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  • Reminiscences of an Australian Pioneer – Robert Barton [Uncle of Bajo Patterson]- 1917

    Barton’s reminiscences – a “squatter of the olden days”. Born in 1842 in the central West belonging to the first generation to follow the original land-takers in the west.

    Barton, was an uncle to Banjo Patterson and spent his life in New south Wales and Queensland.

    By 1840 the squattocracy was firmly ‘landed’ and well-to-do. Barton looks back positively to the convict origins of his family’s assigned men. As a young man in his twenties the bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall bushranging gangs were part of his life. Later he is confronted by the trade union movement and striking shearers.

    First edition published by Tyrrells, Sydney in 1917. Octavo, vii, 288 pages with portrait of author. Original purple cloth binding, spine faded as usual. Pages slightly tones and some age to ends, ownership details on front ends and a helpful annotation in the Preface. Scarce and worthwhile copy.

    One on the best Australian Pioneering stories

    $150.00

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  • Solitaire Spirit – Three times around the world single-handed – Les Powles

    Solitaire Spirit – Three times around the world single-handed – Les Powles

    Scarce narrowly circulated account.

    Les Powles did what Dampier did (3X) but on his own. He had eight hours sailing experience before he set off the first time. The many adventures and hardships along the way – landing in the wrong continent, storms nobody should experience, given up for dead. A sometimes funny account filled with detail … makes you want to get off your ars..!

    Paperback, only form published, by Adlard Nautical, London 2012. Typed up by his friends. Images from personal photographs. Very good condition.

    Les Powles would be a man to know for sure …

    $25.00

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  • A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb [South America and Mexico] – 1895

    A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb [South America and Mexico] – 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 by John Wallce. Pictorial boards nice but a little rubbed especially at the tips. Overall, still a particularly good copy of a rather hard to find book.

    Inspiration for Rider Haggard – John Jebb Adventurer

    $50.00

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  • Forty Years in Canada – Colonel B Steele- First Edition 1915

    Forty Years in Canada – Colonel B Steele- First Edition 1915

    A super perhaps companion book to our book by Haydon on the Mounties published a few years earlier.

    This scarce London First edition published by Herbert Jenkins in 1915. An insert tells us that it was ready to go in August 1914 but postponed because of the outbreak of WWI.

    The longer title provides … Reminiscences of the Great North-West with some Accounts of His Service in south Africa by Colonel S.B. Steele CB MVO late of the N.W.M. Police and the S. African Constabulary – Edited by Mollie Niblett with an introduction by J.G. Colmer CMG.

    Large Royal octavo, 428 pages, 17 plates from relevant photographs, frontispiece of the fine chap etc.

    A mots interesting and highly detailed personal account of a man of action in the Canadian North-West and despite the overarching title some extensive experience in the Military in South Africa where he commanded Strathcona’s Horse. This guy could ride. Soapy Smith – Sitting Bull etc.

    Canadian North West history personal and in detail by a man like his name made of Steele

    $90.00

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  • Portraiture of Socrates – Catherall – 1717

    Portraiture of Socrates – Catherall – 1717

    An extremely scarce work and one of the great 18th Century scholarly works in English re Socrates.

    Longer title from front – Eikon Sokratike Or, a Portraiture of Socrates, Extracted out of Plato. In Blank Verse by Sam. Catherall, A.B. and Fellow Oriel College, Oxon.

    Unbound as issued, amazing even though worn, that it has survived in this form for over three hundred years. Printed at Oxford by Lichfield and Peisley and sold by Knapton et al Booksellers in London 1717.

    Title reflects the “Imprimatur” of Jo. Baron Vice-Can, Oxon Ball. [Balliol] College Oxon June 17, 1717.

    Octavo, sewn as issued, 6, 53, pages, old water stain now faded. Ownership signature dated 1726 on title.

    The quite lengthy Preface by the translator is so humble we could all learn from it today. He explains his approach, omissions and limitations … he is obviously a great fan of Plato and Socrates – and why not they both had a good approach to life and focussed on meaningful thought and actions.

    All up there are 36 “Dialogues” by Plato that feature Socrates as the central character – here we have Socrates at the Bar (Trial); Socrates in Prison; Socrates Discoursing on the Immorality of the Soul with Crito, and Simmias; Socrates about to drink Poison, Discoursing with Crito in the Presence of all his Friends … interesting the work ends FINIS … which it did.

    Socrates by Plato and then Catherall at Oxford – 1717 – the pointy bits

    $290.00

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  • Kaleidoscope – E.R. Jim Henry

    Kaleidoscope – E.R. Jim Henry

    A solid humorous memoir by Tasmanian legal identity and raconteur Eric Rutherford “Jim” Henry. A funny man – author of self described best seller “Revelations of a Retired Lawyer” –

    The first page of this book proves he had not lost his wit – a man that definitely wore his heart on his sleeve. Not quite the Dubliner’s but there is also some gossip in here. Not only good with the law and the pen he could hold a tennis racket with some style and success.

    Self published in 1981 and signed, soft cover, perfect bound, 242 pages, lots of images from photographs. If you went to Hutchins then this should be on your shelf.

    Call me “Jim” Henry and his life and observations with fun and information thrown in.

    $30.00

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