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  • Tasman’s Journal – Fine Facsimile – Strictly Limited

    Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal of His Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand in 1642, with Documents Relating to His Exploration of Australia in 1644, Amsterdam 1898.

    Reprinted in facsimile, Los Angeles, 1965. A large folio of Tasman’s illustrated journal with an English translation and five folding maps in an end pocket. Complete and in fine condition. Edition limited to 225 copies and as a result scarce and collectable. This copy as fine a condition as you will find.

    Tasman’s Journal a rare and fine facsimile – The Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land

    Not this is a very large and heavy volume and may require a postagae supplement on billing dependent on location … we will be helpful

    $890.00

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  • Chance Discovery of Australia and New Zealand by Portuguese and Spanish Navigators between 1531 and 1528 – Roger Herve translated John Dunmore

    Chance Discovery of Australia and New Zealand by Portuguese and Spanish Navigators between 1531 and 1528 – Roger Herve translated John Dunmore

    A scarce 70 page softcover translation of Roger Herve’s interesting research translated by John Dunmore.

    Published privately in New Zealand in 1983. Contains three maps in the text. Some fox marks to page edges and half title still a very good copy of quite a valuable little work.

    Contents arranged as follows … The Portuguese-Norman Portulan Maps; Analysis of the Dieppe Planispheres; The First European Voyages of Exploration to Australasia; The Evidence of the Voyage Avantureux and the Conclusion .. The Presumed Course of the Caravel San Lesmes in 1526-1527.

    Postage may well be reduced on this item on billing.

    Dunmore’s important translation of Roger Herve’s work – pretty conclusive

    $35.00

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  • Blake Twigden Bookplate – the Owl and the Possum – Ex Libris Pat Corrigan

    Blake Twigden Bookplate – the Owl and the Possum – Ex Libris Pat Corrigan

    A thoughtful bookplate design by Blake Twigden produced in 1973 using offset lithography with black ink.

    Very clean condition, 11cm by 9cm

    Blake Twigden was born in New Zealand in 1945 and spent over twenty years of his adult life in Australia. He is a passionate conservationist and specialises in painting natural history subjects, particularly exotic birds. He returned to New Zealand and as well as his art runs a private wildlife sanctuary.

    Pat Corrigan having done more to re-stimulate the art of bookplate design in Australia than any other person. The Wiki article on Pat Corrigan is excellent and has an interesting section on his promotion of bookplates.

    Blake Twigden – Wildlife Artist – Commissioned by Corrigan

    $40.00

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  • The Spirit of Rose-Noelle – 119 days adrift: a survival story –  John Glennie and Jane Phare.

    The Spirit of Rose-Noelle – 119 days adrift: a survival story – John Glennie and Jane Phare.

    Published by Viking, a first edition 1990. Octavo, 196 pages, nicely illustrated with drawings, diagrams, charts etc. Very good condition.

    Another remarkable story could not have scripted although, at the time, some thought it had!

    Four days into a voyage from New Zealand to Tonga the trimaran Rose-Noelle is capsized in a huge wave. John Glennie and his three crew were initially trapped in a half filled cabin. The boat was unseaworthy and began to drift … they tough at a pace east. Rescue attempts focused in the wrong area .. they set about catching fish and trapping rain water … an incredible 199 days later they came full circle smashing into the rocks of the NZ Great Barrier Island.

    Life changing survival on the Rose-Noelle

    $30.00

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  • The Last Maori War – Whitmore – First Edition 1902

    The Last Maori War – Whitmore – First Edition 1902

    A first edition, published by Sampson Low, London in 1902. Longer title … “The Last Maori War in New Zealand under the Self-Reliant Policy”.

    Octavo, 198 pages, original red cloth binding with gilt titling front and spine. Illustrations from photographs, useful maps etc … complete albeit a little foxed. Still a very good copy.

    The author Sir George S. Whitmore was Colonial Secretary and the Commandant of the Colonial Forces in New Zealand. A lengthy Preface was added by R.A. Loughnan of Wellington.

    Whitmore was born into a military family in Malta in 1829. Educated at Edinburgh then joined the South African Cape Mounted Rifles and was involved in the Kaffir wars 1847-1853. After returning to England he went to the Crimea. During a period of ill health, he attended the staff college at Aldershot where he excelled above all others. In 1861 he left with Lieutenant General Duncan Cameron who was to assume command of the forces in New Zealand. At that time a truce had been declared and Whitmore through unusual circumstances found himself without a position and acquired a large sheep run near Napier and he did very well through hard work and talent for the task. In 1863 fighting with the Maori broke out. Whitmore volunteered and led the defence forces at Hawke’s Bay. After a brief visit to England he returned in 1866 and became substantively involved in the continuing struggles. His actions were extensive and ruthless, whilst a small man he was physically and mentally very tough and he imposed his own standards on others making many enemies. This book is his major work and whilst regarded as partisan it is considered well written and a thorough record.

    Important account of the atrocious Maori wars

    $160.00

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