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  • Inscriptions in Stone – St David’s Burial Ground (Hobart) 1804-1872 – Compiled by Richard Lord

    Inscriptions in Stone – St David’s Burial Ground (Hobart) 1804-1872 – Compiled by Richard Lord

    First edition 1976. Number 215 of 1000 copies.

    Published by St David’s Battery Point in 1976. Small octavo, 210 pages, frontispiece of Robert Knopwood astride his horse with dog. Very good copy.

    A unique record of early Hobart town from the headstones of the first cemetery. Many that have visited Hobart have spent time reading the gravestones at St David’s. It is impossible not to come away with a sense of perspective on both old and modern life.

    Sadness and triumph reflected in stone and here recorded in greater depth with through research (four years in the making).

    There is nothing morbid about this book it is in fact a celebration of the first European’s to grace Tasmanian shores.

    Graveyard delight (well it’s a special one) from Hobart.

    $60.00

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  • H.M. Bark Endeavour – Ray Parkin

    H.M. Bark Endeavour – Ray Parkin

    Her place in Australian History. With and Account of her Construction, Crew and Equipment and a Narrative of her Voyage on the East Coast of New Holland in the Year 1770

    First edition of this important publication in super condition. Issued by the Meiegunyah Press, Melbourne in 1997. Slipcase with two volumes.

    Volume 1 has the narrative, 468 pages. The narrative draws on the records of Cook, Banks and Parkinson.

    Volume 2 contains 25 maps and 31 drawings and plans of all things involved in building the functioning ship.

    A must for any maritime historian. H.M. Bark Endeavour – nowhere else in such detail

    $220.00

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  • Australian Bird Maps – Robert Hall [Self Published Hobart 1922]

    Australian Bird Maps – Robert Hall [Self Published Hobart 1922]

    A very scarce, unusual and informative book, self published by the author at Hobart in 1922.

    This copy presented with the authors compliments. Soft cover with sugar paper jacket, perfect bound 220 pages plus errata. Original paper label to front and spine. A delightful item.

    Illustrated throughout with sketch maps showing the distribution and migration patterns of Australian bird life. Exactly 100 years one so it would be a worthwhile source to compare with current data for the enthusiast or expert.

    The author eminently qualified being the Past President of the Royal Australian Ornithological Union … profits from the book were donated to the Scouts and Guides.

    The books is arranged by State … Queensland and the Northern Territory together and South Australia with the short lived Central Australia [of which few are aware]

    Super scarce bird book with some interesting facts some maybe not found elsewhere.

    $60.00

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  • Edward Elgar Symphony No 2 – with Expert Manuscript Annotations

    Edward Elgar Symphony No 2 – with Expert Manuscript Annotations

    Published by music score specialists Novello of Sevenoaks, Kent. No date originally published in 1911 and dedicated to the memory of the then late king Edward VII.

    Written, or designed as Elgar would have it, in 1910 as a tribute that missed publication before the King’s passing.

    Soft cover 171 pages of score Symphony No 2 in E Flat Op 63, copyright by the publisher. Printed in a facsimile style of the original. Carried the name at front John Snowdon, probably the musical talent who lives in the Huon area.

    What makes this special in our view, apart from the magnificence of the piece, is the manuscript interpretive annotations, mainly towards the front of the work … robust theme; E Flat with colouring; rising 5th syncopation; similar to Brahms; wild outbursts of orchestral virtuosity; ghost episode … we love it.

    Elgar’s magnificent No 2 with expert annotations.

    $25.00

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  • Early Image of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

    Early Image of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

    An original magic lantern slide c1890 of the Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) at Giza – the second largest pyramid.

    Standard British magic Lantern slide by an unknown maker. Some age as can be seen but excuse it for the rarity of the image.

    A striking image of Kharfe with the Sphinx in the foreground. Compare the image with a modern image taken from pretty much the same position. The Pyramid is in a remarkably similar state of condition retaining the same amount of polished coping stone near to top – Kharfe the only pyramid to retain any – they were raided to build later structures.

    However, the Sphinx is quite different and the modern image by comparison shows just how much reconstruction has been carried out in the intervening 130 years.

    Khafre ruled Egypt in the Fourth Dynasty between 2558 and 2553 years BC … unfortunately the tombs were robbed of anything valuable likely early on.

    Khafre as it is and the Sphinx as it was.

    $80.00

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  • Mrs Isabella Beeton’s – The Book of Household Management comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman … Published 1892 [First with Australian Recipes]

    Mrs Isabella Beeton’s – The Book of Household Management comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman … Published 1892 [First with Australian Recipes]

    Published 1892, Ward Lock, London 1892 … with Several Hundred new recipes.

    Importantly, this is the new edition introducing recipes from Australia including Soup from Kangaroo Tails, (Whole and sitting) Wallaby Roast and Parrot Pie (at least a dozen parrots required).

    With 13 full coloured plates of which two folding and steel engravings in the text. A very sound copy that has been expertly re-backed by Roger Perry Quality Bookbinders with new headbands and original end papers.

    Mrs Beeton with Australian Treats

    $320.00

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