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  • Australia Trade Cards – Set of Six – Liebig – Over 100 Years Old

    Australia Trade Cards – Set of Six – Liebig – Over 100 Years Old

    A group of six decorative trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Bouillon Oxo. Printed and issued around 1910. In French with a very good description the rear of the card … a good language lesson.

    Delightful chromolithographs depicting scenes from around Australia including a nice one of Hobart, Tasmania with Storm Bay (not quite technically correct as we are now in the Derwent proper) and Mount Wellington covered in snow in the background. Also, we have the Murray River and its vegetation; the Kimberleys; Rundall Creek in the MacDonald Range; the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and Coolgardie and its Gold. Images of indigenous people from various parts of Australia given the French romantic treatment in terms of their clothing. Each 10cms x 7.3cms.

    Scarce six card set rarely found together.

    $120.00

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  • Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis   – First Edition 1947

    Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis – First Edition 1947

    The definitive work on Australia’s early Scottish Governor. The man that brought civilisation to the country from paved streets to the arts – also pushed harder for inland exploration and a greater understanding of the vast outback.

    First edition 1947, quarto, 697 pages, differing end paper maps and eight full page colour plates. Dust jacket a bit tired but scarce and has protected the boards well, flecking to page edges and some age near the ends, otherwise bright and clean internally. Previous ownership name and stamp at front. A pretty good copy priced accordingly. A heavy book which mat require a tad more postage dependent on buyer location.

    The author Malcolm Henry Ellis (1890-1969) … Queensland born journalist and historian. An avid ant-communist … he dislike Manning Clark and his historical work believing Clark inclined to leftist’s views in his writing and inclined to via away from historical fact when it suited his point of view.

    Lengthy but written in an easily read style, we can see why this has become the go to text on Macquarie. The format is set out as if five separate books covering distinctive periods in his life … the titles of which give little away as to content Needless to say we cover his early years as a dashing lieutenant, time in India, his loves, Egypt and to Australia and his early successes … a period that would stretch from 1810 to 1821. He pioneered the development of commerce, inland exploration and urban development. A patron of the arts and literature.

    Macquarie much more than a flash Bank

    $50.00

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  • Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Beale – Limited Signed Edition

    Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Beale – Limited Signed Edition

    A limited edition signed by the author Edgar Beale and published by the tremendous Blubber Head Press of Hobart.

    The quality of the book is best bar none and the condition near fine. Octavo, 292 pages, nicely illustrate, some in colour, end paper maps an, a most unusual printed thick glassine dust cover, often chipped but here completely undamaged.

    The author was taken aback by the contents of fresh papers that surfaced from the descendants of Kennedy – and along with records held in Northern Ireland and the journals and papers at the Royal Geographical Society London the rich content of this book has been crafted.

    Edmund Besley Court Kennedy (1818-1848) was chosen by Mitchell as his second for the 1846 expedition into southern and central Queensland. He was given command of a further expedition the nest year to trace Mitchell’s “Victoria River” to an expected mouth in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This turned out not to be true, Kennedy proving that that the Victoria was in fact the Barcoo, the upper waters of Cooper Creek … and in doing so discovered the valuable Channel Country. He then went on to track the Werrego River and in a further expedition from Rockingham Bay in 1848, setting its sights on the very tip of the Cape York Peninsula, he was killed by aboriginals.

    Three folding maps near rear.

    Essential and Fine Kennedy

    $80.00

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  • First Edition – Northmost Australia – Robert Logan Jack – 2 Volumes 1921

    First Edition – Northmost Australia – Robert Logan Jack – 2 Volumes 1921

    … Three Centuries of Exploration, Discovery, and adventure in and around the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.

    A first edition set published by Simpkins Marshall, London 1921. Two volumes complete with all 17 separate folding maps.

    Robert Logan Jack was the senior Government Geologist for Queensland for 20 years. He replaced Richard Daintree who was the first to hold that position. The best work of its type by far and with a number of unique aspects. Completed in Logan Jack’s final year as he passed away November 1921.

    Both volumes in very good condition. Any foxing internally is relatively limited to the title of one volume and near the ends, despite the spongy, period paper. The loose maps are all there and in very good condition.

    Volume 1 commences with early exploration – Maghelen, Quiros and Torres and the Duyfken at Cape York followed by the Pera and Aernemdealt. Tasman arrives in 1644 and then pre-Cook the voyages of the Buijs and Rijder in 1756 with Van Asschens and Gonzal. And then we have the Endeavour and Cook’s discovery from the South and East and soon after in 1789 Bligh in the Bounty launch. Flinders with the Investigator and the after “Wreck Reef” the Cumberland and captivity. Philip Parker King in the Mermaid fills the gaps in 1819 and then in the Bathurst a year later. The wreck of the Charles Eaton in 1834. Wickham and Stokes in 1839 to the Normanton and Albert Rivers and Burketown. Blackwood and Yule and the “Fly” and their mark on the Straits.

    Then Logan Jack takes us to the interior and much on the great Leichhardt and Kennedy and that other fateful expedition. Back to the coast and Owen Stanley and the Rattlesnake. And then Burke and Wills up the centre and the searching parties … Landsbourough, Walker and McKinley. Closing with good content on the Jardine Brothers up the Cape, the special efforts of first geologist Daintree and then Captain John Moresby (junior) into the Torres Straits.

    Whilst volume I contains some hard to find narrative such as the Jardines and Daintree Volume II is a masterclass. After opening comments on Aboriginal and Polynesian labour we commence our explorations with the elusive William Hann and the Palmer River followed by Mulligan and 150 pages of Logan Jack’s own extensive explorations. Ending with some explorations gems with Donald Laing, Embley, William Baird, John Dickie, William Lakeland and William Bowden.

    We have gone on a bit but fell justified in attempting to describe the effort put into this book and the scarcity of the accounts. The whole wonderfully illustrated by images of the explorers often from family sources and at the rear separate indexes by persons, localities and subjects.

    The Further North you go the better it gets in these Volumes – First Edition – Nice Set

    UNDER CONSIDERATION

    $480.00

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  • The Award of the Founder’s Medal to Richard O’Hara Burke.  Scarce original Proceedings Vol VI No IV – Address at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society, London 26th May 1882.

    The Award of the Founder’s Medal to Richard O’Hara Burke. Scarce original Proceedings Vol VI No IV – Address at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society, London 26th May 1882.

    Octavo, 192 pages, original blue wrapper, a little nibbled at spine, otherwise a very good to better example in totally original condition.

    Lord Ashburton, President makes the usual lengthy address. Begins with procedures, election issues and accounts.

    Proper business commences with the President delivering the Founder’s Gold Medal (the Highest Distinction) to the Duke of Newcastle on behalf of the late Richard O’Hara Burke, in remembrance of the gallant explorer, who, with his companion Wills, perished having traversed the continent of Australia from south to north – and also a GOLD WATCH on behalf of Mr John King, the sole survivor of the expedition under Burke, as a recompense for his faithful and meritorious conduct.

    The Duke of Newcastle then spoke about Burke and the expedition.

    The Presidents lengthy address starting with obituaries set out the various achievements geographical since the last address. Starting with Admiralty Surveys at home and in Africa; Asia; Australia (Owen Stanley, Blackwood etc … much in the Coral Sea / Torres Strait); Newfoundland and West Indies. Ordinance Survey, Meteorology, Topographical Survey of Spain, Russian Expeditions and China.

    Then a very decent summary of activity in Australia in a very busy period. Burke and Wills and the various expeditions that were set in motion to find them. As well as McDouall Stuart (a previous Gold Medal winner), Gregory in the north, Sir Thomas Mitchell, McKinley etc. What an era!

    Rare Proceedings in original wrappers commemorating Richard O’Hara Burke.

    $190.00

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  • The Journal of George Blaxland (Across the Blue Mountains) 1813 – Centenary Issue 1913

    The Journal of George Blaxland (Across the Blue Mountains) 1813 – Centenary Issue 1913

    Full title … “A Journal of a Tour of Discovery across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, in the Year 1813, by George Blaxland, with References and Explanatory Notes, Maps etc by Frank Walker – president Australian Historical Society.

    Octavo, original red cloth binding, 56 pages with the new illustrations to support the journal. Map of the Route Across the Mountains. Missing the front blank endpaper, someone has pasted maps inside rear board as reference. A little loose as usual, still a good to better copy.

    The first crossing of the Blue Mountains by Europeans, an expedition led by Gregory Blaxland, William Lawson and William Charles Wentworth in 1813. All three wrote accounts, only Blaxland’s was published in 1823, in England. Early editions near impossible to come by.

    Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in the Blue Mountains …

    $60.00

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