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  • The Opium Smugglers – Ion Idriess – First edition 1948

    The Opium Smugglers – Ion Idriess – First edition 1948

    Idriess back in Cook’s Passage and the Lizard Island. A tale written for boys and now grown up boys. Somewhat of a rarity.

    A first edition published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1948. Without the jacket, octavo, 273 pages, original tanned cloth covered boards with shell design to front. End paper maps, ownership signature on front ends. A pretty good copy.

    The Lizard and opium

    $35.00

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  • The Cattle King [The Story of Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess

    The Cattle King [The Story of Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess

    Published in Sydney by Angus and Robertson in 1951.

    Octavo, 277 pages, a very good copy in a very good dust jacket, small chip top edge, super clean inside.

    The Biography of Sir Sidney Kidman who started with five shillings and eventually controlled over 100 cattle stations an area half the size of Queensland.

    Well illustrated from period photographs and end paper maps showing the extent of the Kidman interests at the front and stations, stock routes, coach routes and railways referred to in the text … at the rear.

    Good reading & photographs … a cattle empire much in the financial news of late.

    $60.00

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  • Isles of Despair – Ion Idriess – 1949

    Isles of Despair – Ion Idriess – 1949

    A very good copy just a little chipped to the dust jacket.

    Octavo, 290 pages, end paper maps, illustrated with good line drawings befitting the historical nature of the account. Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney a second printing 1949.

    A fictionalised account of the the true story of Barbara Thompson [Idriess Thomson] shipwrecked on the cutter “America” on the reef at Horn island and only survivor. She swam to Prince of Wales Island and lived with the Kaurareg people for five years before being found by Captain Owen Stanley and a young Thomas Huxley who as a junior officer on board the exploring vessel Rattlesnake.

    Barbara saved at last

    $70.00

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  • Back O’ Cairns – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1958

    Back O’ Cairns – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1958

    Published by Angus and Robertson a first edition 1956.

    Octavo, 310 pages end paper maps, other maps and illustrations from period photographs.Previous ownership name cut from corner of front free end paper otherwise a very good copy.

    Ion Idriess at his best beyond and around Cairns in the Queensland Far North with amazing early photographs. Much about the pioneers, the land and the gold.

    Idriess in the Far North a First Edition super copy.

    $70.00

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  • Across The Nullarbor – A Modern Argosy – Ion Idriess – 1953

    Across The Nullarbor – A Modern Argosy – Ion Idriess – 1953

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney, second edition 1953.

    Octavo, 248 pages, en paper maps, some illustrations from period photographs. Good condition albeit pages evenly browned as often from residual war paper. Dust jacket chipped here and there, otherwise a pretty good copy.

    Another great volume from Ion Idriess. A journey East to West across Australia and back again – vivid description.

    Idriess – All the Way Across

    $50.00

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  • Stone of Destiny – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1948

    Stone of Destiny – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1948

    Published by Angus and Robertson a first edition 1948. Octavo, 344 pages with map of diamond finds in New South Wales. Decorative ornaments to chapter headings special to this book.

    A small chip lower edge of dust jacket, otherwise a very good copy.

    Ion Idriess found this his hardest book to write yet it is another masterpiece of yarn and knowledge all revolving around the elusive diamond. Some about spectacular diamonds in history and delightful observations relating to the surprisingly numerous locations in which diamonds have been found in New South Wales. Sadly many diamonds were washed away mining tin around Inverell and Copeton.

    Idriess and his Diamonds – Nice copy

    $60.00

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