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  • Drums of Mer – Ion Idriess – Signed by Publisher

    Drums of Mer – Ion Idriess – Signed by Publisher

    First published by Angus and Robertson in 1933. This is the seventh edition dated 1936. Inscribed by Walter Cousins head of the publishing house as a gift to Frances van Cleef, wife of a Chicago industrialist who was a close friend of the author.

    Very good condition and in a very good example of the colourful dust jacket. Best copy we have seen of this elusive Idriess book.

    The “Drums of Mer” captures the charm of the Torres Strait Islands. As usual great images to accompany an Idriess book. A selection of chapter titles gives one a feel … When the Blood Lust calls; The Battle of the Fly; Velvet Claws; The Trouncing of Kebisu; Jakara Makes Love and The People of the Auwo Oromo. Mer (Murray Island) is sitting between Yule Entrance and Flinders Entrance closer to Papua New Guinea than Australia.

    Rare Idriess superb writing signed by publisher … super dust jacket

    $90.00

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  • Myola – Sydney’s Last Shipwreck – John Riley and Peter Fields

    Myola – Sydney’s Last Shipwreck – John Riley and Peter Fields

    The Myola was a typical collier of the early 1900’s. On a very storm night in 1919 it went down almost due east of Dee Why. It was not until 75 years later that two relentless divers found the wreck.

    This is account of the event, the finding of the wreck and its contents was self published by the divers Riley and Best in 1995.

    Octavo, 102 pages nicely illustrated. The proceeds from this publication went towards conserving the ship’s bell recovered from the wreck. A super account one for divers and non-divers. A very good copy previous owners bookplate on end papers.

    Myola lost and then found

    $30.00

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  • Shipwrecks – Being the Historical Account of Shipwrecks along the Victorian Coast from Cape Otway to Port Fairy 1836-1914 – Margaret Mackenzie.

    Shipwrecks – Being the Historical Account of Shipwrecks along the Victorian Coast from Cape Otway to Port Fairy 1836-1914 – Margaret Mackenzie.

    This is the third enlarged self published edition 1964 printed by National Press, Melbourne. Small octavo, 135 pages illustrated. A very good copy, bookplate of previous owner on front free end paper.

    The author of this book had a lifetime interest in the subject. What makes the book all the more astonishing is that she was twelve years blind before she started to put it together with the help of her daughter Jean.

    Covers eighteen important shipwrecks starting with the elusive “Mahogany Ship” … then the Thistle; Children; Joanna; Enterprise; Schomberg; Champion; Marie Gabrielle; Young Australia; Loch Ard; Eric the Red; Olivia Davis; Edinburgh Castle; Fiji; Newfield; La Bella; Falls of Halladale and the Antares.

    Some nice detail and a super sketch map of the wreck locations. To read this is to have a pretty thorough knowledge of the events … the author sure did.

    Victorian Shipwrecks – a Key Reference

    $25.00

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  • Last Voyage – Ann Davison – First edition 1951

    Last Voyage – Ann Davison – First edition 1951

    First edition of Ann Davison’s autobiographical account which ends in the most dramatic shipwreck and the loss of her husband.

    An incredible individual, after all of this, she became the first woman to single-handedly sail across the Atlantic.

    Published by Peter Davis, London, 1951. Octavo, 248 pages, two photographs of Ann and Frank … it was not that sort of adventure. Very good condition.

    The Last Voyage begins with her earlier life as an aviator in the 1930’s delivering mail around the UK. She married Frank Davison a fellow aviator when they both worked at the Hooten airfield near Liverpool. They has a long held ambition for sailing and bought a run-down 70 foot ketch “Reliance”. Doing it up sent them broke and before the work was finished they sailed to avoid their creditors. They encountered incredible storms in the Channel and the Irish Sea … they foundered on the Portland Bill. Taking to their cork life raft they battled to survive and Frank died out of pure exhaustion ..

    Now scarce and one of the most personal accounts we have read.

    $35.00

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  • Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    Mercator’s World – First Six Editions – 1996

    The very first group from Vol 1 No 1 to Vol1 No 6 published in 1996 published bimonthly by Astor Publishing by Edward Astor at Astor Publishing. Very good condition.

    With an Editorial and Advisory Board to die for including, Robert Clancy, David Woodward and Peter Van Der Kroot.

    Each edition approximately 100 pages, heavily illustrated mostly in colour. Content extremely well researched and presented.

    By example, the first edition includes … Mythical Seas; Carto controversy; the mapmaker as artist; the Line that Divided the World; the Captain Cook Legacy; the Brilliant Irascible Ferdinand Hassler … and in the second … Cartographic Thievery; Carto philately (love it); Charting Shipwrecks Down Under [New South wales]; the Island of California. Obviously much more.

    Mercator’s World – the important first group of six.

    $120.00

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  • The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron 1768 – The Wreck of The Wager

    The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron 1768 – The Wreck of The Wager

    The Narrative of the Honourable John Byron (Commodore in a Late Expedition Round the World) Containing and Account of the Great Distresses Suffered by Himself and his Companions on the Coast of Patagonia, from the Year 1740, till their Arrival in England, 1746, With a description of St Jago de Chili, and the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants. Also a Relation of the Loss of the Wager Man of War, One of Admiral Anson’s Squadron.

    Second edition published the same year as the first, 1768 in London by Baker, Leigh and Davies. Complete with frontispiece engraving of the wreck of the Wager, 257 pages in very good condition. Quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards, originally half with corner points removed. A fresh title label at some time.

    Australian historian Geoffrey Ingleton’s copy with his bookplate. And, earlier the unusual bookplate of the famous Cholmondeley Library with the Case/Shelf and number reference.

    Byron was midshipman aboard the Wager, one of Anson’s squadron in his voyage of circumnavigation. The ship was wrecked off the Chilean coast and the survivors who remained with Captain David Cheap were made prisoners by the Indians and turned over to the Spanish authorities. The wreck of the Wager led to major changes in British nautical law relating to shipwreck. Byron’s narrative is one of the most thrilling accounts in the language, and supplied his illustrious descendant [Lord Byron, the poet] with many particulars for the shipwreck in Don Juan.

    Fundamental Anson Voyage Account – Distinguished Library Provenance

    $790.00

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