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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.


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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.


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  • Queensland Geographical Journal – Diamond Jubilee Issue 1885-1945. Also has important Papua New Guinea content.

    The journal as published by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland). Octavo, soft wrappers, 113 pages after preliminaries. A very good copy bar the obvious marks to the covers … pretty clean and bright inside.

    After various historic introductions articles re “Queensland Pastures – Their Development and Improvement; Across Papua’s Mighty Delta by A.L. Ethell; Irrigation (Queensland); The Interior of Eastern Papua by Captain Vernon.

    Nicely illustrated and with a fold out sketch map from Bootless Bay (near Port Moresby) to Buna showing a vertical cross section of the Kokoda track … the article stimulated by the incredible conflict that had just come to an end in the region.

    A special issue of the RGSA (Qld) Journal with particular interest to New Guinea collectors and readers.


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  • Silvester Diggles – Australian Birds – Pied Honey-eater, Slender-billed Spine-bill and the White eye-browed Spine-bill

    Silvester Diggles – Australian Birds – Pied Honey-eater, Slender-billed Spine-bill and the White eye-browed Spine-bill

    Rare original hand-coloured lithograph by Queensland naturalist Silvester Diggles. Published as part of his magnificent work “”The Ornithology of Australia” between 1866 and 1870 in twenty-one parts by Pugh of Brisbane, in a very limited edition. By the time part sixteen was published there were only 92 subscribers. The original plates were executed by Diggles and his niece, Rowena Birkett.

    The work measures 38cm by 27cm, good hand colouring pretty clean with just the odd surface mark. A really scarce item.

    Silvester Diggles (1817-1880) artist and musician born in Liverpool, England. He came to Australia in 1853 settling in Brisbane where he taught music and drawing. Diggles was a founder of the Brisbane Choral Society in 1859 and the Philharmonic Society in 1861 known as “the father of music in Brisbane”. Diggles was also a founder of the Queensland Philosophical Society and helped establish the Museum. His greatest work was The Ornithology of Australia. However it nearly sent him broke. His health deteriorated worry about finances being a factor. He died at Kangaroo Point in 1880.

    Price $240.00 unframed

    An opportunity to own a rare original bird print by Queenslander Silvester Diggles


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  • Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Beale – Limited Signed Edition

    Kennedy – The Barcoo and Beyond 1847 – Beale – Limited Signed Edition

    A limited edition signed by the author Edgar Beale and published by the tremendous Blubber Head Press of Hobart.

    The quality of the book is best bar none and the condition near fine. Octavo, 292 pages, nicely illustrate, some in colour, end paper maps an, a most unusual printed thick glassine dust cover, often chipped but here completely undamaged.

    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 Ireland and the journals and papers at the Royal Geographical Society London the rich content of this book has been crafted.

    Edmund Besley Court Kennedy (1818-1848) was chosen by Mitchell as his second for the 1846 expedition into southern and central Queensland. He was given command of a further expedition the nest year to trace Mitchell’s “Victoria River” to an expected mouth in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This turned out not to be true, Kennedy proving that that the Victoria was in fact the Barcoo, the upper waters of Cooper Creek … and in doing so discovered the valuable Channel Country. He then went on to track the Werrego River and in a further expedition from Rockingham Bay in 1848, setting its sights on the very tip of the Cape York Peninsula, he was killed by aboriginals.

    Three folding maps near rear.

    Essential and Fine Kennedy


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  • Queensland – The Permo-Carboniferous Coal Formations of Clermont and Associated Formations.

    Queensland – The Permo-Carboniferous Coal Formations of Clermont and Associated Formations.

    Official report by Dunston, Government Geologist published in 1900.

    Foolscap, 18 pages with 1 large folding coloured map, 6 Plates one of which “Geological Plan of Coal Mining Leases at Blair Athol Clermont”’ is in colour and, 7 figures in the etc … tables etc.

    Dunstan’s reports were always of a high standard with a wealth of detail perfectly summarised. Covers Geological formations generally in the broader area and the specifically at Clermont; ; The Blair Athol Coalfield; Collieries and Prospecting Shafts .. Blair Athol, Imbell, Eldorado, Hope, Newcastle Shaft: Sites for future prospecting; Gold Deposits in the Coal Measure; Petrological Notes of Wild-Cat and the Springs etc

    We are particularly intrigued by the suggestion of gold deposits under the coal band near the Hurley’s Creek.

    The folding coloured Geological Map of Clermont is massive and on thick sturdy paper. Approximately 800cm by 700cm with bright pastel colouring in fine condition. We will try to get a decent image of it for anyone interest – just ask.

    Important report on a major resource area in Queensland with superior coloured geological map


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