The Book Merchant Jenkins

Member of ANZAAB - Australia


The Book Merchant Jenkins is a general antiquarian bookstore in West End, Brisbane, buying and selling new, secondhand, and rare books in all genres with a focus on Sexuality, LGBTIQ+, Ethnopharmacology, Dance, Performance, and Art.

We publish a weekly list of new arrivals every Wednesday.

Highlights

The Antarctic Book: Winter Quarters, 1907-1909
$11000
The supplementary volume of one of the most sought after of Antarctic works, the deluxe first edition limited to 300 copies in vellum of The Heart of the Antarctic: Being the Story of the British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-1909, also known as the Nimrod Expedition made by Ernest Henry Shackleton and his party to the Ross Sea region of Antarctica and making extensive journeys into the interior. This supplement, in the corrected second state, contains 2 sheets with the 16 signatures of the shore party.
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Nomen / Noh Masks
$5500
A beautifully presented collection of 180 plates of masks used in the classical Japanese dance-drama Noh. Each plate, photographed by Naomi Maki, is mounted in an individual folder with tissue guard, housed in a portfolio case, and includes an index sheet. An accompanying explanatory volume written by Yasuo Nakamura goes into detail on the subject, as well as containing black and white photographs of the reverse sides of the masks.
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Les Maitresses
$2500
The only complete work of Jules-Georges dit Jean Floux (1855-1892), French poet, journalist, and member of the Montmartre group Le Chat Noir. This copy inscribed by Floux to Benjamin Constant (1845-1902), one of the illustrators, and in a unique art nouveau binding signed by Louis Deze (1857-1930). Deze bindings are rare with many destroyed during World War II. The Mistresses is a “collection full of exquisite verses and promises that the author would certainly have kept, if the cruel death had not come to strike him in full youth” (Bertrand Millanvoye: Anthologie des poètes de Montmartre).
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The Temple Dances in Bali
$3000
Tyra Kleen (1874-1951) was a Swedish artist, ethnographic researcher, keen theosophist, cosmopolitan woman of the world, and a founding member of Foreningen Svenska Konstnarinnor (The Association of Swedish Women Artists). She spent many years throughout the 1910s and 1920s in Indonesia, studying ceremonial dance, and produced a number of books on dance, theatre, and ritual in Java and Bali, and in 1938 was awarded the Johan August Wahlberg for her work there.
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The Further Inquiry
$3000
Ken Kesey looks back on the 1964 trip of the Merry Pranksters in their psychedelic bus across the United States told largely in dialogued transcript including the famed monologues of Neal Cassady and illustrated throughout with previously unpublished photographs of the voyage from coast to coast partying, handing out LSD, and travelling further. A real glimpse at the psychedelic cult tale told in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. This copy signed by Kesey, and one of a small number he individually hand marbled in swirling yellow, purple and blue paint.
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