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  • Technique and History of the Swiss Watch – Jaquet & Chapius

    Technique and History of the Swiss Watch – Jaquet & Chapius

    Published by Spring Books London. 1970 updated second edition of the great 1953 publication. Jaquet was the Principal of the Geneva School of Watchmaking and an experienced historiographer and both he and Chapius authored a number of standard works in the field of horology. They were assisted in this great work by Berner the Principal of the Watchmaking School of Bienne. Updated by Guye a Director of the Swiss School of Horology.

    Classic Text on the Swiss Watch

    $120.00

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  • My Tropic Isle – Banfield – First Edition

    My Tropic Isle – Banfield – First Edition

    My Tropic Isle E.J. Banfield – 1911. A good only copy of the extremely rare first edition of “My Tropic Isle” with its rich front cover impression. Published in London in 1911 this is Banfield’s follow up to “Confessions of a Beachcomber” and a most interesting book on the natural history of Dunk along with the authors usual anecdotes and observations that make his writing something special.

    Very rare E.J. Banfield

    $190.00

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  • The Second Census of Queensland – 1864

    The Second Census of Queensland – 1864

    The Second Census of The Colony of Queensland – 1864  Printed in Brisbane in 1864, Registrar General Darvall produced the Second Census of Queensland. The population of the State (excluding aborigines) had doubled in three years to 61,467. Brisbane had likewise doubled in population whilst Rockhampton was four times more populous. 60% were male although in urban areas the discrepancy was less than 4% leaving the rural position fairly dire for a young man at near two to one. A high proportion could not read or write and it was noted that an improvement since the first census was due to the impact of educated migrants. Temporary housing was a feature although the report takes a positive read on the proportion of the population actively involved in wealth generation – a lesson perhaps for current bureaucrats.

     

    $240.00

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  • New South Wales and Victoria 1885 – Douglas Gane

    New South Wales and Victoria 1885 – Douglas Gane

    First edition 1886 of a very rare book and in very good condition. Includes chapters on Melbourne, Sydney, the Chinese in Australia, Fortune Seekers, Sport on the Blue Mountains and on the plains of the interior of NSW. Included in Ferguson  #9820.

     

    Price $120.00

    A rare book from the later Victorian period.

    $120.00

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  • Across Unknown South America – 2 Volumes – Henry Savage-Landor – First Edition 1913

    Across Unknown South America – 2 Volumes – Henry Savage-Landor – First Edition 1913

    A First edition and a weighty and magnificent set of 2 volumes recording Savage-Landor’s travels across the centre of South America.

    Forthright “in the moment” writing is his signature supported by early black and white photographs of the highest standard.  

    Two maps as called for one of his extensive route – the other a detailed mapping of the Arinos and Arinos-Juruena river systems.

    Appendices of plants, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and snakes of Brazil and vocabularies of the Boronon, Apiacar, Munduruci, Campas or Antis Indians

    $190.00

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  • A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    Amsterdam. 1969. N. Israel., 1969. Facsimile reprint of 1801 original English edition. Nos. 23 & 24 in the Bibliotheca Australiana series.

    $160.00

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