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  • Two Years in New South Wales – Cunningham – Surgeon RN – 1827 First Edition – Scarce

    Two Years in New South Wales – Cunningham – Surgeon RN – 1827 First Edition – Scarce

    A very scarce first edition of the early two volume account of New South Wales by surgeon of the Royal Navy, Cunningham. A varied work with details of arrivals in Hobart and Sydney; the situation in the bush of New South Wales up to Moreton Bay; potential for minerals and metals; the customs of aboriginals; emigration and hints for settlers; convict servants – their management and maintenance; bushrangers; female convicts –their general behaviour and thoughts relative to their future disposal and reform; the formation of the Australian Agricultural Company and the benefits likely to result. Half calf bindings with fresh later calf spine with separate red leather title and volume labels amongst fine gilt work. A very good and handsome set of a very scarce early record.

    Contains the first reference to fly fishing in Australia … “The perch are caught with bait or fly, the red worm answering best in spring, and the grasshopper, or locust, in summer. They often take best after dark, but they are as capricious as those in England. I have caught as many in less than an hour in Hunter’s River as made both my arms ache in carrying homewards but a short quarter of a mile…”

    Convict Surgeon’s Views on New South Wales

    $490.00

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  • Mann’s Australian Provinces  – First Edition 1839 – Montgomery Martin’s Copy

    Mann’s Australian Provinces – First Edition 1839 – Montgomery Martin’s Copy

    Mann’s Australian Provinces – Six Years Residence in the Australian Provinces Ending in 1839; Exhibiting their Capabilities of Colonisation and Containing the History, Trade, Population, Extent, Resources etc of New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land, South Australia and Port Philip, with an Account of New Zealand

    Published by Smith Elder & Co London 1839 first edition and in good condition. In original green cloth binding with gilt title and kangaroo and platypus motif to spine (very rare in original binding). 360 pages plus adverts and folding map coloured in outline at front.

    Mann wrote his comprehensive account of his Australian visit on his voyage back to England. It includes a number of matters of historical interest including dealings with the last of the Tasmanian aborigines and very forthright views on the position and operations of The Van Diemen’s Land Company and The Australian Agricultural Company.

    Montogomery Martin’s copy with his bold full signature – note this book published the same year as Montgomery Martin’s “History of Australasia” as part of the British Colonial Library series. See Voyager’s good copy of that book on this website.

    An important and rare early record in original binding and with exceptional provenance.

    $690.00

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  • Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – James PhD Oxford 1956

    Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – James PhD Oxford 1956

    Original Anthropological Work – Some Aspects of Time Reckoning Among Selected African Tribes – Greta James – PhD Thesis Oxford 1956

    This is a superb PhD thesis the author gaining a Oxford doctorate 1956. A near unique work (one copy only in the Bodlean Library). Contains 245 typed pages (one side) with tables, maps, bibliography etc.

    A major work on the significance of the sense of time, the calendar, cosmology, western influences, lunar zodiacs of various African tribes including those from the West, East and Southern Bantu. From the time of day measured and described by reference to cattle activity, the lunar cycle and the best and worst times for initiation or making spears, the zodiac and the bearing of the Pleiades in planting and harvesting crops to the naming of years gone such as “Blades of Herbs” (1867), “Year of the Ostrich” (1888) and sadly “Smallpox” (1894) and “Venereal Disease” (1903)

    A most interesting and valuable work on African tribes

    $170.00

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