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  • Pedraluarez Cabral (Pedro Alluarez De Gouvea) – His Progenitors His Life and His Voyages to America and India – James McClymont – 1912.

    A strange one almost published by through the great Bernard Quaritch, London. Limited to only 150 copies.

    A most interesting account of the Portuguese Explorer who is attributed with the Discovery of Brazil. Born into a noble family circa 1467. In his discovery years he was likely the first person on the planet to step foot on four continents all in one voyage of 1500 when he did a significant exploration of the north east coast of South America and stuck the flag in the ground for Portugal. He then followed Vasco da Gama to the east and India in search of those valuable spices.

    Large squarish octavo, 72 pages. Original calf backed red cloth covered boards, gilt titling along spine. A very good copy of a scarce item.

    Pedro Cabral an oft overlooked Explorer


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  • An account of a Voyage to Establish a Colony at port Philip in Bass’s Strait, on the South Coast of New South Wales, in His Majesty’s Ship Calcutta, in the Years 1803-3-4. – J.H. Tuckey.

    Tuckey was a First Lieutenant of the Calcutta and this is a true facsimile of the voyage to and affairs in Australia of the abandoned attempt to create a settlement at Port Philip and the consequence of the move that led to the foundation of Hobart in Tasmania. Some useful footnotes are added.

    The voyage out occupies approximately 60% of the book .. to Teneriffe; Cape Verde; Rio de Janeiro [much about Rio]; Cape of Good Hope [Via Voyager’s favourite island group Tristan d’Acunha; then the mysterious St Paul's and on to Port Philip. Them transactions at Port Philip which gives rise to the addenda … lists of plants; Meteorological observations; timbers found and observations respecting the selection of convicts and the means of preserving health. Hobart get a mention but its brief before the vessel turns for home.

    Published by marsh etc, Melbourne in 1974. Octavo, set as the original of 1805, 240 pages. Bound in full leather with impressed design to front and back, raised bands to spine, separate leather title label [spare label at back]. Number 51 of a limited edition of 500. Hand bound at the Dove Bindery, Melbourne. A very good copy albeit previous ownership details hidden in the end papers.

    Tuckey on the Calcutta – his account.


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  • The Tregurtha Log – Relating the Adventurous Life of Capt Edward Primrose Tregurtha.

    The Tregurtha Log – Relating the Adventurous Life of Capt Edward Primrose Tregurtha.

    A pretty sumptuous production by Published and Editor Dan Sprod. Published under his Blubber Press in 1980.

    Folio, 166 pages, illustrated, tipped in volured plate and tipped in frontispiece, elaborate design to title page, end paper maps. A fine copy.

    Limited to six hundred numbered copies, in this form, of which this is numbered 474, signed by Dan Sprod.

    Cornishman Tregurtha led an adventurous life for sure. Started out in the Navy at none years old in the Napoleonic Wars. Then to East Indiamen to China. As a grown man to Hobart and Captain of the Caroline and South Sea Whaling. His Log the subject of this book was in the possession of Norman Whettenhall [a surname we know well] of Melbourne … we can’s imagine the excitement of Dan Sprod when he first read this treasure.

    A rather stunning book and one hell of a story


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  • Antarctic Penguins (The Scott Terra Nova Expedition)  – Dr Murray Levick  RN – First Edition 1914

    Antarctic Penguins (The Scott Terra Nova Expedition) – Dr Murray Levick RN – First Edition 1914

    A first edition, published by William Heinemann, London in 1914. Small quarto, 139 pages with mainly photographic illustrations. Original pictorial green cloth binding with a good clean embossed image to front. As usual a little foxed internally because of the paper choice. Still a very good copy.

    Scarce and an often overlooked primary source in the cannon of Heroic Era Antarctic volumes. We are not sure why as it is brilliant and the writer a veritable hero.

    George Murray Levick (1876-1956) was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He studied medicine at St Barts and joined the Royal Navy in 1902. He was allowed time off to accompany Robert Falcon Scott as surgeon and zoologist on the Terra Nova Expedition. As part of the Northern party he spent the summer at Cape Adaire observing and photographing the Adelie penguin rookery. This book represents the only proper study on that mass of birds, the largest colony in the world. The book is brilliant, the observations acute. Incidentally he made notes about sexual habits that given the vies of the days he thought too indecent for publication … he wrote them in Greek as a precaution, so that only “educated gentlemen” could read them . This only came to light after his death.

    Levick went on to participate in Gallipoli and in 1932 founded the Public schools Exploring Society. In 1940 he returned to the Navy at 64 and joined Mountbatten’s Commando operation training in fitness, diet and survival techniques … he wrote the manual!

    Best Penguin Book by Far – Terra Nova – 1914 First


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  • The Huon Pine Story – A History of the Harvest and Use of a Unique Timber – Kerr and McDermott

    Huon Pine up there with the best woods in the worlds. What makes a good wood, well to start with you know it when you see it, smell it touch it …

    Large quarto, 299 pages, published by Mainsail Book as if self published. Super production, heavily illustrated throughout, end paper maps of logging areas etc. Fine condition. A heavy book that may require a postage supplement

    If it can be afforded and found the best boat builders number one choice of wood which makes this fine material that more romantic. If you ever want a good book about a tree – this is the one.

    Huon Pine First Choice Material beautiful Tree


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  • Helmets and Hatchets – A History of the Hobart Fire Brigade 1883-1983 – Roger McNeice.

    Helmets and Hatchets – A History of the Hobart Fire Brigade 1883-1983 – Roger McNeice.

    Someone once explained to Voyager that the making of a Fire Brigade was the defining moment in any Nation. They did however build Fire Engine.

    Enough, this is a super book about this important service to the community .. non less than in Southern Tasmania which has had its fair share of very difficult fires.

    Published by the State Fire Commission in 1983. Signed by author McNeice on the title page.

    Large wide octavo, 237 pages, heavily illustrated mainly from period photographs. A very good near fine copy.

    “Fireys” honoured after 100 years service to Hobart


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