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  • Elements of Agricultural Chemistry – Humphry Davy – First Edition 1813

    A first edition of this important scientific work by (Sir) Humphry Davy (1788-1829).

    Published by Longmans, London in 1813. Presented as a series of lectures in the subject.

    Quarto, bound in three quarter leather over marbled boards, separate leather title. Pages viii, 323, lxiii, 5, with ten engraved plate one large and folding. Some foxing and age as always.

    Knighted later, Davy was the leading chemist of the day. He worked with early batteries and possessed what was the most powerful battery at the time which he used in his often flamboyant lectures.

    He is widely attributed with the discovery of electrochemistry and isolated many elements for the first time particularly the alkaline metal … sodium, potassium, lithium etc. After this work he invented the miners safety lamp that takes his name and which has saved thousands of lives.

    He later became the President of the Royal Society and took on Michael Faraday as his assistant and note taker. They were both injured in experiments involving the explosive Nitrogen trichloride … a chemical that can be formed in swimming baths through the interaction of Chlorine and Urine.

    Humphry Davy the most respected scientist of the period – his lectures and the chemistry of agriculture .. and don’t pee in the pool!


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  • Winners Medal [Fruits in Syrup] – Agricultural Society of New South Wales – 1878

    The Agricultural Society of New South Wales issued these sumptuous medals to class winners. This one was issued for the 1878 show.

    9.0 cm in diameter cast in bronze and makes quite a statement. Made by Hardy Brothers of London and Sydney. A few bumps around the edge and a hint of compression, still beautifully defined and imposing.

    Features the female form depicting “New South Wales” standing and looking forward holding alighted torch and holding the wreath of a victor. Around her are four children representing the four seasons with harvest wheat, grapes and sheep to tend. Below in three small panels the arts, agriculture and industry are represented.

    On the obverse the victor’s wreath circling the engraved winners details under the slogan of the event “Practice with Science”.

    “Sydney Jam Preserving Coy for best Collection of Fruits in Syrup – Sydney 1878”

    A good and early example of this grand Agricultural Winners Medal.


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  • Contested Places – Tasmania’s Northern Districts from Ancient Times to 1900 – Shayne Breen – Signed

    Contested Places – Tasmania’s Northern Districts from Ancient Times to 1900 – Shayne Breen – Signed

    A scarce book published in 2001, in limited numbers, by the University of Tasmania the author completed a Doctorate on which this work is based. Regarded as an innovative piece of historical research. Signed by the author.

    Octavo, soft cover, perfect bound, 226 pages, illustrated, a fine copy.

    Tasmania’s Northern Districts comprises the municipalities Deloraine, Westbury, Evandale and Longford a large agricultural area.

    Contested Places refers to the competing groups in the region up to 1900. Starting with the dispossession of the Aboriginal people. Then the conflicts between large landholders and landless labourers and tenant farmers. Specific issues relating to the eradication of pests are dealt with as well as the harder to grasp philosophy of social law and interactions between colonial society and the bush.

    A solid scholarly work for those interested in social contest and the impact of people in the natural environment in Tasmania.


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  • A King Island Settler’s Tale – Jim Paterson – Self published

    A King Island Settler’s Tale – Jim Paterson – Self published

    Scarce self published, Hobart 2001.

    Soft cover, perfect bound, octavo size, 302 pages, illustrated from period photographs, fine condition.

    Jim Patterson was born in 1992 in Sydney .. he moved around Australia, married had jobs of sheep stations, woolscour sorter, driver … WWII came long and afterwards in the 1950’s was awarded a War Service Land Settlement block on King Island. This enthralling account is all about the trials and tribulations associated with that life. Politic gets in the way – well it does.

    This is a life in a book and the chapters headings give a clue … such as “they burnt the bloody pub down” and “disaster after disaster” … “a boat with one oar” .. the epilogue is more uplifting and it has a nice poem. Don’t be put off – this is a unique account and Jim comes out with a positive conclusion.

    King Islands Post War Settler tells the Truth .


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  • Land Settlement in Early Tasmania – Sharon Morgan

    Land Settlement in Early Tasmania – Sharon Morgan

    Published by Cambridge University Press in 1992. Large octavo, 212 pages, illustrated and a fine copy.

    The author has used original letters and diaries as well as Government records and other historical documents to build a reliable picture of the use of land in Tasmania during the early period of Colonialisation. In detail we get to understand the lot of early settlers, their conflicts, pastimes, successes and failures and their impact and attitude to the environment.

    Morgan explores the impact of Colonialisation on the landscape of Tasmania


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  • The Henty Journals – A Record of Farming, Whaling and Shipping in Portland Bay, 1834-1839. – Lynnette Peel

    The Henty Journals – A Record of Farming, Whaling and Shipping in Portland Bay, 1834-1839. – Lynnette Peel

    A super copy of this first edition well produced book published by The Miegunyah Press in 1966.

    Large octavo, 297 pages, nicely illustrated. A fine copy and as always with the Miegunyah Press nothing spared, printed on Pageantry Text Creme paper, limited to a thousand copies.

    The Henty family left Sussex in England in the 1820’s to make their life in Australia. With farms first in Western Australia and Tasmania they settled at Portland Bay in Victoria. Edward Henty is recognised as the first permanent settler in Victoria. Diaries written by Edward and his brother Francis are a prized possession of the State Library of Victoria. They form the basis of this book. Brother Thomas settled at Launceston in Tasmania and bred Marino sheep often selling to the Macarthurs of Camden. Not restricting their activities to the land they undertook maritime and whaling adventures and sadly had a hand in reducing the population of the Southern Right Whale.

    The Diaries of the brothers Henty – a genuine glimpse into life in the early 19thC.


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