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  • Australian Antarctic Bibliography – Knight 1987

    Australian Antarctic Bibliography – Knight 1987

    A first edition of Russell Knight’s comprehensive catalogue of all publications Australian Antarctic. Issued by the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania.

    We say comprehensive and that is understating the effort. Published in large landscape spiral bound form 463 pages after Preface and organisational descriptions. Very good condition.

    Contains information relating to the Australian Antarctic Territory, the sub-Antarctic islands, Heard, Macquarie and McDonald and the waters in proximity.

    The major criterion for inclusion is that parent material is relevant to thee areas about which Australia is especially concerned. Consequently, other nations efforts in the geographical region are included.

    The organisation of information assists greatly … references are organised in two dimensions … first by subject matter … Atmospheric Physics; Bases and Logistics; Biological Sciences; Terrestrial sciences; Oceanology; Medical Sciences and Socio-Economic … and then by geography … the Territory, Heard Island etc.

    We can find no update and the document appears very hard to get. This example came from the personal library of French Polar Scientist Patrick Arnaud although does not contain his mark.

    Go to reference re Australian Antarctic Interest.

    $120.00

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  • The Voyage of The Sea Egg – John Riding – First edition 1968

    The Voyage of The Sea Egg – John Riding – First edition 1968

    First edition published by Pelham, London in 1968.

    Octavo, 171 pages, end paper maps, 20 illustrations. Some ghosting from dust jacket on end papers otherwise a very good copy.

    John Riding sailed the under 12 feet long Egg across the Atlantic. What makes it even more remarkable is that John was 6 feet 4 inches and 16 stone.

    Pelham was responsible for the whole exploit from the concept of the vessel to the planning and execution of this adventure. Sailing was not plain and he encountered 40 foot waves during a tempestuous storm.

    The vessel was built in France at La Rochelle. Sailed to Plymouth for the official commencement of the attempt. On departure into difficult seas in the Bay of Biscay, then round La Coruna to Vigo on the Spanish Atlantic coast. Out into the deepest water following a fairly straight course to the Azores and then the long haul to Hamilton, Bermuda. And a cigarette.

    Egg’s more than for breakfast

    $25.00

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  • Six Views of Hobart Town – From Sketches by T. Chapman – Facsimile Edition 1967 from 1844

    Six Views of Hobart Town – From Sketches by T. Chapman – Facsimile Edition 1967 from 1844

    A folio facsimile (36cm x 28cm) published by Evans & Son, Melbourne in 1967. The original published in 1844.

    Decorated grey paper covers as had the original with six full page views verso blank. Publisher’s Forward on tissue guard at front.

    Very good condition and preserved in the original protective envelope which is showing some age at rear but good in front.

    $30.00

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  • The Hand its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design – Sir Charles Bell – 1833

    The Hand its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design – Sir Charles Bell – 1833

    Published by William Pickering, London in 1833. A second printing same year as the first, revised and expanded.

    Octavo, 314 pages with numerous engravings throughout the text. Bound in contemporary half calf, spine gilt ruled with raised bands and separate leather title label. A little rubbed … still a very nice copy of an important fundamental medical work.

    Constituted the fourth volume of the remarkable Bridgewater Treatises (See our other listing).

    A landmark book by Scottish Surgeon Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842). He was the first Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the London College of Surgeons and established the Medical School at the University of London where he headed up the Surgery Department.

    Medical Classic by Sir Charles Bell

    ON HOLD ….

    $190.00

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  • In Quest of the Sun –  The Journal of the “Firecrest” – Alain Gerbault- First Edition 1930

    In Quest of the Sun – The Journal of the “Firecrest” – Alain Gerbault- First Edition 1930

    A first edition published 1930 by Hodder and Stoughton, London.

    Thick octavo, 315 pages, folding map, 3 other maps and 15 illustrations from photographs. Without the scarce dust jacket, a couple of fox marks, generally bright… still a good copy of an interesting voyage.

    The author left France in 1924 and sailed round the world across the Atlantic to New York and then experienced difficulties on the short trip to Bermuda. Off again through the Panama to the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Tahiti, Wallis (where he had an unfortunate encounter with a reef) through the Coral Sea and on home round the Cape of Good Hope arriving at Le Havre four year later.

    Four Year around the World … French style.

    $30.00

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  • To Beat the Clippers – Alec Beilby – First Edition 1976

    To Beat the Clippers – Alec Beilby – First Edition 1976

    A first edition 1976 published by Allen Lane, London.

    Octavo, 212 pages with super end paper charts, other charts, diagrams and illustrations from original photographs of the action some in colour. Closed tears to dust jacket now Brodart protected (as are all our dust jackets) … internally very clean.

    The record of the Financial Times sponsored competition between for yachts from Great Britain, Italy, France and the Netherlands out to beat the 136 day circumnavigation by the great Clipper Patriarch over one hundred years earlier.

    The Appendices extra good in this one … Race Rules; Recommended Course; The Yachts and Their Crews; Comparison of Daily Positions; Finishing Times; Prizes and a good Glossary.

    Sailing at its most demanding and rewarding!

    $25.00

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