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.

February 2018

Gleebooks Bookshop - Friday, February 09, 2018

After more than four happy decades trading at 191 Glebe Point Road, Gleebooks Secondhand has relocated to the spacious first floor of our main shop at 49 Glebe Point Road.  As before, there is a terrific range of quality stock—now easier to browse in the bright new space. Most of the departments featured in the old shop are represented here, with a wide selection of philosophy, psychology, gender studies, science and lit crit. titles as well as biography, literature, crime, poetry, drama, history and politics. Film and music buffs, amateur cooks, gardeners, art lovers and aspiring writers are also well catered for. And we are absolutely delighted to have opened a dedicated secondhand shop opposite our main shop in Colliers Arcade, Blackheath. Again, there is a great range of books, across a broad range of subjects. We’re strong on advice and recommendations, and are very happy to search other data bases and quote on procuring out of print or hard to get titles, so please ask. Over the coming months we will also be listing much of our secondhand stock (it hasn’t been online till now) on Abebooks.com—the largest online marketplace for secondhand books. Please send us an email or phone us if you can’t see something online; you never know, we might be able to track it down for you. And of course, we’re always interested in good quality stock, if ever you’re parting with your own books. Just give us a call. So please come and enjoy, in store or online, the great selections at the new locations. We look forward to seeing you once again amongst the shelves at Gleebooks Secondhand. Scott (Glebe) and Stephen (Blackheath)

Gavin Maxwell: A Life by Douglas Botting $30 HC (good tight copy with minor wear to dust jacket and boards)
The bestselling author of Ring of Bright Water was, in the words of The Times, ‘a man of action who writes like a poet’. He was also one of the most contradictory and conflicted personalities ever to have put pen to paper. Aristocrat, social renegade, wartime secret agent, adventurer, shark hunter, naturalist, poet and painter, Gavin Maxwell was a wildly popular author of travel and wildlife books with a taste for high living and a genius for self-destruction. A latter-day eccentric in the grand manner, Maxwell squandered a fortune on ill-conceived business ventures and unsustainable private projects – the best known of which was the wildlife sanctuary Camusfearna set up for his beloved pet otters in the Scottish Highlands. In his personal life Maxwell burnt many bridges with his unpredictable behaviour and volatile personality but to his legion of fans he remained a romantic figure who had escaped the urban rat-race for an idyllic life in Scotland’s remote north. Botting’s biography is an affectionate and hugely entertaining account of Maxell’s full and chaotic life which he likens to a modern day Greek tragedy with regular intervals of French farce. Maxwell comes across as a likeable but flawed maverick, a gifted writer and an inspirational champion of animals and the environment.

Seeds on Ice: Svalbard & the Global Seed Vault by Cary Fowler $40 HC (as new condition).
In this readable and beautifully illustrated book, Cary Fowler, founder and project leader of the Global Seed Vault, outlines the scientific efforts currently underway in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard to conserve the genetic diversity of plant life and secure the future of global agriculture. This visionary project is the result of one man’s personal, professional and passionate crusade to arrest the decline of plant biodiversity caused by industrialised farming methods introduced over the last fifty years and to meet the challenges to food security posed by climate change. Scott

Gough Whitlam: A Moment in History—The Biography Vol I by Jenny Hocking.Miegunyah Press, Carlton, 2008. xviii,472pp. Black and white plates, index. Hardback. First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Fine Dustjacket. Signed by Jenny Hocking and Gough Whitlam. $150
The first volume of Professor Jenny Hocking’s definitive two volume biography of Australia’s 21st Prime Minister, Edward Gough Whitlam (1916–2014). Signed by both the Author and the Great Man himself.

The Enchanted Forest by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite & Grenbry Outhwaite. Angus and Robertson, Sydney 1986. Quarto. x, 106pp.Full-page illustrations in colour and b/w by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite. Hardcover. Scarce. A 1986 reprint of the original 1921 edition. Very Good Copy in Very Good Dustjacket. $75.00.
Who can fail to be enchanted by the delightfully exquisite illustrations of Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888–1960) and the story by her husband Grenbry? Little Anne is out riding and searching for her pet rabbit Peter Pottifer (Potty for short). She is thrown from her horse Dandy and awakens in an enchanted forest inhabited by elves, goblins, dancing bears and beautiful fairies. Timeless.

Father Browne’s Australia: Images from Ireland’s Master Photographer  by E. E. O’Donnell. Wolfhound Press, Dublin, 1995. Quarto.112pp. Black and white plates. Hardcover. First Edition. A Very Good Copy in a Very Good Dustjacket. $75

Australia as once we were. Caught in these evocative photographs—a selection made from some 900 in total—taken by Irish Jesuit priest, Father Frank Browne (1880–1960). Browne’s famed photographic work would eventually extend to thirty countries, sixty years and 42,000 negatives. Two years (1924–1926) were spent in Australia to aid in recuperation of his health following a gas attack in 1918. Father Browne travelled throughout the Southern Continent with his trusty Plaubel Makina camera to hand. The results are to be found in this handsome volume. Stephen

 
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