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  • Proud Intrepid Heart – Leichhardt’s First Attempt to the Swan River 1846-1847 – Dan Sprod – Signed, Limited Numbered Edition

    Proud Intrepid Heart – Leichhardt’s First Attempt to the Swan River 1846-1847 – Dan Sprod – Signed, Limited Numbered Edition

    Published by Blubber Press, Hobart in 1989. Quarto, 334 pages, well illustrated and printed on quality paper (Teton Warm White) by Griffin Press. A very good if not fine copy. Limited signed edition number 169 of 600.

    This is Liechhardt’s second expedition after the successful mammoth exploration from the Darling Downs to Port Essington. This, an even more adventurous plan, was a failure and later members of his team were to write negatively about Leichhardt’s leadership.

    This book contains his journals, published for the first time and presented so well by Dan Sprod. Drawing also on other unpublished accounts he attempts to set the record straight.

    Leichhardt’s second … the real story … put so well

    $80.00

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  • Leichhardt’s Expeditioners – Dan Sprod – Signed Limited Edition

    Leichhardt’s Expeditioners – Dan Sprod – Signed Limited Edition

    Published by Blubber Press, 2006. Octavo, 138 pages. Very good if not fine condition. Signed by Dan Sprod on the half title page.

    A limited edition of 750 this book by Dan Sprod provides enlightening detail from the journals kept by William Philips and John Murphy who participated in Leichhardt’s successful expedition from Moreton bay to Port Essington.

    Well written as with all of Dan Sprod’s work dealing with the personalities and contributions of each party as well as progress of the expedition.

    Nicely illustrated and with a map in rear pocket. Never before published content makes this a must for those interested in Australian inland exploration.

    Lechhardt’s party get on the record

    $60.00

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  • Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Editor Edgar Beale – Signed, Limited and Numbered Edition

    Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Editor Edgar Beale – Signed, Limited and Numbered Edition

    Limited edition, number 14 of 750 copies signed by the author Edgar Beale and published by the tremendous Blubber Head Press of Hobart in 1983. Fine quality book in very good if not fine condition. the unusual transparent pictorial dust jacket completely intact and now itself protected in Brodart.

    Octavo, 292 pages, nicely illustrated with endpaper maps and three folding maps near the rear.

    The author was taken aback by the contents of fresh papers that surfaced from the descendants of Kennedy – and along with records held in Northern Island and the journals and papers at the Royal Geographical Society London the rich content of this book has been crafted.

    Essential and Fine Kennedy

    $80.00

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  • The Mysterious Anonymous Confession to the Murders of Constable George Doyle and Albert Christian Dahlke at Lethbridge’s Pocket (Queensland) on 30th March 1902

    The Mysterious Anonymous Confession to the Murders of Constable George Doyle and Albert Christian Dahlke at Lethbridge’s Pocket (Queensland) on 30th March 1902

    A report of investigations made to the Queensland Parliament. Foolscap, 16 pages plus map of the locality where all manner of things took place. Scarce real crime investigation involving poetry, with many other unusual circumstances.

    Patrick and James Kenniff had already been found guilty of the murder of Doyle and Dahlke and sentenced to death. Then an anonymous letter turned up the writer claiming to be the perpetrator and admitting to previous orders.

    Unfortunately, the anonymous party was soon found out to be James Matthew O’Brian who had been dismissed as a Constable who was at one time stationed at Windorah and who has been prosecuted for robbing, being a “hawker” and perjury … he had also charges a Constable Scanlon with attempting to poison him. O’Brian was pretty slack in his approach as he had left some self-penned poetry and this had been written on the same hall-marked paper that the confession was made on … and experts attested to the handwriting being the same person although different pens. Strangely the poetry is published here.

    Interestingly, one of the experts will be well known to Queensland history buffs … none other but Thomas Welsby.

    The “Goings On” are much more complex than this but too much to summarise here .. they would make a good plot to a Queensland murder mystery … the jury is still out at Voyager. And poetry, well quite endearing … about love, separation and friendship.

    Real Crime with Poetry in Queensland 1902

    $70.00

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  • Goliath Palm Black Cockatoo – Rene Lesson – 1838

    Goliath Palm Black Cockatoo – Rene Lesson – 1838

    Original hand coloured copper engraving of the Goliath Palm also known as the Great Black Cockatoo, Australia’s largest. It was produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in 1838. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    The Goliath Palm or Great Black inhabits the Cape York Peninsula and is an impressive bird standing 60cm tall and carries the second largest beak of any parrot in the world, just behind the Hyacinth Macaw. The bird uses this large beak to break open large nuts and also to break off thick sticks which it uses as part of a drumming display. It is highly intelligent … we love it!

    Price $270.00 framed in Voyager Natural History Style … enquire if you would like him unframed … no issue …

    Goliath Cockatoo a giant of a bird in many ways …. click on me to see my big beak!

    $240.00

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  • Incidents of a Collector’s Rambles in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea – Sherman Denton 1889

    Incidents of a Collector’s Rambles in Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea – Sherman Denton 1889

    Published by Lee and Shepard, Boston 1889. 272 pages with 13 plates and numerous text illustrations.

    Original cloth covered binding. A pretty good copy.

    Travels through New Zealand then to Australia (Victoria, Melbourne, Brisbane, trip through Queensland to Townsville) then to New Guinea, beginning at Port Moresby and moving inland.

    A well illustrated and interesting account of the tour of a family devoted to natural history. Good New Guinea and Queensland content. Early note of the extremely unusual and primitive Mary River Lung Fish (The Jumping Fish).

    Scarce Australian, Papua New Guinea item and a favourite of Voyager

    $80.00

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