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Book Merchant Jenkins


Yarran L. Jenkins

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+61 (7) 38449926

19 Dornoch Tce , West End, QLD, 4101, Australia

More about this bookseller

The Book Merchant Jenkins is a general antiquarian bookstore with a focus on Sexuality, LGBTIQ+, Ethnopharmacology, Dance, Performance, and Art.

Yarran L. Jenkins has been an independent book merchant since 2006. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (BSANZ), an affiliate of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), and a graduate of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS).


He also runs the Logical Unsanity 24 Hour Book Shed, and the bookshop at the Woodford Folk and Planting Festivals. For many years he operated a travelling bookstore along the east coast of Australia, the bookstore inside the former Boundary Street Markets/Motor Room precinct, from the now-lost Cafe Checocho, and a small bookstore in Fitzroy, Melbourne. He also published the Logical Unsanity Literal Arts Journal.


You can read more about Jenkins in a 2021 interview with Fine Books & Collections.

Featured Items

Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality

The deluxe edition of Wasson’s famous work on Amanita muscaria as the divine mushroom. 680 numbered copies designed by Giovanni Mardersteig, in a larger paper format handmade by Fratelli Magnani and with two plates in pochoir by Daniel Jacomet. Ethno-mycological Studies No. 1. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book. This is number 538.

$2,500 AUD

Vorlaufige Beobachtungen der Schwamme um Regensburg

Preliminary observations of the sponges around Regensburg: made and explained with four copper plates of painted illustrations by Susanna Sophia Betzin. The first exclusively mycological book in the German language, the first with coloured plates, and the first illustrated by a woman. A preliminary study for Schaeffer’s main work. The beautiful hand coloured illustrations depict Macrolepiota procera. VOLBRACHT 1873.

$2,500 AUD

Codex Seraphinianus

The first edition of the ever mysterious Codex Seraphinianus by Italian artist Luigi Serafini (1949-). Possibly an illustrated encyclopaedia of an alternate universe, Serafini has alluded that it is perhaps all just the thoughts of a cat passed through his hand. The Codex is written in an imaginary language and illustrated phantasmagorically throughout. This being the true first edition published in 2 volumes by Italian art publisher Franco Maria Ricci. This copy numbered 2295 and signed by Serafini to the colophon of volume 2, with the original trilingual letter from the editor laid in, together with a FMR catalogue, several photocopied Italian newspaper clippings related to the Codex, as well as the deluxe edition of the only published volume of literary criticism in English on the Codex Seraphinianus, Confronting Serafini by Jordan Hunter (2017), all housed in the original shipping cartons. Confronting Serafini is a 36 page book hand-bound with treated pages from the 2013 Rizzoli edition of the Codex, signed and numbered in a limited edition of 10, of which this is number 10.

$6,500 AUD

Naomi Maki, Yasuo Nakamura: Nomen / Noh Masks

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. The portfolio and accompanying volume are housed inside of another cloth clamshell with two bone clasps, which in turn is housed in another box. Yasuo Nakamura (1919-1996) was a Japanese high school teacher, junior college professor, and Noh scholar, producing numerous works on the subject from the 1960s until his death. His scholarship on this collection of masks earned him the Geijutsu Sensho Prize from The Agency for Cultural Affairs.

$5,500.00 AUD

The Virgin Sperm Dancer

An ecstatic journey of a boy transformed into a girl for one day only, and her erotic adventures in Amsterdam, magic centrum. A classic publication from the age of sexual liberation, The Virgin Sperm Dancer is an early photobook which illustrates the story of Joop, a young Dutch man who experiences a day transformed as Joopie, a sexually awakened woman.

$350 AUD

The Novels and Short Stories of Albert Camus

A complete set of first editions in English of the novels and short stories of French philosopher and novelist Albert Camus (1913-1960), finely bound in uniform morocco leather.

$6,500 AUD

Practical Observations on Insanity

The third and final revised edition of the major work by English physician Joseph Mason Cox (1763-1818). Cox was one of the first medical graduates to specialise in the treatment of the insane. Throughout his career he advocated for more humane treatment of lunatics and maniacs. In this work he introduces his swinging technique, based on a design by Erasmus Darwin, of spinning a patient’s body round a vertical axis in a specially designed chair which would produce nausea, vomiting, and convulsions, but would ultimately lead to a restful slumber, which he believed to be a positive outcome for the maniacal. This copy warmly inscribed by Cox.

$3,000 AUD


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