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  • Moana – The Vastness of the Sea – Bernard Gorsky – First English edition 1956

    Moana – The Vastness of the Sea – Bernard Gorsky – First English edition 1956

    A very nice copy of the first English edition published in 1956.

    Translated from the original French by Alec Brown an published by Elek Books, London. Interestingly, still published a year before the French equivalent.

    Octavo, 239 pages with endpaper maps and numerous illustrations taken from photographs of the voyage, many underwater. Very goo condition, tres clean inside.

    Bernard Gorsky was inspired on reading a sailing adventure. He assembled a crew of three and bought a forty-foot cutter. They set sail from Dinard and the book follows their travels to Tangiers, the Canaries and across the Atlantic to the West Indies with some beautiful sailing and diving. Through the Panama with time in the Galapagos among the turtles and further west to the Atolls of Tuamotu and Tahiti.

    The writing is special and has been compared, rather curiously, with Melville and Conrad .. well it is a delight

    Moana – a superior sailing and diving adventure

    $30.00

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  • Antique French Field or Students Microscope c1900

    Antique French Field or Students Microscope c1900

    A late Victorian perhaps Edwardian student’s drum microscope. In good working condition. Original wooden case. This variety would have been used by naturalist’s in the field and is likely French by manufacture.

    Spare brass objective missing tiny lens. Primary objective, shown fitted, complete and in excellent condition. Overall, good optics, retains all the original lacquer, swivel mirror in very good condition. Original brass tweezers and a sample French slide of a fossil. Mahogany fitted case in fine condition.

    Practical antique scientific instrument

    $240.00

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  • King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise  – Lemaire 1836

    King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise – Lemaire 1836

    The most beautiful hand coloured engraving. Executed by Pauquet for Lemaire’s supreme work “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques” published in Paris 1836.

    The plate is 23cm by 14cm rich creamy paper and in fine condition. The colours are so vivid and, enhanced with gum arabic, they surprise the eye. We think this is maybe the prettiest of the smaller Victorian bird prints

    The King Bird of Paradise and the Regent Bird of Paradise. Two striking male birds. Both frequent the lowland forests of Papua New Guinea. What a place.

    The King Bird of Paradise is often regarded as the most beautiful and during his mating ritual can ruffle his white feathers up so much that he almost looks like a white ball .. with all his finer protruding of course.

    The Regent Bird of Paradise is a cousin to the Australian Regent Bowerbird … the more extensive yellow, particularly across the top of the head is the giveaway.

    Price framed $190.00 unframed

    No birds more beautiful than the Birds of Paradise

    $190.00

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  • Lectures on The Blood and on The Changes which It Undergoes During Disease – Magendie

    Lectures on The Blood and on The Changes which It Undergoes During Disease – Magendie

    First published in English by Haswell, New Orleans in 1839. This edition for the Classics of Medicine Library published by Gryphon in 1996.

    Large octavo, 276 pages, printed by Quebecor Kingsport from film of the original courtesy of the Library of the College of Physicians, Philadelphia. Paper specially made for this edition by Glatfelter. Bound in full leather by the printers. Deluxe endpapers specially commissioned from Richard J Wolfe. All edges gilt, cover design in gilt by Daniel Bianchi and Selma Ordewer

    Francois Magendie (1783-1855) was a physiologist and a forerunner of experimental physiology. He conducted dissections on live animals for which he was criticised by many, including later Darwin and Huxley.

    Magendie unorthodox but effective experimental physiologist – his thinking and lectures on blood disorders before their time.

    $60.00

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  • The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse – Where Fate Beckons. – John Dunmore

    The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse – Where Fate Beckons. – John Dunmore

    First edition published by the ABC in2006. Large octavo, 292 pages, nicely illustrated . A quality production printed in heavy paper. A fine, as new copy.

    The book on La Perouse, John Dunmore being the recognised world authority. From his teenage life at war, the American War, issues in the Indian Ocean and the Great tragic Voyage and the mystery.

    La Perouse by Dunmore

    $35.00

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  • Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse D’Entrecasteaux in Australia and the South Pacific 1792 – 1793 by Frank Horner.

    A 1996 first soft cover edition. Octavo, 317 pages, published by Melbourne University Press. A nice copy. Heavily illustrated.

    Solid read with maps, charts and illustrations. Bruny d’Entrecasteaux might have failed to find the doomed La Perouse but made some important observations in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Guinea.

    Top of the class Frank Horner

    $30.00

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