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  • The Voyage of the Caroline from England to Van Diemen’s Land and Batavia in 1827-28 By R Hare – Edited by and with Chapters on the Early History of Northern Tasmania, Java etc by  Ida lee (Mrs Marriott)

    The Voyage of the Caroline from England to Van Diemen’s Land and Batavia in 1827-28 By R Hare – Edited by and with Chapters on the Early History of Northern Tasmania, Java etc by Ida lee (Mrs Marriott)

    Published by Longmans, London in 1927 a first edition in very good condition.

    Original blue cloth binding spine lettered in gilt. 308 pages with 24 Illustrations and 15 maps of which 8 are folding. A few pencil annotations by a scholarly hand which we feel adds to the text.

    A log of the voyage from England to Van Diemen’s Land and Batavia in 1827-28 With additional chapters on the early History of Northern Tasmania (by Ida Lee), Java, Mauritius and St Helena.

    The elements of the log/diary relating to Tasmania are most interesting … the approaches and the sighting of the Black Pyramid, named by Flinders, and the arrival at Circular Head with mixed feelings. The disappointment of most in the accommodations before them … contrasting with the Directors of the Company (The Van Diemen’s Land Company), particularly Mr Inglis in Heaven. The next day an invitation to Highfield House and the ascending of Circular Head where they found sheep and kangaroo. Quite a bit about “Life at Highfield” and the hostility of the natives.

    The second part by Ida Lee describes the discovery of Bass Strait; the formation of the Van Diemen’s Land Company; Goldie’s explorations; Jorgensen’s expeditions and that with Lorimer. Again, Highfield and Mr Hellyer’s explorations and also Fossey and her own account of the native Tasmanians.

    Important log – and very good additions with special rather unique Tasmanian content

    $160.00

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  • Expedition to the Head of the Derwent [Tasmania] – George Frankland

    Expedition to the Head of the Derwent [Tasmania] – George Frankland

    A delicious little gem from the Sullivan’s Cove published 1983 number 124 a limited edition of only 155.

    George Frankland, quite a character, and his writing suggests a man that preferred the bush to the office. Published from his original manuscript as was his covering letter to R.W. Hay which sets out his intentions.

    Limited edition Tasmanian collectable

    $60.00

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

    Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town & Whalers out of Van Diemen’s Land – 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.

    This is a first edition of 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

    SO SORRY SOLD … ENQUIRE IF YOU WISH WE HAVE THIS BOOK NOW AND AGAIN … IT’S A BEAUTY

    $40.00

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  • Hobart River Craft and Sealers of Bass Strait – Harry O’May

    Hobart River Craft and Sealers of Bass Strait – Harry O’May

    Published privately by the author this is a second impression 1973. Octavo, 113 pages plus 31 pages, illustrations and indices not paginated. Folding map at back. Dust jacket a bit scuffed and closed tear to read, otherwise a very clean good copy.

    A special little book packed full of information by Harry O’May who knew his boats.

    Two works in one the first a compendium all things wooden in the Tasmanian boat world and it’s a big world. Sorted in terms of chapters to include barges, cutters, ketches and passage boats; fishing craft, racing vessels, paddle steamers (wish you were here) and a special on Wilson Shipyard, Cygnet. All the other shipyards are mentioned along with good detail on many many craft – with some interesting early photographic images. The Sealers of the Bass Strait does not disappoint either.

    Nice Tasmanian Early Boat Book – We Like it!

    $40.00

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  • An Imperial Disaster  – The Wreck of George the Third (off Bruny Island) – Michael Roe

    An Imperial Disaster – The Wreck of George the Third (off Bruny Island) – Michael Roe

    Published in Hobart by Blubber Press in 2006. Large octavo, 293 pages, well illustrated and in very good near fine condition.

    This limited edition (750) book by Michael Roe is packed with research.

    On 12 April 1835 the George the Third hit a rock entering the D’Entrecasteaux Channel with the loss of 133 lives all but six convicts. Essential Tasmanian reading.

    More than a shipwreck book

    $50.00

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  • A Book Collector’s Notes – Rodney Davidson

    A Book Collector’s Notes – Rodney Davidson

    A first edition published in 1970 by Cassell Australia. Large octavo, 138 pages nicely illustrated.

    Longer title … A Book Collector’s Notes – on items relating to the Discovery of Australia The First Settlement and the Early Coastal Exploration of the Continent.

    When written Rodney Davidson had been collecting for twenty-two years. By our reckoning he did very well in that time … and when his collection was finally finished, we all know it could not possibly be trumped.

    The chapter headings are worth listing 1 – A General Background to Collecting Australiana; 2 – Terra Australis Incognita Pre-Cook Voyages: factual and Fictitious; 3 – Captain James Cook, The recorded European Discovery of the Elusive Eastern Coast; 4 – The Foundation of a Nation The First Fleet and the First Settlement; 5 – Early French Voyages to Australia; 6 – Early Coastal Voyages … followed by a very useful Bibliography.

    Respect Rodney Davidson one of the great Australian book collectors of all time – likely means all time – writes well and very informative.

    A special persons view

    $30.00

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