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  • The Memoirs of the Marq de Langallerie: containing an Account of the Most Secret Intrigues of the French, Spanish and Bavarian Courts: and the Most Remarkable Battles, Sieges and Encampments in Germany Spain and Flanders. – Courtilz de Sandras – First Edition 1708

    First English edition published by R Burrough et al, London. Octavo, 12, 324 pages, bound in contemporary full panelled calf, no title label, joint cracking but holding well. Browning and marks to text with a flower press image on one leaf. Scarce in any condition and especially in original binding.

    An entertaining and revelatory history of the European wars of the period, based on the dramatized account published by Pierre Marteau of Cologne and attributed to Courtilz de Sandras … possibly a nom de plume for Gabriel Alphonse de Sassenger.

    The continental version did not mention Langallerie by name … who was an obscure military figure in the French Army, who had fallen out of Royal favour and was subsequently imprisoned for encouraging a revolt of French Protestants.

    Secret Memoirs of Langerallerie by de Sandras Perhaps.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $180.00

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  • The Voyage of the Catalpa – A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels Escape to Freedom – Peter Stevens.

    The Voyage of the Catalpa – A Perilous Journey and Six Irish Rebels Escape to Freedom – Peter Stevens.

    A first edition hardback of a book now hard to find. Large octavo, 328 pages, illustrated, a hint browning to paper, otherwise fine in a completely perfect dust jacket.

    Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London in 2003.

    The year is 1875 and an American whaling barque, Catalpa, set out from New Bedford, Massachusetts on a year long secret mission to free a group of Irish rebels held in prison in Western Australian, to be known as “The Freemantle Six”.

    The six Irishmen who had taken the Fenian Oath to fight for Irish Independence has been held for eight years. The Catalpa made Freemantle and the six escaped … but it was far from over and many obstacles had to be overcome …

    Irish Rebels freed from Australian Jail by American sympathisers in the whaling ship Catalpa.

    $40.00

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  • Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis   – First Edition 1947

    Lachlan Macquarie – His Life, Adventures and Times – Ellis – First Edition 1947

    The definitive work on Australia’s early Scottish Governor. The man that brought civilisation to the country from paved streets to the arts – also pushed harder for inland exploration and a greater understanding of the vast outback.

    First edition 1947, quarto, 697 pages, differing end paper maps and eight full page colour plates. Dust jacket a bit tired but scarce and has protected the boards well, flecking to page edges and some age near the ends, otherwise bright and clean internally. Previous ownership name and stamp at front. A pretty good copy priced accordingly. A heavy book which mat require a tad more postage dependent on buyer location.

    The author Malcolm Henry Ellis (1890-1969) … Queensland born journalist and historian. An avid ant-communist … he dislike Manning Clark and his historical work believing Clark inclined to leftist’s views in his writing and inclined to via away from historical fact when it suited his point of view.

    Lengthy but written in an easily read style, we can see why this has become the go to text on Macquarie. The format is set out as if five separate books covering distinctive periods in his life … the titles of which give little away as to content Needless to say we cover his early years as a dashing lieutenant, time in India, his loves, Egypt and to Australia and his early successes … a period that would stretch from 1810 to 1821. He pioneered the development of commerce, inland exploration and urban development. A patron of the arts and literature.

    Macquarie much more than a flash Bank

    $50.00

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  • The New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory – 1832

    The New South Wales Calendar and General Post Office Directory – 1832

    A special facsimile of a valuable reference published by James Raymond Postmaster of New South Wales that year – 1832. The original printed by Stephens and Stokes of King Street, Sydney. Nice multi-folding frontispiece map of Sydney.

    This facsimile published by the Trustees of the Public Library of New South Wales, Sydney and represents publication No 7 of the William Dixson Foundation.

    An almanac or directory to beat all directories. In this form, octavo, paginated 204 after preliminaries, then approx. 100 pages unpaginated containing … Flag Signals (with coloured illustration); Calendar of Solar Eclipses, Moveable Feast, Monthly Calendar … religious dates, historical anniversaries, moon phases etc, Directory of names. Manfred Cross’s copy with his neat signature on the front end paper. Very good copy only slight rubbing to dust jacket.

    The first (paginated) part carries the names of the extensive Civil Establishment … the power of Darling, McArthur, Blaxland, Cox etc easily seen. A list of all Sydney vessels with weigh and purpose. Land regulations, Government charges etc. And the main game, a wordy and worthwhile description “Itinerary of Roads throughout New South Wales” which runs for 110 pages taking one down every path and describing every crossing and property along the way. A super reference.

    New South Wales in Detail in 1832.

    $50.00

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  • Testimony – The Memoirs of Shostakovich. – Solomom Volkov – First UK Edition 1979

    Testimony – The Memoirs of Shostakovich. – Solomom Volkov – First UK Edition 1979

    A first UK edition of the memoirs … as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov.

    Much controversy surrounds this book perhaps because of its fairly frank position of the great man’s views on … other composers, Stalin, the system etc. However, Solomon Volkov was very close to Shostakovich in his final years … and unsurprisingly Shostakovich instructed for it not be published until after his death and Volkov, who presumably had the control, never published the book in Russia.

    Published by Hamish Hamilton, London 1979. Octavo, 238 pages with index and numerous illustration from period photographs. Very nice.

    Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) was nine before being taught the piano by his mother … his natural talent was immediately identified … he could repeat the pieces the next day without reference to the music score. His first symphony at 19 was success. Not all of his efforts were successful afterwards … his music too experimental at times for the Communist rule … particularly Stalin … who later had a habit of disposing of his friends and relatives. Later his music softened and he was gradually brought into the embrace of the hierarchy.

    The photographic images are special … with Prokofiev and Khachaturian … imagine the conversations.

    Shostakovich thorough and believable

    $40.00

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  • Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. –  Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    Supreme Court of Queensland 1859-1960: History, Jurisdiction, Procedure. – Justice Bruce H.M. McPherson

    A first edition of the book on the Queensland Supreme Court up to 1960. Published by Butterworths, Sydney in 1989.

    Royal octavo, 440 pages after a lengthy forward by the Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, former Chief Justice of Australia.

    With colour portraits and black and white text illustrations. A very good copy.

    The author, Bruce Harvey McPherson (1936-2013) was South African born who graduated from Trinity Hall Cambridge in 1959. Shortly after he moved to Brisbane. He was admitted to the Queensland Bar on 1965 and made QC in 1975. He was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1982 and then the Court of Appeal in 1991 continuing in that role until his retirement in 2006.

    Queensland Supreme Court by McPherson.

    $90.00

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