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  • North West to Fortune (The Discovery of the North West Passage)  – Stefansson – First UK Edition 1960

    North West to Fortune (The Discovery of the North West Passage) – Stefansson – First UK Edition 1960

    Prolific explorer and writer Vilhjalmur Stefansson’s last book on the history of solving the North West passage. A first British edition published by Allen & Unwin in 1960 … Stefansson died in 1962 at 83 years of age. Octavo, 356 pages after preliminaries, end paper maps, very good condition.

    Given his exploration record and the many years spent within the Arctic Circle who better to write this book. Starting the primary objectives of Columbus and Cabot to find route west to the Far East. The first recorded note of the concept is that of Robert Thorne, merchant of Bristol who produced two papers preserved by Hackluyt one addressed to Henry VIII … “I know it to be my bounden duty to manifest this secret to your Grace, which hitherto, I suppose, has been hid”. The proof was more difficult and many lives were lost.

    Stefansson’s record goes well beyond the broader list of adventurers Cook, Franklin, McClure (in search of Franklin) and John Rae and later Amundsen. He covers in detail the efforts of the Fur Traders and finally the epoch-making achievement” of the US submarine, Nautilus.

    North West Passage complete by Stefansson

    $60.00

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  • Rare Historical Microscope Slide HMS Dart Survey – Australian Waters 1897

    Rare Historical Microscope Slide HMS Dart Survey – Australian Waters 1897

    HMS Dart was actively involved in Hydrographic and Scientific Surveys in the Australian waters in the later stages of the 19th century. This unique slide of Foraminifera collected at 38 degrees South 149 degrees East (South of Tamboon) in Eastern Victoria to the East end of the Bass Strait. Comprising a numbered grid of 24 positions with forams glued down (some have come loose over the years).

    Unique scientific record from Australia 1897

    $130.00

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  • Horatio Lord Nelson – Brain Lavery

    Horatio Lord Nelson – Brain Lavery

    The British Library and the National Maritime Museum combine to produce this fine book on the great man. Published in 2003 a very good copy in a complete dust jacket.

    Illustrations not found elsewhere in the Nelson library.

    The flash line is just our scanner with the Brodart dust jacket protector

    Nelson done well

    $20.00

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  • Darwin and the Beagle – Alan Moorehead

    Darwin and the Beagle – Alan Moorehead

    Published in 1969 by Hamish Hamilton, a little ageing tone but really a very good copy with a complete unmarked dust jacket.

    Alan Moorehead’s capable and well illustrated account of the Beagle period of Darwin’s great life. Balanced and readable hallmarks of the author.

    More than Galapagos

    $25.00

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  • The Discovery of Tasmania – Duyker(s) and Herman

    The Discovery of Tasmania – Duyker(s) and Herman

    Another Duyker and Duyker piece with the assistance of Edward Herman translating and interpreting relevant extracts from Tasman and Dufresne’s journals.

    Published in Hobart in 1992 never had a dust jacket. In near fine condition.

    A very worthy contribution and a must for early discovery historians. Illustrated, with maps and plates and with the text in Dutch and French at the rear. Substantial referencing to other records of interest.

    Great content Dutch/French Tasmania

    $50.00

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  • Whaling Voyages in the Pacific (1823-1829) – The Dalton Journal – Edited by Niel Gunson

    Whaling Voyages in the Pacific (1823-1829) – The Dalton Journal – Edited by Niel Gunson

    Published National Library of Australia, 1990. First Edition, 140 pages with illustrations and bibliography. Original maroon cloth with title lettered in gilt on spine and front board, inlay of scrimshaw on front board, a fine copy. No dust jacket as issued.

    A rare British account of whaling activities in the South Seas (1823-1829), a field dominated by American journals. Provides an eyewitness account of the death of Captain James Cook recalled by a group of elderly Hawaiians. Records the discoveries of Phoenix Island and Canton Island, the new light on the opening up of the Pacific to missionary activity and European settlement.

    More than Whaling in this fine journal

    $40.00

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