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  • An Account of the Discoveries Made in the South Pacific Ocean – Alexander Dalrymple

    An Account of the Discoveries Made in the South Pacific Ocean – Alexander Dalrymple

    A quality production, Number 3 in the Australian Maritime Series published by Hordern House, Sydney.

    A Limited edition of 950 copies hand bound in midnight blue Scottish calf with marbled papered boards. Designed by Margo Snape.

    Octavo, 103 pages plus portrait frontispiece, six folding plates and folding map at rear. All in very good condition.

    First published in 1767 one of the rarest accounts. First time reissued faithfully reproduced.

    The original account used as a reference on the Endeavour and mentioned by Banks and Cook.

    Dalrymple lead Cook to Australia

    $130.00

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  • Polynesian Navigation – A Symposium on Andrew Sharp’s Thoery of Accidental Voyages – Edited by Jack Golson

    Polynesian Navigation – A Symposium on Andrew Sharp’s Thoery of Accidental Voyages – Edited by Jack Golson

    Andrew Sharpe certainly stirred up the debate as to hoe the Pacific Islands may have been settled. A symposium in the 1960’s brought together some pretty good minds on the subject.

    Published by the Polynesian Society, Wellington, New Zealand in 1963. Being Memoir No 34, a Supplement to the Journal of the Society. Softcover, octavo, 153 pages plus bibliography. Three useful maps, two of which are folding. A little age, still a very good copy.

    Cartographic expert, Thomas M Perry’s copy with his discrete stamp top of front cover.

    The body of the work review the “Accidental Voyage Theory”’ – Parsonson; Primitive Navigation – Captain Hayen and Captain Hilder; Sailing Characteristics of Oceanic Canoes – Bechton; The Geographical Knowledge of the Polynesians and the Nature of Inter-Island Contact – Dening; Geographical Knowledge of Tahitian etc etc

    The Pacific Solved – Maybe

    $40.00

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  • Glimpses of the Australian Colonies  and New Zealand – Captain Barry – First edition 1903

    Glimpses of the Australian Colonies and New Zealand – Captain Barry – First edition 1903

    Subtitled … “A Thrilling Narrative of the Early Days: Embodying the Life-History of Captain William Jackson Barry Who Arrived in New South Wales in 1829” … and it is really quite “Thrilling”

    Published by Brett, Auckland in 1903. Small quarto, 211 pages, decorated end papers, illustrated with photographic portraits. Original cloth covered binding with gilt embossed design and title to front and spine … gilt a little faded … otherwise a very good solid unmarked copy.

    William Barry was born in 1819. His father was a vet. At a dinner party Sir John Alcock took a liking to him and asked his father to let William enter his service. With this achieved, Alcock set off for Australia with young William on the “Red Rover” in the year 1828. Typhus broke out onboard and many died. On arrival at Sydney the ship was quarantined for six weeks … it was dreadful… and life ashore not much better. Alcock hated it and organised swift passage to Buenos Ayres. On the way to the dock Barry decided he liked Sydney so much he ran away and hid in a tank until the ship had gone. And so Barry’s life in the Antipodes started then … at the age of ten!

    His life was certainly different … at various times he sailed … carrying Timor Ponies to Sydney … shipwrecked nearly starved and rescued. Other times he was in the gold fields in Victoria (Eureka), New Zealand and California. Was variously a butcher (his early trade), farmer, auctioneer and horse dealer (bushrangers robbed him) … married more than once into money.

    Near the back of the book is a potted history of Australia and a selection of biographies of notable gents … the most common feature being and incredible collection of beards

    Captain Barry the sort of life films should be made about

    $60.00

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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

    $790.00

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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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