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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. Good condition and 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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  • Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Terra Australis to Australia – Williams and Frost

    Published by Oxford University Press, Melbourne a first edition 1988. A fine copy.

    Edited by the noteworthy Glyndwr Williams (University of London) and Alan Frost (La Trobe University). With contributions from Voyager favourite Gunter Schilder (author Australia Unveiled) and Helen Wallis previously Keeper of Maps at the British Library

    Octavo, 242 pages heavily illustrated and in colour where appropriate. Super selection of maps.

    A high class production – from Theory on and Speculation of Terra Australis, The enigma of the Dieppe Maps, the Dutch Discoveries and the arrival of the English. Beautifully and intelligently done from start to finish.

    Must rate as one of the best books on the subject

    $50.00

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  • The Jubilee History of Tasmania –  Two Volumes – First Editions1887

    The Jubilee History of Tasmania – Two Volumes – First Editions1887

    Complied by Thaddeus Leavitt with a significant contribution from then Hobart historian, James Fenton.

    Covers more as title continues … illustrated, with which is incorporated, the Early History of Victoria, Biographical Sketches, as well as incorporating some of the author’s earlier volume the Australian Representative Men.

    Two volumes, large heavy set of near 1000 pages in original publishers half morocco with gilt page edges and designs (a superior binding), a little rubbed but really and excellent set. Very clean and crisp internally.

    Full of historical information, with many illustrations and hundreds of biographies. Topics include Aborigines, Businesses, Churches, Dutch East India Co, Education, Exploration, Famine, Institutions, Land Grants, Newspapers, Supreme Court, Wool and much more.

    The engravings of commercial building of the day of very interesting both in Tasmania and Victoria … seem to be quite a few pubs among them … and some coffee houses!

    Very good Tasmanian and Victorian History – Scarce and nicely bound

    $890.00

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  • Tallis Atlas in Facsimile  – The Illustrated Atlas of the  Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Tallis Atlas in Facsimile – The Illustrated Atlas of the Nineteenth Century World – Original Editor Montgomery Martin

    Large folio, published by Studio Editions, London.

    A fine facsimile, originally published circa 1854. 1797 pages with coloured maps and text alternating. I very good near new condition. A heavy book which may require a postage supplement depending on the location of the buyer.

    The Tallis Maps represent the last Atlas produced with beautifully decorative illustrated maps. to a degree they are of a unique style

    Given the era in which these maps were originally produced those of Australia and Tasmania (Van Diemen’s Land), New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia are of particular historical interest.

    Good introduction from the qualified Jonathan Potter.

    The Tallis Maps – All of Them

    $60.00

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  • First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    An original copper engraving” Plan des Iles Hunter par M.M. Freycinet at Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’Ile Maria par Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’lle King par M. Faure, an 1802.Plan del’Archipel Bonaparte (a la Nouvelle-Hollande) par M.M. L. Freycinet, Ronsard et Boulanger, 1801 et 1803.

    The map is by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842). Plate No 5 from the 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. each individual map 10.4 cm by 8.4 cm. Quite a number of interesting features not the least the suggestion that the now Robbins Island is still connected to north west Tasmania.

    Tooley reference Map, 614

    Price $390.00 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.

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    $360.00

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  • Hobarttown – Oder Sommerfrilche in den Antipoden (Or a Summer Holiday in the Antipodes) Ludwig Salvator von Toaskana, Archduke of Austria

    Hobarttown – Oder Sommerfrilche in den Antipoden (Or a Summer Holiday in the Antipodes) Ludwig Salvator von Toaskana, Archduke of Austria

    Published privately in Prague, printed by Mercy, 1886.

    Quarto, 286 pages after preliminaries with 6 text xylographs (woodcuts). 23 (1 tri-folded) xylograph full page plates and 1 color lithographed map. A substantial book. In very good condition, very clean inside.

    First edition of this fine description of Hobart, Tasmania and, like all books of Ludwig Salvator very rare.

    Begins with a general history and covers climate (klima), geology, plants (pftanzan), animals, aboriginals (eingenborenen) … farming, trade, education etc. Interesting references made including Rev Spicer on Tasmanian Plants, Bonwick “Daily Life …”, Marcus Clarke, Fenton, Louisa Anne Meridith etc.

    Ludwig Salvator (1847 – 1915) was the grandson of Grand Duke Ferdinand III of Tuscany. He left Tuscany with his family in 1859, received legal training, and devoted himself to natural sciences and nautical interests. Later he took his residence in Majorca and traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, as well as overseas. Ludwig Salvator conducted extensive correspondences, including Jules Verne, who included him as the title figure of his novel Mathias Sandorf. As well as his estates on Majorca (now owned by Actor Michael Douglas) he owned substantial properties in Austria-Hungary, France, Spain and Egypt.

    The book contains many interesting views xylographed from original drawings by Count Eugene Storza, Chamberlain to the Duke. The tri-folding panorama of the “View looking South from Mount Romny” is rather special (sorry way too large to scan easily). We have shown the double page view from Mount Nelson … a view that should be seen by everyone that comes to Hobart … and have the best scones outside Devon at the nearby teahouse!

    The map shows Hobart and its surroundings and is based that of F.J. Evans.

    Rare Hobart collectable with unique illustrations of views.

    $590.00

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