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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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  • A Guide to maps of Australia in Books Published 1780-1830 – Perry and Prescott

    A Guide to maps of Australia in Books Published 1780-1830 – Perry and Prescott

    A pretty essential accessory to Tooley regarding the mapping of Australia.

    Described as an “annotated cartobibliography” compiled by Tom Perry and Dorothy Prescott.

    Published by the National Library of Australia in 1996, small quarto, 315 pages with some illustrations. Hardbound, published without a dust jacket, decorative paper covered boards, quality paper, a heavy book.

    A supreme effort cataloguing nearly 600 maps and charts of Australia, or parts of Australia. The referencing system is simple and useful, giving the date of publication then order of appearance, and with a reference to Ferguson’s Bibliography of all books Australian, if appropriate – e.g. 1824.19 is the 1824 published map of Van Diemen’s Land by Sidney Hall published in Wentworth’s “A Statistical Account of the British settlements in Australasia” (Ferguson 990).

    Tom Perry was Reader in Geography at Melbourne University and author of a number of celebrated books on Australian discovery and the charting of Australia. Dorothy Prescott was similarly linked to Melbourne University and at one time held the distinguished position of Map Curator at the National Library of Australia.

    Up there with Tooley – “Perry and Prescott” Guide to Australian Maps

    $160.00

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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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  • Kennedy of Cape York – Beale – First Edition 1970

    Kennedy of Cape York – Beale – First Edition 1970

    A first edition, published by Rigby in 1970. Edgar Beale’s superb account. Large octavo, 281 pages with numerous illustrations and maps. Very good condition. A solid book.

    Edmund Kennedy left England as a young man with a plan to become famous. The tireless explorer was to find his end ambushed by aboriginals in a swamp in Cape York.

    Kennedy was taken north by Owen Stanley and we particularly like the interaction of Kennedy with a young Thomas Huxley well before he became Darwin’s Bulldog. The image we show here in the rainforest is from a drawing by Huxley …

    Well researched and thoroughly supported narrative with relevant illustrations

    Beale the expert on Kennedy

    $35.00

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