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Eight Bells – A Tale of the Sea and the Cannibals of New Guinea – Hume Nisbet – 1889

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A tale that includes much Australian content, in particular, Moreton Bay … Brisbane .. Ipswich and the Reef.

Scarce first edition, octavo 334 pages, published by Ward and Downey, London. Original thick pictorial boards, re-cased with new endpapers, quite clean inside. Some age marks to the front board, otherwise a good tight copy.

James Hume Nisbet (1849-1923) was a Scottish born author and artist. He first went to Melbourne at 16 and worked in the theatre before traveling the East Coast, New Zealand and the Pacific. He returned to Scotland in 1873. In 1886 he was commissioned by Cassell’s to visit Australia and New Guinea and contributed to their “Picturesque Australasia” and wrote this book based on his experiences.

After various introduction the story gets going on the vessel “Flying Fox” with a mutiny … and arrival at Moreton Bay … interesting references to a lady who appears to plot the death of her husband after taking a lover (perhaps a true story) … various references to the gold fields and the consequences of bad luck. Off up to New Guinea taking in the Barrier Reef. More mutinous difficulties approaching New Guinea … a drift into a very nice early history of the European encounters with Papua.

Super scarce 19th Century adventure in Australia and New Guinea.

Price: $80.00

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