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  • Queensland – Pugh’s Almanac -1882 – Very rare

    Queensland – Pugh’s Almanac -1882 – Very rare

    The essential publication of the day … Pugh’s Almanac, Law Calendar, Directory, Coast Guide and Gazetteer for 1882

    256 pages followed by 96 pages of business advertisements to the rear and more at the front and the odd one inserted.

    Carries the bookplate of Alan McKiness who was perhaps the greatest ever collector of all things Queensland on paper. Now protected in a sturdy red cloth covered solander case with label to spine. The almanac is in pretty good condition excepting one page which has an ugly stain though not leaked to adjoining.

    Always difficult to give justice to these incredible almanacs which contain so much information that to read from cover to cover would occupy the year. Essential information matted with trivia which we find amusing e.g. on the 11th December 1880 … a Fracas between the editor of Punch J.E. Byrne and F Swanwick MLA in Queen Street. More seriously many fires appear to be reported and a 40 oz gold nugget found at Clermont trumped by a 70 oz nugget found at Nebo. Knighthoods were reported to have been retained (Nothing changes really). Section on Statistics includes livestock analysis by District; Sailing Directions comprehensive and a good chapter on “Progress in the Colony”. As you can imagine near 100 pages of period advertisements make good reading for those that are interested in the history of business in Queensland.

    A good Almanac nicely cased – 1882

    $290.00

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  • Flying Saucers Have Landed – Leslie & Adamski

    Flying Saucers Have Landed – Leslie & Adamski

    This great 1950’s book provides all the proof you need – flying saucers have landed – despite American secrecy.

    Aliens Approach Earth … Best Saucers Book Ever

    $50.00

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  • Cape River Gold Field – Report of William Rands – 1891

    Cape River Gold Field – Report of William Rands – 1891

    William Rands was Assistant Geologist to Robert Logan Jack. This is his report to the Queensland Parliament on the Cape River Gold Field.

    18 foolscap pages of the usual intense observation and detail exhibited by the Queensland geological team of the period. Covers Union Reef, General Grant Reef, Hayward Reef, The Big reef, The Just-In-Time Reef, Hughes Leader, The Mystery Reef (no Mystery!), Springs reef, Mount Remarkable, Morning Star, Martin’s, Bell-Gay, Victoria, and Governor Blackall Reefs and many many more. Crushing reports with yield from Ellen Boss, Treasure and Albion as complied by Commissioner Gill.
    An appendix provides a short geological description of rocks and thin section slides of 43 samples taken in the area. The thin section slides being prepared by Clarke of Charters Towers.

    The report contain a folding coloured page showing 8 geological sections the first across Mr Davenport and the cape River. And a very nice coloured Geological Sketch Map of part of the Kennedy District by William Rands (50cms by 25 cms) … note our image on the Voyager website is partly truncated because of the limitations of our scanner.

    Quality Cape River Report with fine example of the Map

    $120.00

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  • Masonic Item – Explanatory of the Decorations of the Egyptian Room in the Royal Arch Temple (Sydney) – Woodhouse 1927

    Masonic Item – Explanatory of the Decorations of the Egyptian Room in the Royal Arch Temple (Sydney) – Woodhouse 1927

    An interesting little booklet produced by W.J. Woodhouse, Professor of Greek, University of Sydney published in 1927. Only 24 pages in original wrapper. Somewhat foxed inside but a rare and unusual item, nicely illustrated with photographs of the once mysterious surroundings and still so for some. Includes a fold out of the relevant hieroglyphics.

    Not a bad spot of an initiation

    $20.00

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  • Unique Naval Item – Manuscript Letter of 1820 from Captain Henry Duncan (Son of Admiral Lord Duncan) on the Royal George to Viscount Melville (First Lord of the Admiralty) applying for the Royal Yacht

    Unique Naval Item – Manuscript Letter of 1820 from Captain Henry Duncan (Son of Admiral Lord Duncan) on the Royal George to Viscount Melville (First Lord of the Admiralty) applying for the Royal Yacht

    Two pages then folded in three marked for despatch
    Captain H Duncan
    12 Dec 1820
    Royal George
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    Addressed at the foot of page 1 … The Viscount Melville …….
    Dover December 12 1820
    My Lord
    Under an idea that the King nominates the Captain to command his Yacht and having in remembrance the very great condescension of His Majesty to me, when I had the honour of being attached to the Royal Squadron, I feel that if no one above me in the list was preferred, His Majesty might probably be pleased not to pass me over were my name brought before him – but I should not attempt to have this done except thro (ugh) the first Lord of the Admiralty. I have no claims of my own to advance. I trust I have done my duty when occasion has offered, more I do not pretend to, but I hope I may not be deemed presumptuous in supposing that if the King has any of those feelings towards me which he formerly graciously expressed, I shall not stand the less high in His Majesty’s favour because I am the son of Lord Duncan, and I further myself that your Lordship may think this a reason to entitle me to your favourable recommendation –
    I have the honour to be your Lordships Most Obedient
    Henry Duncan
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    Melville’s reply is written clearly overlaid on the second page at right angles to the underlying content
    “I received your letter applying for the vacant yacht and you will learn that the officer I have selected for recommendation to the Yacht is one much senior to yourself”

    $190.00

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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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