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  • Reminiscences of an Australian Pioneer – Robert Barton [Uncle of Bajo Patterson]- 1917

    Barton’s reminiscences – a “squatter of the olden days”. Born in 1842 in the central West belonging to the first generation to follow the original land-takers in the west.

    Barton, was an uncle to Banjo Patterson and spent his life in New south Wales and Queensland.

    By 1840 the squattocracy was firmly ‘landed’ and well-to-do. Barton looks back positively to the convict origins of his family’s assigned men. As a young man in his twenties the bushrangers Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall bushranging gangs were part of his life. Later he is confronted by the trade union movement and striking shearers.

    First edition published by Tyrrells, Sydney in 1917. Octavo, vii, 288 pages with portrait of author. Original purple cloth binding, spine faded as usual. Pages slightly tones and some age to ends, ownership details on front ends and a helpful annotation in the Preface. Scarce and worthwhile copy.

    One on the best Australian Pioneering stories

    $150.00

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  • The Diamond (Stone of Destiny) – Ion Idriess

    Idriess found this his hardest book to write yet it is another masterpiece of yarn and knowledge all revolving around the elusive diamond.

    First published in 1948 under “Stone of Destiny” this book includes re-written elements and improvements.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, a 1969 it is described as a second edition, but is really first of type.

    Large octavo, 325 pages, illustrated from original photographs, diagrams and a map. A very good, clean copy.

    For those with a basic knowledge of the discovery of gem diamonds in Australia, Argyle Pipe, etc the Author’s Note to this edition is very predictive … wish we had followed his lead.

    Diamonds for ever – A very nice copy

    $60.00

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  • The Yellow Joss [Coral Sea, Cape York, Torres Strait] – Ion Idriess – 1942

    The Yellow Joss [Coral Sea, Cape York, Torres Strait] – Ion Idriess – 1942

    Selection of tales from Cape York, Coral Sea and Torres Strait based on fact. Great photographs.

    An early edition published in 1942 by Angus and Robertson, Sydney. Octavo, 266 pages, some age, the odd spot but overall a very good pre-war edition with a nice dust jacket – we love the design. Illustrated throughout from relevant period photographs

    Idriess tales of adventure in the very North

    $60.00

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  • Prospecting for Gold. From the Dish to the Hydraulic Plant and from the Dolly to the Stamper Battery. With Chapters on Tin, Osmiridium, Platinum, Opals and Oil. – Ion Idriess

    Prospecting for Gold. From the Dish to the Hydraulic Plant and from the Dolly to the Stamper Battery. With Chapters on Tin, Osmiridium, Platinum, Opals and Oil. – Ion Idriess

    Ion Idriess wrote Prospecting for Gold from his own experiences and the knowledge of his gold bug mates. He had been commissioned by the Australian Government to encourage self-employment.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney. A 1954. Octavo, x, 296 pages, illustrated and with a very helpful glossary. A separate chapter by Government Geologist W.G. Woolnough on Prospecting for Oil. Dust jacket a bit chipped, now protected in acid free removable Brodart. A very good copy.

    Osmiridium is an interesting one. Read about the element Osmium … essential for good pen nibs. Stay away from the Tetroxide. Tasmania had its own Osmium boom starting the 1920’s … still quite a few undeveloped prospects. What can we do with the world’s heaviest element?

    About the book .. unusual for Idriess – not a yarn to be seen – solid practical information that may have stood the test of time.

    Ion Idriess – a guide to finding your fortune in the bush

    $120.00

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  • Nemarluk – King of the Wilds

    Nemarluk – King of the Wilds

    Nermarluk (1911-1940) was an aboriginal warrior who lived near Darwin at Moyle Plain. He was a fighting man well over six foot tall. He was the head man of the Chul-a-mar.

    In 1930 he was imprisoned at the Fannie Bay jail but escaped swimming the eight km across the Darwin Harbour to Cox Peninsula. This account represents the last three years of his life when he was tracked by Bul-Bul, who had been brought in by the Northern Territory police to finally capture him.

    1951 Edition Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney. Octavo, 213 pages, evenly toned, still war paper and some age in ends, very good dust jacket … all up a good copy of one of the harder to find Idriess reality based books.

    Rare Idriess in the Northern Territory and the brave but dangerous Nermaluk

    $40.00

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  • Two Against the Ice [the “Alabama” Expedition, 1909-1912] Ejnar Mikkelsen

    Two Against the Ice [the “Alabama” Expedition, 1909-1912] Ejnar Mikkelsen

    Scarce Travel Book Club publication by Rupert Hart-Davis published London, no date but 1950’s. Translated from Danish by Maurice Michael. Octavo, 224, map of North-East Greenland the location of the adventure. Dust jacket has age, edge tears, some age, generally pretty clean inside a good copy.

    One of the great Arctic adventure accounts. The purpose of the expedition was to map out the northeast coastline of Greenland and to recover the bodies of Mylius-Erichsen and Hoeg-Hagen.

    Mikkelsen and his engineer Iversen wintered on Shannon Island. Their ship, the Alabama, got trapped in the ice and the rest of the party returned home on a whaler. The pair succeeded after a series of hazardous sledge journeys in recovering the lost records of the missing party and disproving the existence of Peary Channel. On returning to base and finding the crew gone they erected a makeshift hut from salvaged timbers and spent two winters there before being rescued. It got a bit frayed between the two of them, but they made up in the end – this book is dedicated to Iversen.

    Classic Arctic adventure in North-east Greenland

    $60.00

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