thought provoking information in reflective bookseller Barry Long's books for sale.  To purchase on line  go to - bookseller - Banfield House Booksellers - booksellers catalogs  . Or phone the reflective bookseller within Australia on 07 5482 1214.

An author survived major surgery without anaesthetic. Frances Burney's narrative speaks to readers directly. One of England’s best selling female novelists who overcame family pressures to give up writing, Frances wrote of her surgery for cancer without anaesthetic in the year 1811.  Her life included a position with Queen Charlotte and friendship with England's literary eminence, Samuel Johnson.                                Burney, Frances. The Diary and Letters of Madame D'Arblay . ( 1854) $495.

For three months, Melbourne’s newspaper was written by hand. Emerging on the first day of January 1838, the weekly Melbourne Advertiser was handwritten until a printing machine arrived.  The South Australian Gazette and Register described it as “…a neatly written foolscap sheet filled with advertisements and articles of news.” Bonwick’s account includes the four page facsimile of the second week’s handwritten paper.                            Bonwick, James. Early Struggles of the Australian Press (1890) $125

Thoughts were shaped by talking . “ I rough out my thoughts in talk as an artist models in clay…When you work that soft material ’’ Holmes wrote “there is nothing like it for modelling.’’  Some of the shapes emerging, he suggested, could then be turned into enduring material of written words.                                                                                                                                                Holmes, Oliver Wendell The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table (1909)  $55.     

A sea captain was a lifelong student of old sailor songs. The words and airs in his book are accompanied by a small essay descriptive of the song's history and application.  Originally poles of strong oak, capstan bars gave sailors leverage in operating the ship's capstan. Singing working songs developed from sailors pushing the capstan to weigh anchor and haul ropes and cables. Chanties encouraged and coordinated sailors' work. Illustrative wood cuts are by Captain Bone's daughter Freda.                          Bone, David W. Captain Capstan Bars (1931) $85.

An owner put care of his racehorse first. Tuesday 5th November 1946 was a big day for Australia's Melbourne Cup. Crowds pouring into Flemington racecourse packed the venue to capacity. Authorities worried about spectators climbing grandstand roofs for a better view. Flash Jim Bendrodt was watching the race with apprehension. Equally nervous were a group of punters from rural New South Wales. They had staked their bets on an elderly stable hand’s apparent dream of Spam winning.                                                  Bendrodt, J.C. Irish Lad and other stories  ( 1966 ) $190 .              

Elizabeth Fry sought better treatment for convicts bound for Australia. Elizabeth Fry's work and teaching, along with that of fellow reformer Jeremy Bentham, influenced experiments in Australian imprisonment. Her journal and correspondence influenced 19th century legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane.  They include her work in convict ships, attention to the treatment of convicts in Tasmania and other parts of Australia and correspondence with Reverend Samuel Marsden.                          Fry, Elizabeth. Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry  ( 1847 ) $525

The British Royal Navy tapped into its human potential. Just how it managed to do so emerges in the Nicholas account of British naval administration. And the frontispiece of Knights of France and England embarking for Africa captures the imagination. Anticipation seems to shine in the face of  soldiers clad in armoury,  packed in tightly,  the banners of their regions held high. Nicolas, Sir Nicholas Harris History of the Royal Navy From the Earliest Times to the Wars of the French Revolution (1847) $425

",,, entangled with a gastronomic bushranger, lawless lover and daring minx of a bush girl..."  was Hume Nisbet's  description of his published romance set in Western Australia.  Nisbet wrote that he tried his best to give a faithful picture of Australia " in its western portion."  Describing his faith in Australia as unshaken, the author shared Philip Mennell's belief in a golden future of Western Australia, expressed by Mennell in  "The Coming Colony" 1894.  Nisbet, Hume A Bush Girl's Romance ( 1894 ) $295 . 

Three separate States within Queensland were proposed.  John Dunmore Lang  promoted emigration, advocated an independent Australian republic and envisaged  “united provinces”  of eastern Australia. The far northern part of New South Wales ( later separating to become Queensland ) would become three states – Flinder’s Land, Leichhardt’s Land and Cook’s Land.                            Lang, John Dunmore Freedom and Independence For the Golden Lands of Australia  (1852) $150.

Invitation cards  were to be handed in at entry. The opening in Melbourne of Australia's first parliament  took place on 9th May 1901 . The ceremony was distinguished ( as reported in The Argus on 10 May 1901) “…by the splendor and solemn impressiveness which befitted its historic importance. By the hand of Royalty...and with splendid pomp and ceremonial, the legislative machinery of the Commonwealth was ... set in motion.” Invitations were to be handed in at entry. Here is a rubbed invitation which survived.  Invitation to the Opening Ceremony of The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia 1901 $395.

Bolingbroke remains relevant for political progress. Quintessence , its pure essence, its perfect embodiment of politics, can be found in Bolingbroke's complete works. The person himself  is described ( excellently according to Goldsmith ) on  the commemorative inscription in London's Battersea church as: "....the enemy of no national party; the friend of no faction....distinguished by zeal to restore the ancient prosperity of Great Britain..."                                                                                                                                    The Works of the Late Right Honourable Henry St.John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke. With The Life of Lord Bolingbroke by Dr. Goldsmith, now enlarged by more information relative to his publick and personal character, selected from various authorities.A new edition, in eight volumes (1809) $2150.

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