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  • Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse D’Entrecasteaux in Australia and the South Pacific 1792 – 1793 by Frank Horner.

    A 1996 first soft cover edition. Octavo, 317 pages, published by Melbourne University Press. A nice copy. Heavily illustrated.

    Solid read with maps, charts and illustrations. Bruny d’Entrecasteaux might have failed to find the doomed La Perouse but made some important observations in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Guinea.

    Top of the class Frank Horner

    $30.00

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  • The Illustrated Armada Handbook. – David Thomas

    The Illustrated Armada Handbook. – David Thomas

    A first printing 1988 published by Harrap, London. Softcover of small quarto size, 218 pages, heavily illustrated as would be expected.

    The best all round book on the Armada with enough facts and analysis to satisfy any Mastermind contestant on the subject.

    Well organised from Background, the Players, Cadiz and Philip’s Beard, Invasion Pans, Armada Sails for Lisbon, Corunna to Lizzard, Battle of f Plymouth, Capture of the Rosario, Battle of Portland Bill, Battle of the Isle of Wight, Calais and the fireships, Battle of Gravelines and the pursuit to Scotland … etc, Super supplements of the Opposing Fleets, the Armada Guns, the Armada Losses and a glossary of 100 related books … get them all?

    The Armada by Thomas – Drake would have appreciated …

    $25.00

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  • Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Published as a series … Volume I – The Early Years; Volume II – The Rise of Talair and Volume III Wings of a Nation.

    Published by Robert Brown, Bathurst, New South Wales progressively Vol I 1986; Vol Ii 1988 and Vol II 1990 all first printings.

    Incredible work by the devoted author James Sinclair. We doubt if there has been a better job done on any aviation market in the world.

    Sinclair was for many years a field officer in Papua New Guinea, starting as a cadet and retiring as District Commissioner in 1975, the year of Independence. Author of many books about the region.

    Large quarto, 296, 296 and 352 pages, heavily illustrated with some magnificent historic images, a great number in colour. Very heavy, near 5 kg, so may need a postage supplement depending on your location. Fine condition.

    If you would like individual volumes to make up a set … get in touch. Enquiries regarding the detailed content welcomed.

    Balus – All of It … in Fine Condition

    $440.00

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  • An Account of the “Winter Journey” British Antarctic Expedition – Terra Nova – Wilson and Bowers (A Tale for Our Generation)

    An Account of the “Winter Journey” British Antarctic Expedition – Terra Nova – Wilson and Bowers (A Tale for Our Generation)

    The enviable Kerry Stokes collection contains key manuscripts from the Heroic Era of Antarctic exploration.

    This super publication by Stokes’s, Australian Capital Equity references two key manuscripts, Edward Wilson’s 40 page “Sledge Journey to Cape Crozier from Cape Evans June 27th 1911 to Aug 1st 1911” and, “Birdie” Bowers 16 page “Winter Journey- Dr Wilson, Apsley Cherry- Garrard & Lieutenant H.R. Bowers, Midwinter 1911”. This journey being the feature of Cherry-Garrard’s “The Worst Journey in the World”/

    Octavo, 95 pages with 8 colour plates, 5 black and white, 4 pencil sketches, 2 maps. Printed to a high standard uncut quality paper, bound in unusual three fold boards, decorated paper covering. Fine condition.

    Good recent addition to the Polar cannon, essential complement to “Worst Journey”

    $50.00

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  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Hordern House have done a number of similar works. This by far the best. Published in 2005.

    English born David Parsons was executed at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA were applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary. The collection written up by HH was the first of two parts, the most important works e would say in chronological order up to Cook. Parsons, now gone, had decided to focus in on early Spanish/ Portuguese exploration. The proceeds from this magnificent collection would have provided a pretty healthy budget.

    Octavo, unpaginated, circa 125 pages, magnificently illustrated. Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Very goo near fine condition.

    Generally organised as follows … Dampier to Swift; The Anson Expedition (delicious); The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; Cook. As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure.

    $65.00

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  • Children of Cape Horn – Rosie Swale

    Children of Cape Horn – Rosie Swale

    First edition of Rosie Swales very readable account of one of the greatest “family” voyages of all time.

    Published by Paul Elek, London in 1974. Octavo, 242 pages, illustrated with end paper maps, images from voyage photographs and diagrams in the text.

    An 18 month voyage leaving Gibraltar on 19th December 1971 … across to Barbados and through the Panama Canal and a course across the Pacific via the glorious Pacific Islands route to Sydney. Back along the roaring forties and around the Horn and on up and up to Plymouth arriving 1st July 1973. Lots of adventure, some danger and frivolity along the way.

    Talented Rosie and Colin Swale – proper sailing with family in tow.

    $25.00

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