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  • The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    Well certainly not a rare book, probably the biggest selling modern maritime adventure book. But a very good copy.

    A 1959 edition by which time it had already run to 23 impressions. Octavo, 235 pages with eighty odd photographic images.

    Thor Heyerdahl set off on the most amazing raft voyage with five companions determined to prove his migration theories. This account, praised by Somerset Maugham as “an incredible adventure which happens to be true. It would be a very dull reader who did not admire and envy the courage of the six men who took part in it”. Very good copy.

    We also have what appears to be an original photograph of the raft on its way … the camera work is rather shaky so clearly taken from another vessel.

    Leaving Callao in Peru for Tahiti, they almost made it running aground on the Raroia Reef were the raft was smashed to smithereens.

    Kon-Tiki nice copy with photograph.

    $30.00

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  • Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    An account of Native Enterprise and Adventures in the Archipelagos of Melanesian New Guinea.

    A 1960’s edition of Malinowski’s other landmark book published by Routledge, London. Octavo, 527 pages with 5 maps and 65 illustrations from original photographs. Original blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles, some insignificant rubbing, no dust jacket, still a very good copy.

    A richly illustrated account of the ceremonial exchange of manufactured shell valuables linking the Trobriand Islands with other island groups in Eastern New Guinea. Malinowski follows a canoe voyage around the Kula ring of islands.

    Following and introduction about subject, method and scope which is regarded as some of the most influential pages in the field of social anthropology .. Malinowski explores the country and inhabitants of Kula; the Natives of the Trobriand Islands; Canoes and sailing; Ceremonial Buildings at Waga; Ceremonial Visiting; an Overseas Expedition; the Fleet at Muwa; Sailing to Pilolu; a Shipwreck; in the Amphlets – the Sociology of the Kula; Tewara and Sanaroa- mythology; the beach at Sarubwoyna; the journey Home; the return visit of the Dobuans to Sinaketa; Magic and Kula; the Power of Words in Magic; Expeditions to Kiriwinan d Kitava …. The meaning of Kula.

    Brian John Egloff an American born anthropologist spent time in New Guinea, holding senior position in the then newly established National Museum. Later in Australia he rose to be Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Canberra

    Malinowski a pioneer in the field of social anthropology and perhaps not yet eclipsed and, the most interesting of subjects.

    $60.00

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  • Geological Survey Cape York, Horn Island, Possession Island Queensland etc –  C.F.V Jackson 1902 – Excellent Maps

    Geological Survey Cape York, Horn Island, Possession Island Queensland etc – C.F.V Jackson 1902 – Excellent Maps

    Queensland Department of Mines Geological Survey Report No 180.

    Report on a Visit to the West Coast of the Cape York Peninsula and Some Islands of the Gulf of Carpentaria also, Reports on the Horn Island and Possession Island Gold Fields, and the Recent Prospecting of the Cretaceous Coast of the Cook District.

    By C.F.V. Jackson, Assistant Government Geologist.

    Octavo, staple bound. 23 pages with images from photographs and four maps, a broader map of the regions and three folding coloured maps of the South Wellesly Islands (Bentick, Fowler and Sweers); the Horn Island Goldfield and Horn Island. Slight browning to map edges, still a very good copy of a scarce item. Good maps.

    As often the geologist travels significant ground taking in Cox Creek, Wilkinson range, Mitchell River, Wellesly Islands, Horn Island, Possession Island etc with good detail on the topography of the land and various anthropological finds along the way. He discovered aboriginal middens of enormous proportions estimated to have taken several hundred years to form. He mentions bauxite at Weipa … to become one of the world’s largest deposits of that mineral.

    Clements Frederick Vivian Jackson (1873-1955) was a very talented engineer, initially in the Civil file and then Mining. He designed an built bridges over the Bremer River near Ipswich and received the London Institute of Civil Engineers Prize for his bridge over the Burdekin an Charters Towers. He moved into the geology / mining filed and after conducting the work subject to this reports was involved in the geological survey of Western Australia. Returning to Queensland he rose to the highest position, that of State Mining Engineer

    Scarce report on important locations with excellent maps.

    $120.00

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  • Report on the New Guinea Exploring Expedition 1885 published 1886 – H. C. Everill

    Report on the New Guinea Exploring Expedition 1885 published 1886 – H. C. Everill

    A rare item, complete 20 page extract from the Journal of the Geographical Society of Australasia 1886 with the scarce folding map of the Fly and Strickland river systems. Very good condition, sugar paper wrappers.

    Henry Charles Everill was the appointed leader of a scientific, collecting and anthropological expedition to New Guinea in 1885. The expedition used the 77 tone steamboat “Bonito” an took with them a whaleboat which they would use beyond the Bonito’s capability.

    The report is a detailed account of goings on and observations during the expedition. Initially they were to explore east of the Fly river but Everill changed the plans because of difficulties encountered traversing the Gulf. They discovered, named and explored the Strickland river which was missed by D’Albertis who had seen an opening but failed to explore further. Whilst the expedition was over in three months they collected a monumental amount of specimens particularly botanical, which would have been down to the skill and energy of botanist Bauerlin.

    Before the returned fake news had been spread that they had been ambushed and massacred by natives. Reprisal boats had already been sent before their actual return. In fact they had encountered hostile activity and were rather lucky in their endeavours.

    Everill was highly praised in Australia for his exploration effort and management. He went on to be a tobacco planter in Sumatra and died in England in 1900.

    Scarce fundamental New Guinea Exploration report and excellent unique map.

    $180.00

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  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    A very good second revised and augmented edition, published by John Murray, 50 Albermarle Street, London, 1890.

    The desired original “Murray”’ green cloth binding as issued with blind stamped borders and gilt titles and banding to spine. Octavo, 693 pages with 78 illustrations. Very clean binding, tight and whilst a little age to page edges a very good copy of desirable edition.

    Darwin’s classic work on comparative anatomy. By comparing the physiological and psychological aspects of man and ape, he fills in what had been merely suggested in the Origin: that man’s ancestor, if still alive today, would be classified among the primates and on a lower scale than the apes.

    The last chapter is an added essay on sexual selection, the superior chances of mating that some individuals of one sex have over their rivals. The essay ends with the famous and often misquoted statement, “Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

    It was in this book (page 2) that Darwin used the word “evolution” for the first time.

    The Descent of Man Companion to The Origin of Species….

    $490.00

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  • The Tomb of Iurudef –  A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    The Tomb of Iurudef – A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    First edition published jointly by the National Museum of Antiquities Leiden and the Egypt Exploration Society, London.

    The Principal author Maarten Raven is a leading Egyptologist and curator of Egyptology at Leiden. Since 1975 he has been active in the field at Saqqara at a New kingdom archaeological burial site a joint Dutch and British concern.

    Large quarto, 82 pages plus 55 full page plates of artefacts, including the frontispiece. Printed to a high standard and in fine condition.

    A great wealth of material has been found, preserved and catalogued from the sands of the city of the dead of ancient Memphis. Of considerable importance was the discovery of the tomb of Iurudef as a part of the tomb structure of his Master the Overseer of the Treasury Tia, brother-in-law to Ramesses II. The tomb can be dated to the first half of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The excavators discovered further chambers and in total some seventy burials were found.

    The publication is presented at the highest technical standard. A useful Preface and List of Plates, with a Staff List and suitable historical introductions. Follows a logical progression … the Superstructure; the Substructure; Coffins and Related Objects; Catalogue of Objects; Pottery; Skeletal remains

    The Tomb of Iurudef was shared with many others.

    $90.00

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