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  • Centenary Melbourne Cup Carnival

    Centenary Melbourne Cup Carnival

    This little brochure celebrates the Centenary of the Melbourne Cup in 1960 – full of interesting images and “fashions” – advice on how to get to the races – by sea from Genoa, San Francisco! Those were the days

    $20.00

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  • Five Years with the Congo Cannibals – Herbert Ward – 1890 – First Edition

    Five Years with the Congo Cannibals – Herbert Ward – 1890 – First Edition

    Published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1890 a First edition. Quatro with 308 pages after preliminaries.

    Original blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased, with central embossed figure of native dancing, borders in red at top and bottom, gilt titles to spine. Some rubbing and ageing to the cloth and marks to page edges. Internally fine and clean throughout – no internal foxing – printed on stout paper. Illustrated by the author and V. Perard and W.B. Davis. Portrait frontispiece, map in text, all called for. A good copy of the scarce first edition.

    Ward could converse with the natives thereby obtaining accurate information of the region. Dealings with Stanley, Livingstone and Tippo Tib Arab leader and slave trader.

    About Herbert Ward

    A bit of a character. After leaving the prestigious Mill Hill School he went to New Zealand and then Australia and tried his hand at gold mining, stock riding and circus performing. He went to Borneo were he contracted malaria which forced him to return to England. His African explorations with Stanley (the subject of this book) were a new phase in his life which was followed by a period in France when he worked as a sculptor and became a Member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors. He remained in France and was awarded the Croix de Guerre having been named twice in dispatches during World War I.

    $290.00

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  • A Cursory Sketch of the State of the Naval, Military and Civil Establishments, Legislative, Judicial, and Domestic Economy of This Kingdom, During the Fourteenth Century. – Bree John – Published London, 1791

    A Cursory Sketch of the State of the Naval, Military and Civil Establishments, Legislative, Judicial, and Domestic Economy of This Kingdom, During the Fourteenth Century. – Bree John – Published London, 1791

    Published in London in 1791 with a particular account of the campaign of King Edward the Third, in Normandy and France, in the years 1345 and 1346, to the taking of Calais: collected merely from the ancient manuscripts in the British Museum, and elsewhere. Volume I, all that was published. First Edition, printed for the author, and sold by J. Debrett (and others), 1791, quarto, pages xxxvi, 381 (i.e. 386), (30) – index and errata, pages 385 and 386 misnumbered 335 and 381.

    Bound in full antique tree calf, raised bands and gilt decoration to spine, gilt lettered leather labels. Contents bright and clean, binding tight and firm, a very good copy.

    This was projected to be a series of volumes but only the first was published. There are 2 chapters both concerning the Navy: 1) Of the General State of the Navy of England during the Fourteenth Century; and more particularly of the naval armament collected by King Edward the Third for his expedition against Normandy and France: and first of the appointment and succession of the Lord Admirals of England; 2) Of the Size, Tonnage, and Construction of the Ships; their Complement of Men, Victualling, the Number of Officers, their Pay, and that of the Mariners and Soldiers, on board the Navy of England, during the Fourteenth Century.

    A most interesting historical record in very good condition in a quality tree calf binding.

    $490.00

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  • A Naturalist in Mid-Africa: Being an Account of a Journey to the Mountains of the Moon in Tanganyika – Elliot GFS

    A Naturalist in Mid-Africa: Being an Account of a Journey to the Mountains of the Moon in Tanganyika – Elliot GFS

    Book description: London, AD Innes & Co publisher 1896 First edition. 8vo xvi, 413pp frontis of snow peaks of Ruwenzori with tissue guard. 49 plates and illustrations from photographs and sketches, diagram, 4 maps including 3 coloured and folding lithographed maps at end. Original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering to spine. A good copy.

    An important work on African exploration and discovery, under the auspices of The Royal Geographical Society, including a thorough study of the terrain, people, nature and botany. The appendix contains a list of the native chiefs in the area, altitudes, scientific collections, agricultural and other products of the region.

    Very nicely illustrated – an important and rare book on Africa.

    $170.00

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