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  • Life and Labor in the Spirit World – Miss M.T. Shelhamer – 1885

    Life and Labor in the Spirit World – Miss M.T. Shelhamer – 1885

    Published 1885 by Colby and Rich Boston. Original cloth binding in pretty good condition for its 130 years.

    The title continues … being a description of localities, employments, surroundings, and conditions in the spheres … by Members of the Spirit-Band of Miss M.T. Shelhamer … Medium of the banner of Light Public Free Circle.

    The Preface starts with an explanation worth repeating … When the thought of publishing this volume was first suggested to me by my spirit guides, I was led to ask, what good will it accomplish? And they replied: It will teach mortals that which is impossible for them to obtain from any other source, but of which they are supremely desirous of being informed – the conditions and surroundings, and the pleasures and persuits of the influence exerted upon the denizens of earth by the inhabitants of the spirit world …

    430 pages of incredible detail concerning many aspects and views of the Spirit World

    Spirit World from Within

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  • Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    British Patent no 19,390 by Fred Dando of Beaconsfield, Tasmania. Lodged 1908 and accepted ‘as patented” in 1909 – four pages of text and one double page with excleent drawings showing how the invention is constructed.

    The invention relates to an improved game of skill and apparatus for playing same the game being played preferably by two persons one against the other, from each end of a race or box whereat is located a compound lever designed when quickly depressed to project a marble or ball to the desired distance and height to strike and, if possible, displace one of a series of marbles or balls of similar size arranged centrally one each on a tier located transversely at about midway of the said race or box [Long sentences patented also!]

    The compound lever near each end of the box is designed to be struck by the players finger and thus cause its inner part upon which the marble is placed to project it forward with the object of striking on the before mentioned shelves and which latter are numbered 1 to 5 representing the players count when a marble is struck or displaced

    The apparatus is made in the form of a two part box hinged together under the tier of shelves and capable of being folded together while also pockets or recesses are provided at each end for the players marbles and further the edges of the box are perforated and numbered to receive count pins etc etc…

    Voyager considering making this device although probably not meet modern safety standard (hum) or have many digital application (ho hum) … but good marble chucking fun!

    Games ingenuity in Beaconsfield in 1909

    $80.00

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  • Australian Wood Sections for the Microscope  –Ernie Ives – Alangiaceae

    Australian Wood Sections for the Microscope –Ernie Ives – Alangiaceae

    A group of five thin wood sections prepared for the microscope by the extraordinary Ernie Ives of Sproughton, England. Well labelled and in superb condition. Ernie Ives was 80 years old when he died quite recently in February 2104. Ernie was an expert in marquetry and later in life an expert in microscopy. Editor “The Balsam Post” and author of “A Guide to Wood Microtomy” – he liked to be known as “the Bearded Oracle”. You can tell from his tributes that he was much admired. All slides prepared between 2011/12 modern by Voyager standards but of unique quality.

    Alangiaceae – Alangium villosum (Canary Muskheart) – NSW

    Sterculiacaea – Brachychiton bidwillii (Little Kurrajong) – NSW

    Myrtaceae – Angophora costata (Smoth-barked Apple) – NSW

    Cunoniaceae – Pseudoweinmannia lachnocarpa (Rose Marara) -Qld

    Acanthaceae – Graptophyllum ilicifolium (Mount Blackwood Holly) – NSW

    Superb Australian selection by special preparer

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  • Queensland Wood Sections for the Microscope – by author of “A Guide to Wood Microtomy” Ernie Ives

    Queensland Wood Sections for the Microscope – by author of “A Guide to Wood Microtomy” Ernie Ives

    A group of five thin wood sections prepared for the microscope by the extraordinary Ernie Ives of Sproughton, England. Well labelled and in superb condition. Ernie Ives was 80 years old when he died quite recently in February 2104. Ernie was an expert in marquetry and later in life an expert in microscopy. Editor “The Balsam Post” and author of “A Guide to Wood Microtomy” – he liked to be known as “the Bearded Oracle”. You can tell from his tributes that he was much admired. All slides prepared between 2010/12 modern by Voyager standards but of unique quality.

    Myrtacaea – Angophora leiocarpa (Smooth Barked Apple)

    Dilleniaceae – Dillenia indica (Elephant Apple)

    Sapotaceae – Palaquium glactoxylum (Red Silkwood)

    Sterculiaceae – Tarrietia argyrodendron macrophylla (Ironwood)

    Lauraceae – Litsea sebifera (Tangallak)

    Nice Queensland selection by special preparer

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  • Important Victorian Microscope Slide Collection – H.M.S. Challenger Expedition

    Important Victorian Microscope Slide Collection – H.M.S. Challenger Expedition

    We are pleased to offer a collection of six prepared microscope slides containing samples from the first round the world oceanographic survey that of H.M.S. Challenger in the 1870’s – including from the Mills collection a sample from Raine Island a historically important location near the top of the Great Barrier Reef

    1. By noted preparer Richard Suter of 10 Highweek Road London Diatomacea from the Atlantic Ocean 190 fathoms
    2. An unknown preparer “Atlantic Soundings Challenger Expedition 1873” recommended for the polariscopic observation set in three small circular slips notes as 2300,1300 and 2800 fathoms
    3. “Soundings H.M.S. Challenger Aug 26th 1875 Lat 11deg N Lon 152 deg W [South of Hawaii} – 2750 fathoms” prepared by a productive yet still anonymous preparer known as “Green Papers” by collectors
    4. By preparer R.N. “Soundings 32 deg S 78 deg W 1350 fathoms Challenger” – the location of the Island of Juan Fernandos of Robinson Crusoe fame and the isolation of Alexander Selkirk by William Dampier. Nice examples of Foraminifera in small deep mount.
    5. By leading Northern preparer Arthur Docherty of Manchester from Lat 7 deg N Long 144 deg W [Near Hawaii] a large sample of Forams in superb condition.
    6. And the rare Raine Island – Great Barrier Reef Slide

    On 31st August 1874 H.M.S. Challenger visited Raine Island situated at the northern outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Dredging was undertaken at 155 fathoms where the bottom was coral sand – this was recorded as Station 185. The site was prolific for forminifera. This historic slide was mounted by Arthur J Doherty who worked in Manchester during the second half of the 19th century. A label on the reverse indicates that it was once part of the great Mills collection of prepared microscope slides.

    Stunning set of six offered as a collection

    A piece of the History of Oceanography

    The Challenger Expedition
    The Challenger Expedition (1872-1876) organised by the Royal Society was the world first and greatest oceanographic survey – it effectively established the science. Commanded by Captain Nares (later of Artic fame) HMS Challenger circumnavigated the globe with its onboard laboratory making deep sea observations for the first time. Approaching from the East across the Pacific the Challenger reached Raine Island on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef at the end of August 1874. Dredgings were taken and observations made and recorded by crew member Lord Campbell in his “Log Letters from the Challenger” a copy of which we are never without.

    Lord Campbell’s “Log Letters” record the arrival at Raine Island .. “We Steered for the entrance through the “Great Barrier” reef, 1,300 miles away (they had just left the New Hebrides), where we arrived on the 30th (August 1874), sounding the day after we left in deeper water than we have forun for some time – 2,650 fms., – and six times afterwards in somewhat lesser depths, in which we twice trawled. On that evening we passed Raine Island, which lies on one side of the entrance through and into the maze of reefs, and anchored close to it on a coral patch that night. Raine Island is a small extent of sand on the top of a coral reef, having on some parts of it a foot deep of soil, and is marked by a large beacon-tower built with coral rock by two men-of-war, assisted by artificers from Brisbane in ’48. Wheeling over the ship and island in countless thousands were sea-birds, boobies, terns, frigate- and tropic- birds….. The next morning the ship got under way, and a number of us landed on Raine Island – a wonderful sight indeed! As we landed the terns rose en masse in a cloud, really darkening the light, and perceptibly fanning the air with their wings as they hovered, screaming shrilly, above us.


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  • Rare Shipwreck Item -T. H. Farrer – “Report upon the Formal Investigation held before the Wreck Commissioner into the Supposed Loss of the British Sailing Ship ‘Great Queensland’ of London” – 1877

    Rare Shipwreck Item -T. H. Farrer – “Report upon the Formal Investigation held before the Wreck Commissioner into the Supposed Loss of the British Sailing Ship ‘Great Queensland’ of London” – 1877

    A report pertaining to the matter of a formal investigation held at Westminster on the 9th, 10th and 11th of April 1877, before H. C. Rothery, Wreck Commissioner, assisted by Colonel Younghusband [A Voyager hero], Admiral Powell and Captain Jones, Nautical Assessors, into the circumstances attending the supposed loss of the British sailing ship, ‘Great Queensland‘ of London.

    The Great Queensland, lost from August 12th 1876 on her journey from Grave’s End to Melbourne and last seen off the coast of France, is the subject of a deep investigation as to the possible cause for her disappearance.

    The circumstances of the loss unknown, this report considers in narrative detail the possibility of the ship encountering storms in the region, as well as the crew, cargo and in particular stowage of gunpowder. The report explores potential circumstances for the loss using testimony from chemical experts and eyewitnesses.

    What took the Great Queensland?

    $120.00

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