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  • The Third Eye – the Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama – Lobsang Rampa.

    The Third Eye – the Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama – Lobsang Rampa.

    First published in 1956, this copy from the next year, by Secker & Warburg, London.

    Octavo, 256 pages, some illustrations including “Symbolism of Tibetan Chortens”. Nice dust jacket art with a photograph of the author on the rear.

    At the age of seven Rampa was decreed by two famous Tibetan astrologers to be specially gifted. He left his family for the Lamasery of Chakpuri on the outskirts of Lhasa. He became an adviser to the Dalai Lama because of his exceptional powers. The “Third Eye” is a reference to a procedure that heightens one’s abilities in clairvoyance. In the volcanic caves under the Potala he submitted to the mystical experience … the “living death”. And there is more … one for the believers.

    The autobiography of a special gifted Lama.

    $30.00

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  • Knopwood: A Biography – Geoffrey Stephens

    Knopwood: A Biography – Geoffrey Stephens

    Self published in 1990 by Geoffrey Stephens the Rector of the Anglican Church Moonah, Tasmania.

    Large format softcover, perfect bound, 226 pages, illustrated throughout ending with references, index etc and “Knopwoodiana” an interesting list of Knopwood relics and where they are housed .. e.g. the Museum has not just his sermons and bible but his Magistrates wig and wig block .. his riding cap and his fishing creole.

    Very good condition albeit top corner creased. Clean as a whistle inside

    The author a holder of several degrees in history and theology has left no stone unturned in writing this chronological biography of maybe Tasmania’s best known early identity. Arriving on the very first settlement ship and recording for many years his and others activities all the way through to the Franklins.

    Knopwood a good all round account of the well liked often controversial Bobby Knopwood.

    $30.00

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  • The Usefulness of John West – Dissent and Differences in the Australian Colonies – Patricia Ratcliff.

    The Usefulness of John West – Dissent and Differences in the Australian Colonies – Patricia Ratcliff.

    We think not the most inspiring title for a biography of the great man … and a well researched and voluminous one too.

    Published by the Albernian Press, Launceston in 2003. Large royal octavo, 574 pages, illustrated a very good production and a fine copy.

    The Reverend John Smith arrived with his wife Narcissa and five children on the barque “Emu” in December 1838. He was contracted to provide pastoral care through the Congregational Church in Brisbane Street, Hobart, allowing the then Minister Miller to take leave in Europe to improve his health. Miller changed his mind and West found himself, eventually, in Launceston.

    His influence grew, over time he was to become a major mover in the anti-transportation league and a citizen of true concern about the treatment of the aboriginals. He penned the first great History of Tasmania – a book still cherished today by scholars of Tasmanian History. His obvious love for his family and his “flock” shines through as well as his desire to grow the best marrows in the land.

    John West more than a Historian – a thorough account

    $60.00

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  • The Book of Kells and The Art of Illumination

    The Book of Kells and The Art of Illumination

    In the year 2000 Ireland’s greatest treasure the illuminated medieval manuscript the Gospel of St mark from the Book of Kells visited the National Gallery of Australia. We cannot imagine the insurance costs for this item beyond the wealth of any man.

    Written painstakingly by Irish Monks and lost for many years before found “under a sod”.

    Large format, perfect bound soft cover, 80 pages, heavily illustrated as you would expect.

    The Book of Kells impossible not to stir some emotion.

    $30.00

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  • The Cruise of the Freak – Mission to the Islands – the Missionary Voyages in Bass Strait of Canon Marcus Brownrigg 1872-1885 – Edited and introduced by Stephen Murray-Smith

    The Cruise of the Freak – Mission to the Islands – the Missionary Voyages in Bass Strait of Canon Marcus Brownrigg 1872-1885 – Edited and introduced by Stephen Murray-Smith

    Published by Foot and Playsted in 1987. Unusual style dust wrappered Soft cover, xxxv, ii, 244 pages, some illustrations, a fine copy.

    The editor provides a lengthy and worthwhile introduction, including a list and biography/ context of the principal personalities.

    This is a reprint of a rare and sought after 19thC voyage account. The original title being … The Cruise of the Freak – A narrative of a Visit to the Islands in Bass and Banks Straits with some Account of the Islands – this contains thirteen voyages in all

    Not an unlucky number for Brownrigg.

    $40.00

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  • Inscriptions in Stone – St David’s Burial Ground (Hobart) 1804-1872 – Compiled by Richard Lord

    Inscriptions in Stone – St David’s Burial Ground (Hobart) 1804-1872 – Compiled by Richard Lord

    First edition 1976. Number 215 of 1000 copies.

    Published by St David’s Battery Point in 1976. Small octavo, 210 pages, frontispiece of Robert Knopwood astride his horse with dog. Very good copy.

    A unique record of early Hobart town from the headstones of the first cemetery. Many that have visited Hobart have spent time reading the gravestones at St David’s. It is impossible not to come away with a sense of perspective on both old and modern life.

    Sadness and triumph reflected in stone and here recorded in greater depth with through research (four years in the making).

    There is nothing morbid about this book it is in fact a celebration of the first European’s to grace Tasmanian shores.

    Graveyard delight (well it’s a special one) from Hobart.

    $60.00

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