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  • My Great Aunt Appearing Day – John Prebble – First Edition 1958.

    My Great Aunt Appearing Day – John Prebble – First Edition 1958.

    A first edition published by Secker and Warburg in 1958. Octavo, 214 pages, nice dust jacket designed by Gordon Davey.

    Four short stories of which My Great Aunt Appearing Day is the lead and most astonishing. A true story … except that she was the writers Great Great Aunt … the title reflects the author’s father recounting of the history.

    Against the background of the famous treaty talks at Laramie with the Sioux and Cheyenne in the 1870’s, Josh Tanner wooed and won the native Indian girl Appearing Day. She was to end a long life in the quiet backwaters of an English country village.

    The authors Great (Great) Aunt was a Cheyenne beauty.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $25.00

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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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  • 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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  • Disturbing Element [An Autobiography] – Xavier Herbert – First Edition 1963

    Disturbing Element [An Autobiography] – Xavier Herbert – First Edition 1963

    A very nice first edition copy of Australian writer Xavier Herbert’s autobiography.

    Born in 1901 Xavier Herbert had a rather strange upbringing. He trained as a Pharmacist having worked in a chemist’s shop at the age of 14. He went to Melbourne to study medicine. Writing was a passion but he was in his thirties before his great work “Capricornia” was published to great acclaim. He was much admired by HG Wells.

    Xavier Herbert was the “Disturbing Element’. Published by F.W. Cheshire, Melbourne etc in 1963. Octavo, 271 pages, a very good if not better copy.

    Xavier Herbert published few works and his final novel “Poor Fellow My Country” was published in 1975 and won him the Miles Franklin award. It is also the longest novel ever published by an Australian writer at 1,466 pages and an estimated 852 thousand words

    Interesting autobiography of the elusive talented Xavier Herbert.

    $30.00

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  • The Japanese Occupation of Rabaul – This Crowd Beats Us All – Bishop Leo Scharmach M.S.C.

    The Japanese Occupation of Rabaul – This Crowd Beats Us All – Bishop Leo Scharmach M.S.C.

    A very scarce account of the Japanese occupation of New Britain in WWII.

    Polish born Leo Scharmach was a hero and undoubtedly saved many lives I New Britain and the civilian prisoner of war camp later established at Ramale. He held his own against the invading Japanese using humour, irony and strength of character … convincing the Japanese the local mission was still a German Mission and at one time that he was a envoy of Adolf Hitler. He did fight for the Germans during WWI, receiving an Iron Cross which he displayed to Japanese officers to good effect.

    This octavo book was published by The Catholic Press, Sydney in 1960. 296 pages, illustrated from photographs and drawings. A bit marked in the ends mainly from old tape residue holding the now chipped and torn dust jacket … but a jacket of real rarity.

    Very readable and informative

    WWII and the Japanese in New Britain … the account of forgotten hero Bishop Leo Scharmach.

    $60.00

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  • The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author; The Book Trade, And Botany Bay – Nathan Garvey

    The Celebrated George Barrington: A Spurious Author; The Book Trade, And Botany Bay – Nathan Garvey

    For collectors of early Australiana the confusion over the Barrington books is well known. There might be the occasional flight to Wantrup but the riddle will most likely still remain unresolved. Here we have it, the essential explanation and reference ..

    Octavo, 327 pages nicely illustrated from early Barrington books. Published by Hordern House, Sydney 2008. A fine copy.

    Traces the genesis of the Barrington books, with an excellent account of publishing in England in the period. Contains the authoritative bibliography with over eighty works referenced.

    George Barrington and his early Australian books … resolved

    $40.00

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