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Tasmania – Van Diemen’s Land

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  • Van Dieman’s Land –  Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    Van Dieman’s Land – Cartographer John Dower – 1836

    An original map of Tasmania or Van-Diemans Land, drawn and engraved by John Dower published in London in the 1830’s. Note the misspelling “Dieman’s”. This is a very early version of the Dower map published by Orr & Smith of Paternoster Row, London. Engraved area 26cm by 21cm. Very good condition, clean and bright colouring. Refer Tooley Printed Maps of Tasmania number 196.

    This map was first published in 1831. In this updated version Lake St Clair is added. And bottom left the following note … Population 31,718; Capitol(sic) Hobart Town; The estimated average importation of Convicts into Van Dieman’s Land is 1,709 per Annum.

    Much of the terrain to the west half remains unexplored. A number of interesting features can be found in the detail. Above the “rocky and barren shore” below Rocky Point in the west we see “White topped mountains apparently granite”, north of which are “Higher and less barren hills”. Travelling north from Hobart Town are a string of pubs … The Stokell Inn, Crown Inn, Swan Inn, Ransome Inn, Lovely Bank Inn, New Inn, Sorrell Spring Inn, Stockers In and on to Launceston. Whilst known high ground is shown with hachures certain peaks are estimated … Ben Lomond 4,200 feet, Peak of Teneriffe 4,500 feet, interestingly not Mt Wellington.

    John Dower (1791-1847) was a quality map maker, print seller and publisher based in London. He worked with many prominent map makers of the time including Weller, Cassell, Bacon and Petermann.

    Price $220.00 unframed

    Earlier scarce Dower Map of Tasmania c1836

    $220.00

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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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  • Tasman’s Journal – Fine Facsimile – Strictly Limited

    Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal of His Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand in 1642, with Documents Relating to His Exploration of Australia in 1644, Amsterdam 1898.

    Reprinted in facsimile, Los Angeles, 1965. A large folio of Tasman’s illustrated journal with an English translation and five folding maps in an end pocket. Complete and in fine condition. Edition limited to 225 copies and as a result scarce and collectable. This copy as fine a condition as you will find.

    Tasman’s Journal a rare and fine facsimile – The Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land

    Not this is a very large and heavy volume and may require a postagae supplement on billing dependent on location … we will be helpful

    $890.00

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  • The Voyage of the Brig Mercury – Including Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land

    The Voyage of the Brig Mercury – Including Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land

    Full title … Observations and Remarks made during a Voyage to the Islands of Tenerife, Amsterdam, Maria’s Islands near Van Diemen’s Land; Otaheite, Sandwich Islands, Owhyhee, the Fox Islands on the North West Coast of America, Tinian, and then to Canton, in the Brig Mercury, Commanded by John Henry Cox …

    Illustrated with a Sketch of the Island of Amsterdam, a Plan of Oyster Harbour at the Maria Islands, with some views of the Land; a Curious Medal; and a Club accurately engraved.

    Originally published for the author Lieutenant George Mortimer of the Marines, T Cadell in the Strand et al. in 1792.

    This fine facsimile published by Israel, Amsterdam in 1975. Small quarto, 73 pages with the charts faithfully reproduced. A clean crisp copy.

    The original account of this voyage difficult near impossible to obtain. Mortimer suggests that the Voyage was chiefly undertaken from motives of curiosity by Mr Cox, the fur trade on the North West Coast of America was the ultimate objective.

    Mortimer’s narrative is a pleasing and easily read account. The visit to Amsterdam Island well to the South in the Indian Ocean, nearly Antarctic, is important to cold weather island enthusiasts. Cox had planned to call in at Adventure Bay in Van Diemen’s Land but missed it and ended up at Maria’s Island … he named Oyster Bay and the charts produced is of historical value. The progression across the Pacific to the North west Coast of America has unique elements and interesting encounters with Russians in the locale.

    Mortimer on Cox’s Voyage .. important Tasmanian content

    $60.00

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  • Friendly Mission Tasmanian Journals and Papers of George Augustus Robinson 1829 – 1834 – Plomley – First Edition 1966 + 1971 Supplement

    Friendly Mission Tasmanian Journals and Papers of George Augustus Robinson 1829 – 1834 – Plomley – First Edition 1966 + 1971 Supplement

    The scarce first edition published by the Tasmanian Historical Research Association in 1966.

    Super thick octavo, 1,074 pages after preliminaries, nicely Illustrated from period sketches, end paper maps, and numerous maps and route maps throughout.

    The book was published without a conventional dust jacket, protected in a simple wax paper wrap of which we appear to have the original! Very good unmarked condition, similarly the 1971 Supplement.

    The Mitchell Library had purchased George Augustus Robinson’s voluminous papers from the estate of his son in 1939. Because of the war the papers were no transferred to Sydney until ten years later. Robinson had been conciliator of the Tasmanian Aborigines, Commandant at the Flinders Island aboriginal settlement and Chief Protector of the Aborigines of Port Phillip.

    When Brian Plomley wrote this book the papers had still not been fully catalogued at the Mitchell. The papers comprised private correspondence, memoranda and jottings, vocabularies of aboriginal languages and a series of field journals covering Robinson’s expeditions in search of the Tasmanian Aboriginals … and it is these journals that constitute the heart of this edition. Starting with a series of journals kept during his mission to the natives of Bruny Island and his subsequent expeditions throughout Tasmania in search of the then existing tribes. They are a day-to-day account of where he went and what he did. Giving important information on the geography of many parts of Tasmania and of the people who lived there.

    The history from contemporary records …

    $190.00

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  • Map of Tasmania or Van Dieman’s Land – Dower 1849

    Map of Tasmania or Van Dieman’s Land – Dower 1849

    An original map of Tasmania or Van Dieman’s Land by John Dower published in London in 1849, an important year in the history of Tasmania.

    This attractive Dower map published by Ward & Lock, London. This variant not included in Tooley Printed Maps of Tasmania. Nor can we find it in the National Collection or in Trove. Very good condition . This example has very attractive colouring. Map dimensions 30cm by 25cm.

    A detailed map particularly for its size showing county divisions and relief by hachures. The topographical relief shown at the bottom is most interesting … it follows the wandering line A to B from the south west coast near Montgomery to a point above Ben Lomond. The heights of Mt Humbolt, Mt Arrowsmith, Lake St Clair etc are worth checking against modern reckoning … there are discrepancies. Hobart Town is noted as the only place containing more than 10,000 inhabitants at 16,000.

    John Dower (1791-1847) was a quality map maker, print seller and publisher based in London. He worked with many prominent map makers of the time including Weller, Cassell, Bacon and Petermann.

    Price $190.00 unframed or $320.00 framed in Voyager small map style in gilt fillet, burgundy mat and beaded gilt frame.

    An interesting topographical map from 1849

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    $190.00

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