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  • King Island Elephant Seal (Le Phoque a trompe) – Vauthier -1820

    King Island Elephant Seal (Le Phoque a trompe) – Vauthier -1820

    A scarce hand coloured copper engraving of the Elephant Seal “Le Phoque a trompe” named by Peron.

    The Baudin expedition saw many Southern Elephant Seals around the Islands of the Bass Strait including King Island. Unfortunately, unable to defend themselves they were killed for their oil and by 1827 they were all gone from that location.

    Printed on sturdy paper, 25cm by 17 cm, good use of gum arabic to strengthen the colour and provide depth. Good plate mark … a super example.

    Engraved by Barreau after Vauthier and published in Paris in 1820.

    Price $90.00 unframed

    Rare original hand coloured King Island Elephant Seal engraving

    $90.00

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  • Bridge-Water – with Mount Direction Behind – Hobart, Tasmania -1840

    Bridge-Water – with Mount Direction Behind – Hobart, Tasmania -1840

    An original lithograph from a drawing by Louis Le Breton (1818-1866) lithographed by Leon Jean Baptiste Sabatier published as part of the great “Atlas Pittoresque” to accompany “Voyage au Pole Sud et dans l’Oceanie sur les corvettes l’Astrolabe et la Zelee … sous commandement de M.J. Dumont d’Urville”.

    A delightful view of Bridgewater looking across the river Derwent to the imposing Mount Direction

    Lithographed on sturdy paper size 54.5cm by 34.5 cm. Very good clean condition. A scarce Hobart image.

    Price $540.00 unframed – rare

    Striking image of Mount Direction across the Derwent

    $540.00

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  • Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    Early Map of South West Tasmania – Carte de la Terra Van-Diemen – Cook and Benard – Published Paris 1777

    An original copper engraved 18th century map from the French version of Cook’s Second Voyage depicting South East Tasmania. Very good condition, fold as issued and 35cm by 22cm to the printed area.

    This map was drawn up after the discovery of Adventure Bay, on Bruny Island, by Captain Tobias Furneaux in 1773. The track shown is that of Furneaux’s vessel the Adventure

    It was not until 1792 when Bruni d’Entrecasteaux found the channel that was to separate Bruny Island. Other irregularities appear on this map Cape Frederick Henry (now Cape Queen Elizabeth) is technically misplaced as Furneaux believed incorrectly he was just south of Tasman’s Fredrick Henriex Bay.

    Also, we have the Tasman Peninsula incorrectly named Isles Maria.

    We particularly like the reference to Mewstone, Pedro Blanco (after the China Seas Island and one of the few remaining Portuguese names) and Eddystone, which was named by Cook after the Eddystone Lighthouse in England.

    The three coastal profiles are delightful on close inspection – a view along Cape Meridional; A view of Cape Cannelee, with Penguin Island to the right and the hint of Adventure Bay and a view of the island group from south of the Mewstone.

    Tooley reference Map T346 and included in the Australian National Collection reference 2820776

    Price $290.00 unframed … if you want framing suggestions let us know.

    Early and interesting map of South East Tasmania

    $290.00

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  • Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town & Whalers out of Van Diemen’s Land [Two Works] – Harry O’May

    Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town & Whalers out of Van Diemen’s Land [Two Works] – Harry O’May

    Published by the author a fine copy of the second impression 1978.

    Octavo, 137 pages plus 101 pages indices not paginated. Very clean superb dust jacket.

    Harry O’May’s compilation of two books packed with historic detail about the Tasmanian early whalers – superb photographic record nowhere else seen.

    One of the best Tasmanian Maritime

    $40.00

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  • The Charm of Hobart – Jack and Turnbull

    The Charm of Hobart – Jack and Turnbull

    And charming it is. A delightful little book on the architecture of Hobart by Clive Turnbull with excellent drawings by Kenneth Jack.

    First published in 1949, this is the second printing the year after. Published by Ure Smith, Sydney as part of a broader series.

    Small octavo, 56 pages with paper covered boards. A very good copy with previous owners bookplate on front past down. Postage will be reduced on this item on billing.

    The narrative is most helpful to those wishing a good and speedy knowledge. This images include some building sadly gone. See if you can spot them.

    One of the Hobart Essentials

    $20.00

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  • Wrecks & Reputations [The Loss of the Schomberg and Loch Ard] – Don Charlwood

    Wrecks & Reputations [The Loss of the Schomberg and Loch Ard] – Don Charlwood

    Published by Angus & Robertson in 1977. A very good copy, 190 pages with fine dust jacket.

    Don Charwood’s well researched tightly composed and nicely illustrated account of the difficulties of early vessels sailing through the Western entrance of the Bass Strait.

    Particular reference to the fate of the Schomberg and the Loch Ard and to its only survivors Eva Carmichael and the young man that saved her Tom Pearce.

    The fate of many other ships of the “Loch” brand are listed – leads one to conclude never to sail in a vessel named Loch anything!

    What out for the rocks!

    $25.00

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