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  • Byron’s Journal of His Circumnavigation 1764-1766 – Edited by Robert E. Gallagher

    Byron’s Journal of His Circumnavigation 1764-1766 – Edited by Robert E. Gallagher

    Another well produced piece of work put out by the Hakluyt Society.

    John Byron of Wager fame (the poets Grandfather and Voyager hero) has come in for some criticism regarding his circumnavigation of 1764-1776. Hard to understand considering he is in the all time top 20.

    Sent by the Admiralty to search for Pepys’s Island and the Southern Continent and then around in the Pacific north to find the “other end” of the North West passage. He re-discovered the Falkland Islands (but was beaten by Bougainville) and when in the Pacific decided for his own reasons (quite valid) to go in a more direct route and all around back to Blighty.

    His journal is at the mecca of all journals marine, the National Maritime Museum, London. And, here it is published with super supporting items by editor Robert Gallagher. Much about the giants of Patagonia.

    Printed by the Cambridge University Press for the Hakluyt Society in 1964. Octavo, 230 pages with numerous illustrations and maps and charts many folding or multiple folding. A particularly good thoroughly clean copy.

    John Byron first the Wager then the Circumnavigation on of the greatest naval heroes of the 18th C.

    $50.00

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  • Utopias and Imaginary Voyages to Australasia – John Dunmore

    Utopias and Imaginary Voyages to Australasia – John Dunmore

    Who else could be more qualified to write and present on this subject at the National Library of Australia than John Dunmore?

    Octavo, card cover of 23 delicious pages, the text of Dunmore’s lecture of 2nd September 1987, published by the N.L.A. the following year. A fine copy.

    From Joseph Hall’s “Mundas Alter et Idem’ the first utopian account to be set in the Antipodes, with mentions of La Perouse and “Fragmens” … Aldous Huxley is a bit of a drift … then back to Utopian reality and the Adventures of Alexander Venderchurch and many more esoteric accounts before back to the likes of Gulliver and that endearing Swiss Family.

    A special lecture by Dunmore on down under Utopia – wish I had been there.

    $30.00

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  • A Solomons Sojourn: J.E. Philp’s Log of the Makira 1912-1913

    A Solomons Sojourn: J.E. Philp’s Log of the Makira 1912-1913

    A limited edition of 500 available copies published in 1978 by the Tasmanian Historical Research Association and one of their best efforts.

    Octavo, 208 pages nicely illustrated from period photographs and with useful maps of the region. A very good copy.

    John Ernest Philp was a Tasmanian shipping clerk. Likely seeking greater adventure he served for two year on the Makira as engineer, mate and then captain of the vessel in and around the Solomons. His log reproduced here is an important contribution to the somewhat scant detail available regrading activities during the pre WWI colonial era. His crew drawn from native stock were special to him and his warmth comes through in his writing. Tragedies such as murder and cannibalism arise and are recorded with precision.

    Nicely edited by Richard Herr and Anne Rood and a helping hand by Dan Sprod, of course, to get it through the Press

    Detailed account of a trading ketch in the Solomons when it was pretty lively.

    $40.00

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  • A Narrative of a Voyage to New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land by Amaso Delano

    A Narrative of a Voyage to New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land by Amaso Delano

    Published by the Cat & Fiddle Press, Hobart, Tasmania in 1973. One of 500 copies and a fine example of a special work.

    Octavo, with dust jacket, unpaginated but complete.

    A facsimile extract from a Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres Comprising Three Voyages Round the World Together with a Voyage of Survey and Discovery in the Pacific Ocean and Oriental Lands.

    Set out in two parts.

    Part One: Remarks upon a voyage to the South Sea by way of the Cape of Good Hope – King Island – Straits between New Holland and Van Diemen’s Land – Settlements on New Holland and van Diemen’s Land … and,

    Part Two: Transactions at New Holland, Van Diemen’s Land, and Bass’s Strait – Letter to Philip Gedney (sic) King, Governor General of New South Wales – remarkable Accident of the Pilgrim’s boat being sunk – Departure from Bass’s Strait – Description of the Snares – Bounty Islands – Passage across the south Pacific Ocean – Rendezvous with the ship Perseverance.

    Amas Delano – a rare account brought to life by the Cat & Fiddle.

    $50.00

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  • A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – 1894

    A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – 1894

    Published by Longmans London 1894., an early edition of Lady Brassey’s popular voyage account.

    A Voyage in the Sunbeam – Our home on the Ocean for Eleven Months. Thick octavo, 492 pages, plus extensive publisher’s catalogue. With 66 illustrations engraved on wood by G Pearson from drawings by the Hon A.Y. Bingham.

    Described as a “new edition” in a popular form. The voyage from England takes in Madeira, Teneriffe, Cape de Verde and across to Rio. The River Plate and … life in the Pampas. Round the Horn to Chili and Santiago and Valparaiso and off west to the South Sea Islands, and Tahiti, Hawaii, and across to Yokohama. Canton and the Pearl River, Singapore, Ceylon and then to Aden the Suez and home. Not quite as easy or as blunt as that!

    A superb account of the circumnavigation of the Sunbeam in 1876/7 the first of the Sunbeam voyages.

    Affordable Sunbeam – Lady Brassey – a Travel Classic

    $60.00

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  • The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    The Kon-Tiki Expedition – Thor Heyerdahl (With Original Photograph of the Raft)

    Well certainly not a rare book, probably the biggest selling modern maritime adventure book. But a very good copy.

    A 1959 edition by which time it had already run to 23 impressions. Octavo, 235 pages with eighty odd photographic images.

    Thor Heyerdahl set off on the most amazing raft voyage with five companions determined to prove his migration theories. This account, praised by Somerset Maugham as “an incredible adventure which happens to be true. It would be a very dull reader who did not admire and envy the courage of the six men who took part in it”. Very good copy.

    We also have what appears to be an original photograph of the raft on its way … the camera work is rather shaky so clearly taken from another vessel.

    Leaving Callao in Peru for Tahiti, they almost made it running aground on the Raroia Reef were the raft was smashed to smithereens.

    Kon-Tiki nice copy with photograph.

    $30.00

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