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  • In Northern Seas:  Being Alfred Searcy’s Experiences on the North Coast of Australia – Edited Whitington – Scarce First Edition 1905

    In Northern Seas: Being Alfred Searcy’s Experiences on the North Coast of Australia – Edited Whitington – Scarce First Edition 1905

    Alfred Searcy (1854-1925) was a South Australian writer, adventurer and public servant who had spent the period 1882-1896 based in Darwin. He did much to open up an understanding of the vast northern region and the people that lived there.

    His stories and reflections had been published over time in “the Register” here we have them in one place recounted by E Whitington.

    Octavo, first edition, 83 pages double column with a number of full page illustrations from photographs which are unpaginated. Original paper wrappers which are browned and chipped quiet a lot particularly the rear. Spine stiffened. Internally, generally good to better. Difficult condition is in the nature of this scarce item. Large folding map at rear which seeks to promote Darwin as the gateway to the World is in very good condition

    Signed by Searcy boldly on the title page and under a rather romantic image of him in bush dress, in his hand boldly in pencil “Captain Starlight” a reference to the notorious bushranger.

    An important and hard to find work on the Northern Territory and a good bedfellow with Searcy’s published work of which Voyager has a good copy. Includes chapters on Hunting Malay Proas; Searcy’s Cruises; Pearl Fishing; Buffalo and Wild Cattle; All about Alligators?; the Cruise of the Palmerston and Pioneering on the McArthur; Relics of the Explorers; the Last Trip of the Ellengowan; the Cape Brogden Massacre; Robbery of Opium; Early Military Settlements etc etc

    Early Northern Account – Rare – Signed by Author

    $120.00

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  • The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    The History of Australian Exploration 1788-1888 – Favenc

    Published by Meridian, Amsterdam, Holland in 1967 a facsimile of the 1888 original.

    Octavo, 474 pages, Original red cloth covered boards (issued without a dust jacket). Large fold out map at front showing the tracks of the explorers to date … Grey, Forrest, Gregory, Sturt, Stuart, Oxley, Mitchell, Burke and Wills, Kennedy etc [42 expeditions tracked]. Four other fold out charts. Very good if not fine condition.

    Ernest Favenc wrote the most comprehensive history of Australia. This very good facsimile reproduces the work faithfully. The addenda including the index of names, date and incidents and the succinct chronological summary are a good place to start for a perspective of this substantial history.

    Australian Exploration History comprehensively told

    $50.00

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  • The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG in 1867-1868. By the Rev John Milner and Oswald Brierly. – First edition 1869

    First edition published by W.H. Allen, London in 1869. Large octavo, 487 pages bound in original decorated blue cloth covered boards, professionally re-cased. Carries an original laid-down oval photograph of Prince Alfred., the Duke of Edinburgh and Captain of the Galatea, attributed to the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, Regent Street. Illustrated with eleven super chromolithographs, illustrations in the text and a large folding map at the rear. Re-cased and in good condition. Rare in the original binding. Some foxing, in the ends and on pages around the plates.

    An interesting circumnavigation and a strong Australian focus. Eight of the twelve chapters relate to Australia, visiting South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Unfortunately, when in Sydney Prince Alfred was shot in the back by Henry O’Farrell, who claimed to be a Fenian but was really just a crazy man. The Prince survived. The events were the first Royal visit to Australia and the first assassination attempt! Alfred got out and about on his visits and the narrative is pretty interesting in all locations.

    Prior to Australia the Galatea called in at Gibraltar, Malta, Rio and Voyager favourite South Atlantic Island group Tristan d’Acunha of which thirty pages are devoted. Then to the Cape of Good Hope and an extraordinary elephant hunt.

    Prince Alfred was the second son and fourth child of Victoria and Albert. He became a highly regarded naval officer. He was given the command of HMS Galatea a 36 gun Ariadne Class frigate in 1866 after it had been re-fitted. He eventually became Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.

    $290.00

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  • First Edition maps of Islands off Terra Napoleon and the County of Cumberland in New South Wales – Louis de Freycinet – 1811 – First Printing

    First Edition maps of Islands off Terra Napoleon and the County of Cumberland in New South Wales – Louis de Freycinet – 1811 – First Printing

    An original copper engraving” Plan des Iles Jerome (Terre Napoleon) par M.M.H. Freycinet at Bernier, an 1802. Plan des Iles Berthier (Terre Napoleon) par M.M.H. Freycinet et Bernier, an 1802. Plan du Comte de Cumberland (Nouvelle-Galles du Sud) d’apres les Cartes Anglaises, mais assujetti aux observations Francaises.

    The map is by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842). Plate No 9 from the second atlas of his maps from the Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) published by Langlois in Paris, in 1811.

    The French had intended to colonise Australia. The first volume of this work was published in 1807. The second volume which contained the maps was in 1811 still three years before Flinders.

    Three maps on one sheet, thick sturdy paper, strong plate mark, excellent definition. Sheet dimensions 35.1cm by 26.1 cm. Cumberland map 16.7 by 10.5 cm other two 8.3 by 10.5cm each. Some foxing and marks around the edge generally well off the printed area. A rare map.

    Tooley reference Map, 618

    Price $440.00 unframed

    Freycinet accompanied Nicholas Baudin on his famous voyage to complete the French mapping of Australia. Baudin leader aboard Le Geographie and Freycinet aboard Le Naturaliste. Whilst in Sydney Baudin sent the Naturalist home with the records of their effort so far and purchased a vessel from Philip Gidley King, the Casuarina, which he placed under Freycinet’s command. Baudin died on the final voyage home and the task of writing up the travels fell to the naturalist Francois Peron. Sadly, he in turn died before completing the work and the mantle was passed to Louis Freycinet who completed that task and produced the magnificent accompanying atlas.

    $440.00

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  • Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in  2 Volumes –  John Eyre

    Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in 2 Volumes – John Eyre

    Fundamental Australian overland exploration.

    Published by the Libraries Board of South Australia 1964. Facsimile reprint of the 1845 edition – Australiana Facsimile number 7 – only 500 copes printed.

    two volumes thick octavo, xviii, 448, 512 pages light brown/ caramel colour with gilt lettering. Two folding maps in pocket at rear. One map of the whole of Australia demonstrating all of Eyre’s wanderings including earlier expeditions east into New South wales. The large folding map relating to this expedition is close to a metre wide so we have scanned it in three sections and still did not quite get the depth in … it really is special and makes the understanding of the narrative very clear. Very good and maps in great condition.

    Eyre attempted to set up an overland route from Adelaide to the Swan River. After great hardships, with his second on charge being killed by Aborigines, and losing some of the supplies, the party arrived at Albany in 1841.

    Heavy books so our postage allowance will not cover a single item Overseas purchase.

    Eyre’s Travels Across Australia … required reading for any Australia(n) Historian

    $130.00

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  • Prints and Print Makers of Australia (1788-1850) – the Antipodes Observed – Cedric Flower.

    Prints and Print Makers of Australia (1788-1850) – the Antipodes Observed – Cedric Flower.

    This is the hard back version of the very good compilation of key prints and their makers in the years up to 1850. Published by MacMillan, Melbourne in 1975. Landscape quarto, 139 pages heavily illustrated, obviously! Pretty good condition in a complete protected dust jacket.

    And what an extraordinary record they are … where would we be with only the narrative? Every State and subject is covered selecting the very best items.

    The images that go with the story!

    $40.00

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