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  • The Voyage of the Discovery Captain Robert F Scott – 1905 First Edition

    Published in London, Smith Elder & Co 1905, the second impression of the first edition same year. Two royal octavo volumes, 556 pages and 508 pages. With twelve colour plates, five double page plates and many other illustrations, panoramas, maps (two of which separate and folding). Overall some 260 illustrations many by Dr Edward Wilson. Original blue ribbed cloth decorated with the lavish gilt medallions on upper covers characteristic of the Smith Elder edition. Some light foxing to uncut page edges and the title on volume I, rubbing to the medallions, generally in good to better condition for this set.

    This is a classic of the genre, Scott’s official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, 1901-1904. The first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters in high latitude of Antarctica, during which the first extensive journeys into the interior of the continent were accomplished.

    The ship’s officers included Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton and Dr Edward Wilson, Scott’s close friend and confidant.

    Over the course of two years, and many sledge journeys, Scott and his men followed the Ross ice Shelf to its extreme, discovered King Edward VI Land, found a range of mountains stretching southwards towards a vast plateau, trekked to within 500 miles of the South Pole, and amassed a huge collection of scientific data.

    The expedition was a triumph, although the failure of Scott’s dogs was an ominous portent. Scientifically this was the more important of Scott’s two expeditions; overshadowed by his tragic second journey, during which he perished.

    Scarce and sought after Heroic account

    ON HOLD

    $890.00

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  • The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    First edition published by W.H. Allen, London in 1869. Large octavo, 487 pages bound in original decorated blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased. Carries an original laid-down oval photograph of Prince Alfred., the Duke of Edinburgh and Captain of the Galatea, attributed to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Regent Street. Illustrated with eleven super chromolithographs, illustrations in the text and a large folding map at the rear. Good condition and rare in the original binding. Some foxing, in the ends and on pages around the plates.

    An interesting circumnavigation and a strong Australian focus. Eight of the twelve chapters relate to Australia, visiting South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Unfortunately, when in Sydney Prince Alfred was shot in the back by Henry O’Farrell, who claimed to be a Fenian but was really just a crazy man. The Prince survived. The events were the first Royal visit to Australia and the first assassination attempt! Alfred got out and about on his visits and the narrative is pretty interesting in all locations.

    Prior to Australia the Galatea called in at Gibraltar, Malta, Rio and Voyager favourite South Atlantic Island group Tristan d’Acunha of which thirty pages are devoted. Then to the Cape of Good Hope and an extraordinary elephant hunt.

    Prince Alfred was the second son and fourth child of Victoria and Albert. He became a highly regarded naval officer. He was given the command of HMS Galatea a 36 gun Ariadne Class frigate in 1866 after it had been re-fitted. He eventually became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

    $290.00

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  • Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    An original copper engraved miniature map of the Red Sea region, one of the earliest to focus on this region. With north orientated to the right showing Yemen and the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt with place names and rivers in some detail, mountain regions illustrated, shallow marshy areas highlighted. Later colouring as always. 12.5cm by 8.5cm.

    Engraved by Petrus Kaerius for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1602 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”. Refer expert Geffrey King’s authoritative work on miniature maps.

    Price $120.00 unframed

    Red sea region over 400 year old.

    $120.00

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  • Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Ronald Vere Tooley the greatest map historian of all time started the “Dictionary of Mapmakers”’ in the 1920’s on slips of paper arranged in alphabetical order. He published this work progressively in Map Collector’s Circle which was discontinued before he could complete the exercise. This book first published in 1978 is the complete results of his work to the date of publication.

    Soft cover form published by Alan Liss, New York in 1979. Large octavo, 684 pages, illustrated nicely. A good copy albeit the front cover has fold lines, bottom right, indicating considerable use, internally clean as a whistle.

    Makes for essential reading for those interested in the subject of cartography.

    The reference for mapmakers from the beginning of maps …

    $60.00

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  • Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Keep Murder Quiet – Selwyn Jepson – 1942

    Rare Sun Dial edition. Published in 1942 and in very good condition for a war book.

    Roger Spain avenges his father’s death but it’s not easy.

    Thrilling complex plot – one of the best.

    When this book was published the author was an officer in SOE recruiting female spies, he thought they worked better alone than men who required companionship!

    $60.00

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  • Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    Diary of Death – Wilson Collinson – First edition 1932

    A first edition published by Tudor, New York in 1932. Octavo, 245. Very good condition with a super period dust jacket.

    An intimate diary and many lovers at the heart of the murder of beautiful Laura Carlin.

    Wilson Collinson was quite a character. Also a successful playwright, his Red Dust was made into a movie starring Clarke Gabel. He penned some unusual titles … Expensive Women and Getting Gertie’s Garter are examples.

    Tape your fingernails!

    $60.00

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