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  • A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A biographical account of the sailing adventures of Erskine Childers author of The Riddle of the Sands.

    First edition, published by Stanford Maritime, London in 1979. Octavo, 178 pages plus tow pages “A portion of the manuscript draft of The Riddle of the Sands”. Illustrated from original photographs and with two charts. Very good condition although minus its front free endpaper.

    Erskine Childers background requires more room than available here. He was a Clerk to the House of Commons and developed a passion for sailing. His adventures in the Sunbeam (1903) and the Asgard (1906) provided the inspiration for his thriller novel … a book that should be read by all.

    Erskine Childers the basis of The Riddle

    $25.00

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  • Australian Antarctic Bibliography – Knight 1987

    Australian Antarctic Bibliography – Knight 1987

    A first edition of Russell Knight’s comprehensive catalogue of all publications Australian Antarctic. Issued by the Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania.

    We say comprehensive and that is understating the effort. Published in large landscape spiral bound form 463 pages after Preface and organisational descriptions. Very good condition.

    Contains information relating to the Australian Antarctic Territory, the sub-Antarctic islands, Heard, Macquarie and McDonald and the waters in proximity.

    The major criterion for inclusion is that parent material is relevant to thee areas about which Australia is especially concerned. Consequently, other nations efforts in the geographical region are included.

    The organisation of information assists greatly … references are organised in two dimensions … first by subject matter … Atmospheric Physics; Bases and Logistics; Biological Sciences; Terrestrial sciences; Oceanology; Medical Sciences and Socio-Economic … and then by geography … the Territory, Heard Island etc.

    We can find no update and the document appears very hard to get. This example came from the personal library of French Polar Scientist Patrick Arnaud although does not contain his mark.

    Go to reference re Australian Antarctic Interest.

    $120.00

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  • Australian Rare Books 1788-1900 – Jonathan Wantrup.

    Australian Rare Books 1788-1900 – Jonathan Wantrup.

    Published by Hordern House a first edition in 1987. Five years work by Wantrup.

    Thick royal octavo, 468 pages with occasional illustrations and tipped in coloured frontispiece of Sturt leaving Adelaide. Occasional foxing and priced accordingly.

    A first edition of Jonathan Wantrup’s book which was predicted to become and has become an essential reference for those collecting Australian Rare books. More than that it is a great potted … to read this book from cover to cover is an education in itself … it should be on the curriculum.

    Unlike the rather unwieldy and at time questionable Ferguson bibliography this book provides an excellent reference to the nuances and issues of edition and the like which makes book collecting that much more rewarding. Who would not seek out the Burke & Wills with the “garish” endpapers … “No such copy should be passed by” says the author.

    “Wantrup” matured to be an essential reference and a solid read in its own right.

    $90.00

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  • A Book Collector’s Notes – Rodney Davidson

    A Book Collector’s Notes – Rodney Davidson

    A first edition published in 1970 by Cassell Australia. Large octavo, 138 pages nicely illustrated.

    Longer title … A Book Collector’s Notes – on items relating to the Discovery of Australia The First Settlement and the Early Coastal Exploration of the Continent.

    When written Rodney Davidson had been collecting for twenty-two years. By our reckoning he did very well in that time … and when his collection was finally finished, we all know it could not possibly be trumped.

    The chapter headings are worth listing 1 – A General Background to Collecting Australiana; 2 – Terra Australis Incognita Pre-Cook Voyages: factual and Fictitious; 3 – Captain James Cook, The recorded European Discovery of the Elusive Eastern Coast; 4 – The Foundation of a Nation The First Fleet and the First Settlement; 5 – Early French Voyages to Australia; 6 – Early Coastal Voyages … followed by a very useful Bibliography.

    Respect Rodney Davidson one of the great Australian book collectors of all time – likely means all time – writes well and very informative.

    A special persons view

    $30.00

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  • Charlotte Barton: Australia’s First Children’s Author – Marcie Muir

    Charlotte Barton: Australia’s First Children’s Author – Marcie Muir

    A nice piece of work by Marcie Muir, font of all knowledge regarding Australian Children’s Books.

    A 35-page octavo card covered pamphlet published by Wentworth Books, 1980. A limited edition of 500 copies this one not numbered or signed so we are not sure if that is correct. A very nice copy.

    It was originally thought, an recorded by Ferguson, that the author of the first Australian children’s book “A Mother’s Offering to her Children” published Sydney 1841 was Lady Gordan Bremer. This work by Marcie proves beyond doubt that it was in fact Charlotte Barton. Drawing on a number of sources including Mrs Mins and Mrs Fanning both who wrote to Marcie the author pieces together the evidence and presents it in a very readable, entertaining and informative way. We like it!

    Charlotte Barton proven as first Australian children’s author.

    Postage will be reduced to cost appropriately on this light weight item.

    $20.00

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  • Sea Change – Alone Across the Atlantic – Peter Nichols

    Sea Change – Alone Across the Atlantic – Peter Nichols

    Published by Viking a first edition 1997. Octavo, 238 pages. Very good if not fine condition. An entertaining and informative read.

    A different sailing book. There are no pictures or maps here. Maybe therefore it is not surprising that the writing I special. Peter Nichols has sailed with his wife. Sadly, they separated after a west to east Atlantic crossing. This book reflects on his single-handed return voyage in the 27-foot engineless “Toad” which had a habit of springing leaks.

    Interspersed throughout are references to classic sailing accounts … Chichester, Blyth, Moitessier, Knox-Johnston, Ridgway et al.

    Interesting for an experienced maritime reader most useful of an introductee.

    Nichols a personal challenge – knowledgeable author.

    $25.00

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