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  • Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800 – A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the History and Literature of Exploration, Travel and Colonisation from the Earliest Times to the Year 1800.

    Encyclopedia of Exploration to 1800 – A Comprehensive Reference Guide to the History and Literature of Exploration, Travel and Colonisation from the Earliest Times to the Year 1800.

    An as new copy of this great work by the unique Raymond Howgego, published by the equally unique Hordern House in 2003. Part of a greater series of works.

    A comprehensive [understatement] reference guide. Large quarto, xv, 1,168 pages, containing 2,327 articles, referencing 7,500 persons or ships, in over 1.2 million words all cross referenced to primary and secondary sources … bibliography of 20,000 works etc. Dust jacket as published, multiple silk marking ribbons …all in super condition.

    Raymond Howgego was teacher of physics before he gave that up to become a full-time traveler and travel writer. Possibly put down more words than any other living person. Seemingly can handle almost all European languages and Arabic and probably a few others. He still has an interest in amateur radio and fixing electronic items … we withhold his call sign, but you can find it if you try.

    As new Howgego on Exploration the Foundation Volume

    $230.00

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  • Into the Blue – Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz.

    Into the Blue – Boldly Going Where Captain Cook Has Gone Before – Tony Horwitz.

    Published by Allen & Unwin in 2003 a substantial softcover, 480 pages, illustrated appropriately, very good like new condition.

    Horwitz follows James Cook as if on all three of his famous voyages of exploration. From the very first page this book has you hooked in what Bill Bryson describes as an “enthralling excursion around the Pacific”. Even for those that have read the first hand accounts and the monumental works of Beaglehole we suggest this will provide a new perspective

    Captain Cook by Horwitz – a new take with superb perspective.

    $25.00

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  • The “Widow’s Cap” of the Australian Aborigines – R. Etheridge 1899

    The “Widow’s Cap” of the Australian Aborigines – R. Etheridge 1899

    Separately published paper from the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1899. By Robert Etheridge Junior who was then Curator of the Australian Museum. Son of the superb engraver of geological specimens and exceptional geologist in his own right.

    Side stitched in the original light blue wrappers, a little aged, internally very clean … a very nice copy of a little understood custom.

    Mitchell was the first to notice the widow’s caps which he observed during his second expedition into the interior. Worn by widows in mourning and then later left at the graves of the deceased. The caps were formed from clay and the widow wore a net over her hair which left the unusual impression that can be seen in one of the images provided.

    13 pages on narrative and six plates, printed on heavier stock from photographs of examples.

    An authoritative paper on an important aboriginal custom

    $25.00

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  • Penal and Prison Discipline in Victoria [Three Parts Complete] 1870 – 1872

    Penal and Prison Discipline in Victoria [Three Parts Complete] 1870 – 1872

    Three reports published consecutively from a Royal Commission into the penal system in the colony of Victoria .. presented to Both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency’s Command. The first with the additional title “Pentridge Penal Establishment”; the second “Penal and Prison Discipline” and the third “Industrial and Reformatory Schools.

    In original form, foolscap, sewn … Part 1 xix, 26 with Plan of Proposed Workshop and Folding Plan of Pentridge [too big for our scanner] .. Part II xxx, 29.. Part III xxxvi, 23.

    An interesting and full report on the state of play and difficulties associated with the penal system in Victoria at the time. One benefit of being on “hard labour” was that you got fed more …. Hard to find any other benefits though.

    Pentridge and the Prison System in 1870 – interesting history.

    $140.00

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  • Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    A unsophisticated but scarce early 19thC map of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific east to the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii].

    26cm by 20cm in the printed area. Good condition. Engraved by D Huber of whom little is known … often confused with the earlier engraver of that name. The cartographer is a mystery to be completely solved. Huber worked with Carl Stein, but we would say this map is too early for Stein. It is similar in style by Franz Biller although again this is earlier in cartographic detail, so could be a work from which Biller’s map is a derivative. None of Stein, Huber or Biller appear in the Australian Map Authority by Tooley nor in his definitive list of Map Makers. Likely Austrian c 1825.

    Likely original partial colouring or at least sympathetic. Australia (here Neu Holland) complete but coastline out of “true” in many instances. Tasmania shown as van Diemens Ins and the North and South Islands of New Zealand carry their Maori names. The cartography of New Guinea is starkly incorrect not to be properly charted for some time to come.

    Unusual early map requiring some further study.

    $160.00

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  • Forty Fathoms Deep – Ion Idriess – Signed Annotated 1937 Edition

    Forty Fathoms Deep – Ion Idriess – Signed Annotated 1937 Edition

    Signed, annotated third edition published February 1937, a month after the first edition.

    A vivid and thrilling edition from Idriess on the pearling industry centred in Broome, in the Northern Territory of Australia.

    Published by Angus & Robertson, Sydney. Octavo, 343 pages, 10 pages advertisements for other Idriess titles. Green cloth covered boards black titles to spine and front cover. Dust jacket designed by Edgar Alfred Holloway This is the orange variant (sometimes yellow or yellow and orange – see authority Feain and Aronry page 42). Map of northern Australia, Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea on front endpaper, rear blank. 19 pages of black and white illustrations.

    Very good condition, very clean inside and a dust jacket with minor nibbles along the top and a part removed top of inside flap.

    Annotated and signed boldly by Idriess on the title page … “Wishing Mrs Noah Van Cleef many happy memories on her trip to Australia. Ion L Idriess Sydney 1937” … a further note March 1, 1937 in Idriess hand bottom left of title.

    Australian pearling essential early edition signed and annotated by author.

    $290.00

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