0
products in your shopping cart
Total:   $0.00 details
There are no products in your shopping cart!
We hope it's not for long.

Visit the shop

Non-fiction

list view
  • North British Australasian Company Limited – Delay on Wool Clip creates liquidity issues – 1892

    North British Australasian Company Limited – Delay on Wool Clip creates liquidity issues – 1892

    Original manuscript letter from the Company Secretary of the North British Australasian Company Limited from their headquarters at 10 Moorgate Street, London E.C. dated 5th July 1892.

    Addressed to Cochran Macpherson who were likely the lawyers of 152 Union Street, Aberdeen who were no doubt attending to their wily Scottish clients interests.

    I legible hand but for ease of reading … “Dear Sirs, I am in receipt of your letter of the 1st inst and in reply beg to say that the delay in the payment of the Guaranteed interest is owing to the non-arrival of the greater part of the Wool Clip. We have however received a Cablegram saying that same is being pushed forward and expected to arrive here in September. On the completion of the sales whatever amount remains after meeting out-goings in the Colony will be appropriated for interest on the Guaranteed Stock. A payment on account would have been made ere this had it been possible to have sold a large quantity of surplus Live Stock on the Stations at the present time but prices are so extremely low that we are prohibited from doing so .. ”

    The North British Australasian Company were formed in the early 1840’s and by the time of this letter had extensive interests in Australia.

    What at first hand may be a routine business letter … reflects the difficulties facing the Australian agricultural sector to this day … overstocking when prices are low, delays caused by unforeseen reasons and shareholders expecting guarantees when they cannot be fulfilled.

    10 Moorgate is a beautiful building now occupied by ING Group.

    Liquidity Issued Politely Explained
    ———————–
    NB – Postage will be reduced on final billing

    $90.00

    Loading Updating cart…
  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books  from the Collection of David Parsons (Part 2).  La Perouse to Wilkes.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons (Part 2). La Perouse to Wilkes.

    The second part of the Parson’s collection offered by Hordern House. Published in 2006 a year after the first part. Quarto hardback, unpaginated, circa 130 pages, magnificently illustrated. Fine example in a fine dust jacket.

    English born David Parsons was educated at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA where he applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary.

    Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Contains, inter alia, English voyages – First Fleet … Bligh & the Bounty; French voyages – La Perouse and the search … Baudin … Freycinet; Russian voyages – Krusenstern … Kotzebue; Spanish voyages – Malaspina; American voyages – Wilkes and special rare works relating to Hawaii (this list does not do it justice). As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure

    $60.00

    Loading Updating cart…
  • Through Lapland with Skis & Reindeer – Frank Hedges Butler – 1919

    Through Lapland with Skis & Reindeer – Frank Hedges Butler – 1919

    title continues … with Some Account of the Ancient Lapland and the Murman Coast.

    With the author’s brilliant bookplate on front pastedown, mots likely a presentation copy. Also probably later inscription of Edwin Clements who had participated in the North Russian expeditionary Force 1918-1919.

    Published by Fisher Unwin, London in 1919 a third impression. Octavo, 286 pages, decorated boards. Nicely illustrated from photographs taken on the expedition and other historical items for context. Four maps specifically annotated by the author, including folding map at the rear.

    A super account that befits the nature of the author. Butler was one of the first in England to own a motor vehicle … a Benz in 1898. Along with a now famous Mr Rolls formed the Royal Automobile Club. He took to serious ballooning with over 100 flight .. one from London to the South of France … partly designed to observe the Solar Eclipse of 1907. He formed the Royal Aeronautical Club as a result … he was the second private person to take flying lessons and flew with Wilbur Wright in France. Naturally, he was a member of The Ski Club.

    We say the bookplate is “brilliant” as it meets the test of defining the owners character with the images of the very vintage motor car; hot air balloon; Wilbur Wright aircraft and Reindeer powered sled … with the odd book thrown in.

    We have not described the book … it’s brilliant

    Frank Butler out skiing in northmost Lapland … if you want to start a Club this is the man to follow.

    $180.00

    Loading Updating cart…
  • An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    An Egyptian Journal – William Golding

    A first US edition by Nobel Prize winning William Golding, published by Faber and Faber in 1985.

    Golding’s first novel “Lord of the Flies” a Voyager favourite … strange because originally rejected by Faber and, despite his first, surely significantly .behind his Nobel award … which arrived in 1983 just before the publication of this adventure in Egypt. Aussies will know his Rites of Passage and the other parts of what was a superb trilogy … made into a classic screenplay with Benedict Cumberbatch as the protagonist.

    An unusual and interesting book, a no nonsense account … Golding only needed to please one person … himself. So we quite like his honest views of everything Egyptian on the tour … not done in grand style but in the fashion of any honest adventurer.

    Larger octavo, 207 pages, illustrated with interesting titling .. a very good copy.

    A very different Egypt travel account by the talented irascible sarcastic observant Golding

    $35.00

    Loading Updating cart…
  • Cook the Discoverer – George Forster – Fine Edition

    Cook the Discoverer – George Forster – Fine Edition

    Small quarto, number six in the prestigious Maritime series published by Hordern House in 2007. Limited to 1050 copies, 276 pages, bound in quarter tan kangaroo with speckled papered sides. Fine condition as new.

    The book includes a facsimile of the original book published in the German language with a new English translation to follow. Copious notes and a good bibliography the whole supported by an excellent introduction by Nigel Erskine, Curator of Explorations at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

    It was eight years after the death of Cook that Forster completed his essay on the great man Cook der Entdecker (Discoverer). Partly written as an introduction to Forster’s own translation of Cook’s Third Voyage. Foster had participated in Cook’s second Voyage along with his father who had taken over as naturalist with Joseph Banks dropping out. Forster displays a true understanding of the character of Cook and that alone makes his viewpoint worthy of this sumptuous presentation.

    Forster required reading for all Cook followers

    $190.00

    Loading Updating cart…
  • Original Pochoir Gazette du Bon ton – Mon Coeur Soupire – Andre- Edouard Marty – 1914

    Original Pochoir Gazette du Bon ton – Mon Coeur Soupire – Andre- Edouard Marty – 1914

    A beautiful Pochoir by Andre-Edouard Marty (1882-1974) exclusively for the Paris Gazette du Bon Ton published in July 1914.

    Mon Coeur Soupire (My Heart Sighs) and a “Dress for the Park”. A sheath draped in crepe de chine and a crinoline with tulle flounces. So French and what a dress – must have been stunning in that era … well any era really.

    Probably our favourite pochoir image.

    The ultimate in fashion print from a perfect era.

    Price $290.00 framed in Voyager Gazette du Bon Ton style or $190.00 unframed.

    Sought after Bon Ton’s …. so classy so stylish

    $190.00

    Loading Updating cart…
LoadingUpdating…

Product Categories