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  • The Voyage of the Discovery Captain Robert F Scott – 1905 First Edition

    Published in London, Smith Elder & Co 1905, the second impression of the first edition same year. Two royal octavo volumes, 556 pages and 508 pages. With twelve colour plates, five double page plates and many other illustrations, panoramas, maps (two of which separate and folding). Overall some 260 illustrations many by Dr Edward Wilson. Original blue ribbed cloth decorated with the lavish gilt medallions on upper covers characteristic of the Smith Elder edition. Some light foxing to uncut page edges and the title on volume I, rubbing to the medallions, generally in good to better condition for this set.

    This is a classic of the genre, Scott’s official narrative of his first Antarctic expedition, 1901-1904. The first scientific expedition to pass two consecutive winters in high latitude of Antarctica, during which the first extensive journeys into the interior of the continent were accomplished.

    The ship’s officers included Lieutenant Ernest Shackleton and Dr Edward Wilson, Scott’s close friend and confidant.

    Over the course of two years, and many sledge journeys, Scott and his men followed the Ross ice Shelf to its extreme, discovered King Edward VI Land, found a range of mountains stretching southwards towards a vast plateau, trekked to within 500 miles of the South Pole, and amassed a huge collection of scientific data.

    The expedition was a triumph, although the failure of Scott’s dogs was an ominous portent. Scientifically this was the more important of Scott’s two expeditions; overshadowed by his tragic second journey, during which he perished.

    Scarce and sought after Heroic account

    ON HOLD

    $890.00

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  • The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    First edition published by W.H. Allen, London in 1869. Large octavo, 487 pages bound in original decorated blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased. Carries an original laid-down oval photograph of Prince Alfred., the Duke of Edinburgh and Captain of the Galatea, attributed to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Regent Street. Illustrated with eleven super chromolithographs, illustrations in the text and a large folding map at the rear. Good condition and rare in the original binding. Some foxing, in the ends and on pages around the plates.

    An interesting circumnavigation and a strong Australian focus. Eight of the twelve chapters relate to Australia, visiting South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Unfortunately, when in Sydney Prince Alfred was shot in the back by Henry O’Farrell, who claimed to be a Fenian but was really just a crazy man. The Prince survived. The events were the first Royal visit to Australia and the first assassination attempt! Alfred got out and about on his visits and the narrative is pretty interesting in all locations.

    Prior to Australia the Galatea called in at Gibraltar, Malta, Rio and Voyager favourite South Atlantic Island group Tristan d’Acunha of which thirty pages are devoted. Then to the Cape of Good Hope and an extraordinary elephant hunt.

    Prince Alfred was the second son and fourth child of Victoria and Albert. He became a highly regarded naval officer. He was given the command of HMS Galatea a 36 gun Ariadne Class frigate in 1866 after it had been re-fitted. He eventually became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

    $290.00

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  • Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    Mare Rubrum (The Red Sea) – Petrus Bertius -1602

    An original copper engraved miniature map of the Red Sea region, one of the earliest to focus on this region. With north orientated to the right showing Yemen and the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt with place names and rivers in some detail, mountain regions illustrated, shallow marshy areas highlighted. Later colouring as always. 12.5cm by 8.5cm.

    Engraved by Petrus Kaerius for the great geographer Petrus Bertius and published by Cornelis Claesz in Amsterdam in 1602 for the “Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum Libri”. Refer expert Geffrey King’s authoritative work on miniature maps.

    Price $120.00 unframed

    Red sea region over 400 year old.

    $120.00

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  • Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Tooley’s Dictionary of Mapmakers

    Ronald Vere Tooley the greatest map historian of all time started the “Dictionary of Mapmakers”’ in the 1920’s on slips of paper arranged in alphabetical order. He published this work progressively in Map Collector’s Circle which was discontinued before he could complete the exercise. This book first published in 1978 is the complete results of his work to the date of publication.

    Soft cover form published by Alan Liss, New York in 1979. Large octavo, 684 pages, illustrated nicely. A good copy albeit the front cover has fold lines, bottom right, indicating considerable use, internally clean as a whistle.

    Makes for essential reading for those interested in the subject of cartography.

    The reference for mapmakers from the beginning of maps …

    $60.00

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  • Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne a first edition 1988. A fine copy.

    Edited by the noteworthy Glyndwr Williams (University of London) and Alan Frost (La Trobe University). With contributions from Voyager favourite Gunter Schilder (author Australia Unveiled) and Helen Wallis previously Keeper of Maps at the British Library

    Octavo, 242 pages heavily illustrated and in colour where appropriate. Super selection of maps.

    A high class production – from Theory on and Speculation of Terra Australis, The enigma of the Dieppe Maps, the Dutch Discoveries and the arrival of the English. Beautifully and intelligently done from start to finish.

    Must rate as one of the best books on the subject

    $50.00

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  • The Jubilee History of Tasmania –  Two Volumes – First Editions1887

    The Jubilee History of Tasmania – Two Volumes – First Editions1887

    Complied by Thaddeus Leavitt with a significant contribution from then Hobart historian, James Fenton.

    Covers more as title continues … illustrated, with which is incorporated, the Early History of Victoria, Biographical Sketches, as well as incorporating some of the author’s earlier volume the Australian Representative Men.

    Two volumes, large heavy set of near 1000 pages in original publishers half morocco with gilt page edges and designs (a superior binding), a little rubbed but really and excellent set. Very clean and crisp internally.

    Full of historical information, with many illustrations and hundreds of biographies. Topics include Aborigines, Businesses, Churches, Dutch East India Co, Education, Exploration, Famine, Institutions, Land Grants, Newspapers, Supreme Court, Wool and much more.

    The engravings of commercial building of the day of very interesting both in Tasmania and Victoria … seem to be quite a few pubs among them … and some coffee houses!

    Very good Tasmanian and Victorian History – Scarce and nicely bound

    $890.00

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