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  • Destination Barrier Reef – Arnold Lock – First Edition 1955

    Destination Barrier Reef – Arnold Lock – First Edition 1955

    Published by Georgian House, Melbourne a first edition 1955. Octavo, 227 pages, illustrated with numerous images from photographs taken by the author. End paper maps. Some dust jacket repairs, generally a nice copy. Super dust jacket art.

    A well put together book, by traveler Arnold Lock, of Queensland along the Great Barrier Reef .. we particularly like the Hinchinbrook / Cardwell section. Despite the title quite a bit in the Torres Strait and particularly Badu Island (a favourite of contemporary Idriess) and the pearling industry. Don’t whatever you do step on a stone fish … not nice.

    The Barrier Reef and further “Up” before the tourist got there … well most of them

    $35.00

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  • A Census of the Fossil Foraminifera of Australia – Howchin – 1893 – From Robart Logan Jack’s Library

    A Census of the Fossil Foraminifera of Australia – Howchin – 1893 – From Robart Logan Jack’s Library

    A paper read at the Adelaide Meeting of the Australasian Association for the advancement of Science – September 1893.

    Walter Howchin was an English born, Clarke Medal winning geologist who lectured at the Adelaide School of Mines. This paper presents in tabular form a complete list of the fossil foraminifera then know in Australia and is a mighty piece of work encapsulated in 24 page paper.

    Original pink paper wrappers now reinforced at the hinge. Bound in Walter Howchin’s personal compliments slip … R. L. Jack Esq added in in manuscript by the receiver … also his name to front pink cover. Robert Logan jack being the distinguished explorer, geologist, author of the book on the history of Exploration in the Far North “Northmost Australia”. Logan Jack was to follow Daintree as the Queensland Appointed Geologist.

    Interesting piece of scientific ephemera with Logan Jack ownership.

    $40.00

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  • Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Brisbane City Medal Celebrating Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee 1897

    Minted by Stokes and Sons, 31 mm diameter circa 14 gms weight. Reference Carlisle 1897/43

    Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with enthusiasm around the Commonwealth. This medal was issued by the Municipality of Brisbane to celebrate the event.

    On the obverse we have Jugate busts of a young and older Queen Victoria, around Queen Victoria’s 60th Year of Reign *1837 to 1897* … mint name Stokes & Sons in tiny letter on the rim below the date.

    The reverse has at its centre within a wide rim the Shield of the Municipality, quartered with top left … horses, sheep and bull; top right … farmer with plough, wheat sheaf and spade; bottom left early steam-ship and lighthouse; bottom right … sailing ship at Brisbane Port loading produce including bale of wool and barrels. Around the rim *Municipality of Brisbane* Incorporated 1859.

    Collectable Victoriana Unique to Brisbane.

    $80.00

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  • The Geology of the Cairns Hinterland and other Parts of North Queensland – H.I. Jensen – 1923

    The Geology of the Cairns Hinterland and other Parts of North Queensland – H.I. Jensen – 1923

    Queensland Department of Mines publication no 274 by H.I. Jensen published in Brisbane in 1923.

    Octavo, 75 pages thoroughly illustrated cancelled University stamp to front. Dealing previous observations and new concepts the tackling the significant task by regions … Cairns Coastal, Cooktown and Back Country, Atherton-Herberton Tableland, Irvinebank-Emuford, Featherbed Range, Hodgkinson-Maytown, Chillago and Etheridge-Croydon.

    Concluding chapters relating to the origin of metals and economic minerals, notes on mines and prospects for the future of mining.

    Illustrated with 13 in text figures mainly sketch plans of each area, as well as a full page geological map of the Etheridge Field and a handsome coloured fold out map of the Chillago, Hodkinson and Palmer Fields

    Mineral Opportunities in North Queensland

    $90.00

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  • Wealth in the Wilderness – Arthur Groom – First edition 1955

    Wealth in the Wilderness – Arthur Groom – First edition 1955

    A first edition of Arthur Groom’s final travel book in the outback of Queensland and the Northern Territory.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1955. Octavo, 198 pages, end paper maps and illustrated throughout from photographs taken along the way by the author.

    The end paper maps are the best reference to the progress and extent of his journey all undertaken in a period utility of low horse power. A charming narrative that keeps the readers interest with many relevant illustrations.

    Arthur Groom out in the outback one last time.

    $30.00

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  • Disturbing Element [An Autobiography] – Xavier Herbert – First Edition 1963

    Disturbing Element [An Autobiography] – Xavier Herbert – First Edition 1963

    A very nice first edition copy of Australian writer Xavier Herbert’s autobiography.

    Born in 1901 Xavier Herbert had a rather strange upbringing. He trained as a Pharmacist having worked in a chemist’s shop at the age of 14. He went to Melbourne to study medicine. Writing was a passion but he was in his thirties before his great work “Capricornia” was published to great acclaim. He was much admired by HG Wells.

    Xavier Herbert was the “Disturbing Element’. Published by F.W. Cheshire, Melbourne etc in 1963. Octavo, 271 pages, a very good if not better copy.

    Xavier Herbert published few works and his final novel “Poor Fellow My Country” was published in 1975 and won him the Miles Franklin award. It is also the longest novel ever published by an Australian writer at 1,466 pages and an estimated 852 thousand words

    Interesting autobiography of the elusive talented Xavier Herbert.

    $30.00

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