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  • Manuscript Letter from distinguished New Zealand Anthropologist R.F. Fortune author of The Sorcerers of Dobu

    Manuscript Letter from distinguished New Zealand Anthropologist R.F. Fortune author of The Sorcerers of Dobu

    Manuscript Letter from distinguished New Zealand Anthropologist R.F. Fortune author of The Sorcerers of Dobu (introduced by Malinowski). The recipient was Frank Bell a counterpart at Sydney University. The reprints referred to likely relate to Bell’s visit to the Tanga Islands (near New Britain).

    The letter in clear hand says “Dear Bell … many thanks for your reprints – I read the one on warfare immediately – you did well to collect it while it was yet possible. With best wishes sincerely yours – R. F. Fortune”

    This letter and Bell’s manuscript notes accompany our copy of Sorcerers of Dobu … see books Papua New Guinea

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  • Rose-Coloured Spoon-Bill – Shaw and Nodder – 1792

    Rose-Coloured Spoon-Bill – Shaw and Nodder – 1792

    An original copper engraved and hand coloured image of the beautiful and elegant rose-coloured spoon-bill also known as the Roseate Spoonbill. It was published by Shaw and Nodder in London on 1st January 1792.

    A native of South America it is much more colourful than the common spoonbill and by the time it reaches maturity its colour deepens almost to a rich scarlet.

    George Shaw was in charge of Natural History at the British Museum. Nodder was a natural history artist and worked for Banks on his Florilegium.

    Framed in Voyager Natural History style in black cored cream mat and gilt frame.

    Very rosey spoonbill striking an elegant pose.

    $240.00

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  • Map of Western Australia – Swan River – 1851  John Tallis

    Map of Western Australia – Swan River – 1851 John Tallis

    An original Tallis map of Western Australia – Swan River. Tallis maps are famous for their interesting decorative images here drawn by Wray and engraved by Lacey. Significant comments made regarding the topography and geology of the region. The map was engraved by John Rapkin who did all of the Australian maps in the series.

    Approximately 35 cms by 25 cms. Priced unframed.

    This is a good original of an early Tallis map and a must for any Australian map collection. Nice colouring.

    SO SORRY SOLD … OFF TO WA … IT WAS A BEAUTY

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  • Fundamental Tasmanian Legal Record – Supreme Court Enrolment Manuscript Register – 1830

    Fundamental Tasmanian Legal Record – Supreme Court Enrolment Manuscript Register – 1830

    No 1. Index of Enrollments, Laws or Ordinances Made and Passed by His Excellency Colonel George Arthur. Lt Gov of the Island of Van Diemen’s Land and its Dependences with the advice of the Legislative Council: and Enrolled in the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land. pursuant to the 9 Geo.4. Cap 83. Sec 22.

    A Foolscap Folio, a legal manuscript in fine hand bound in original reversed calf with branded lettering and decorations, Hobart circa 1830. A rare manuscript document recording the laws and ordinances passed by Governor Arthur into law in 1830.

    1. An Act to remove doubts as to the validity of acts or ordinances in force on the 29th day of February 1829
    2. An Act to institute courts of general and quarter sessions, and to extend the authority thereof, and of justices of the peace, in certain cases.
    3. An act to institute courts of requests
    4. An Act to regulate the slaughtering of sheep and cattle
    5. An Act for extending to this colony an act of Parliament passed in the tenth year of his Majesty instituted “An Act for the relief of his Majesty’s Roman Catholic Subjects”
    6. An Act to extend to this colony certain acts of Parliament whereby pecuniary penalties are inflicted which are made applicable only to some local purpose, and to facilitate proceedings before justices of the peace in such cases
    7. An Act for the institution of houses of correction, and for other purposes relating thereto
    8. An Act for amending the laws to prevent the harbouring of felons or other offenders and to restrain their tippling and gambling
    9. An Act to simplify proceedings at law or equity, by or against the directors and company of the Bank of van Diemen’s Land
    10. An Act to simplify proceedings at law or in equity by or against the directors and company of the Derwent Bank
    11. An Act for establishing regulations to restrain the increase of dogs

    There is a remark against No 2 … “A Warrant of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor bearing date the 4th day of February and so transmitted to the Court this 5th day of February suspending the operation of this Act until brought under the review of the Legislative Council … and more

    And a second series of laws at various of various dates in March and April 1830

    1. An act to simplify proceedings at Law or in Equity by or against the Directors and Company of the Cornwall bank
    2. An Act to facilitate the Apprehension of Felons and other Offenders illegally at large
    3. An Act to regulate the Impounding of Animals for Trespass, and for other purposes relating thereto
    4. An Act for the Relief of Certain Insolvent Debtors
    5. An Act to regulate the constitution of Juries
    6. An Act to prevent doubts as to the application of the Statutes of Usury
    7. An Act to provide for the Summary Discharge in certain cases of persons under committal for Felony or Misdemeanour
    8. An Act for the better regulation of Courts of General Quarter Sessions
    9. An Act to facilitate the prosecution of a servant for larceny and Embezzlement and of persons aiding the Escape of Felons or Offenders under sentence of Transportation

    UNIQUE ITEM IN RARE EARLY HOBART BINDING

    $1,590.00

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  • The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1915 September – Exploration in the Northern Japanese Alps – Walter Weston

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1915 September – Exploration in the Northern Japanese Alps – Walter Weston

    An exceptional mountaineering report detailing explorations in the wild and unfamiliar regions of the northern Japanese Alps, featuring the ‘Great Lotus Peak’ (O Renge), Shirouma, Shiro-Uma-Dake, Yari-Ga-Take, Akashina, Nakabusa, Yarigatake, Hodaka and the Shirasawa ravine, illustrated with photographic plates and a fold-out colour map. With interesting remarks on ancient customs practiced in remote high altitude villages.

    Weston (1861-1940), is regarded as the father of mountaineering in Japan. It is largely due to him that Japanese Alpine Club was created. The map to illustrate this paper was based on the latest maps of the Topographical Survey of Japan, with alterations and additions, as existing maps needed many corrections in the mountain regions.

    Weston’s post in Japan was that of a Chaplain at Yokohama, but he found leisure to go off into the interior of the country, and particularly these mountain districts, of which he knew more than any other European.

    The remainder of this complete edition includes the exploration of the Itari River, Forest and their Pygmies by Cuthbert Christie

    $140.00

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  • Rambles of James Calder – Tasmaniana – Limited Edition

    Rambles of James Calder – Tasmaniana – Limited Edition

    Another delicious little gem from the Sullivan’s Cove Press published 1985 number 46 of a limited edition of 175.

    Rambles on Betsy’s Island, Tasman’s Peninsula and Forestier’s Peninsula in 1848 were first published in the Tasmanian Tribune much later in 1876. Calder writes at times in an amusing manner … the episodes at the “Neck” are rather funny.

    Limited edition Tasmanian collectable

    $60.00

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