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  • The Stars My Blanket [An 8,000 mile journey to find Aboriginal Cave Paintings] – Beryl Miles.

    The Stars My Blanket [An 8,000 mile journey to find Aboriginal Cave Paintings] – Beryl Miles.

    Beryl Miles led a rather dull life in Worthing, England until she gave up what she had to seek adventure in Australia. Once there she met Gordon Donkin and joined his 8,000 miles expedition to find yet unphotographed aboriginal cave paintings in the Northern Territory .. a mission accomplished with lots more along the way. Good sympathetic aboriginal content.

    Published by John Murray, London in 1954. Octavo, 235 pages, illustrated with a good map and numerous photographs from the expedition. A pretty good copy, nice and clean, ownership signature on end paper, near complete dust jacket

    Interesting post war travels to aboriginal cave paintings.

    $35.00

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  • Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Published by Angus & Robertson 1936, a ninth edition issued one year after the first. The copy of Chicago resident, Idriess friend and admirer, Frances Van Cleef with a note indicating she acquired it in Melbourne on Feb 16, 1937.

    Very good condition, a couple of chips to the dust jacket, very clean and tight internally. A super copy.

    An impressive Idriess book about the Australian Mounted Police up through the Centre, the North and West. Many lively accounts recounted in the normal Idriess way. The photography in this book is special with a number of unique aboriginal images.

    Real Crime solved by Australian Police on Horseback

    $70.00

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  • The Birds of Australia in 3 Volumes [the S.A. White Facsimile] -Gregory Mathews

    A numbered limited facsimile edition of the complete work in three volumes, reproduced faithfully without alteration or correction. Published in South Australia by State Publishing. The original published in 1910-1927 by Witherby & Co, London. Regarded as the last great bird plate book relating to Australia with the consequential accuracy in form and description.

    Folio on quality paper so rather heavy. Printed by offset lithography and bound in half grey polished leather. Published in 1989 based on a set held in the S.A. White Collection. Fine condition.

    Unpaginated but 182 pages each. A total of 105 full-page colour plates. 500 sets were produced. Getting hard to find and here sold at an attractive price.

    Mathews and his Birds of Australia.

    $370.00

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  • George Bass 1771-1803: His Discoveries, Romantic Life and Tragic Disappearance – Keith Bowden – First Edition 1952

    George Bass 1771-1803: His Discoveries, Romantic Life and Tragic Disappearance – Keith Bowden – First Edition 1952

    A very good first edition of this well researched and written book on Bass.

    Published by the Oxford University Press Melbourne in 1952. Octavo, 171 pages with illustrations and a fine dust jacket.

    The author Keith Macrae Bowden was the author of the official Australian Dictionary of Biography re Bass and therefore holds a certain authority on the subject explorer.

    After various introduction we have a family history and the first naval activity on HMS Shark and HMS Reliance. Off to Australia and the exploratory adventures on the Tom Thumb before a trip to South Africa. Time in Port Jackson and the discovery of coal before the “Discovery of the Bass Strait” and the final whale boat voyage. Plans for a fortune and his Pacific voyages and on to South America and his disputable fate.

    Nice appendices on the Tom Thumb; Source of Information and a succinct listing of the subjects achievements.

    George Bass a fairly full life

    $50.00

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  • The Wild White Man of Badu – Ion Idriess – First Edition – Signed

    The Wild White Man of Badu – Ion Idriess – First Edition – Signed

    A scarce first edition published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1950. Signed and inscribed boldly by Idriess on the title to his dear friend Frances Van Cleef, wife of a wealth Chicago industrialist.

    Octavo, 232 pages, well illustrated with images from photographs, maps of the islands, end paper maps etc. Small chips and closed tear to otherwise very good dust jacket, clean inside a super copy.

    The incredible true story of a convict escaping from Norfolk Island and becoming the Chief of Badu, in the Torres Strait. See image of map on rear end papers for some clues.

    Strange and exciting Farthest North – Signed Idriess First Edition

    $120.00

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  • Dreamtime Justice [In the Northern Territory] – Vic Hall – First Edition 1962

    Dreamtime Justice [In the Northern Territory] – Vic Hall – First Edition 1962

    A first edition of an interesting true bush crime book, the author a member of the Northern Territory Police.

    Published by Rigby, Adelaide in 1962. Octavo, 160 pages, end paper maps and illustrated throughout from period photographs.

    The event took place in the early 1930′s. The spearing of Constable Albert McColl and the shooting of the Rev John Evans is at the heart of this book. The perpetrators being from the Balamumu at Caledon Bay in Arnhem Land and then Woodah Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. A patrol set out, including the author and aboriginal trackers. Despite the killings, the author writes with warm and sympathetic feelings towards the aboriginal people.

    Outback expedition to bring culprits to justice.

    $35.00

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