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  • The Dutch Explorations of Australia, 1605 – 1756 – Willem Robert

    The Dutch Explorations of Australia, 1605 – 1756 – Willem Robert

    An fine copy of this excellent book by Willem Robert, published by Philo Press, Amsterdam in 1973. Larger format octavo, 196 pages.

    There six large facsimile folding maps in a pocket at the rear, also in fine condition. They includes charts of the voyages of … the “Duijffke” 1605-6; the “Pera” 1623; the “Arnhem” 1623; the “Vliegende” 1678; the “Vossenbos”, “Wajer” and “Nova Hollandia” together in 1705 … along with the author’s own construction of the north east coast of Hollandia Nova, as known in 1710.

    The book is well structured with a description of the voyages, references to the charts and maps and index to localities shown. Where documents are referred to … the original Dutch is shown opposite the English translation. There is a good bibliography for further reading or source material and an interesting list of the names of aboriginal groups and places along the various coastlines charted.

    Special reference .. exceptional facsimile maps.

    $80.00

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  • Willem de Vlamingh’s Explorations  of Australia, 1696-1697 – Willem C.H. Robert

    Willem de Vlamingh’s Explorations of Australia, 1696-1697 – Willem C.H. Robert

    Published by Philo Press, Amsterdam a first edition 1972.

    Large octavo, 206 pages with fold-out map at rear and nautical charts, illustrated. Very good near fine condition.

    A special and hard to get account of Vlamingh’s explorations of the coastline of Western Australia.

    They left a pewter dish on Dirk Hartog Island and the journals and maps in the Dutch archive which form the basis of this scholarly work.

    In Old Dutch and English translated with care of the then meaning.

    Four excellent fold out charts assist the reader.

    A special reference hard to find and fine condition

    $90.00

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  • Voyage to the Great South Land – Willem de Vlamingh 1696-1697 – Ed Gunter Schilder

    Voyage to the Great South Land – Willem de Vlamingh 1696-1697 – Ed Gunter Schilder

    First published in Dutch then this version in English 1985 by the Royal Australian Historical Society. Translated by C De Heer and edited by Gunter Schilder. Fine condition. Nicely illustrated with fold out map at front.

    The last voyage of exploration of the Dutch East India Company which included the West Coast of Australia. Incredible research and here published extracts from letters and journals pertinent to their discoveries.

    Astounding detail and a superb reference of early Australian Coastal Exploration.

    $60.00

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  • Australia Unveiled – Gunter Schilder Signed limited copy number 184 of 250

    Australia Unveiled – Gunter Schilder Signed limited copy number 184 of 250

    Title continues … “the share of the Dutch navigators in the discovery of Australia”

    Gunter Schilder’s landmark book about the Dutch role in the discovery of Australia. Published by Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Amsterdam in 1976, translated from German by Olaf Richter. Schilder then lecturing in cartography at the Geographical Institute of the University of Utrecht.

    According to a label on the half title this is number 184 of 250 copies of Australia Unveiled etc reserved for distribution in Australia. Then boldly signed in blue ink by the author. A very good if not fine copy.

    Starts at first principles with the era of a geographical concept that there must be a fifth continent and the Dutch view of that south-land. The Medieval view and Johann Schoner’s globes and the transfer to Mercator. The hypotheses of the 16th century and the Dieppe school and work of de Eredia. Explorations followed and the extension of Dutch sea-power in the East Indies. Leading to the discovery and the voyage of Willem Jansz and van Roossengin in the Duyfken and the landfall of Dirk Hartog in the Eendracht in 1616. The voyages of the Pera and Arnhem in 1623 and the Golden Zeepaard in 1627 and of course the drama of the Batavia in 1629. And finally, the great voyages of Abel Tasman in 1642-3 and 1644.

    The whole wonderfully cross referenced to early maps and charts. Some within the body of the work and then others “Tooley style” at the rear.

    Required work number 184 of 250 signed copies

    $240.00

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  • The Early History of Tasmania – The Geographical Era 1642 – 1804 – R.W. Giblin – First Edition 1928.

    The Early History of Tasmania – The Geographical Era 1642 – 1804 – R.W. Giblin – First Edition 1928.

    Giblin’s sought after account of early discoveries in Tasmania. First edition 1928. A second companion and extension volume was published later and posthumously … This which is effectively volume I is consequently usually alone.

    Illustrated with three plates and twelve fold out charts which really make the book. Foxing to page edges nothing on the maps which are all fine. Rare to still find it in its dust jacket.

    Begins with Tasman and his journal and the Dutch and English East India Companies. Cook and his First Voyage and Marion du Fresne. The settlement of Australia and the Bounty the La Perouse and Cox. Bligh’s second voyage Tahiti bound and the searching voyage of Bruny d’Entrecasteaux. Hayes who went further and the “establishing era” of Flinders, Bass under the directions of Hunter. The first settlements at Risdon Cove, Sullivan Cove and Port Dalrymple and the sophistication of the Baudin voyage.

    Giblin pulled it together very well

    $120.00

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  • The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper – Simon Leys

    The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper – Simon Leys

    A fine first hardback published 2005 by Black Inc, Melbourne. Small octavo, 110 pages, illustrated comprising two separate essays of close to equal length.

    The author’s account of the unusual going’s on to do with the wreck of the Dutch East Indies Batavia and the horrid aftermath is good succinct account.

    Despite the unusual format of the title …Prosper is a totally different narrative and not a wreck account … deeply personal the author Pierre Ryckmans (here under his pen-name Simon Leys) recalls a summer spent on a tuna fishing boat off Brittany … his introduction to “proper sailing”.

    Batavia special and unusual combination … Prosper

    $22.00

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