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  • In Northern Seas:  Being Alfred Searcy’s Experiences on the North Coast of Australia – Edited Whitington – Scarce First Edition 1905

    In Northern Seas: Being Alfred Searcy’s Experiences on the North Coast of Australia – Edited Whitington – Scarce First Edition 1905

    Alfred Searcy (1854-1925) was a South Australian writer, adventurer and public servant who had spent the period 1882-1896 based in Darwin. He did much to open up an understanding of the vast northern region and the people that lived there.

    His stories and reflections had been published over time in “the Register” here we have them in one place recounted by E Whitington.

    Octavo, first edition, 83 pages double column with a number of full page illustrations from photographs which are unpaginated. Original paper wrappers which are browned and chipped quiet a lot particularly the rear. Spine stiffened. Internally, generally good to better. Difficult condition is in the nature of this scarce item. Large folding map at rear which seeks to promote Darwin as the gateway to the World is in very good condition

    Signed by Searcy boldly on the title page and under a rather romantic image of him in bush dress, in his hand boldly in pencil “Captain Starlight” a reference to the notorious bushranger.

    An important and hard to find work on the Northern Territory and a good bedfellow with Searcy’s published work of which Voyager has a good copy. Includes chapters on Hunting Malay Proas; Searcy’s Cruises; Pearl Fishing; Buffalo and Wild Cattle; All about Alligators?; the Cruise of the Palmerston and Pioneering on the McArthur; Relics of the Explorers; the Last Trip of the Ellengowan; the Cape Brogden Massacre; Robbery of Opium; Early Military Settlements etc etc

    Early Northern Account – Rare – Signed by Author

    $120.00

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  • The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    Published by Meridian, Amsterdam, Holland in 1967 a facsimile of the 1888 original.

    Octavo, 474 pages, Original red cloth covered boards (issued without a dust jacket). Large fold out map at front showing the tracks of the explorers to date … Grey, Forrest, Gregory, Sturt, Stuart, Oxley, Mitchell, Burke and Wills, Kennedy etc [42 expeditions tracked]. Four other fold out charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Ernest Favenc wrote the most comprehensive history of Australia. This very good facsimile reproduces the work faithfully. The addenda including the index of names, date and incidents and the succinct chronological summary are a good place to start for a perspective of this substantial history.

    Australian Exploration History comprehensively told

    $50.00

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  • Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Published by John Murray, London on behalf of the Society. This is Volume the Fourth 1834 – Part II. Octavo, pages 129-422 plus index and Contents page repeated at rear with four folding maps and two plates at rear. Original card wrapper, chipped to front edge (re-enforced with archival japan paper) otherwise a very good copy in original state

    The report on Australia is by Major Campbell, 57 Foot, formerly Commandant of Melville Island. The report comprises pages 129-182 and is regarded as a very early fundamental report on the region. The accompanying map is a sizeable (44cm long) fold out with original hand colouring. The related map is partly discoloured.

    Of further interest … extracts from a Spanish Manuscript regarding expeditions between 1749 and 1776 with the view to establishing a Colony on Juan Fernandez. Interestingly, just after Lord Anson’s visit.

    Observations regarding the inhabitants of the Southern Coast of Arabia and the route through the desert from Kosir to Kench.

    Further reports on the Journal of Captain Robinson on HMS Favourite around Newfoundland. Bartholomew on HMS Leven on the Coast of west Africa. Schoolcraft and the expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake with a nice map at rear. Grenville Temple’s Travels in Tunis. A paper on the Migration of Polynesians by Australian John Dunmore Lang, one of the earliest attempts at the subject. Three Years in Abyssinia by Samuel Gobart. Travels in central Asia by Connolly and Burnes. Miscellaneous items on British Guiana, Chilli, South Africa, the Euphrates and the Nubian desert.

    Other than the Melville Island/Port Essington Map and that of the Mississippi explorations we have useful maps of Part of British Guyana and the Central Asian routes of Connolly and Burnes. The two plates are very browned and aged.

    Unusual to have Campbell’s report still bound in its original wrappers with the other reports of interest and, of course, the map.

    Early RGS Journal and early Northern territory Report – with some interesting extra’s and map.

    $290.00

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  • The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess – 1951

    The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess – 1951

    Published in Sydney in 1951. Octavo, 277 pages. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket

    The Biography of Sir Sidney Kidman who started with five shillings and eventually controlled over 100 cattle stations an area half the size of Queensland.

    Well illustrated from period photographs and end paper maps showing the extent of the Kidman interests at the front and stations, stock routes, coach routes and railways referred to in the text … at the rear.

    Good reading & photographs … a cattle empire much in the financial news of late.

    $60.00

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  • Children of Three Oceans – David Lewis

    Children of Three Oceans – David Lewis

    A first edition published by Collins, London in 1969. Octavo, 286 pages, nicely illustrated and with endpaper maps. Very good condition albeit with previous ownership signature on half title.

    Really a special sailing book with David Lewis sailing his wife and two very young daughters o the second leg of their circumnavigation from New Zealand back to England.

    Well written and nicely illustrated. The route takes them to Fiji and on to Port Moresby and Voyager’s favourite place Yule Island just further up the coast … and then across to Bligh’s Islands and Hogar, Eegarba and Muggi Cudulug before reaching Thursday Island and then on to Melville past Cape Don at the extremity of Arnhem Land and down to Darwin before leaving for the Cocos.

    David Lewis the return journey a family affair … great book.

    $30.00

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  • Leichhardt’s Expeditioners – Dan Sprod – Signed Limited Edition

    Leichhardt’s Expeditioners – Dan Sprod – Signed Limited Edition

    Published by Blubber Press, 2006. Octavo, 138 pages. Very good if not fine condition. Signed by Dan Sprod on the half title page.

    A limited edition of 750 this book by Dan Sprod provides enlightening detail from the journals kept by William Philips and John Murphy who participated in Leichhardt’s successful expedition from Moreton bay to Port Essington.

    Well written as with all of Dan Sprod’s work dealing with the personalities and contributions of each party as well as progress of the expedition.

    Nicely illustrated and with a map in rear pocket. Never before published content makes this a must for those interested in Australian inland exploration.

    Lechhardt’s party get on the record

    $60.00

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