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  • Tracy Edwards – Living Every Second – First Edition Autobiography 2001

    Tracy Edwards – Living Every Second – First Edition Autobiography 2001

    A fine first edition of Tracy Edwards autobiography published by Hodder in 2001. Royal octavo hardback, 430 pages, perfect jacket, illustrated with images from coloured photographs.

    What an incredible person, hard to summarise. Tough childhood leaving home at 16 to work in Athens in and around boats. Serious sailing … meets King Hussein who actively encourages her and in time sponsors her efforts. Buys and refits the ocean going “Maiden” and brings together an all female team to seriously challenge the Whitbread Round-the-World yacht Race in 1989, finishing second in class and winning two of the six stages. Becomes Yachtsman of the Year, MBE etc. Later tries for the Jules Verne but is de-masted off Chile. A really readable account of the very likable Tracy Edwards.

    After this book was published her life continued its very ups and very downs … another book could be written.

    Tracy Edwards nothing stops her …

    $35.00

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  • Bold Man of the Sea [Rowed Across the Pacific] – Jim Shekhdar

    Bold Man of the Sea [Rowed Across the Pacific] – Jim Shekhdar

    The title and understatement. Here we have the guy who rowed across the Pacific. He had previously rowed the Atlantic …

    Published by Hodder in 2002 a first softcover. 255 pages great condition.

    …with lots of great photographs taken along the way … none better than Jim wading ashore at Stradbroke Island near Brisbane, Queensland. More than 10,000 miles from Peru [having being denied departure authority from Chile]. A lot of near misses including shark attacks and broken oars along the way.

    One tough guy … how far would you get?

    $25.00

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  • The Martyrs of Science, or the Lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe and Kepler – Sir David Brewster – Special Binding – 1856

    The Martyrs of Science, or the Lives of Galileo, Tycho Brahe and Kepler – Sir David Brewster – Special Binding – 1856

    Published by John Murray, London in 1856. Small octavo 216 pages after preliminaries. Bound extravagantly in full purple Morocco, with rich gilt decoration to both boards and spine, the upper board with the arms of Milton Abbat School … a fine prize. A little rubbed externally, bright throughout.

    Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a Scottish scientist, inventor, academic. He was Principal at St Andrews and then Edinburgh University. Newtonian devotee and master in optics (hence his interest in the subjects of this book) he discovered Brewster’s Angle and pioneered mineralogical observations with the microscope. Inventor of the stereoscopic camera and kaleidoscope. He has a crater on the Moon named after him … the ultimate accolade.

    Galileo, Tycho Brahe and Kepler need less introduction.

    Nobody has been closer to the stars

    $140.00

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  • R.L.S. [Robert Louis Stevenson] in the South Seas – An Intimate Photographic Record

    R.L.S. [Robert Louis Stevenson] in the South Seas – An Intimate Photographic Record

    A first edition of this special book for lovers of Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island. Published by Mainstream Press in 1986. Small quarto, 192 pages profusely illustrated.

    In 1888 R.L.S. set of with his family into the Pacific to write about the South Seas and its Islands. He took photographic equipment and a magic lantern with him intending to produce his own illustrations. Many though lost this is the first publication of a those that remain. R.L.S. was a prolific letter writers and these along with some short essays provide an excellent narrative in which to display these photographic gems.

    R.L.S. in the Pacific Lost and Found Images.

    $40.00

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  • A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    John Gladwyn Jebb led as an adventurous life as could be possible. This book was compiled by his widow and carries the introduction of none other than possibly the greatest adventure writer H Rider Haggard.

    English born Jebb’s adventures began as a military man in India. Soon he was conducting privately funded explorations into Central and Southern America. Involved in numerous business dealings… helped to start White Line … was in involved in armaments. He moved to the US and the Wild West … bear hunting, gold mining and a few conflicts with local bandits and Indians. Off to Mexico to make his fortune gold mining (made it and lost it) and much of the later part of the books is about his times in Mexico padded a bit with history of the region.

    Published by Blackwood, Edinburgh in 1895 octavo, 271 pages, frontispiece of the great man, illustrated in a Victorian way by John Wallce. Pictorial boards nice but rubbed especially at the tips. Overall, still a particularly good copy of a book rather hard to find so.

    Inspiration for Rider Haggard – John Jebb Adventurer

    $80.00

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  • Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    A audio tape (cassette) set of six – representing a five part radio series produced with the assistance of the University of Adelaide Foundation.

    Surely a Polar Exploration antique of the future. The programs were produced in the studios of Radio 5UV at the University of Adelaide and broadcast in October 1990. The box set of tapes was produced in 1991.

    After an introductory tape we have two tapes covering the AAE expedition and two for the later BANZARE expedition … a final tape “Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson”. The producer and narrator was Helen Oliver with Colin Elix being the voice of Mawson. A distinguished list of contributors includes Fred and Eleanor Jacka who compiled the diaries, Eric Rudd, Patrick Quilty and may others.

    Anyone struggling to find a cassette player … get in touch!

    An unusual yet special item of Mawson memorabilia.

    $150.00

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