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  • Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    The very first group from Vol 1 No 1 to Vol1 No 6 published in 1996 published bimonthly by Astor Publishing by Edward Astor at Astor Publishing. Very good condition.

    With an Editorial and Advisory Board to die for including, Robert Clancy, David Woodward and Peter Van Der Kroot.

    Each edition approximately 100 pages, heavily illustrated mostly in colour. Content extremely well researched and presented.

    By example, the first edition includes … Mythical Seas; Carto controversy; the mapmaker as artist; the Line that Divided the World; the Captain Cook Legacy; the Brilliant Irascible Ferdinand Hassler … and in the second … Cartographic Thievery; Carto philately (love it); Charting Shipwrecks Down Under [New South wales]; the Island of California. Obviously much more.

    Mercator’s World – the important first group of six.


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  • The Discovery of Australia  – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    The Discovery of Australia – G. Arnold Wood – First Edition 1922

    First edition of Arnold Wood’s broad and well researched book about the European discovery of Australia. Published by Macmillan, London in 1922.

    Despite the Cook frontispiece there is much about the pre-Cook era.

    Thick octavo, 541 page well illustrated and with folding map at rear. “Presentation Copy” blind stamp on title which might explain the rather drab blue cloth covered binding, with gilt title to spine which does not appear as a published standard. Binding a trifle rubbed up join, internally clean, still a good to better copy.

    Oxford educated Wood was offered and took up the Chair of History at Sydney University in 1891 and was still there at time of publishing this book.

    The contents commence with Ancient and Medieval conceptions of the Land of the South; the Indian Ocean in the 13thC; the successors of Marco Pol; Portuguese and Spanish; was Australia known in the 16thC; the discovery of the Solomons; the voyage of 1595; Quiros; Torres; the Dutch and Tasman in 1642 and 1644; Dampier and the Roebuck; the Precursors to Cook; the Endeavour Voyage and the discovery of Eastern Australia; Successors to Cook …

    One of our favourite “histories” with much on the early era accompanied by good illustrations many from rare early maps.


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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


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  • Voyages that Changed the World  – Peter Aughton

    Voyages that Changed the World – Peter Aughton

    A very good copy of the first hardback edition of Aughton’s interesting book.

    Published by Quercus, London, Small folio, 208 pages, decorated boards, heavily illustrated. Bookplate on front paste down.

    Comprehensive chronology starting with the Phoenicians and Polynesians; Saint Brendan’s miraculous voyage; Erik the Red and Leif Erikson in America well before Columbus; Madoc ab Owen Gwynedd’s voyage across the Atlantic … and some other obscure to Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Cabot, Magellan, Drake, Tasman and the discovery of Tasmania, Roggeveen and Easter Island, Bougainville, Cook … Harrison and the Longitude .. right to the Polar expeditions and submarine activity. We like it

    Broadly based, informative and intriguing maritime ..


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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


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  • The Illustrated Armada Handbook. – David Thomas

    The Illustrated Armada Handbook. – David Thomas

    A first printing 1988 published by Harrap, London. Softcover of small quarto size, 218 pages, heavily illustrated as would be expected.

    The best all round book on the Armada with enough facts and analysis to satisfy any Mastermind contestant on the subject.

    Well organised from Background, the Players, Cadiz and Philip’s Beard, Invasion Pans, Armada Sails for Lisbon, Corunna to Lizzard, Battle of f Plymouth, Capture of the Rosario, Battle of Portland Bill, Battle of the Isle of Wight, Calais and the fireships, Battle of Gravelines and the pursuit to Scotland … etc, Super supplements of the Opposing Fleets, the Armada Guns, the Armada Losses and a glossary of 100 related books … get them all?

    The Armada by Thomas – Drake would have appreciated …


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