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  • Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Published by John Murray, London on behalf of the Society. This is Volume the Fourth 1834 – Part II. Octavo, pages 129-422 plus index and Contents page repeated at rear with four folding maps and two plates at rear. Original card wrapper, chipped to front edge (re-enforced with archival japan paper) otherwise a very good copy in original state

    The report on Australia is by Major Campbell, 57 Foot, formerly Commandant of Melville Island. The report comprises pages 129-182 and is regarded as a very early fundamental report on the region. The accompanying map is a sizeable (44cm long) fold out with original hand colouring. The related map is partly discoloured.

    Of further interest … extracts from a Spanish Manuscript regarding expeditions between 1749 and 1776 with the view to establishing a Colony on Juan Fernandez. Interestingly, just after Lord Anson’s visit.

    Observations regarding the inhabitants of the Southern Coast of Arabia and the route through the desert from Kosir to Kench.

    Further reports on the Journal of Captain Robinson on HMS Favourite around Newfoundland. Bartholomew on HMS Leven on the Coast of west Africa. Schoolcraft and the expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake with a nice map at rear. Grenville Temple’s Travels in Tunis. A paper on the Migration of Polynesians by Australian John Dunmore Lang, one of the earliest attempts at the subject. Three Years in Abyssinia by Samuel Gobart. Travels in central Asia by Connolly and Burnes. Miscellaneous items on British Guiana, Chilli, South Africa, the Euphrates and the Nubian desert.

    Other than the Melville Island/Port Essington Map and that of the Mississippi explorations we have useful maps of Part of British Guyana and the Central Asian routes of Connolly and Burnes. The two plates are very browned and aged.

    Unusual to have Campbell’s report still bound in its original wrappers with the other reports of interest and, of course, the map.

    Early RGS Journal and early Northern territory Report – with some interesting extra’s and map.

    $290.00

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  • The Royal Geographical Society Journal – May 1932 – Polar, Mountaineering and Franklin

    The Royal Geographical Society Journal – May 1932 – Polar, Mountaineering and Franklin

    A complete copy of the Journal in original blue wrappers.

    Lead articles include the British Arctic Air Expedition under Hubert Watkins (author of some interesting works on Northern Queensland); The expedition in the Tien-Shan by Schomberg and further evidence of John Franklin’s retreat by William Gibson. Good photographic images as often and two nice maps of the of Greenland up to the 68th parallel and localised map of the Base Fjord. Nice condition all round.

    Climbing in the Tien-Shan and Arctic Air Expedition keep exploration alive in 1932

    $120.00

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  • The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1915 September – Exploration in the Northern Japanese Alps – Walter Weston

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1915 September – Exploration in the Northern Japanese Alps – Walter Weston

    An exceptional mountaineering report detailing explorations in the wild and unfamiliar regions of the northern Japanese Alps, featuring the ‘Great Lotus Peak’ (O Renge), Shirouma, Shiro-Uma-Dake, Yari-Ga-Take, Akashina, Nakabusa, Yarigatake, Hodaka and the Shirasawa ravine, illustrated with photographic plates and a fold-out colour map. With interesting remarks on ancient customs practiced in remote high altitude villages.

    Weston (1861-1940), is regarded as the father of mountaineering in Japan. It is largely due to him that Japanese Alpine Club was created. The map to illustrate this paper was based on the latest maps of the Topographical Survey of Japan, with alterations and additions, as existing maps needed many corrections in the mountain regions.

    Weston’s post in Japan was that of a Chaplain at Yokohama, but he found leisure to go off into the interior of the country, and particularly these mountain districts, of which he knew more than any other European.

    The remainder of this complete edition includes the exploration of the Itari River, Forest and their Pygmies by Cuthbert Christie

    $140.00

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  • Progress of Discovery on the coasts of new guinea – Clements Markham, secretary r.g.s – 1884

    Progress of Discovery on the coasts of new guinea – Clements Markham, secretary r.g.s – 1884

    An iposrtant extract from the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1884 regarding “Progress of Discovery on the Coasts of New Guinea”, prepared by English Explorere Clements R. Markham, then Secretary of the Society. Comprised pages 267-336 complete insofar as the New Guinea items now bpund in simple card cover. In very good condition.

    Includes important material read by Markham at the evening meeting of the Society, February 25th, 1884. Of interest is the attendance and contribution to discussion of Admiral Moresby who appears rather miffed that Markham set the record straight regarding the discovery of Port Moresby.

    The whole enhaced by appendices. First, a chronological account of the events and individuals most associated with the early discoveries of New Guinea. Second, and quite special in its depth, a 40 page bibliography of New Guinea prepared by E. C. Rye, then Librarian of the Royal Geographic Society, from Henry Adams to Justo Zaragoza and every individual and publication in between.

    $80.00

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  • The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1913 July – Cmdr. E. R. G. R. Evans – The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1913 July – Cmdr. E. R. G. R. Evans – The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913

    A very good copy of The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, July 1913, containing “The British Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913″ by Cmdr. E. R. G. R. Evans.

    Over seventeen pages, Cmdr. Evans explores the fateful expedition that saw the death of Capt. Scott, but explores the subject from a narrative and scientific perspective, commemorating Scott, not through an examination of the man himself (Evans notes this perspective has already been well covered), but through the excellence of Scott’s preparation and vision, aided by fine charts and maps. Also very importantly narrated is the reception of Capt. Scott’s comrades at the Albert Hall in London

    Also in this edition; an examination, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, with a large colour map, of the Canadian Arctic Expedition; and, an exploration, with large map and plates, of the Monte Bello Islands with companion large map of Barrow Island and the area west of the Dampier Peninsua, prepared by P. D. Montague.

    $90.00

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  • The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1927 December – Captain Roald Amundsen and the Society

    The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society 1927 December – Captain Roald Amundsen and the Society

    A very good copy of The Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, December 1927, containing an article which examines Captain Roald Amundsen relationship with the Society.

    The article is born from Amundsen’s published criticism of Lord Curzon who “toasted the dogs” which Amundsen took as a direct affront. What follows is an examination of correspondence between the Society and Amundsen regarding his accusation and his subsequent resignation as an Honorary Corresponding Member. A very interesting examination of the dialogue indeed.

    Also in this edition; a most excellent examination of the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, with accompanying charts, diagrams and log prepared by The Right Hon. Sir Matthew Nathan; an essay on climbs in the Canadian Rockies, with maps, diagrams and plates, of 1926 by Alfred J. Ostheimer; and, a detailed essay regarding Alexander’s campaign on the Indian North-West Frontier penned by Sir Aurel Stein.

    $120.00

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