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  • The Year of the Quiet Sun – Adrian Hayter – Quality Book Issue

    The Year of the Quiet Sun – Adrian Hayter – Quality Book Issue

    Adrian Hayter was chosen as the leader of the New Zealand Antarctic expedition of 1964-65.

    This is his record of experiences at and around the Scott Base in the Ross Sea Dependency.

    Published by the Quality Book Club following the Hodder and Stoughton first the same year 1968. We also have the Hodder version … see separate write up.

    Octavo,191 pages, illustrated from original photographs, diagrams etc. A very good copy apart from light soiling front jacket

    A well written and readable account from the previously published author. As well as the trips, experience, difficulties etc we have a honest account of the personnel issues that arise out of the extended close contact and isolation.

    Reference Renard 680

    Good cold weather account on the industrious NZ Antarctic team

    $25.00

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  • Voyaging – Captain James William Holmes –  Edited by Nora Coghlan

    Voyaging – Captain James William Holmes – Edited by Nora Coghlan

    Subtitled … “Fifty years on the seven seas in sail”. With pen pictures and paintings by Captain James William Holmes, Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners. With a forward by John Masefield.

    A fine copy of the second impression published 1966 by Hutchinson of London.

    Octavo, 207 pages with illustrations throughout mainly from the subjects magnificent artwork.

    Masefield describes Holmes as one of the most famous sea captains of the late Victorian era and salivates over the then thrill of the sailing ships if full rig. The editor, Holmes’s daughter twice sailed around the world with her father. Much about sailing to Australian and New Zealand.

    Captain Holmes from a special breed ..

    $27.00

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  • Myola – Sydney’s Last Shipwreck – John Riley and Peter Fields

    Myola – Sydney’s Last Shipwreck – John Riley and Peter Fields

    The Myola was a typical collier of the early 1900’s. On a very storm night in 1919 it went down almost due east of Dee Why. It was not until 75 years later that two relentless divers found the wreck.

    This is account of the event, the finding of the wreck and its contents was self published by the divers Riley and Best in 1995.

    Octavo, 102 pages nicely illustrated. The proceeds from this publication went towards conserving the ship’s bell recovered from the wreck. A super account one for divers and non-divers. A very good copy previous owners bookplate on end papers.

    Myola lost and then found

    $30.00

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  • Russian Antarctic Treaty Medal – Leningrad Mint – 1991

    Russian Antarctic Treaty Medal – Leningrad Mint – 1991

    A scarce Antarctic medal celebrating the thirty year anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty.

    Cast in bronze, 65mm in diameter, 154 gm. Very strong relief and in fine condition.

    The Antarctic Treaty regulates international relations regarding Antarctica. It was signed by 54 parties and came into effect in 1961. The treaty established Antarctica as a scientific preserve with freedom of scientific investigation, banning military interest. The Secretariat is based in Buenos Aires. The Soviet Union being one of twelve countries at the time that had activities on the continent.

    The face of the medal has a penguin and young one over a high relief map of Antarctica. Images of a ship, aeroplane and snowmobile representing investigation by sea, air and land. Around the outside “Antarctic Treaty” in the four official languages English, French, Russian and Spanish.

    On the reverse a compass sign over another smaller continental image and a dominant Dove of Peace, with appropriate sentiments in Cyrillic.

    Antarctic Treaty Celebration – Scarce Russian Medal.

    $130.00

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  • Silvester Diggles – Australian Birds – Pied Honey-eater, Slender-billed Spine-bill and the White eye-browed Spine-bill

    Silvester Diggles – Australian Birds – Pied Honey-eater, Slender-billed Spine-bill and the White eye-browed Spine-bill

    Rare original hand-coloured lithograph by Queensland naturalist Silvester Diggles. Published as part of his magnificent work “”The Ornithology of Australia” between 1866 and 1870 in twenty-one parts by Pugh of Brisbane, in a very limited edition. By the time part sixteen was published there were only 92 subscribers. The original plates were executed by Diggles and his niece, Rowena Birkett.

    The work measures 38cm by 27cm, good hand colouring pretty clean with just the odd surface mark. A really scarce item.

    Silvester Diggles (1817-1880) artist and musician born in Liverpool, England. He came to Australia in 1853 settling in Brisbane where he taught music and drawing. Diggles was a founder of the Brisbane Choral Society in 1859 and the Philharmonic Society in 1861 known as “the father of music in Brisbane”. Diggles was also a founder of the Queensland Philosophical Society and helped establish the Museum. His greatest work was The Ornithology of Australia. However it nearly sent him broke. His health deteriorated worry about finances being a factor. He died at Kangaroo Point in 1880.

    Price $240.00 unframed

    An opportunity to own a rare original bird print by Queenslander Silvester Diggles

    $240.00

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  • Encountering Terra Australia – The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders – Fornasiero, Monteath and West-Sooby

    Encountering Terra Australia – The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders – Fornasiero, Monteath and West-Sooby

    A first edition hardback published by Wakefield Press, Adelaide in 2004.

    A substantial book, small quarto, 411 pages heavily illustrated with some beautiful colour reproduction of the artwork from the voyages. A closed nick to the dustjacket and a gift inscription back of half title, otherwise a fine copy.

    Written by three of Australia’s finest historians. Peter Monteath being a descendant of Philip Gidley King.

    The Preface deals with the “Encounter” of Baudin and Flinders and the “Lure of the South”.

    Part I deals with the “Journey Out” and Charting the Western Coast of Australia … Baudin from Cape Leeuwin to the Boneparte Archipelago. The South-West from Leeuwin to Nuyts Archipelago. The Prospecting of Van Diemen’s Land and the French in Tasmania. Then the race to chart the extended South Coast. The detail of the meeting at Encounter Bay. Flinders and Baudin from Encounter Bay to Port Jackson. Baudin on King Island and the exploration of Kangaroo Island etc.

    Part II with the authors views on the “Reputations” arising and the “Artistic and Scientific Records” and the inevitable “Clash of Cultures” ..

    A good bibliography at the end although this book contains enough for many on this interesting subject.

    A Thorough and Beautifully Illustrated Production on Baudin and Flinders Down Under.

    $55.00

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