products in your shopping cart
Total:   $0.00 details
There are no products in your shopping cart!
We hope it's not for long.

Visit the shop


list view
  1. Pages: 1 2 3 4Next >Last »
  • The Mutineer – A Romance of Pitcairn Island – Louis Becke and Walter Jeffrey – First Colonial (Australian) Edition 1898.

    Likely technically the first edition is the London issue of that year. The first and this issue the first Colonial issue by Angus & Robertson both extremely scarce.

    Octavo, 298 pages plus Publishers catalogue. Original dark green cloth covered binding, gilt title to spine. The odd mark to the boards, missing front free end paper and occasional light ageing. Otherwise really not bad and, try to find another one.

    George Lewis Becke (1855-1913) was born at Port Macquarie and must be regarded as the best Australian author of the period in the genre adventure … South Seas … historical based fiction. He has been compared with Robert Louis Stevenson, Melville, Kipling, Conrad etc exalted company indeed.

    Becke had the pedigree – from an early age he escaped to the South Pacific … ferried vessels to Bully Hayes, was tried (and acquitted) as a pirate at Brisbane at the age of 19 etc etc.

    Prolific writer once he settled down. This Bounty Mutiny based story one of the later works and a collaboration. Didn’t get into print in the USA as a relationship between different races didn’t fit the then standards.

    With a novel we at Voyager always like a good short helpful first sentence. We have the first paragraph here just to get you into the mood.

    “It was night at Tahiti, in the Society Islands. The trade-wind had died away, and a bright flood of shimmering moonlight poured down upon the slumbering waters of a little harbour a few miles distant from Matavia Bay, and the white curve of beach that fringed the darkened line of palms shone and glistened like a belt of ivory under the effulgence of its rays. For nearly half a mile the broad sweep of dazzling sand showed no interruption nor break upon its surface save at one spot; there it ran out into a long narrow point, on which, under a small cluster of graceful cocos, growing almost at the water’s edge, a canoe was drawn up”.

    Louis Becke’s scarce and somewhat controversial South Seas story.


    Loading Updating cart…
  • The “Southern Cross” Antarctic Expedition – Sir George Newnes – September 1899 (Plus some Original Arthur Conan Doyle)

    The “Southern Cross” Antarctic Expedition – Sir George Newnes – September 1899 (Plus some Original Arthur Conan Doyle)

    The very first article of substance published regarding what is regarded as the first Antarctic exploratory expedition of the Heroic era.

    Published in the September 1899 edition of the Strand Magazine. Here bound as original described as Volume 18 in the Series … six issues in one binding July to December 1899. Large octavo, over 800 pages, illustrated extensively. The full account was not published until 1901, naturally.

    This unique article occupies 11 pages and contains images from 22 original photographs.

    Led by Carsten Borchgrevinck, described as an Anglo Norwegian … who in fact was living in Australia and a teacher in outback New South Wales when he earlier had got the adventure bug and had been on the Bull Whaling Expedition. As a result of that likely one of the first people to set foot on the Antarctic.

    The Southern Cross expedition was essentially Borchgrevinck’s brainchild. He raised money in London through Sir George Newnes a wealthy publisher (hence this article). The whole affair incurred the wrath of the Royal Geographical Society – Markham was furious as he saw this as essentially a foreign interloper stealing the limelight (and money) from the RGS planned first Scott Expedition.

    Strand deals with the preparations, voyage out, reception in Hobart (they were well received) and the voyage south and first landing. The establishment of the first ever camp and the first furious blizzards. Australian Louis Bernachhi was a participant. He and another were the first to climb to the highest point on Cape Adare soon after arrival. Bernacchi almost lost his ears to frostbite in that first great blizzard. The article finished with the Southern Cross setting off before the thick of winter sets in and the team bedding down for the first long dark winter that any man had endured. Super stuff.

    Amundsen though highly of Borchgrevink but the RGS establishment continued to “cold shoulder” him. It was not until the 1930’s, after the death of Markham that they relented and awarded him their Patron’s medal. He was still alive to enjoy it.

    Little know early Polar content – First on the Antarctic.

    PS – As a bonus the volume includes the first publication of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Croxley Master” in three parts – complete.



    Loading Updating cart…
  • Bony and the Kelly Gang – Arthur Upfield – First Edition 1960

    Bony and the Kelly Gang – Arthur Upfield – First Edition 1960

    An pretty good first edition of this Arthur Upfield book set in the Cork Valley, New South Wales.

    Octavo, 208 pages, dust jacket designed by Christine Aldor chipped to top of spine. Internally very good, some age to page edges.

    Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte (Bony to those that know him) has the task of finding who murdered Eric Torby and excise officer. Cork valley is inhabited by a “self-sufficient” Irish community who have for years maintained their independence from Government and in particular excise. This is unfamiliar territory for Bony who is used to the openness of the outback. Disguised as a horse-thief and gaolbird he ferrets out the murder with the usual goings on along the way.

    New challenges for Bony on the Cork Valley …



    Loading Updating cart…
  • Bony Buys a Woman – Arthur Upfield – First edition 1957

    Bony Buys a Woman – Arthur Upfield – First edition 1957

    A very good copy of the First Edition published by Heinemann, London etc in 1957.

    Octavo, 237 pages, with slight foxing in the front ends, clean through the text and as good a dust jacket as you will get.

    Undoubtedly a controversial title nowadays. But as often there is a different twist and the buying process is all part of the solution to a murder that only Bony could solve.

    Highly collectable Arthur Upfield, a writer of his times, and one of his better plots. The dijeridoo provides the first clue … Bony risks his life in around the mud of Lake Eyre

    Nice dust jacket art of the said Lake Eyre with a hint of water in the distance.

    Bony out at lake Eyre solving another complex outback murder. An Upfield First in its Jacket



    Loading Updating cart…
  • Rumpole on Trial – John Mortimer – First Edition

    Rumpole on Trial – John Mortimer – First Edition

    A first edition published by Viking, London in 1992.

    If you have not been introduced to Barrister Horace Rumpole then go no further and go quick .. here we have a fusion of PG Wodehouse re Jeeves and perhaps Simenon re Maigret … simply superb.

    Octavo, 243 pages all in very fine condition.

    Seven shortish Rumpole cases all with a very different story to then. Ideally read before dozing off, one per night, a week’s delight.

    John Mortimer a man of great wit and prolific. A former practicing barrister himself who turned to the pen. Rumpole perhaps who/ what he is most famous for and also setting a 1980’s trend for very large spectacles.

    Rumpole with quite a few opinions … and the odd drop at Pommeroy’s .. wouldn’t you like to!



    Loading Updating cart…
  • The Will of the Tribe – Arthur Upfield – First Edition 1962

    The Will of the Tribe – Arthur Upfield – First Edition 1962

    First edition published by Heinemann, London in 1962. Octavo, 245 pages.

    Foxing to the somewhat spongy paper in the ends and page edges. Jacket a bit tatty now protected in Brodart. Having said all that a hard to come by valuable first edition.

    In 1905 a sizeable meteor struck in north-western Australia. The locals nicknamed it “the Stranger”. Now another stranger is found … dead … and left in the middle of the crater. No clues as to how he got there … In comes Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte “Bony”. He will resolve it; but not without the usual twists and turns and the beauty of the outback references.

    Bony solves the mystery in the crater … a first edition albeit a bit tired.



    Loading Updating cart…
  1. Pages: 1 2 3 4Next >Last »

Product Categories