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  • Bush Life in Tasmania – James Fenton 1891 – First Edition (Scarce as Hen’s Teeth)

    Extremely scarce … An account of Pioneer work in Devon (Tasmania) – the natives – murder of the first settler (Captain B.B. Thomas) – bushrangers. Tasmania in the 1830’s and 1840’s. We can only see one other bookseller with a copy – priced at $750.

    Published by Hazell, Watson and Vinney London a first edition ebound in cloth covered boards 192 pages with numerous pencil annotations which we find intriguing and hope will remain hereafter. Fenton published other work including a good “History of Tasmania” of which Voyager currently has a very good first edition.

    Fenton – True Bush life in Tasmania

    $390.00

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  • Tasmanian Tiger – Extinct or Merely Elusive – Andy Park – Australian Geographic 1986

    Tasmanian Tiger – Extinct or Merely Elusive – Andy Park – Australian Geographic 1986

    Dick Smith’s Journal the “Australian Geographic” was something special in the early editions. Here in Vol 1 No 3 of 1986 we have one of the great sources of Thylacine information in an special 18 page segment written by Andy Park and illustrated (so well) by Rod Scott.

    Great images of “Benjamin” the last tiger in captivity, sad images of early reward posters, turn of the century “Tiger Hunters” and an assessment of the Nullarbor mummy ( surely mis-dated). The then “Tiger Searchers” including Dr Eric Guiler and of course Peter Wright with his expedition headquarters near Lake Adelaide. And the sightings, and not just in Tassie. A nice chronology ends the piece to bring historical perspective to the article. Dr Bob Brown given credit for his contribution and well deserved.

    Just a Journal but no better Tassie Tiger

    $40.00

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  • Tasmanian Thylacine – Lydekker – 1896

    Tasmanian Thylacine – Lydekker – 1896

    Original wood cut print of the Tasmanian Thylacine from Richard Lydekker’s superb work on Marsupials.

    Lydekker identified the need for a reassessment of Australian Marsupials given that Gould’s magnificent work was even by then extremely rare and costly and that a number of “new” marsupials had since been dicovered.

    One of a few collectable 19th Century Thylacine images. The poor creature was already very scarce by the time this work was published.

    Framed in gilt within cream mat with black inner core.

    Voyager also have a good copy of the entire Lydekker work … search Lydekker ….

    $180.00

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  • The Walker Memorial Volume – Early Tasmania – Papers Read Before the Royal Society of Tasmania During the Years 1888 to 1899. First Edition 1902

    The Walker Memorial Volume – Early Tasmania – Papers Read Before the Royal Society of Tasmania During the Years 1888 to 1899. First Edition 1902

    The Papers of James Backhouse Walker.

    Published by the Royal Society of Tasmania and printed in Hobart by John Vail, Government Printer, 1902. First edition 280 pages with portrait frontispiece, 5 folding charts or maps; appendices: bibliographical notes etc. A pretty good copy.

    Includes some pre British exploration. Contains large folding map 60 x 50 cm of Van Diemen’s Southern extremity by Capt Hayes in the Duke and Duchess in 1798; early map of Hobart; large ornately illustrated folding map of world including early outlines of Australia and, chart of Abel Tasman discoveries on Australian mainland. Bibliographical notes detail maps, charts, manuscripts and printed works. Appendices include a copy of Tasman’s map of Tasmania [1642], extract from Tasman’s Journal, notes on aboriginals including tribal divisions.

    Walkers Tasmanian Historical Smorgasbord – First edition

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $0.00

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  • Signed Manuscript Letter from Lord Hobart to Granville Penn (undated but most likely 1803 the Year Hobart Tasmania Was Named After Him)

    Signed Manuscript Letter from Lord Hobart to Granville Penn (undated but most likely 1803 the Year Hobart Tasmania Was Named After Him)

    Robert Hobart (1760-1816) known as Lord Hobart and the Fourth Earl of Buckinghamshire. He was a British Tory and secretary of State for War and the Colonies between March 1801 and May 1804.

    Hobart is named after him. In 1803 the first settlement was made as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent. In 1804 it was moved to a better site at Sullivan’s Cove and the town settlement named Hobart Town or Hobarton. The Voyager letter was written at or about that time as the subject matter was published in 1803. Voyager has an original copy of the subject matter.

    The letter in a strong hand is addressed from Hobart to Granville Penn (1761-1844) (great-grandson of Admiral Sir William Penn) an author and scriptural geologist. Written on one age of 8vo with integral address leaf from the House of Commons.

    The letter reads …

    “The translation of Leibnitz’s memoir with the judicious & able observations you have made upon it demand my earliest acknowledgements & I shall put them into Mr Addington’s hands as a proof of your uncommon diligence, and ability to render that diligence of the most Essential Importance to the Public Service – most faithfully yours Hobart”

    Rare and interesting letter signed by Hobart

    Note “A summary account of Leibnitz’s memoir, addressed to Lewis the Fourteenth, recommending to that Monarch, the conquest of Egypt, as conducive to the establishing a supreme authority over the Governments of Europe – Granville Penn – printed by J Hatchard, London 1803” – Leibnitz the great scientist, mathematician and political strategist and rival of Isaac Newton.

    $90.00

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  • The New Album of Tasmanian Views c1905

    The New Album of Tasmanian Views c1905

    Published in Hobart by J. Walch & Sons c1905. 31 Views on 24 pages all black and white rich in quality and interest. Original boards with rich gilt title to front.

    Includes Hobart from the Bay, Government House and the Derwent; Elizabeth and Macquarie Streets with trams and fine Edwardian attire; snow covered Mt Wellington and Huon Road near Fern Tree; the Huon Bridge; Timber Tramway Geeveston; Lake Hartz; the Shot Tower on Brown’s River Road; a superb catch of trout from Great Lake; Cape Raoul; Eagle Hawk Neck; a double page view of Hobart from Knocklofty; Port Arthur; the Derwent at New Norfolk; Russell Falls in magnificent flow; Cataract Gorge Launceston with fine walkways and plenty more. All in very good condition

    Fine Tasmanian Views

    $90.00

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