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  • The Journal of The Royal Geographical Society 1931 October – Baluchistan – C.P. Skrine

    The Journal of The Royal Geographical Society 1931 October – Baluchistan – C.P. Skrine

    A near mint copy of the October edition 1931 of the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society London. The primary report is by Skrine on his travels and observations in Baluchistan mainly in the Highlands or Persian Baluchistan. Well illustrated with18 black and white photographs taken on the travels – some rather spectacular such as the “Earth Pillar” above Tamindan and the view of Kuh-i-Taftan from the cliffs of Lejwar. The report supported by a map of the Highlands region prepared by Skrine with an inset map of the broader Baluchistan.

    This edition also includes one of the reports of Michael Terry relating to his travels in West Australia (Horseshoe Bend to Oodnadatta) also nicely illustrated with maps and photographs. As well as details of a 16th century manuscript navigating manual in the Society’s Library.

    Baluchistan Rarity with 20th Century Australian Exploration.

    $90.00

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  • The Gladstone Colony – Hogan, J.F. MP – 1898

    The Gladstone Colony – Hogan, J.F. MP – 1898

    Published in London by T. Fisher Unwin 1898. 279 pages. Original plum covers with gilt lettering and top edge. Good condition a very good copy.

    The foreword by W.E. Gladstone is illuminating: ‘The period, December 1845, when I became Colonial Secretary, was one when the British Government began to feel nonplussed by the question of Transportation. [A plan was framed] for the establishment, as an experiment, of a pure penal colony without free settlers). When I came in, the plan might have been arrested in the event of disapproval, but the Government were, committed, and I had only to put the last hand to the scheme. So it went on towards execution. In July 1846 the Government was changed, and Lord Grey succeeded me. He said he would make none but necessary changes in pending measures. He, however, annihilated this scheme’.

    The introduction is even more instructive: ‘For the first time a full and detailed account is given of Mr Gladstone’s most interesting experiment as Colonial Secretary, namely, his attempted establishment, just fifty years ago, of a new colony called North Australia. That colony did not succeed in securing a permanent place on the map, but its intended metropolis – the site on which Mr Gladstone’s pioneers settlers encamped – was successfully established and continues to bear Mr Gladstone’s name to this day’

    THE historical account of Gladstone written up to the turn of the 19th century.

    $90.00

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  • (Capt) Philip Parker King – 1834- An Account for Salary and a note of purchases pertaining to Mr William Smith both likely pertaining to the new property “Gidleigh”

    (Capt) Philip Parker King – 1834- An Account for Salary and a note of purchases pertaining to Mr William Smith both likely pertaining to the new property “Gidleigh”

    First and account of salary from the 1st January 1834 to the 26 September 1834 being 269 days at 75(Pounds)per annum to which is added payment for a Chestnut Colt.

    Then a separate note using the same paper

    “Received from Mr William Smith all the Sheep and Horned Cattle in his Charge also the Stores and Provisions belonging to the establishment at Gidleigh – A Mare and her foal also an Iron Grey horse not yet delivered being missing but will probably be found”

    A document which reflects the simplicity but yet care by which Philip Parker King went about his business

    This letter is part of an archive of items connected to the Parker King Lethbridge families and is not currently available for sale as a descrete item. Enquiries regarding the whole collection are welcome. The collection is being researched and documented.

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  • A letter to Captain Philip Parker King from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836 with an affectionate note to his Mother

    A letter to Captain Philip Parker King from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836 with an affectionate note to his Mother

    A letter to Captain Philip Parker King addressed his property Dunheved at Penrith from his son Philip Gidley King regarding the first explorations of the land that was to become “Gidleigh” signed and dated 17th August 1836

    On the same sheet – a note to his Mother – the whole written on blank space remaining on two pages extracted from an accounts ledger

    My Dear father

    I have just a word to say as the day will be so long on the road. I have sent down the material for making a kind of a plan for Gidleigh – but as I only had a compass it will not much better than a corrected sketch. And the kind of country is very bad for that sort of thing, however it will be an amusement and I know almost every gully round about – I have protracted it unto here but as I have not a straight ruler or a sheet of paper large enough I shall do it over again. I have also made a sketch or two which I have sent down.

    We were disappointed in the post today but we must not expect every time – will you send the xxx letter when you send yours to Wickham

    Pray give my love to all and believe me ever your affectionate Son Philip Gidley King

    We have had bad weather for the last three days – a succession of Thunderstorms – with very vivid lightening. Wind hard from WNE to WNW –
    Today however has been very warm and fine –

    Wednesday August 17th/36

    My Dear Mother

    I am afraid you will think we have almost forgotten you – but I trust you will give us more credit – I hope all has been going on well at home and that poor little Libby’s finger is quite well. Pray give her my love. I have sent Bob a couple of geological specimens – for his collection – we have no news from this part of the world. I hope that Mr Cookey has been going on all right since we left. Pray remember me over at Albemington and with love to all believe me so

    Yours Affectionately So
    PGK

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    Philip Parker King (1791-1856) was the son of Philip Gidley King (snr) and Anna Josepha Coombe. Philip Parker King joined the navy in 1807. In 1817 he married Harriet Lethbridge. In 1826 he sailed in command of HMS Adventure in company with HMS Beagle (and Charles Darwin) to survey the southern coast of South America. He settled in Sydney in 1832 where he owned land at St Mary’s which with his mother’s farm, became known as Dunheved. His sister Mary married Harriet’s brother Rev Robert Lethbridge and his sister Anna Maria married Hannibal Macarthur.
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    This letter is part of an archive of items connected to the Parker King Lethbridge families and is not currently available for sale as a discrete item. Enquiries regarding the whole collection are welcome. The collection is being researched and documented.

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  • Defending the Realm – Hollingworth and Fielding – the MI5 Sahyler Affair

    Defending the Realm – Hollingworth and Fielding – the MI5 Sahyler Affair

    In 1997 David Shayler came in from the cold and exposed MI5 for the bureaucratic nightmare it had become. MI5 still obsessed with the extreme left kept files on Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson and even Ted Heath. Good intelligence on the IRA had been largely ignored.

    Shayler (somehow?) ended up in jail in France (fancy that) and nasty things happened to his friends.

    Do you know Shayler?

    $40.00

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  • The Integrative Action of the Nervous System – Charles Sherrington.

    The Integrative Action of the Nervous System – Charles Sherrington.

    Leather bound and beautifully gilt embossed all edges richly gilt associated with the Classics of Medicine Library 1989. Heavily illustrated 411 pages with mild signs of use otherwise a very good copy.

    Dr Sherrington FRS was the Holt Professor of Physiology at the University of Liverpool – this book originally published in the USA in 1906 followed a series of lectures at Yale and in itself is a landmark publication regarding the development of understanding the central nervous system.

    Nervous System Explored and Documented

    $60.00

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