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  • The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948

    The Tasman Map of 1644 – Mitchell Library – 1948

    A staple bound booklet of 31 pages produced by the Mitchell Library in 1948 .. a historical note and description of the manuscript map held in the Mitchell.

    Textured cream soft wrappers, 31 pages, with 3 reproductions of or pertaining to the map one in colour.

    Excellent notes and the striking “comparison map” drawn by Geoffrey Ingleton from details provided by J Emery. A brief description of Tasman’s ships and a good write up on the map itself with excellent further references and selected bibliography at the time.

    Tasman’s Map in Summary

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    $30.00

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  • Voyages that Changed the World  – Peter Aughton

    Voyages that Changed the World – Peter Aughton

    A very good copy of the first hardback edition of Aughton’s interesting book.

    Published by Quercus, London, Small folio, 208 pages, decorated boards, heavily illustrated. Bookplate on front paste down.

    Comprehensive chronology starting with the Phoenicians and Polynesians; Saint Brendan’s miraculous voyage; Erik the Red and Leif Erikson in America well before Columbus; Madoc ab Owen Gwynedd’s voyage across the Atlantic … and some other obscure to Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Columbus, Cabot, Magellan, Drake, Tasman and the discovery of Tasmania, Roggeveen and Easter Island, Bougainville, Cook … Harrison and the Longitude .. right to the Polar expeditions and submarine activity. We like it

    Broadly based, informative and intriguing maritime ..

    $30.00

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  • Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse D’Entrecasteaux in Australia and the South Pacific 1792 – 1793 by Frank Horner.

    A 1996 first soft cover edition. Octavo, 317 pages, published by Melbourne University Press. A nice copy. Heavily illustrated.

    Solid read with maps, charts and illustrations. Bruny d’Entrecasteaux might have failed to find the doomed La Perouse but made some important observations in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Guinea.

    Top of the class Frank Horner

    $30.00

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  • Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Rare Pacific Voyage Books from the Collection of David Parsons. Dampier to Cook.

    Hordern House have done a number of similar works. This by far the best. Published in 2005.

    English born David Parsons was executed at Corpus Christi, Oxford. He spent his adult life in the USA were applied his mathematical skills as a top actuary. The collection written up by HH was the first of two parts, the most important works e would say in chronological order up to Cook. Parsons, now gone, had decided to focus in on early Spanish/ Portuguese exploration. The proceeds from this magnificent collection would have provided a pretty healthy budget.

    Octavo, unpaginated, circa 125 pages, magnificently illustrated. Contains all of the key works one would expect, often of super quality or special provenance. Very goo near fine condition.

    Generally organised as follows … Dampier to Swift; The Anson Expedition (delicious); The South Pacific before Cook; The North Pacific before Cook; Cook. As always with HH an excellent description of content and relevance of each work with a helpful selection of images

    Super reference a collection to envy for sure.

    $65.00

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  • Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans  – N. Bartley

    Opals and Agates – or Scenes under the Southern Cross and The Magelhans – N. Bartley

    A first edition of this unusual reminiscence by Nehemiah Bartley, Queensland identity of the later 1800’s.

    Published by Gordan and Gotch, Melbourne etc in 1892.

    Octavo, 311 pages, with nine illustration. Original embossed red cloth covered boards with gilt titling to front and spine. Re-cased professionally with spine laid down. A couple of marks to boards, a little age internally, still a good to better copy. Priced accordingly.

    Well, Bartley got about and knew many people of consequence in the day. The style of writing is very usual, with a seemingly obsessive attention to detail and a rather meandering structure.

    He opens with much time in Tasmania, with an interesting image from Beattie of snow on Mount Wellington and three masters in the dock. Time in the Pacific Islands with good references to Tonga and Samoa. Back to Swann Hill in Victoria and then up to Queensland. Mount Morgan and the gold rush, many identities and locations. Bullock driving a list of the largest nuggets then found (including Scotland!) and some rather strange lightly connected content … poetry, the Brisbane Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

    Bartley’s reminiscences from 1840-1890 – Australia and Beyond

    $90.00

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  • European Voyaging Towards Australia – Edited by John Hardy and Alan Frost

    European Voyaging Towards Australia – Edited by John Hardy and Alan Frost

    Octavo, 171 pages with illustrations. Soft cover but here bound in a maroon cloth covered hard binding (retaining the softcover wrapper) with gilt title to spine. A very good copy.

    Derived from an international colloquium at the Chateau d‘Entrecasteaux in 1987, held as a prelude to the Australian Bicentenary.

    Covers many aspects of European voyaging Australia. Different motives that prompted voyaging – whether gain, scientific curiosity, or imperial rivalry. The hardships endured by the sailors and attempts to improve the health of crews. Attitudes to the indigenous inhabitants by the Dutch, Spanish, English and French.

    Interesting well researched succinct essays

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