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  • Australia’s Worst Shipwrecks – Chris Halls

    Australia’s Worst Shipwrecks – Chris Halls

    A difficult thing to define worst shipwreck – most lives lost, largest boat sunk etc etc. Chris Hall however has made a good selection .. with a bit of breadth … historical relevance is the key we believe.

    Published by Rigby in 1978. Octavo, 157 pages, illustrated. Fine condition.

    Includes the early Dutch ship the Zuytdorp off Western Australia and then a big move geographically and in time to King island, where there have been almost too many shipwreck to count. The tragedy of the Star of Greece and the Quetta in the far north. Ghost ships appear near the end and add a bit of intrigue ..

    A good roundup of the most famous wrecks over the ages on the Australian coastline.

    $25.00

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  • The General (Bruny d’Entrecasteaux) – The Visits of the Expedition led by Bruny d’Entrecasteaux to Tasmanian Waters in 1792 and 1793 – Plomley and Piard- Bernier.

    The General (Bruny d’Entrecasteaux) – The Visits of the Expedition led by Bruny d’Entrecasteaux to Tasmanian Waters in 1792 and 1793 – Plomley and Piard- Bernier.

    Another special book by Brian Plomley with the help of Josiane Pirad- Bernier. Now very scarce.

    Large wide octavo, 378 pages, illustrated. Published by the Launceston Museum in 1993. A solid quality production in near fine condition.

    Very well researched and written book on the Bruny d’Entrecasteaux and his visits to Tasmania.

    Covers the preparations for the voyage and the officers of the Recherche and Esperance, and among other things their scientific work [Natural History, Geological, Botanical and Zoological].

    Also includes as appendices the journals of Louis Ventenat and the botanist Louis Dechamps.

    Rare collectable D’Entrecasteaux – more than a channel.

    $180.00

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  • The Rattlesnake – A Voyage of Discovery in the Coral Sea – Jordan Goodman.

    The Rattlesnake – A Voyage of Discovery in the Coral Sea – Jordan Goodman.

    We have always though that this was the most accessible book regarding the important Voyage of the Rattlesnake.

    Published by Faber in 2005. Large octavo, 357 pages, nicely illustrated, a very good copy.

    From the preparations in London and Portsmouth which take up the short Part I we head for the Tropics and Rio before a sharp east to the Cape and on to Mauritius in 1847. Part III is to Hobart, Sydney and on to the Barrier Reef. Dropping explorer Kennedy at Cape York [from whence he was speared and killed by aboriginals]. Then off to the objective and New Guinea and much coastal exploration, charting and the usual naming after friends, sponsors and the upper levels of society.

    Of course not you normal seagoing adventure we have the truly talented artist Captain Owen Stanley [Mountain Range behind Port Moresby his name] and the soon to be famous Thomas Huxley as naturalist.

    The discovery of Barbara Thompson on far north Darnley Island, sole survivor of a calamitous shipwreck and living with the local aboriginals adds extra drama to an already riveting account.

    Rattlesnake without the poison.

    $30.00

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  • Hyacinthe de Bougainville’s Account of Port Jackson 1825 – The Governor’s Noble Guest – Marc Serge Riviere

    Hyacinthe de Bougainville’s Account of Port Jackson 1825 – The Governor’s Noble Guest – Marc Serge Riviere

    Another beautiful production of the Miegunyah Press. Published in 1999, large octavo, 291 pages, nicely illustrated, super fine copy.

    Baron Hyacinthe the son of the explorer Bougainville commanded an expedition in 1825 to Macau, Manilla and New South Wales in the Thetis and Esperance. This is a translation of his private diaries. He met Governor Brisbane and many explorer and notables … Hume, Blaxland, Oxley, Macarthur, Marsden and Piper.

    It contains a bit of an expose as a result.

    Hyacinthe had influence and knew people

    $50.00

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  • First Visitors to Bass Strait – J. S. Cumpston

    First Visitors to Bass Strait – J. S. Cumpston

    A Roebuck (After Dampier) Society publication of 1973.

    Small quarto, 103 pages, end paper maps, illustrated nicely. A very good copy.

    Cumpston’s well researched account of the opening up of the Bass Strait.

    Two parts – The Furneaux Group which starts quite naturally with Captain Furneaux in the Adventure on his own away from Cook for a while. Part two about King Island with Robert Campbell and John Palmer before Flinders and his thorough approach. And then the French and the fright they put into Governor King and the various hoisting of flags that followed.

    Bass Strait from all directions

    $50.00

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  • The Life of George Bass – Surgeon and Sailor of the Enlightenment – Miriam Estensen

    The Life of George Bass – Surgeon and Sailor of the Enlightenment – Miriam Estensen

    Published by Allen & Unwin in 2005. Octavo, 259 pages, nicely illustrated and in fine condition.

    A thorough account by the meticulous researcher Miriam Estensen .. the endnotes and references take up the last 35 pages.

    Bass the surgeon, and a good one seemingly, more at home on the waves as an explorer adventurer. Later after much accomplished his adventures turned to money making and off he set for South America only to disappear. And throughout all this his beloved Bess … who he left following his primary passion. Estensen explores all of this and provides insight regarding his whereabouts at the end.

    George Bass a truly adventures medic.

    $25.00

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