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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 Border and Beyond – Camooweal 1884 – Queensland History – Lillian Miller.

    The Border and Beyond – Camooweal 1884 – Queensland History – Lillian Miller.

    Much more than a local history or if it is the best we have seen and read.

    Lillian Miller was the wife of Rocklands Station Manger Robey Miller. The forward is by the great Sir James Balderstone, Chairman of Stanbroke Pastoral and BHP .. he knew them well.

    Self published 1984. Folio, softcover 161 pages illustrated throughout many from period photographs. Very clean inside, a very good copy signed by the author.

    Camooweal is situated in north west Queensland, 105 kms from Mount Isa and close to the Northern Territory border. The local area covered by this work is known as the Barkly Tablelands and, was named by William Landsbourough on his great inland explorations aligned to finding Burke and Wills. A tree on the Rocklands Station was cut and marked by Landsborough. William Hodgkinson also explored the area.

    Great work on many topics including the massive local cave networks.

    Detailed history about a remote part of Australia.

    $50.00

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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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  • Cooksland in North-Eastern Australia – John Dunmore Lang – First Edition 1847 – Fine Binding

    Cooksland in North-Eastern Australia – John Dunmore Lang – First Edition 1847 – Fine Binding

    A first edition of Lang’s lengthy book on territory that was essentially shortly to become Queensland. Cooksland was his offered naming and recommending a southern boundary down south of the Clarence River, in modern day NSW.

    John Dunmore Lang (1799-1878) hold a important place in the history of and recording of the settlement period. He was instrumental in promoting immigration from both Britain and Germany. Regarded as Australia’s first Republican.

    Published by Longman Landon. Octavo, 496 pages with folding map of the proposed “Cooksland”’ as frontispiece, six illustrations of views which are tinted and a portrait of Dr Leichardt. Rebound in full calf by Roger Perry to a super standard. Separate red leather title with gilt work to compartments on spine. Internally some quiet heavy foxing in patches … other area quite clean. Scarce.

    The contents are varied and the dry patches of typical Lang on the “artificial productions” of Cooksland can be a bit dreary. However interspersed this some important and lengthy narrative. Such as Leichhardt’s travels from Moreton Bay to Port Essington. Leichhard’s letter from around the Glass House Mountains; Andrew Petrie’s travels to Wide Bay; Schmidt’s travels to the Bunya-bunya tree country. Also, he allocated 130 pages to the aborigines, and whilst he writes with a degree of Lang arrogance there is some useful information there.

    Cooksland a unique Dunmore Lang work – some foxing but complete and nicely bound in full leather.

    $390.00

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  • The Devil’s Wilderness George Caley’s Journey to Mount Banks in 1804 – Alan E.J. Andrews (Ed) – Signed Numbered Limited Edition

    The Devil’s Wilderness George Caley’s Journey to Mount Banks in 1804 – Alan E.J. Andrews (Ed) – Signed Numbered Limited Edition

    Published bt Blubber Press, Hobart. First edition octavo, 142 pages nicely illustrated with maps and images of the terrain explored.

    A pristine copy being number 163 of a limited edition of only 375 signed by the editor Alan Andrews. Another Blubber Press beauty published in 1984.

    Caley botanical collector to Sir Joseph Banks wrote a detailed diary of his exploration (pre Blaxland) through the Blue Mountains. The editor here presents the diaries with 10 maps and many photographs referenced to the original writings. A special now sought after book in perfect condition.

    Caley’s Account superbly presented – only 375 copies

    $80.00

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  • The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    Published by Meridian, Amsterdam, Holland in 1967 a facsimile of the 1888 original.

    Octavo, 474 pages, Original red cloth covered boards (issued without a dust jacket). Large fold out map at front showing the tracks of the explorers to date … Grey, Forrest, Gregory, Sturt, Stuart, Oxley, Mitchell, Burke and Wills, Kennedy etc [42 expeditions tracked]. Four other fold out charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Ernest Favenc wrote the most comprehensive history of Australia. This very good facsimile reproduces the work faithfully. The addenda including the index of names, date and incidents and the succinct chronological summary are a good place to start for a perspective of this substantial history.

    Australian Exploration History comprehensively told

    $50.00

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