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  • 1700 Miles in open Boats: The Story of the Loss of the S.S. Travessa in the Indian Ocean and the Voyage of Her Boats to Safety – Captain Foster

    1700 Miles in open Boats: The Story of the Loss of the S.S. Travessa in the Indian Ocean and the Voyage of Her Boats to Safety – Captain Foster

    First edition published Martin Hopkinson, London 1926 a very good copy.

    Original blue cloth 177 pages well illustrated with 14 pages of plates and large folding chart at rear. A very good account of the loss of the 5,000 ton steamer Trevessa and the consequent open boat voyage of her passengers and crew, based on a log kept by Foster, her Captain.

    It was May 1923 and the Travessa had left Freemantle in WA having loaded with ore from the Broken Hill mines at Port Pirie SA. The vessel foundered in the Indian Ocean during a storm the survivors were adrift for 23 days before reaching the Rodrigues in the Mauritius Islands.

    A special shipwreck book well illustrated and with narrative from the live log kept by the Captain

    $70.00

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  • Narrative of a Voyage, in His Majesty’s Ship Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, Along the Coast of Corea to the Island of Lewchew; with an Account of Her Subsequent Shipwreck. – McLeod John

    Narrative of a Voyage, in His Majesty’s Ship Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, Along the Coast of Corea to the Island of Lewchew; with an Account of Her Subsequent Shipwreck. – McLeod John

    Published by John Murray London 1818. Second and improved edition in good condition. 8vo, 323 pp – Expedition of 1816-17 to Deliver the Amherst Embassy to China and Explore the China Sea with extended visit to Lewchew (Okinawa). Frontispiece black and white lithograph of Captain Murray Maxwell, and five exceptional hand coloured aquatint plates drawn by WH Dwarris and engraved by I Clarke. Half calf and marbled boards. Gilt titling on red leather label to spine. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste.

    The body of the book deals with the expedition (February 1818 to August 1817) of the British naval ships the Alceste and the Lyra under the command of Captain Murray Maxwell. The voyage included a call at Rio de Janeiro, Cape of Good Hope, Manila and Java, Batavia, China, surveyed the coast of Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. The visit to Lewchew was the first by Europeans. The ship was wrecked on a reef in the Strait of Gaspar of the coast of Sumatra, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The plates include images of Islanders, Corean Chief and Attendants, Lewchewan Chief, Garden of Temple of Lewchew, Fort Maxwell, several showing local costume

    The book contains five appendices. The first pertains to the court-martial following the loss/sinking of the Alceste. The other four relate to the Lewchew Islands – a chronological list of the Kings of Lewchew from AD 1187, the names and situation of the numerous islands constituting the Lewchew Islands, Lewchewan words and the English equivalent and numerals up to 100 and a poem “The Farewell” by Mr Gillard on leaving Lewchew. On the journey home Captain Maxwell in the company of Lord Amherst met with Napoleon Bonaparte who was then exiled at St Helena – the recorded interchange is most interesting.

    Published in London 1818 – five beautiful coloured plates

    $590.00

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  • Captain James Cook and His Times – Fisher and Johnston

    Captain James Cook and His Times – Fisher and Johnston

    Published by ANU Press canberta in 1979 a very good near fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Cook from a different perspective and well researched and worthwhile. Interplay with Dalrymple, the geography of Northwest America, the Spanish reaction to his endeavours and his reputation in Russia .. and much more.

    Another view of Cook and a good one

    $35.00

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  • A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    Amsterdam. 1969. N. Israel., 1969. Facsimile reprint of 1801 original English edition. Nos. 23 & 24 in the Bibliotheca Australiana series.

    $160.00

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