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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 Discovery of Australia  – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    The Discovery of Australia – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    First edition of Arnold Wood’s broad and well researched book about the European discovery of Australia. Published by Macmillan, London in 1922.

    Despite the Cook frontispiece there is much about the pre-Cook era.

    Thick octavo, 541 page well illustrated and with folding map at rear. “Presentation Copy” blind stamp on title which might explain the rather drab blue cloth covered binding, with gilt title to spine which does not appear as a published standard. Binding a trifle rubbed up join, internally clean, still a good to better copy.

    Oxford educated Wood was offered and took up the Chair of History at Sydney University in 1891 and was still there at time of publishing this book.

    The contents commence with Ancient and Medieval conceptions of the Land of the South; the Indian Ocean in the 13thC; the successors of Marco Pol; Portuguese and Spanish; was Australia known in the 16thC; the discovery of the Solomons; the voyage of 1595; Quiros; Torres; the Dutch and Tasman in 1642 and 1644; Dampier and the Roebuck; the Precursors to Cook; the Endeavour Voyage and the discovery of Eastern Australia; Successors to Cook …

    One of our favourite “histories” with much on the early era accompanied by good illustrations many from rare early maps.

    $50.00

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  • The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse – Where Fate Beckons. – John Dunmore

    The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse – Where Fate Beckons. – John Dunmore

    First edition published by the ABC in2006. Large octavo, 292 pages, nicely illustrated . A quality production printed in heavy paper. A fine, as new copy.

    The book on La Perouse, John Dunmore being the recognised world authority. From his teenage life at war, the American War, issues in the Indian Ocean and the Great tragic Voyage and the mystery.

    La Perouse by Dunmore

    $35.00

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  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Hordern House have done a number of similar works. This by far the best. Published in 2005.

    English born David Parsons was executed at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA were applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary. The collection written up by HH was the first of two parts, the most important works e would say in chronological order up to Cook. Parsons, now gone, had decided to focus in on early Spanish/ Portuguese exploration. The proceeds from this magnificent collection would have provided a pretty healthy budget.

    Octavo, unpaginated, circa 125 pages, magnificently illustrated. Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Very goo near fine condition.

    Generally organised as follows … Dampier to Swift; The Anson Expedition (delicious); The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; Cook. As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure.

    $65.00

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  • Matthew Flinders Medal –  Australian Academy of Science

    Matthew Flinders Medal – Australian Academy of Science

    The Australian Academy of Science was formed in 1954 along the lines of the Royal Society, London.

    The twenty four founding members included Sir Douglas Mawson, the inaugural President was Sir Mark Oliphant. It is based out of the spectacular Shire Dome, Canberra.

    The Matthew Flinders Medal is presented every other year in recognition of scientific research of the highest standard in the physical sciences. To date there have been 31 recipients, the first being J.L. Powsey.

    A very interesting medal, 70 mm in diameter weighing 124 gm, copper bronze finish. High relief bust of Flinders with “Australian Academy of Science” and “Matthew Flinders” inside rim. On the reverse a complex high relief image of observers using a telescope and a microscope with a background of planets (including Saturn) and other natural objects with suitable Latin expressions scattered. A little wear to the finish but a very scarce item.

    Unusual Flinders Item – Distinguished Awarding Body

    $425.00

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  • Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans  – N. Bartley

    Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans – N. Bartley

    A first edition of this unusual reminiscence by Nehemiah Bartley, Queensland identity of the later 1800’s.

    Published by Gordan and Gotch, Melbourne etc in 1892.

    Octavo, 311 pages, with nine illustration. Original embossed red cloth covered boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Re-cased professionally with spine laid down. A couple of marks to boards, a little age internally, still a good to better copy. Priced accordingly.

    Well, Bartley got about and knew many people of consequence in the day. The style of writing is very usual, with a seemingly obsessive attention to detail and a rather meandering structure.

    He opens with much time in Tasmania, with an interesting image from Beattie of snow on Mount Wellington and three masters in the dock. Time in the Pacific Islands with good references to Tonga and Samoa. Back to Swann Hill in Victoria and then up to Queensland. Mount Morgan and the gold rush, many identities and locations. Bullock driving a list of the largest nuggets then found (including Scotland!) and some rather strange lightly connected content … poetry, the Brisbane Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

    Bartley’s reminiscences from 1840-1890 – Australia and Beyond

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $90.00

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