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  • Gold Panning is Easy – Roy Lagal

    Gold Panning is Easy – Roy Lagal

    An American standard but translates well for Australian’s with the gold bug.

    A nice early one published in 1979. Softcover, 70 pages, illustrated throughout. Sticker removal mark on front otherwise a very good copy. Has the stamp of “Treasure Island Detectors” Sandy Bay Hobart on a blank at front a nice local touch.

    The author a legendary panner from way back takes the reader through the choice of pans (crucial) the dry and wet panning, metal detecting, ore identification, dredging and super jets etc. we learned that it is important to learn to blow very gently … to get the last of the dust off the pan and leave the glitter behind. Images prove that all that is learned works.

    Get the pans out today .. well the right ones.

    $25.00

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  • The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer – Weird and Tragic Shores – Chauncey Loomis 1972

    The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer – Weird and Tragic Shores – Chauncey Loomis 1972

    The writer a Professor and arctic adventurer himself was well qualified to pen this thorough biography of the great and somewhat unusual American Polar explorer, Charles Francis Hall. His research included access to key papers at the Scott Polar Institute; the Stefansson Collection and unique documents held by descendants of Paul Fenimore Cooper.

    Published by MacMillan, London in 1972 a first UK edition. Octavo, 367 pages, plus index etc. Illustrations from early images and a useful map. A very good copy.

    Hall was a successful printer who out of the blue had a urge to become an explorer. His first venture was in the path of Eliza Kane to search for evidence of the lost Franklin expedition. He essentially set off by himself having tagged along on a whaling expedition. Fame a support followed and he was to go back several time before succumbing himself possibly like Franklin from food poisoning of sorts. He is said to be the first to live with the Eskimo and had good and bad vies on their approach to life.

    Charles Francis Hall devoted a large part of and his life to Arctic exploration.

    $40.00

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  • Tribal Tattoos – Andy Sloss

    Tribal Tattoos – Andy Sloss

    An interesting little soft cover, only ever in this form. Published by Carlton, London in 2007.

    Perfect bound 72 pages, illustrated throughout (naturally). Some introductory and concluding pages and in between .. Pacific; South America; North America; some Europe and Africa.

    The variations, contrasts and similarities make this an interesting study even if you are not an advocate of the dye and needle.

    Tattoos – a nice sounding and looking word, and steeped in cultural heritage worldwide

    $20.00

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  • Handbook of Forensic Science [Authentic] – Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] – 1975

    Handbook of Forensic Science [Authentic] – Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] – 1975

    A genuine article .. for some reason often in facsimile. An original handbook produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Washington. A revised edition published in August 1975.

    Card covered copied typescript document. Stapled, 133 pages (28cm by 22cm), design to front, name on title. A little worn but nice to have an authentic one as suggested.

    Everything you need to know about evidence … how to collect it, preserve it, package it etc. And what a big world crime and forensics is … we have anthropological (bits of people etc); nuclear; carbon dating; bank notes and of course bullets. An interesting array of information that could come in useful one day … great background for a budding crime writer.

    FBI Forensics about the time of Starsky and Hutch.

    $40.00

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  • Snapshot from the North Pacific [British Columbia] – Rev Ridley – Edited Alice Janvrin

    Snapshot from the North Pacific [British Columbia] – Rev Ridley – Edited Alice Janvrin

    Scarce. Published by the Missionary Society, London in 1904. Octavo, viii, 192 pages, illustrated throughout.

    Essentially a travel account of Northern British Columbia from 1880 onwards by Rev Ridley who had the task of “converting” heathens indigenous and otherwise. When not doing that he travelled extensively by sea and land. His account if very interesting and the descriptions of the people he met along on the way priceless. Illustrations from early photo graph or sketches therefrom very good … we particularly like the Medicine Man and the Two Chiefs.

    Over time he covers from the ease of Vancouver Island … the Skeena River; Massett; Metlakatia in the very north; meets the Kwaguti; visits Alert Bay; Aiyansh and Kitkatia. He sails to Dolphin island to meet to the Kilkatla or Gitxaala Nation … the first native people to take up arms .. encouraged by passing English. We like these people … Gitxaala translates to “People of the Open Sea” .. there are not many of them but they are proud people … we understand that they have currently suspended Treaty negotiations with the Canadian Government … we hope it works out for them.

    Rev William Ridley religious but informed …

    $90.00

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  • Musical Quotation – Jazz – Signed – William Scmidt (1926-2009) American composer, arranger and music publisher.

    Musical Quotation – Jazz – Signed – William Scmidt (1926-2009) American composer, arranger and music publisher.

    An unusual piece of music ephemera in manuscript and signed by the composer … “Opening measures of Rhapsody No 1 for Clarinet and Piano” by William Schmidt.

    Original piece 13 cm by 8 cm … strong “musical hand” in good condition. We love it.

    There is a really lovely biographical interview online with William Schmidt. In that there are a few images helping to illustrate the man … one being this item.. we suppose it may have been given to the talented interviewer and maybe scripted then … who knows?

    More to come we just need time to summarise the interesting life of William Schmidt.

    Get out your Clarinet today for William Schmidt

    $120.00

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