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  • Queensland Branch of the Royal Geographical Society – Proceedings 1887 – Interesting Papuan Expedition, Queensland Mountains etc

    Queensland Branch of the Royal Geographical Society – Proceedings 1887 – Interesting Papuan Expedition, Queensland Mountains etc

    Vol II part 2 of the 1886-8 Proceedings and Transactions of the Society. Extremely scarce.

    Octavo. Printed paper wrappers as issued pages 76-126 after preliminaries, notices etc. Interesting to see Tenison-Woods in attendance at the Meeting. Printed by Watson, Ferguson $ Co of Queens Street, Brisbane. Still surviving Watson Ferguson commenced in 1871 and are Queensland oldest printing business.

    A few edge chips and a reference label top front left otherwise very good condition

    The journal contains some interesting reports including C.T. Bedford surveying trip from Boulia to the South Australian Border, the Mountains of Queensland by N. Bartley (author of Opals and Agates and his Reminiscences).

    The highlight though is the Journal of Mr George Hunter on an Expedition from Kappa Kappa to the Heads of the Kemp Welch River, British New Guinea with a good folding map illustration the journey. Anyone who has been to this part of Papua will remember the beautiful beaches around the Kappa Kappa area.

    Early Queensland Geographical Society Publication – Interesting Explorations and Observations on the People of Papua and the Kappa Kappa / Rigo Region

    $90.00

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  • Leichhardt’s Second Journey – A First-Hand Account by Henry Turbull

    Leichhardt’s Second Journey – A First-Hand Account by Henry Turbull

    A first edition, published by the specialist, Halstead Press, Sydney in 1983.

    Larger format octavo, 58 pages with illustrations, map and in very good if not better condition.

    This is Leichhardt’s second expedition up through Queensland, the one which relied on Bunce to write it up … Leichhardt perhaps not too impressed with his own achievements and behaviour.

    Here we have the previously unpublished account of Henry Turnbull which provide a nice balance to Bunce if you have read his version.

    A short account but a solid contribution

    $25.00

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  • Kennedy of Cape York – Beale – First Edition 1970

    Kennedy of Cape York – Beale – First Edition 1970

    A first edition, published by Rigby in 1970. Edgar Beale’s superb account. Large octavo, 281 pages with numerous illustrations and maps. Very good condition. A solid book.

    Edmund Kennedy left England as a young man with a plan to become famous. The tireless explorer was to find his end ambushed by aboriginals in a swamp in Cape York.

    Kennedy was taken north by Owen Stanley and we particularly like the interaction of Kennedy with a young Thomas Huxley well before he became Darwin’s Bulldog. The image we show here in the rainforest is from a drawing by Huxley …

    Well researched and thoroughly supported narrative with relevant illustrations

    Beale the expert on Kennedy

    $35.00

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  • Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences  of Early Queensland – Scarce First Edition 1904 Brisbane – Family Provenance

    Tom Petrie’s Reminiscences of Early Queensland – Scarce First Edition 1904 Brisbane – Family Provenance

    The first edition written by his daughter, Constance Campbell Petrie, published in Brisbane by Watson & Ferguson & Co in 1904.

    Super family provenance inscribed and signed by Rollo Petrie (Tom Petrie’s grandson) in January 1990 when he was 80 years old. An earlier family inscription gifting the book to Catherine from H.E. Petrie we think in 1909.

    Large octavo, 319 pages with 15 full plate photographs of very good quality and historical significance along with the early plan of Brisbane. Possibly the most important and sought after book of its type.

    The lovely green pictorial covers have some of the usual marks and flecking but not bad by normal standards. Internally a little brownng to the title generally very clean throughout. One of the best copies we have seen and with the provenance

    Thomas Petrie (1831-1910) was an Australian explorer, grazier and friend of the aboriginal people of Queensland. An important early source book for Queensland history with much on the aborigines and vividly describing life in Moreton Bay from the 1830’s.

    Probably the best Queensland read

    $540.00

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  • The Genesis of Queensland An Account of the First Exploring Journeys  to and Over the Darling Downs …  Henry Stuart Russell

    The Genesis of Queensland An Account of the First Exploring Journeys to and Over the Darling Downs … Henry Stuart Russell

    Quality 1989 facsimile of the Queensland Classic first published 1888. An account of the first exploring journeys to and over Darling Downs: the earliest days of their occupation; social life; station seeking; the course of discovery, northward and westward; and a resume of the causes which led to separation from New South Wales. With portrait and facsimiles of maps, log etc.

    Thick royal octavo, 633 pages with foldout maps etc. Bound quarter leather cream cloth covered boards. A nice production. A limited edition of 500 copies this numbered 404. Very good if not better condition.

    Henry Stuart Russell (1818-1889) was born in England the son of an East India Co officer and went to Harrow and Oxford. At 22 he migrated to Australia first to Sydney and then to stations in New England and the Darling Downs. In 1842 he and Andrew Petrie went by whale-boat from Brisbane up to Wide Bay looking for sheep country – they discovered the Mary River. Later that year on a similar expedition he discovered the Boyne River which resulted in Russell taking up Burrandowan Station and Cecil Plains (which was visited by Leichhardt in 1844). His pastoral career ended in 1849. He became involved in the move to make Queensland a separate colony – he later moved back to Sydney and England were he died after completing “The Genesis of Queensland”

    Must have title any Queensland Collection

    $120.00

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  • The Magnificent Rifle Bird – Lesson -1838

    The Magnificent Rifle Bird – Lesson -1838

    Original hand coloured engraving for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) and his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. Published in Paris in 1838.

    Thick cream paper 26cm by 16cm … external framed dimensions approximately 38cm by 28cm … nice for the study ….

    This beautiful bird inhabits Papua New Guinea and the Northern tip of Australia around the Cape.

    Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    Price Framed in Voyager Natural History style – $240.00 or unframed $130.00

    Striking original image of the beautiful Magnificent Rifle Bird

    $240.00

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