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  • The Albert Nyanza, Great Basin of the Nile, and Explorations of the Nile Sources – Sir Samuel W. Baker

    The Albert Nyanza, Great Basin of the Nile, and Explorations of the Nile Sources – Sir Samuel W. Baker

    Published by MacMillan, London in 1867 a second edition the scarce first the year before.

    Octavo, two volumes 271 and 372 pages after preliminaries. Two maps, one large folding map of The Albert N’yanza and the Routes Leading to the Discovery in 1864, in very good condition, and one full page General Map of the Country, Nile Basin also in fine condition. Frontispiece to Vol I of the author and his wife, frontispiece to Vol II is a beautiful coloured lithograph of Lake Albert. In addition, 12 wood engraved full page plates and 20 wood engravings in the text. Very good copies in bright green cloth with gilt decorations, albeit the cloth rear Vol II has a repair. A beautiful set.

    Samuel Baker was another one of those remarkable Victorian era individuals. This account represents one of the most important written on the Nile River. Speke and Grant had already proclaimed the Southern shore of Lake Victoria as the source of the White Nile. Baker accompanied by his second wife had commenced his own expedition whilst Speke was still active in the area. They met, and Speke gave Baker a rough map designed from reports by natives showing a possible large lake to the east. Baker explored in that direction and after finding and naming the magnificent Murchison Falls came across the western bank of a new massive lake which he named Lake Albert. He discovered that Lake Victoria emptied into Lake Albert before progressing north as the White Nile. Consequently, other inflows into Lake Albert were in themselves “sources” of the Nile. After a long period in the interior Baxter made his way north and eventually reached Khartoum in May 1865. On return to England these volumes were published. His writing style is well regarded as being very readable and his adventures reflect quite extraordinary circumstances and a quite extraordinary individual.

    Baker’s earlier years are worth understanding. He was brought up in a relatively wealthy family, including private tuition and finishing in Germany. His first job was a civil engineer in Eastern Europe working on rail and bridges. He married young and his bride went to the Seychelles to manage the family plantation. After a couple of years, they went to Ceylon and started what was to be a successful mountain retreat. His wife had seven children and died at 32 from typhoid. By this time Baker had become a renowned hunter and already published books on the subject. On return to the England he organised a hunt in eastern Europe for the Maharajah Duleep Singh. Out of interest he took the Maharajah to the Vidin slave market. There, he fell in love with a girl destined for the harem and bought here freedom. They were to marry (but much later on return form Africa) and she went by the name Florence Baker. She accompanied Baker everywhere and she features throughout these volumes on the source of the Nile. Baker was given the Gold Medal of the RGS for his achievements and similar honours overseas. He was knighted, although Victoria refused to meet him due to the circumstances of his marriage and possibly because of an age discrepancy as Florence may have been rather young when they got together. Baker went on to big things politically becoming the first Englishman to sit in high office in Egypt.

    Attractive books and fundamental to the Source of the Nile cannon. Large map in excellent condition.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $460.00

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  • Was Jane Austen Happy in Bath? – Nigel Nicolson

    Was Jane Austen Happy in Bath? – Nigel Nicolson

    Jane Austen lived at No 4 Sydney Place, Bath with her parents between 1801 and 1806. Many authorities suggest Austen was much more at home in the country .. and in fact did not like urban living.

    Nigel Nicolson explores the evidence that suggest the contrary regarding her time at Bath. This work relates to a lecture given by Nicolson at the Holburne Museum of Art on 27th June 2002. And published by the Museum.

    Octavo, card cover with separate wrapping jacket, 23 pages plus (oddly named) a page of “footnotes at the end. A nice little production I fine condition.

    Nigel Nicolson (1917-2004) was the son of Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville West. He was a prolific writer and publisher … including works on Austen, Virginia Woolf and his mother of whom he wrote openly about her bisexuality which in the day caused a bit of a surprise.

    A special one for the Jane Austen fans by a distinguished authority.

    $40.00

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  • Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane Franklin Commemorative Medal

    Sir John Franklin and Lady Jane Franklin Commemorative Medal

    A large bronze medal produced by Emil Hafner for the Tasmanian Numismatic Society in 1987 to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the arrival of Sir John Franklin in Tasmania.

    One of 150 examples (there were 40 in silver) finely engraved by Hafner Mint founded by Czechoslovakian born Emil Hafner.

    65mm in diameter, and 94gm weight.

    On one side a strong image of Franklin in his regalia his ship HMS Erebus trapped in the ice. Engraved around the edge … Sir John Franklin 1786-1847 Arctic Explorer – Governor of Van Diemen’s Land 1837-1843.

    On the reverse, a well known yet striking image of the beautiful Jane Lady Franklin 1791-1875 Patron of the Arts in Van Diemen’s Land 1837-1845

    Franklin Connecting Tasmania with Polar Exploration and the North West Passage.

    ON HOLD FOR VALUED CUSTOMER

    $140.00

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  • Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – John Mathew – First Edition 1910

    Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – John Mathew – First Edition 1910

    Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – With and Inquiry Concerning the Origin of the Australian Race.

    A scarce and sought after ethnological work. First edition published by T. Fisher Unwin, London in 1910.

    Octavo, 256 pages, rough cut edges., some pages not yet opened. Hints of foxing, generally very clean and tidy. Original red cloth covered binding with gold title to front a spine. A little flecked, not as bad as usual. Includes a map and six illustrations from photographs. Tables of vocabulary, genealogy etc A very good copy of a desirable work.

    The author, a Presbyterial Minister migrated from Scotland to Queensland to work on his uncles farm in 1864. He took a great deal of interest in the aboriginal people. And this work which includes significant discussion regrading social behaviour and language was regraded as pioneering in the field of anthropology. He spent a lot time with the Kabi and Wakka people living around Barambah.

    A wonderful pairing with the Walter Roth book on the tribes of North-West-Central area of Queensland.

    Important work of the aboriginal people

    $390.00

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  • The Old Man Young Again or Age-Rejuvenescence in the Power of Concuspiscence … Literally Translated from the Arabic by an English “Bohemian” – Kitab Ruju’a as-Shaykh ila Sabah Fi-l-Kuwwat ‘ala-l-Bah

    The Old Man Young Again or Age-Rejuvenescence in the Power of Concuspiscence … Literally Translated from the Arabic by an English “Bohemian” – Kitab Ruju’a as-Shaykh ila Sabah Fi-l-Kuwwat ‘ala-l-Bah

    Published Montamartre, Paris by Charles Carrington 1898. Publisher of many things naughty in the naughty 1890’s. The work described as … privately printed for a small number of Amateurs and Bibliophiles, is strictly limited to Five Hundred numbered copies on Papier de Hollande. The present copy is No 437.

    Large octavo, 265 pages, top edge gilt, rich maroon endpapers, black cloth covered boards, bevelled and decorated in gilt. Decoration above Chapter headings and some romantic, not crude, illustrations.

    A slightly strangely constructed book in three parts. The First deals with the age and authorship of the Book, Arabian Medical Science; the Strength of Male Copulation and the various kinds of Impotence and Degrees of Virility and the Power of Erection etc. The Second the formation of the yard and testicles; evils from over-indulgence; ill effect of excessive coition and things to take; the advantages (many) of copulation … medicines, oils etc to improve various matters. The Third the Romance of the Genital Instinct; Aphrodisiacs and then some unmentionables.

    For those of suitable age that may be shocked the dedications is worthy … Inscribed to the Memory of the late Sir Richard F. Burton, whose works suggested, and whose labours aided me in my task of making this English version of a work, which, whatever may be thought of it today, was not deemed obscene by the people in whose generation it appeared.

    Rare Privately Printed 1898 – How to Make an Old Man Young Again!

    $290.00

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  • A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders – Two Volumes Plus Map Case

    A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders – Two Volumes Plus Map Case

    A Voyage to Terra Australia – Matthew Flinders Undertaken for the Purpose of Completing the Discovery of that vast Country and Prosecuted in the Years 1801, 1802 and 1803 in His Majesty’s Ship “The Investigator”

    Australian Facsimile Editions No 37 published by the Libraries Board of South Australia in 1966.

    Complete, two large folio volumes, 269 and 613 pages, and matching large solander case of folding charts and plates. Original buckram covered boards with gilt spine titles on Burgundy labels. Illustrated with 9 plates of views to the volumes and 18 folding charts and elevations and 10 folding botanical plates. A trifle marked on page edges really a very good clean complete set. They weigh 8.3 kgs all up so a postage supplement may apply depending on buyer location.

    A fine facsimile of Matthew Flinders monumental work regarding the circumnavigation and charting of Australia, his shipwreck on the Porpoise on Wreck Reef during his passage home, and his continued journey in the Cumberland and capture and imprisonment by the French on the island of Mauritius from 1804-1810.

    Contains fundamental, maps and profiles of the coastline of Australia. HMS Investigator was a 334 ton sloop fitted out for its purpose. The complete circumnavigation, proving beyond doubt that Australia was one complete land mass had never previously been accomplished.

    After his release from prison and return to London, Flinders was in very poor health. Regardless, he pressed on to complete this narrative and set of charts. They were originally published , as a whole, on 18th July 1814. Matthew Flinders died the following day.

    Monumental work in fine facsimile, complete with superb charts.

    $540.00

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