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Hobarttown – Oder Sommerfrilche in den Antipoden (Or a Summer Holiday in the Antipodes) Ludwig Salvator von Toaskana, Archduke of Austria

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Published privately in Prague, printed by Mercy, 1886.

Quarto, 286 pages after preliminaries with 6 text xylographs (woodcuts). 23 (1 tri-folded) xylograph full page plates and 1 color lithographed map. A substantial book. In very good condition, very clean inside.

First edition of this fine description of Hobart, Tasmania and, like all books of Ludwig Salvator very rare.

Begins with a general history and covers climate (klima), geology, plants (pftanzan), animals, aboriginals (eingenborenen) … farming, trade, education etc. Interesting references made including Rev Spicer on Tasmanian Plants, Bonwick “Daily Life …”, Marcus Clarke, Fenton, Louisa Anne Meridith etc.

Ludwig Salvator (1847 - 1915) was the grandson of Grand Duke Ferdinand III of Tuscany. He left Tuscany with his family in 1859, received legal training, and devoted himself to natural sciences and nautical interests. Later he took his residence in Majorca and traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, as well as overseas. Ludwig Salvator conducted extensive correspondences, including Jules Verne, who included him as the title figure of his novel Mathias Sandorf. As well as his estates on Majorca (now owned by Actor Michael Douglas) he owned substantial properties in Austria-Hungary, France, Spain and Egypt.

The book contains many interesting views xylographed from original drawings by Count Eugene Storza, Chamberlain to the Duke. The tri-folding panorama of the “View looking South from Mount Romny” is rather special (sorry way too large to scan easily). We have shown the double page view from Mount Nelson ... a view that should be seen by everyone that comes to Hobart ... and have the best scones outside Devon at the nearby teahouse!

The map shows Hobart and its surroundings and is based that of F.J. Evans.

Rare Hobart collectable with unique illustrations of views.

Price: $590.00

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