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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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  • Leichhardt’s Second Journey – A First-Hand Account by Henry Turbull

    Leichhardt’s Second Journey – A First-Hand Account by Henry Turbull

    A first edition, published by the specialist, Halstead Press, Sydney in 1983.

    Larger format octavo, 58 pages with illustrations, map and in very good if not better condition.

    This is Leichhardt’s second expedition up through Queensland, the one which relied on Bunce to write it up … Leichhardt perhaps not too impressed with his own achievements and behaviour.

    Here we have the previously unpublished account of Henry Turnbull which provide a nice balance to Bunce if you have read his version.

    A short account but a solid contribution

    $25.00

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  • Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in  2 Volumes –  John Eyre

    Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in 2 Volumes – John Eyre

    Fundamental Australian overland exploration.

    Published by the Libraries Board of South Australia 1964. Facsimile reprint of the 1845 edition – Australiana Facsimile number 7 – only 500 copes printed.

    two volumes thick octavo, xviii, 448, 512 pages light brown/ caramel colour with gilt lettering. Two folding maps in pocket at rear. One map of the whole of Australia demonstrating all of Eyre’s wanderings including earlier expeditions east into New South wales. The large folding map relating to this expedition is close to a metre wide so we have scanned it in three sections and still did not quite get the depth in … it really is special and makes the understanding of the narrative very clear. Very good and maps in great condition.

    Eyre attempted to set up an overland route from Adelaide to the Swan River. After great hardships, with his second on charge being killed by Aborigines, and losing some of the supplies, the party arrived at Albany in 1841.

    Heavy books so our postage allowance will not cover a single item Overseas purchase.

    Eyre’s Travels Across Australia … required reading for any Australia(n) Historian

    $130.00

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  • The Genesis of Queensland An Account of the First Exploring Journeys  to and Over the Darling Downs …  Henry Stuart Russell

    The Genesis of Queensland An Account of the First Exploring Journeys to and Over the Darling Downs … Henry Stuart Russell

    Quality 1989 facsimile of the Queensland Classic first published 1888. An account of the first exploring journeys to and over Darling Downs: the earliest days of their occupation; social life; station seeking; the course of discovery, northward and westward; and a resume of the causes which led to separation from New South Wales. With portrait and facsimiles of maps, log etc.

    Thick royal octavo, 633 pages with foldout maps etc. Bound quarter leather cream cloth covered boards. A nice production. A limited edition of 500 copies this numbered 404. Very good if not better condition.

    Henry Stuart Russell (1818-1889) was born in England the son of an East India Co officer and went to Harrow and Oxford. At 22 he migrated to Australia first to Sydney and then to stations in New England and the Darling Downs. In 1842 he and Andrew Petrie went by whale-boat from Brisbane up to Wide Bay looking for sheep country – they discovered the Mary River. Later that year on a similar expedition he discovered the Boyne River which resulted in Russell taking up Burrandowan Station and Cecil Plains (which was visited by Leichhardt in 1844). His pastoral career ended in 1849. He became involved in the move to make Queensland a separate colony – he later moved back to Sydney and England were he died after completing “The Genesis of Queensland”

    Must have title any Queensland Collection

    $120.00

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