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Signature etiquette

I was thumbing through a stack of Dacre Smyth books last month and noticed that the maritime artist/poet/publisher/habitual autographer changed his landing page mid-career.

Allow me to explain...

With Smyth's first effort, 1979's The Bridges of the Yarra, he placed his signature on the half-title page. This he also did with the following year's The Lighthouses of Victoria. In 1982, he released his third book of paintings, poetry and prose, Historic Ships of Australia, and change was afoot...

Between 1980 and 1982, Smyth had decided to mix it up.

In the interim, someone must've tapped old salty on the shoulder and suggested placing...

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Australian naval history and Dacre Smyth

Collecting military and war titles has always been a popular book collecting pastime, and a sub-genre of that category is Australia's maritime history. This month I've listed dozens of books that fit this category including most of artist Dacre Smyth's back catalogue.

Smyth was an interesting character - the Melbourne society retired naval go-to guy of the 80s and 90s. A proud and privileged Toorak identity, his annual art exhibitions always proved popular and reproductions of those exhibitions in book form (with his accompanying doggerel almost an afterthought) were also eagerly snapped up.

When Smyth wasn't painting, he was...

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Welcome to Marginalia Bookstore

Hello book lovers! Welcome to my little corner of the worldwide web. Are you looking for a particular title? Why not get in touch with me, the name's Mike, and I'll do my best to locate it on my sprawling shelves? If you want to know more information about the store and its origins (we'll be celebrating our 10th birthday next year), feel free to read all about us. More blog posts (hopefully bursting with vital information!) to follow...

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