Her Own Flower Gardener: Addressed to the Industrious and Economical (Facsimile ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 96 pp. Paperback wide trade, very good plus condition. A classic book, originally published in 1839 - and here presented as a facsimile reprint, that explains garden history as well as the gardening practices of this early 1800s. Some of the practices would not be used today - such as using salt for manure! ISBN: 0949910805. Our Book No: 23030. $15 AUD.

48. Johnson, Richard; Johnson, Val (editor),Crittenden, victor (editor) (2005). The Library of John Oxley, Esq. [Bibliograhica Historica Australiae, no. 15]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 44 pp. Paperback large octavo (with flaps), very good plus condition, frontispiece. John Oxley was an early Surveyor-General of New South Wales and one of the earliest explorers of inland Australia. He died in 1828 and his library was sold at auction. This book has a copy of the original auction catalogue and a separate list of the books as far as they could be identified. There is also a biographical introduction on Oxley and the authors’ investigation in searching for books from the library. An author and translator index is included. ISBN: 0975723219. Our Book No: 29876. $30 AUD.

49. Johnson-Woods, Toni (2001). Index to Serials In Australian Periodicals and Newspapers: Nineteenth Century. Canberra: Mulini Press. 153 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white tables, edges of cover join to spine rubbed, bottom corner front cover little creased, minor edgewear. This index lists all the longer serials (serialised novels) in the publications of the all the Australian colonies in the 19th century. There is also a general description of the important newspapers and periodicals that published the serials. The index also unlocks many Australian 19th century novels, and reveals that a large quantity of long fiction was written and published in the colonies. ISBN: 0949910686. Our Book No: 29944. $35 AUD.

50. Lang, John George (1989). Legends of Australia: Frederick Charles Howard. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 144 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, black & white drawings including frontispiece, small dent spine, covers little rubbed, minor edgewear. The basis of this historical Australian novel is of a young aristocrat convicted of murdering his father-in-law and transported to Botany Bay. This tale does not depict him as the innocent, hard done by, hero of later novels. His beautiful young wife chased after him, arrived in Sydney, and then had a cross-country ride to Bong Bong in an open mail coach driven by a larrikin character called John Smith. This tale is enjoyable and gives a true picture of Australia in the 1830s. Written by the first native-born Australian novelist. ISBN: 094991018X. Our Book No: 29769. $30 AUD.

51. Lang, John George (1992). Lucy Cooper (An Australian Tale) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 3]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 58 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white drawings, light crease front cover, edges lightly toned, minor edgewear. This is an Australian colonial novel about a convict girl assigned as a servant to a prominent lawyer in Sydney. The adventures and descriptions capture the feeling of the times and portray the life of the convicts as well as the style of living of the more prosperous citizens. The story was first published in 1846, anonymously, the work has now been attributed to John Lang. ISBN: 0949910236. Our Book No: 29777. $25 AUD.

52. Lang, John George (1994). Botany Bay, or True Tales of Early Australia [Australian Books on Demand, no. 8]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 122 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white drawings, frontispiece, minor edgewear, minimal scuffs front cover, minimal biro annotation. A series of tales about the convict period of early Australia. They are fictionalized true stories mostly about convicts. The stories are about ghosts, murders and currency lads, and include some of the women who made good in the young colony of New South Wales. One of the 'legends' is about the builder who brought out soil from Ireland to keep the snakes away because Saint Patrick got rid of the snakes from Ireland. These stories are an important part of Australia's heritage. (Single biro correction in Introduction by book collector Alan Ivey.). ISBN: 0949910406. Our Book No: 29811. $25 AUD.

53. Lang, John George (2004). Mazarine [Australian Books on Demand, no. 19]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 65 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, minor edgewear. Historical novel about three friends at Cambridge University making a trip up the Rhine River to Heidelburg to practice the German language. Henry Mazarine falls in love with a young woman and marries her. The tale is centered around the marriage and her discontent or boredom. The story is told by a narrator in the first person. This story was first published as a serial in his Indian newspaper “The Mofussilite” in 1845. The story appears here in book form for the first time. (Author is Australian, but the story is set in Britain and Europe.). ISBN: 0975178482. Our Book No: 29817. $25 AUD.

54. Lang, John George (2004). Raymond [Australian Books on Demand, no. 18]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 62 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, minor edgewear, minor annotation front flyleaf. This Australian historical novel is partly autobiographical, but has a gothic ending of disaster and death. Originally published in 1840 anonymously. The work has now been attributed to John Lang. (Annotation by Alan Ives, book collector.). ISBN: 0975178458. Our Book No: 29874. $15 AUD.

55. Lang, John George (2005). Further Tales from Botany Bay (New ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 22]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 133 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, minor edgewear, 1 biro correction rear of book, previous owners note inside front cover. The author wrote many stories published in English and Indian periodicals and newspapers. Most of these stories have not been republished. This collection (1836 - 1860) brings together his other Australian short stories. The author describes how as a young boy he went fishing on the harbour with Bungaree and his two wives. The story is set during the author's boyhood in Sydney in the 1820s. A voyage up the east coast of Australia through the Great Barrier Reef and then through Torres Strait describes John Lang's voyage to India in 1842. It is one of the earliest descriptions of such a voyage and has many incidents, shipwrecks, sharks and hostile natives. ISBN: 9780975723243. Our Book No: 29812. $20 AUD.

56. Lang, John George (2006). Invisible Ghosts [John Lang Project Occasional Tale, no. 2]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 16 pp. Paperback trade, stapled, very good plus condition, frontispiece. This story was first published in Household Words [Charles Dickens’ magazine], 1857. The story is set in England and is about a haunted house. The tale may be based on a true story about a real house that the author had been to. It will keep readers guessing as to the end of the mystery and if is is solved. ISBN: 978097523294. Our Book No: 29848. $18 AUD.

57. Macdonald, George J. (1978). On a Movement of Beethoven's, and Other Poems of 1830's. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. Unnum 12 pp. Paperback small octavo, very good plus condition, stapled pamphlet, minimal edgewear. Our Book No: 4380. $10 AUD.

58. Martin, James; Crittenden, Victor (introduction, notes) (1991). Escape from Botany Bay 1791 (New ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 9 pp. Paperback large octavo, stapled pamphlet, very good condition, black & white drawings, spine ends little rubbed, minor edgewear. In March 1791, eleven people escape from the colony at Sydney, New South Wales. Nine of the escapees were convicts and two were small children. One of the convicts was Mary Bryant who, with her husband and two children, made the epic voyage from Sydney to Timor. This is the only account written by one of those who escaped. They arrived in Timor after many adventures and narrow escapes from disasters, only to be caught by Captain Edwards on his way back to England from Tahiti. The death of some of the escapees and the final freedom of those who survived due to James Boswell's efforts in England concludes this legendary but true tale of early Australia. The author was a Devon man sentenced to seven years for stealing. ISBN: 0949910325. Our Book No: 29772. $20 AUD.

59. Mawer, Granville Allen (2004). The Life and Legend of Jack Doolan: The Wild Colonial Boy (1st ed). Canberra: Mulini Press. 68 pp. Paperback wide thin octavo, very good condition, few black & white text-illustrations, minor edgewear, top corner front cover creased, rubbed at cover join to spine. This is the story of the real wild colonial boy, John Doolan. He was a juvenile bushranger, born in Castlemaine on the Victorian goldfields. Even more surprisingly, his story has connections with that of the song. A fascinating story to keep the reader guessing to the end. ISBN: 0975178466. Our Book No: 29937. $30 AUD.

60. Mills, Carol (1999). The Native Companion (A 1907 Melbourne Literary Interlude): Indexes to Text, Illustrators, Advertisers, Book Notices and Subjects, and Brief Biographies and an Introduction (1st ed) [Bibliographica Historica Australiae]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 72 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good plus condition, black & white text-drawings, frontispiece, minor edgewear. This book was an important literary periodical published in the early 20th century. The editor was E. J. Brady (Irish-Australian poet) and the pages contained the works of many of the important writers of the period. The author has provided a complete indexed run of this periodical with the details of the text and the authors and illustrators whose drawings are in this publication. A special feature is a list of brief biographies which list a few details of some of the less well known contributors. (No 7 in this series.). ISBN: 0949910821. Our Book No: 29957. $30 AUD.

61. Molloy, Frank (2000). Victor J. Daley: A Comprehensive Bibliography [Bibliographica Historica Australiae]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 182 pp. Paperback small octavo very good condition, frontispiece, minor rubbing, minor edgewear corners. Victor Daley was born in Ireland, County Meath in 1858 and came to Australia as a young man of 20 years. He travelled around the Southern part of Australia and wrote as a journalist. His poetical career began in 1882 when his poems wre published in the Bulletin, Punch and Freeman's Journal. He died in 1905. This bibliography lists all his work so far identified. The list of the available manuscript material, in addition to the reviews and the poems included in anthologies, is a valuable addition to this book. (No 9 in this series.). ISBN: 094991083X. Our Book No: 29948. $30 AUD.

62. Nisbet, Hume (1997). The Haunted Station (1st this ed) [Small Tales of Early Australia Series, no. 4]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 33 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, card cover, minor edgewear. This is a 'gothic' novel about an old house in outback Western Australia. The time is the middle of the 19th century. An escaped convict came to the large old station house which was the scene of a murder. His experiences in the house are the basis for this tale. The ghost reappears during a wild storm in true gothic novel style. The story was first published in "The Haunted Station and Other Stories", London, White, 1893. ISBN: 0949910678. Our Book No: 29757. $20 AUD.

63. Patchett Martin, A. (Arthur) (1998). The Beginnings of an Australian Literature [Bibliographica Historica Australia series, No. 6.]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 48 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, stapled pamphlet. Facsimile, originally published in London in 1898, and based on an address delivered at the South Place Institute, London. The author was the publicist who introduced Adam Lindsay Gordon to English readers. He had long advocated for a distinctive Australian literature criticism of Australian writers. ISBN: 0949910775. Our Book No: 16546. $15 AUD.

64. Praed, Rosa; Webby, Elizabeth (introduction) (1993). The Bond of Wedlock [Australian Books on Demand]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 114 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, few black & white drawings, rear cover creased, minor edgewear. A tale of London life that is one of the English novels of the Australian author. This story, first published in 1887, captures the society of late 19th century London. The heroine is married to an unsuitable husband and falls in love with a handsome, wealthy man. The plot revolves around her husband, her father and her new "ideal", revealing how they manipulate this unfortunate, discontented woman. (Estimated date, 1993, Trove catalogue. No 7 in the series.). ISBN: 0949910384. Our Book No: 24377. $13 AUD.

65. Sala, George Augustus,Dingley, Robert (editor) (1995). The Land of the Golden Fleece: George Augustus Sala in Australia and New Zealand in 1885 (1st ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 14]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 242 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, few black & white drawings, tiny scuff spine edge, few tiny ridges along spine edge, minor edgewear. This book is about the author known as G.A.S. and his travels in Australia and New Zealand. They were published in many journals, and these articles include Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart as well as other parts of Australia, in the boom years of the 1880s. ISBN: 0949910562. Our Book No: 29763. $35 AUD.

66. Sidney, John,Sidney, Samuel (2006). Tales of the Bushman [Small Tales of Early Australia Series]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 38 pp. Paperback trade, very good condition, card cover, minor edgewear. "The Bushman" was John Sidney, who came to Australia in 1840 and had many adventures as a grazier. After 10 years he returned to England, and told his stories to his brother Samuel, who was a lawyer and journalist. These stories were published in Dickens's magazine "Household Worlds" in 1850 - 1852. ISBN: 0977575810. Our Book No: 16562. $15 AUD.

67. Silverleaf, anon.,Lloyd, Jessie Georgina; McAvoy, Brenda (introduction) (2003). The Legend of the Red Bluff [Small Tales of Early Australia Series, no. 7]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 28 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, card cover, minor edgewear. This is a 'gothic' story set in Tasmania, about two brothers who fall in love with the same girl. The time was 19th century Australia. This is the first time the story has appeared as a monograph. The story was first published in the Sydney Mail, 1892. ISBN: 0949910961. Our Book No: 29802. $20 AUD.

68. Spennemann, Dirk H. R. (2004). Fiction in Nineteenth Century Samoan Newspapers. Canberra: Mulini Press. 86 pp. Paperback wide trade, very good condition, few tables, cover rubbed near spine, minor edgewear. An overview of the history papers and an analysis of the origin of the fiction content, as well as an index to poetry and short fiction published in three newspapers: The Samoa Times in its two incarnations (1877 - 1881 and 1888 - 1896), and the Samoa Weekly Herald (1892 - 1900). ISBN: 0949910996. Our Book No: 29841. $30 AUD.

69. Sterndale, Handley Bathurst; Downing, Jane (editor),Spennemann, Dirk R. (editor) (2001). My Adventures and Researches in the Pacific, by a Master Mariner. Canberra: Mulini Press. 327 pp. Paperback small quarto, very good condition, black & white drawings (woodcuts), map, small edge tears covers top spine repaired, minimal edgewear. Heavy. A first collection of 40 articles published in a series by the "Australian Town and Country Journal" between January 1871 and February 1872. Introduced (with lengthy biography) and edited by Spennemann and Downing. His adventures and travels (partly fictionalised) include the beche-de-mer trade, ancient ruins on the Caroline Islands, the Pacific Island Trading Company, living on the atoll of Suwarrow (and being rescued by the notorious Bully Hayes), pearl fishing, and beachcombers. ISBN: 0949910864. Our Book No: 17367. $40 AUD.

70. Tasma, pseudonym,Couvreur, Jessie; Clancy, Patricia (translator) (2004). Love in the Antipodes (L'Amour aux Antipodes) [Small Tales of Early Australia, no. 10]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 41 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition, few black & white drawings, frontispiece, minimal edgewear. An Australian historical novel, originally written and published in French in Europe, 1880. The story is about a young widow who runs a grazing property and employs a man, newly arrived in Victoria, to be a tutor for her young son. The descriptions of drought in the Australian countryside are accurate. The first chance Australian readers get to read this story. ISBN: 097517844X. Our Book No: 29832. $20 AUD.

71. Vidal, Mary (1995). Tales For the Bush (1st this ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 13]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 152 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, tiny scuff front cover, minor edgewear. This novel was first published in 1845, and this 1995 version is based on the fifth edition (perhaps printing). The characters are drawn from people that Mary Vidal met in her life in Australia. They depict a picture of life in Sydney not found in other stories simply because they are based on working class people, their lifestyles and their character. These tales are an important contribution to the literature of early Australia. ISBN: 0949910457. Our Book No: 29759. $20 AUD.

72. Warung, Price,[Astley, William] (1994). The Bullet of the Fated Ten: A Convict Tale of the Ring [Small Tales of Early Australia, no. 2]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 50 pp. Paperback trade, very good plus condition. This story was originally published in the Bulletin magazine, 1897. This is the tale of ten convicts condemned to death in Sydney and their appeal to 'The Ring' in an attempt to escape the sentence. Set in the convict period it depicts the convict way of thinking, and the attitude of the warders and authorities. A portrayal of humans awaiting death, their quarrels and escape attempts. ISBN: 094991049X. Our Book No: 29840. $30 AUD.

73. Whitworth, Robert (1994). Mary Summers: A Romance of the Australian Bush (1st ed) [Australian Books On Demand, no. 9]. Canberra: Mulini Press. 99 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, minor edgewear. This book which is a full-length novel. The story first appeared in 1865 and was published in the "Australian Journal" as a serial. This is a bushranger and detective story disguised as a romantic love story. There is a glimpse of the crime-ridden back streets of Sydney in the 1860s, a time when the author was appearing on the Sydney stage. ISBN: 0949910414. Our Book No: 29745. $30 AUD.

74. Willson, Robert (1996). Canberra Cavalcade: Tales of the People and Legends of Southern New South Wales. Canberra: Mulini Press. 120 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, black & white text-photos & drawings, minor edgewear & rubbing. This book is a series of stories about people who travelled to the south of New South Wales in the early days. The book has some of the legends which have grown up about them. The various towns are covered, but the City of Canberra is the main feature. Caroline Chisholm and Lady Franklin, and the sons of the Faithfull family of Goulburn are mentioned. A fascinating way to learn some early history. Some of the stories have appeared in The Canberra Times. ISBN: 0949910600. Our Book No: 29818. $35 AUD.

75. Winstanley, Eliza (1992). For Her Natural Life: A Tale of the 1830s (1st this ed) [Australian Books on Demand, no. 5]. Canberra, Cook: Mulini Press. 193 pp. Paperback large octavo, very good condition, frontispiece, few black & white drawings, spine little creased, minor edgewear. This is an historical novel about a female convict or a "Government Woman" as they were called. Book 1 is the story of Margaret the heroine, in England and her struggle to survive with her child when her "noble" husband deserts her. The baby dies and she is tried for her "crime", and transported for life to New South Wales. Book 2 tells of her existence among other convicts on the ship. The heroine's adventures as an assigned convict, the evil superintendent of women convicts, and the worst of the villains who pursue her are written about in this part of the book. The author was for many years, in the 1840s, 50s and 60s a successful actress in Sydney, Hobart, London and New York, and she brings the sense of melodrama to this story. A contrast to "For the Term of his Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke. ISBN: 0949910228. Our Book No: 29752. $25 AUD.