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  • Tasmanian Classic – A Hundred Years of Yachting – Webster and Norman – First Edition 1936

    Tasmanian Classic – A Hundred Years of Yachting – Webster and Norman – First Edition 1936

    A very good copy of this prized first edition. Published by the Hobart Marine Board and City Council in 1936.

    Large format octavo (24.4cm x 16.5cm), 256 pages, illustrated throughout. Colour illustration and title to front board.

    The hundred years references the first Hobart Regatta held in December 1838, so they jumped the starting gun a little. We will excuse them for that as it is a fabulous record of the love of yachting on the Derwent.

    Perhaps Hobart’s most important yachting collectable in ship shape condition.

    $280.00

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  • A History of Railways and Tramways on Tasmania’s West Coast – Lou Rae

    A History of Railways and Tramways on Tasmania’s West Coast – Lou Rae

    A second printing of Rae’s sought after book on the Tasmanian West Coast railways. These railways stimulated at the end of the 19thC and beginning of the 20thC by the huge development of mining activity in the region.

    So, this is more than a book about trains as the railways were a fundamental requirement of the success of the region. And, the timing of it brought some of the most interesting steam engines ever constructed … the authors adoration of the Beyer Garratts is justified.

    Large format, card covered, 212 pages and hundreds of images from period photographs. These images alone make the book special.

    Western Tasmania and pioneering railway activity – as good as anywhere.

    $65.00

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  • Errol Flynn – The Tasmanian Story – Don Norman

    Errol Flynn – The Tasmanian Story – Don Norman

    Scarce, first and only edition of this ditty on Errol Flynn, the most dangerous man ever in tights. Born a stones throw from Voyager’s abode he is a Sandy Bay / Battery Point legend.

    This work was promoted by Messrs Hurst and Metcalf who at the time of publication in 1981 were the owners of the Errol Flynn Theatre of Tasmanian History which was poised within the Masterpiece Fine Art Gallery in Sandy Bay.

    Card covered, 57 pages plus list of Errol Flynn’s Motion Pictures – there were lots; and a dapper image of “In like” on the rear cover. Lots of images throughout – Flynn looked rather mischievous even at two year old. A number of his schools – we think he was asked to leave a couple.

    Errol Flynn the best account of his Tasmanian upbringing

    $40.00

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  • Tasmanian – Sea Wolves and Bandits  – L. Norman – Scarce First edition 1946

    Tasmanian – Sea Wolves and Bandits – L. Norman – Scarce First edition 1946

    Maybe out favourite Tasmanian book. Published by the author printed by Walch, Hobart in 1946.

    Large octavo, 208 pages heavily illustrated with images from early photographs across a broad subject base … many maritime, early building of note and key identities and groups, folding frontispiece of the Knight designed floating bridge. A very nice copy.

    Starts with a “Chronology Statement of Curious and Interesting Facts” which makes for good introductory reading. Includes chapters on .. Privateering; Military Camps; First Roads; Duelling in VDL; Railways; the Gay 90’s; Bicycling: Sealers and Wreckers; Smuggling and Piracy; Early Banditry; Brigands of the Twenties; First Hobart Town Whaler … and much more

    Tasmanian Maritime History Treasure

    $90.00

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  • Storm & Silence – A Portrait [Circumnavigation] of the Tasman Sea – Joe Cannon – First Edition

    Storm & Silence – A Portrait [Circumnavigation] of the Tasman Sea – Joe Cannon – First Edition

    A big book in many ways and a treasure of a tempestuous voyage clockwise around the Tasman Sea.

    Softcover, self published in 2003, a slightly crude sticker proclaims First Edition Book No 27 and signed by Joe Cannon. Largish octavo, format, perfect bound, 408 pages, magnificently illustrated from original photographs, charts etc.

    The route if you figure it in your mind starts in the Hobart Derwent and straight out south and east down to the Aukland Islands, turning north to Snares and Stewart Islands before hitting the coast of South Island New Zealand at the Bluff. Turning up the west coast past Milford Sound up to Wellington, Embarking east and north all the way to Norfolk island , Lord Howe and north from there to Middleton Reef. Directly west to Coffs and a less formidable sail south and return.

    Great intermingled historical detail and the photographic elements … Norfolk, Lord Howe … Balls Pyramid are super. Nicely written narrative.

    A signed copy of Joe Cannon’s adventures around the Tasman Sea – a unique account

    $50.00

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  • Royal Hobart Regatta – Tasman’s Centenary Regatta -1838-1938

    Royal Hobart Regatta – Tasman’s Centenary Regatta -1838-1938

    A little tired but a great piece of Tasmanian ephemera the official souvenir programme of the centenary regatta which doubled as a commemoration of Tasman’s discovery in 1642.

    Such was the importance of the event in those days it was attended by senior representatives of His Majesty’s Australian Squadron, the New Zealand Squadron, the Royal Nederland’s Navy, the French Navy and the Italian Navy.

    As well as the multitude of water events there was also the Aquatic Ball, the presentation of the Centenary Medal, Wood chopping, Illuminations, Fireworks etc

    82 pages, rear cover missing with last page but the delightful front page retained quit nicely. Images of Tasman, Franklin, various current dignitaries, chart of the Derwent with course markers, images of flying boat etc. Good historical narrative and setting.

    The 1938 Centenary Regatta – If only for the cover

    $25.00

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