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  • A Voyage to Port Phillip and Van Diemen’s Land with Governor Collins – A.W.H. Humphrey

    A Voyage to Port Phillip and Van Diemen’s Land with Governor Collins – A.W.H. Humphrey

    A scarce historic account – edited from Humphrey’s Letters by John Currey.

    A soft cover but of magnificent form by The Colony Press, Malvern for The Banks (Joseph) Society in 2008. Octavo, 135 pages, nicely illustrated, a fine copy.

    Octavo, encased in a bound on jacket, all done by the Old Shed Bindery, pages printed on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Soft White thick paper, thick chocolate textured paper near front adds luxury and protection.

    Humphrey arrived in the “Ocean” from England .. this is to catch Collins at the ill-fated rather temporary settlement at Port Phillip. Humphrey sets off in the Lady Nelson to Port Dalrymple and then witnesses the transfer to the Derwent and the founding of Hobart. There are explorations with botanist Robert Brown up the Derwent and Huon Rivers and an expedition to the top of Mount Wellington. Humphrey was involved in the construction of the first house in Hobart .. all very in the moment stuff.

    Humphrey’s Account pieced together with important historic content.

    $50.00

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  • Batavia – The first and last voyage – Phillipe Godard.

    Batavia – The first and last voyage – Phillipe Godard.

    Published by Abrolhos, Perth in 1993. Large quarto, 332 pages, a high quality production. Heavy will require a postage supplement if going overseas. Fine condition.

    Well researched and stunningly illustrated our favourite Batavia book. All about the V.O.C., Francisco Pelsaert, the voyage and the Houtman Abrolhos and the wreck, Cornelisz’ Webb of treachery, Cat’s Island … and then much later the discovery of the wreck the treasures and the building of the replica and rebirth.

    Become a true Batavia Expert – a photographic delight

    $70.00

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  • The Cruise of the Freak – Mission to the Islands – the Missionary Voyages in Bass Strait of Canon Marcus Brownrigg 1872-1885 – Edited and introduced by Stephen Murray-Smith

    The Cruise of the Freak – Mission to the Islands – the Missionary Voyages in Bass Strait of Canon Marcus Brownrigg 1872-1885 – Edited and introduced by Stephen Murray-Smith

    Published by Foot and Playsted in 1987. Unusual style dust wrappered Soft cover, xxxv, ii, 244 pages, some illustrations, a fine copy.

    The editor provides a lengthy and worthwhile introduction, including a list and biography/ context of the principal personalities.

    This is a reprint of a rare and sought after 19thC voyage account. The original title being … The Cruise of the Freak – A narrative of a Visit to the Islands in Bass and Banks Straits with some Account of the Islands – this contains thirteen voyages in all

    Not an unlucky number for Brownrigg.

    $40.00

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  • Francois Peron’s Natural History of Maris Island Tasmania. – Brian Plomley et al

    Francois Peron’s Natural History of Maris Island Tasmania. – Brian Plomley et al

    Another Plomley rarity we don’t expect to see again for a long time.

    Published as part of the Records of the Queen Victoria Museum in 1990.

    Soft cover, 50 pages, with charts etc all in fine condition.

    Baudin spent three days circumnavigation Maria Island in February 1802. Francois Peron was zoologist but also made meteorological, geomorphic, botanical observation – a multi faceted scientist was Peron.

    Peron knew his stuff when it came to Maria.

    $40.00

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  • Pedraluarez Cabral (Pedro Alluarez De Gouvea) – His Progenitors His Life and His Voyages to America and India – James McClymont – 1912.

    Pedraluarez Cabral (Pedro Alluarez De Gouvea) – His Progenitors His Life and His Voyages to America and India – James McClymont – 1912.

    A strange one appears to be effectively self published but through the great Bernard Quaritch, London. Limited to only 150 copies.

    A most interesting account of the Portuguese Explorer who is attributed with the Discovery of Brazil. Born into a noble family circa 1467. In his discovery years he was likely the first person on the planet to step foot on four continents all in one voyage of 1500 when he did a significant exploration of the north east coast of South America and stuck the flag in the ground for Portugal. He then followed Vasco da Gama to the east and India in search of those valuable spices.

    Large squarish octavo, 72 pages. Original calf backed red cloth covered boards, gilt titling along spine. A very good copy of a scarce item.

    Pedro Cabral an oft overlooked Explorer

    $120.00

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  • The Tregurtha Log – Relating the Adventurous Life of Capt Edward Primrose Tregurtha.

    The Tregurtha Log – Relating the Adventurous Life of Capt Edward Primrose Tregurtha.

    A pretty sumptuous production by Published and Editor Dan Sprod. Published under his Blubber Press in 1980.

    Folio, 166 pages, illustrated, tipped in volured plate and tipped in frontispiece, elaborate design to title page, end paper maps. A fine copy.

    Limited to six hundred numbered copies, in this form, of which this is numbered 474, signed by Dan Sprod.

    Cornishman Tregurtha led an adventurous life for sure. Started out in the Navy at none years old in the Napoleonic Wars. Then to East Indiamen to China. As a grown man to Hobart and Captain of the Caroline and South Sea Whaling. His Log the subject of this book was in the possession of Norman Whettenhall [a surname we know well] of Melbourne … we can’s imagine the excitement of Dan Sprod when he first read this treasure.

    A rather stunning book and one hell of a story

    $90.00

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