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  • Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne a first edition 1988. A fine copy.

    Edited by the noteworthy Glyndwr Williams (University of London) and Alan Frost (La Trobe University). With contributions from Voyager favourite Gunter Schilder (author Australia Unveiled) and Helen Wallis previously Keeper of Maps at the British Library

    Octavo, 242 pages heavily illustrated and in colour where appropriate. Super selection of maps.

    A high class production – from Theory on and Speculation of Terra Australis, The enigma of the Dieppe Maps, the Dutch Discoveries and the arrival of the English. Beautifully and intelligently done from start to finish.

    Must rate as one of the best books on the subject

    $50.00

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  • The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948 (Thomas M Perry’s Copy)

    The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948 (Thomas M Perry’s Copy)

    A staple bound booklet of 31 pages produced by the Mitchell Library in 1948 .. a historical note and description of the manuscript map held in the Mitchell.

    The library stamp of Thomas M Perry (The Tooley of Australia) top right front cover

    Textured cream soft wrappers, 31 pages, with 3 reproductions of or pertaining to the map one in colour.

    Excellent notes and the striking “comparison map” drawn by Geoffrey Ingleton from details provided by J Emery. A brief description of Tasman’s ships and a good write up on the map itself with excellent further references and selected bibliography at the time.

    Tasman’s Map in Summary but Sufficient

    $40.00

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  • First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    An original copper engraving” Plan des Iles Hunter par M.M. Freycinet at Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’Ile Maria par Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’lle King par M. Faure, an 1802.Plan del’Archipel Bonaparte (a la Nouvelle-Hollande) par M.M. L. Freycinet, Ronsard et Boulanger, 1801 et 1803.

    The map is by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842). Plate No 5 from the atlas of his maps from the Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) published by Langlois in Paris, in 1811.

    The French had intended to colonise Australia. The first volume of this work was published in 1807. The second volume which contained the maps was in 1811 still three years before Flinders.

    Three maps on one sheet, thick sturdy paper, strong plate mark, excellent definition. Sheet dimensions 35.1cm by 26.1 cm. each individual map 10.4 cm by 8.4 cm. Quite a number of interesting features not the least the suggestion that the now Robbins Island is still connected to north west Tasmania.

    Tooley reference Map, 614

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Freycinet accompanied Nicholas Baudin on his famous voyage to complete the French mapping of Australia. Baudin leader aboard Le Geographie and Freycinet aboard Le Naturaliste. Whilst in Sydney Baudin sent the Naturalist home with the records of their effort so far and purchased a vessel from Philip Gidley King, the Casuarina, which he placed under Freycinet’s command. Baudin died on the final voyage home and the task of writing up the travels fell to the naturalist Francois Peron. Sadly, he in turn died before completing the work and the mantle was passed to Louis Freycinet who completed that task and produced the magnificent accompanying atlas.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $360.00

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  • A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders – Two Volumes Plus Map Case

    A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders – Two Volumes Plus Map Case

    A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders Undertaken for the Purpose of Completing the Discovery of that vast Country and Prosecuted in the Years 1801, 1802 and 1803 in His Majesty’s Ship “The Investigator”

    Australian Facsimile Editions No 37 published by the Libraries Board of South Australia in 1966.

    Complete, two large folio volumes, 269 and 613 pages, and matching large solander case of folding charts and plates. Original buckram covered boards with gilt spine titles on Burgundy labels. Illustrated with 9 plates of views to the volumes and 18 folding charts and elevations and 10 folding botanical plates. A trifle marked on page edges really a very good clean complete set. They weigh 8.3 kgs all up so a postage supplement may apply depending on buyer location.

    A fine facsimile of Matthew Flinders monumental work regarding the circumnavigation and charting of Australia, his shipwreck on the Porpoise on Wreck Reef during his passage home, and his continued journey in the Cumberland and capture and imprisonment by the French on the island of Mauritius from 1804-1810.

    Contains fundamental, maps and profiles of the coastline of Australia. HMS Investigator was a 334 ton sloop fitted out for its purpose. The complete circumnavigation, proving beyond doubt that Australia was one complete land mass had never previously been accomplished.

    After his release from prison and return to London, Flinders was in very poor health. Regardless, he pressed on to complete this narrative and set of charts. They were originally published , as a whole, on 18th July 1814. Matthew Flinders died the following day.

    Monumental work in fine facsimile, complete with superb charts.

    $540.00

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  • The Mapping of Australia and Antarctica – R.V. Tooley.

    The Mapping of Australia and Antarctica – R.V. Tooley.

    The enhanced 1985 second edition including the mapping of Antarctica.

    A massive work of 635 pages including 256 plates at the rear. A very good if not fine copy.

    Tooley the once ever map genius who produced the definitive list to which every map collector refers (this is it).

    Covers “Printed Maps of Australia – being an alphabetical listing of the (then) 1,560 maps held in the National Library of Canberra” – “Early Maps of Australia – the Dutch Period with examples from Tooley’s collection” – “One Hundred Foreign Maps of Australia 1773-1887”- “Printed Maps of New South Wales” – “Printed Maps of Tasmania” and “French Explorers Maps of New Zealand”.

    Tooley – the point of reference for any Australian Map Collector

    $440.00

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  • Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Published by John Murray, London on behalf of the Society. This is Volume the Fourth 1834 – Part II. Octavo, pages 129-422 plus index and Contents page repeated at rear with four folding maps and two plates at rear. Original card wrapper, chipped to front edge (re-enforced with archival japan paper) otherwise a very good copy in original state

    The report on Australia is by Major Campbell, 57 Foot, formerly Commandant of Melville Island. The report comprises pages 129-182 and is regarded as a very early fundamental report on the region. The accompanying map is a sizeable (44cm long) fold out with original hand colouring. The related map is partly discoloured.

    Of further interest … extracts from a Spanish Manuscript regarding expeditions between 1749 and 1776 with the view to establishing a Colony on Juan Fernandez. Interestingly, just after Lord Anson’s visit.

    Observations regarding the inhabitants of the Southern Coast of Arabia and the route through the desert from Kosir to Kench.

    Further reports on the Journal of Captain Robinson on HMS Favourite around Newfoundland. Bartholomew on HMS Leven on the Coast of west Africa. Schoolcraft and the expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake with a nice map at rear. Grenville Temple’s Travels in Tunis. A paper on the Migration of Polynesians by Australian John Dunmore Lang, one of the earliest attempts at the subject. Three Years in Abyssinia by Samuel Gobart. Travels in central Asia by Connolly and Burnes. Miscellaneous items on British Guiana, Chilli, South Africa, the Euphrates and the Nubian desert.

    Other than the Melville Island/Port Essington Map and that of the Mississippi explorations we have useful maps of Part of British Guyana and the Central Asian routes of Connolly and Burnes. The two plates are very browned and aged.

    Unusual to have Campbell’s report still bound in its original wrappers with the other reports of interest and, of course, the map.

    Early RGS Journal and early Northern territory Report – with some interesting extra’s and map.

    $290.00

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