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  • Stone of Destiny – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1948

    Stone of Destiny – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1948

    Published by Angus and Robertson a first edition 1948. Octavo, 344 pages with map of diamond finds in NSW. A very good copy.

    Idriess found this his hardest book to write yet it is another masterpiece of yarn and knowledge all revolving around the elusive diamond

    Diamonds for men – Nice copy

    $60.00

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  • Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – James PhD Oxford 1956

    Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – James PhD Oxford 1956

    Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – Greta James – PhD Thesis Oxford 1956

    This is a superb PhD thesis the author gaining a Oxford doctorate 1956. A near unique work (one copy only in the Bodlean Library). Contains 245 typed pages (one side) with tables, maps, bibliography etc.

    A major work on the significance of the sense of time, the calendar, cosmology, western influences, lunar zodiacs of various African tribes including those from the West, East and Southern Bantu. From the time of day measured and described by reference to cattle activity, the lunar cycle and the best and worst times for initiation or making spears, the zodiac and the bearing of the Pleiades in planting and harvesting crops to the naming of years gone such as “Blades of Herbs” (1867), “Year of the Ostrich” (1888) and sadly “Smallpox” (1894) and “Venereal Disease” (1903)

    A most interesting and valuable work on African tribes

    $170.00

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  • Overland from Southampton to Queensland – Marsh 1867

    Overland from Southampton to Queensland – Marsh 1867

    Published London 1867. Original covers with nice gilt image of bird in flight on cover. Three good condition maps – the world; Ceylon marked with Marsh’s route into the interior and a folding map of NSW / South Queensland with Marsh’s route from Newcastle to Brisbane.

    A remarkable and very rare book

    $290.00

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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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