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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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  • Tasman’s Kaart – van Zijn Australische Ontdekkingen 1644 – Dr F.C. Wielder

    Tasman’s Kaart – van Zijn Australische Ontdekkingen 1644 – Dr F.C. Wielder

    The landmark book by distinguished cartographic expert Dr F.C. Wielder. Published by Martinus Nijhoff, the Hague, Holland in 1942.

    A full study of the cartography stemming from the Tasman voyages. Without the large folding Bonaparte map as nearly always. Notwithstanding that, there are nineteen maps and coastal views reproduced, some double page and one double page with fold-out.

    Published in Dutch with a minimal amount of English content … the cartographically inclined can follow the gist without language knowledge … but it obviously helps!

    Large quarto, 140 pages, original blue cloth covered boards with paper label. Some age to the exterior, internally very good.

    References maps include those from Gerritsz, Tasman’s Journal, Jacobsen, Gilesmans, Vingboons and of course Thevenot … the first near full map devoted to Australia.

    Fundamental work on Tasman’s charting downunder

    $90.00

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  • Hobart – Eight Etchings in Facsimile

    Hobart – Eight Etchings in Facsimile

    A scarce little landscape booklet issued by Walch & Sons, Hobart in 1932.

    With a forward by L. Dechaineux of the Technical College, Hobart a man clearly impressed with the engravers art, or as he put it … “the joy felt by the artists in the expression by needle and acid of the beauties, architectural and scenic”

    Eight tipped in plates from works by Charles Robinson and Harold Byrne, with brief description opposite … Government House; Parliament House; Customs House; Hobart from the Harbour; Trinity Church; Sailors Rest (Salamanca Place); Winter in Franklin Square and Prison Gates … we would say more interesting choices than most other publications of this type.

    A really delightful and hard to come by item of Hobart ephemera.

    Hobart a special place for an etching

    $70.00

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  • Six Views of Hobart Town – From Sketches by T. Chapman – Facsimile Edition 1967 from 1844

    Six Views of Hobart Town – From Sketches by T. Chapman – Facsimile Edition 1967 from 1844

    A folio facsimile (36cm x 28cm) published by Evans & Son, Melbourne in 1967. The original published in 1844.

    Decorated grey paper covers as had the original with six full page views verso blank. Publisher’s Forward on tissue guard at front.

    Very good condition and preserved in the original protective envelope which is showing some age at rear but good in front.

    $30.00

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  • Weep in Silence A history of the Flinders Island Aboriginal Settlement – Plomley

    Weep in Silence A history of the Flinders Island Aboriginal Settlement – Plomley

    An monumental work edited by Brian Plomley and published by Blubber Press in 1987.

    A first edition, large octavo, 1034 pages with illustrations and endpaper maps. Very good condition albeit with some mild marks to page edges from use. Very good dust jacket.

    Plomley had previously issued (1966) a work on this subject titled “Friendly Mission” which concentrated on the early activities of George Augustus Robinson. Here he draws further on unpublished papers of Robinson and on Colonial Government records. The Robinson journal from Flinders islands (1835-1839) is transcribed in full with extensive commentary and annotation. Also relevant extracts from the letters of Commandant William James Darling and the journals of James Backhouse and George Washington Walker. More readable than it sounds.

    Important work on the Tasmania aboriginal people

    $130.00

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  • The Printed Maps of Tasmania 1642-1900 – R.V. Tooley – Strictly Limited Edition

    The Printed Maps of Tasmania 1642-1900 – R.V. Tooley – Strictly Limited Edition

    Published by Francis Edwards, Marylebone High Street, London in 1975. Large octavo, original blue cloth, 88 pages of narrative followed by 49 plates of example maps referenced in the narrative.

    The definitive book and a limited edition of only 370 copies making it pretty scarce when you think about how many map collectors there are out there.

    Divided into … the Dutch Period; the French
    Influence; Printed maps of Tasmania and its Parts; Inset maps of Tasmania …in total 530 defined items.

    Tooley the ever-lasting reference

    $140.00

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