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  • Report to The Council of the League of Nations on the Administration of the Territory of New Guinea from 1st July 1930 to 30th June 1931.

    Report to The Council of the League of Nations on the Administration of the Territory of New Guinea from 1st July 1930 to 30th June 1931.

    A very good, near fine copy of the annual report on all things New Guinea. The Council of the League of Nations was the first inter-Governmental organisation formed to maintain world peace. It was established after WWI, the consequences of which saw the administration of New Guinea pass from German to Australian hands.

    Foolscap, stapled, 130 pages plus large folding coloured map at rear. Printed in Canberra by L.F. Johnston for the Commonwealth Government.

    We are always taken aback by the depth and detail of these reports. The key items of interest, we believe, are … the report on the state of gold mining and associated aviation activities … Edie’s Creek was just starting to produce; the District Patrols; the lengthy report from Sir Hubert Murray on his mammoth tour covering 4,440 miles in the steam yacht Franklin … and the super coloured map 72cm by 34cm.

    Complete New Guinea report during the gold discovery era, special tour by Hubert Murray and fine map of “influence”.

    $120.00

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  • Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    Australein und der Hinterindische Archipel c 1825

    A unsophisticated but scarce early 19thC map of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific east to the Sandwich Islands [Hawaii].

    26cm by 20cm in the printed area. Good condition. Engraved by D Huber of whom little is known … often confused with the earlier engraver of that name. The cartographer is a mystery to be completely solved. Huber worked with Carl Stein, but we would say this map is too early for Stein. It is similar in style by Franz Biller although again this is earlier in cartographic detail, so could be a work from which Biller’s map is a derivative. None of Stein, Huber or Biller appear in the Australian Map Authority by Tooley nor in his definitive list of Map Makers. Likely Austrian c 1825.

    Likely original partial colouring or at least sympathetic. Australia (here Neu Holland) complete but coastline out of “true” in many instances. Tasmania shown as van Diemens Ins and the North and South Islands of New Zealand carry their Maori names. The cartography of New Guinea is starkly incorrect not to be properly charted for some time to come.

    Unusual early map requiring some further study.

    $160.00

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