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  • Fourth Archbold Expedition to New Guinea 1953 – Brass

    Fourth Archbold Expedition to New Guinea 1953 – Brass

    Results of the Archbold Expeditions No 75. Summary of the Fourth Archbold Expedition to New Guinea (1953)

    The Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. Published 1956. Quarto, soft cover with standard blue wrapper, 152 pages illustrated from photographs with an annotated sketch map of the locations explored. Distinguished anthropologist Brain J Egloff’s copy. Wrappers a little aged, internally very good.

    Richard Archbold (1907-1976), American zoologist, was from a wealthy background. He attended Columbia University but never finished his formal training. Before WWII he funded three substantial expeditions to New Guinea. One of the members of his team was the Toowoomba born Leonard Brass (1900-1971) a brilliant botanist. After the War the expeditions resumed with three further expeditions completed in New Guinea under the leadership of Brass. This is the “Summary” of the Fourth Expedition – 1953. Before the War Brass had moved to Canada and then the USA where he became a citizen, working closely with Archbold. He was a curator of the Archbald Collection housed and the American Museum of Natural History.

    Brian Egloff has had an inspiring career, assisting the National Museum of PNG, Port Arthur in Tasmania and the preservation and restoration of the Tam Ting Caves in Laos. He has published several interesting books … our choice being “The Bones of the Ancestors – The Ambum Stone” which centres on a 3,000-year-old New Guinea artefact that made its way to Australia.

    In this the Fourth Expedition, Brass and his team are in the far eastern parts of Papua around the Cape Vogel Peninsula. Between Collingwood Bay and the central range at Mt Dayman and out to Goodenough Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Group and parts of Ferguson Island. Brass’s reports are written in a very readable style and whilst containing the scientific information expected (they collected close to 90,000 specimens) his general narrative of the trekking and observations along the way are very enjoyable.

    Fundamental New Guinea record – Fourth Archbold


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  • Cartesian Sensors by Professor Sir Harold Jeffreys

    Cartesian Sensors by Professor Sir Harold Jeffreys

    A second printing 1952 of Jeffreys formidable book on Cartesian Tensors first published in 1931.

    Published by Cambridge University Press, where Professor Jeffreys was all things mathematical. He was assisted in the work by fellow mathematical guru Dr Bertha Swirles who by the time of this re-issue had become his wife. Just imagine their conversations.

    Octavo, 92 pages plus index. Complete original dust jacket albeit some foxing which is also in the ends … otherwise clean and a pretty good copy.

    Seemingly, Cartesian axes reduce the complexity of most of the formulae of the theory of relativity. Logically presented … Geometrical Applications; Particle Dynamics; Dynamics of Rigid Bodies; Equivalence of Systems of Forces; Continuous Systems; Isotropic Tensors; Elasticity and Hydrodynamics

    Incidentally, unlike Arne Saknussemm, Herbert Jeffreys really did discover the Centre of the World.

    Conquer tensors with Jeffreys


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  • 1910-1916 Antarctic Photographs of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley

    1910-1916 Antarctic Photographs of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley

    A first edition of this smart book of Ponting and Hurley photographs.

    Published by MacMillan, Melbourne in 1969. Landscape 119 pages. The first twenty-five pages with and forward by Sir Vivian Fuchs and an introduction by Jennie Boddington, the selector of the images and then Curator of Photography at the National Gallery, Victoria. Very good condition.

    It is universally agreed that it is impossible, even with modern camera to surpass the quality and emotion of the Ponting and Hurley images. Not for nothing is it called the Heroic Era. The story of Hurley’s anguish in leaving behind so many images on the ill-fated Endurance Expedition only goes to enhance what we have.

    Ponting and Hurley – No Introduction Required!


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  • Van Dieman’s Land –  Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    Van Dieman’s Land – Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    An original map of Tasmania or Van-Diemans Land, drawn and engraved by John Dower published in London in the 1830’s. Note the misspelling “Dieman’s”. This is a very early version of the Dower map published by Orr & Smith of Paternoster Row, London. Engraved area 26cm by 21cm. Very good condition, clean and bright colouring. Refer Tooley Printed Maps of Tasmania number 196.

    This map was first published in 1831. In this updated version Lake St Clair is added. And bottom left the following note … Population 31,718; Capitol(sic) Hobart Town; The estimated average importation of Convicts into Van Dieman’s Land is 1,709 per Annum.

    Much of the terrain to the west half remains unexplored. A number of interesting features can be found in the detail. Above the “rocky and barren shore” below Rocky Point in the west we see “White topped mountains apparently granite”, north of which are “Higher and less barren hills”. Travelling north from Hobart Town are a string of pubs … The Stokell Inn, Crown Inn, Swan Inn, Ransome Inn, Lovely Bank Inn, New Inn, Sorrell Spring Inn, Stockers In and on to Launceston. Whilst known high ground is shown with hachures certain peaks are estimated … Ben Lomond 4,200 feet, Peak of Teneriffe 4,500 feet, interestingly not Mt Wellington.

    John Dower (1791-1847) was a quality map maker, print seller and publisher based in London. He worked with many prominent map makers of the time including Weller, Cassell, Bacon and Petermann.

    Price $220.00 unframed

    Earlier scarce Dower Map of Tasmania c1836


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  • Force Nine and More – High Winds, Wild Seas – Stories of Australians Who Fought Them and Survived – Kenneth Slack and Others

    Force Nine and More – High Winds, Wild Seas – Stories of Australians Who Fought Them and Survived – Kenneth Slack and Others

    First edition published by Murray, Sydney and Melbourne in 1969.

    Large octavo, 168 pages, heavily illustrated with images from photographs, charts etc. Very good condition.

    A compilation of 18 separate, often heroic voyages involving Australians often in Australian waters …. Bass Strait seeking harbour at Stanley; difficulties in the Pacific but making Norfolk Island; with Bill Tilman (Voyager Hero) and the cold dangerous waters around Heard Island; around the Horn, a Tasmanian Nightmare and the rest … impossible to put down.

    Australians surviving the most difficult sailing challenges


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  • From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    From The Earth to The Moon – Direct in 97 Hours 20 Minutes – Jules Verne

    An early English translation published by Sampson Low, Marston et al, London in 1886.

    Translated from the French by Louis Mercier and Eleanor King. Described as the “Author’s Illustrated Edition”.

    Octavo, 160 pages plus 32 pages Publisher’s Catalogue. Seven full page illustrations. Original red cloth covered binding with black embossed decoration. Gilt title to front and nice decorative embossed image with gilt moon and red “spaceship”. All page edges gilt, very good condition with unusually clean and bright covers.

    Post American Civil War the Baltimore Gun Club had time on their hands. They decided to design and build an enormous gun (a Columbaid) to land three men (the President, his rival and a French Poet) on the Moon. A hugely influential book. Interesting that the section dealing with the calculations has some scientific merit … we like it.

    Early Jules Verne – nicely presented


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