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  • Chance or Design? – A Pioneer Looks Back [Papua New Guinea] – George Seymour Fort

    Chance or Design? – A Pioneer Looks Back [Papua New Guinea] – George Seymour Fort

    George Fort (1851-1951) was prodding ninety when he wrote this reminiscence and it’s an interesting one particularly his time in New Guinea as an aid to Sir Peter Scratchley who carried out the annexation. Some history of events in that period that we have not seen elsewhere,

    Published by Robert Hale, London in 1942. Octavo, 180 pages, good images from early New Guinea photographs. Original blue cloth covered boards, a very good copy.

    As well as Australasia and New Guinea, Fort spent time in South Africa and Rhodesia. Chapters on Prospecting Experiences in Manicaland.

    Fort kept the Fort in New Guinea and had some interesting things to say about it…

    $40.00

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  • Cannibal Jack – The True Autobiography of a White Man in the South Seas [Fiji] – by William Diapea.

    Title goes on … printed from a manuscript in the possession of Rev James Hadfield

    A first edition published by Faber & Gwyer, London in 1928. Very scarce book. Octavo, 242 pages, frontispiece of the ledger holding the manuscript, end paper maps, facsimile of a page from the manuscript.

    A forward by Henry Stacpoole who wrote much about the region and an Introduction by James Hadfield and further a Publisher’s Note providing additional information about the subject cannibal received during the setting of the book.

    Cannibal Jack Spent some time in the Solomons and also in Fiji where most of this account is set. There is recorded in other literary quarters arguments for and against whether William Diapea actually partook in cannibal rituals. He certainly lived an exciting life quite diverse from the normal western life of the late 19th Century. But was he a cannibal .. we will leave you to decide.

    Cannibal Jack a legend in his own lunchtime …

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    $70.00

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  • Persian Pictures – Gertrude Bell – First Edition 1928

    Persian Pictures – Gertrude Bell – First Edition 1928

    We have described this book as a First edition more strictly a First of Type. Persian Pictures had been published anonymously by Bentley, London in 1896. It seems impossible to find and this first printing published by Ernest Benn, London in 1928 is generally regarded as the first and a scarce volume.

    Octavo, 198 pages, original green cloth covered boards. Gift inscription on end papers, otherwise a very good copy.

    Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) an extraordinary woman. First Class in History Oxford, through connections she wanted to spend time in the Middle east and went to Tehran in the 1890’s. From then she spent a large part of her life in the Middle and Near east. Archaeologist, traveller, writer, political influencer … she worked with T.E. Lawrence for a time at the Arab Bureau in Cairo. She participated in the whole dividing up at the Paris Conference after WWI.

    Ironically, she didn’t think much of her writing, the reason for the original anonymous publication. Historical reviewer and her adoring admirers thought quite differently. Before this edition her “Letters” had become monumentally popular, akin to those of Lawrence. Her death in 1926 must have triggered this open revisit.

    Contains an interesting Preface by Sir Denison Ross which sets the scene very well.

    Valuable sought-after Persian views by Gertrude Bell

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    $80.00

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  • Explorations in Garhwal around Karmet [Important Mountaineering Report] – Journal of the Royal Geographical Society – January 1932.

    Explorations in Garhwal around Karmet [Important Mountaineering Report] – Journal of the Royal Geographical Society – January 1932.

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, January 1932, containing a report by legendary mountaineer Frank Smythe relating to the climbing of Kamet, then the highest peak climbed in the World. During the expedition they discovered and named the “Valley of Flowers” now a National Park in Sikkim. Smythe wrote well and his report is a good example of “in the moment narrative” .. you can almost feel the chills. Super images from original photographs accompany this article.

    Other articles of substance include, in the Rockies, the confirmation of the Purcell as the source of the Kootenay River and, a traverse through Norwegian Lapland by Charles Elton.

    Usual original blue wrappers, good photographs as mentioned and maps for reference. A crease across early pages from storage [priced accordingly], else clean and bright, a worthy copy of a scarce mountaineering report.

    Frank Smythe later overshadowed by Everest but up there with the best Mountaineer explorers.

    $70.00

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  • The Discovery of the Torres Strait; Arctic Glacier Cap; Crete and the Gulf Stream – Journal of the Royal Geographical Society – August 1941.

    The Discovery of the Torres Strait; Arctic Glacier Cap; Crete and the Gulf Stream – Journal of the Royal Geographical Society – August 1941.

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, November 1914, containing an important paper by “A.R.H.” regarding, from a western perspective, the discovery of the Torres Strait.

    In 1928 Sotheby had sold a collection of Spanish manuscripts one being .. a “Relacion sumaria of the discovery begun by Pero Fernandez de Quiros and completed for him by Captain Don Deiego de Prado with the help of Captain Luis Baes de Torres … a document in Prado’s handwriting .. and a document that turned out to change the then held view.

    Also, we have an excellent nicely illustrated paper on the Arctic Glaciers .. the West Ice of North East Land … including the Franklin Glacier.

    A travel account relating to Crete takes us back to warmer weather.

    Usual blue wrappers period adverts etc, illustrated with maps and images from original photographs.

    The Prado manuscript changed it all re the discovery of the Torres Strait

    $70.00

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  • A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    A Pictorial History of The railway & Tramways of Western Australia – Ronald Aubrey.

    Effectively self published at the OBM Bookshop, Hobart in 1975. The author a resident of Zeehan in Western Tasmania, in the very heart of this historic account.

    Soft cover, large format, 52 pages, back covers a little edge nibbled, otherwise a very good copy. Ninety seven images from period photographs of the trains and trams make this a special record.

    Through the early mining development of this remote region a number of lines were built and the book covers them all .. Emu Bay to Mt Bischoff; the Waratah Tramway; the Magnet Tramway; Tullah Tramway; My Lyell and Zeeham Railways etc etc

    A special local history – see our broader collection of Industrial History in Tasmania

    $40.00

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