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A family business established in 1965, Kay Craddock - Antiquarian Bookseller has become a Collins Street landmark in the impressive Neo-Gothic Assembly Hall building located in the heart of Melbourne's premier street, We buy and sell fine and rare books from the 15th to the 21st centuries.

As a general bookseller we offer a large and diverse range of stock. Specialist catalogues and electronic lists are issued regularly. All stock is listed on our website, which is updated daily.

Highlights

Radcliffe (Ann) THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO.
$2250
Radcliffe (Ann) THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO, a romance; interspersed with some pieces of poetry. The second edition. In four volumes. G. G. and J. Robinson, London, 1794. Second edition. ESTC T119307. *Published in the same year as the first edition. Seminal gothic novel, famously parodied by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey. Mrs. Radcliffe (1764-1823) was 'a pioneer in developing a literature of terror, and her influential novels stand apart in their ability to infuse scenes of terror and suspense with Romantic sensibility' [Britannica]. $2,250.00
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Phillip (Arthur) THE VOYAGE OF GOVERNOR PHILLIP TO BOTANY BAY.
$12500
Phillip (Arthur) THE VOYAGE OF GOVERNOR PHILLIP TO BOTANY BAY, with an Account of the Establishment of the Colonies of Port Jackson & Norfolk Island; John Stockdale, London, 1789. First edition. *The first official account of the First Fleet, compiled by the publisher, from Phillip's journal and reports. 'The importance of Stockdale's Phillip must not be underestimated. It offers a full record of events both on land and on sea in the first months of the settlement..." [Wantrup, pages 63-4]. $12,500
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Tench (Watkin) NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION TO BOTANY BAY.
$15000
Tench (Watkin) NARRATIVE OF THE EXPEDITION TO BOTANY BAY; with An Account of New South Wales, Its Productions, Inhabitants, &c. To which is subjoined, a List of the Civil and Military Establishments at Port Jackson. By Captain Watkin Tench, of the Marines. Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1789. First Edition. 'The earliest authentic account of the colony' [Wantrup, page 54]; an eye-witness account of the settlement at Port Jackson, by one of the participants. $15,000
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Darwin (Erasmus) THE BOTANIC GARDEN.
$20000
Darwin (Erasmus) THE BOTANIC GARDEN; A Poem, in Two Parts. Part I. Containing The Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes. [Two parts in one volume]. printed for J. Johnson, London, 1791. First edition of Part I and Third edition of Part II, being the First edition of the complete work. *With an autograph letter, signed, from Erasmus Darwin to Sir Joseph Banks, dated October 14 [17]81: 4 pages, small printed name label ‘ERASMUS DARWIN’ at foot of first page. This is accompanied by a short ALs from Francis Darwin to John Enys. $20,000
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Wilson (Captain James) A MISSIONARY VOYAGE TO THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC OCEAN.
$25000
Wilson (Captain James) A MISSIONARY VOYAGE TO THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC OCEAN, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff, commanded by Captain James Wilson. Compiled from journals of the officers and the missionaries; and illustrated with Maps, Charts, and Views. printed by S. Gosnell, for T. Chapman, London, 1799. First edition, large paper issue, with the larger map of Fiji. $25,000
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Eliot (T. S.) FOUR QUARTETS.
$7500
Eliot (T. S.) FOUR QUARTETS. Pp. 54+[2](blank, colophon); narrow demy 8vo; qr. parchment with gilt rule, spine lettered in gilt, marbled papered boards; t.e.g., others uncut; within matching marbled papered slipcase, edges slightly rubbed; housed in a later custom made brown cloth wrap-around portfolio with ribbon pull and a matching brown cloth outer slipcase (a trifle marked) with gilt lettered black leather title label on spine; Faber & Faber, London, 1960. Edition limited to 290 numbered copies, signed by the author. $7500.00
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Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX.
$2750
Alastair: Wilde (Oscar) THE SPHINX. Illustrated and decorated by Alastair. John Lane, The Bodley Head, London, 1920. First edition thus, limited to 1,000 copies. *With the publisher's blind 'Review Copy' stamp at head of title page. The Sphinx was originally published in 1894, although in the introductory note to this volume, Robert Ross states that it was written 'before Oscar Wilde's first volume was issued in 1881'. Alastair was the pseudonym of Hans Henning Voight (1887-1969). $2,750.00
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Churchill, Winston S.: EPHEMERA FROM THE STATE FUNERAL OF SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL.
$7500
Churchill, Winston S.: EPHEMERA FROM THE STATE FUNERAL OF SIR WINSTON LEONARD SPENCER-CHURCHILL . . . 30th January 1965. Five items, comprising: 1. The Order of Service for the Funeral. 2. Ceremonial to be observed at the Funeral. 3. Invitation to the Funeral, issued by the Earl Marshal on Command from The Queen, to the Rt. Hon. Enoch Powell. 4. Seating ticket for Enoch Powell. 5. General Instructions. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1965. $7500
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