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  • The Founding of Hobart 1803-1804 – Frank Bolt

    The Founding of Hobart 1803-1804 – Frank Bolt

    The author of this fine book, Frank Bolt, was surprised that he could not find any book on the very early period of the settlement of Hobart. So he carried out his own research and effectively self published this work.

    Large octavo, 320 pages, illustrated, with folding plan, printed to a high standard. A first edition 2004 and in as new condition.

    An unusual work in structure … Bolt explain his approach well in the lengthy Preface. Having assembled all of the exiting evidence his challenge was how to present it … landing on the idea of creating a faux diary of events on a nearly day by day basis. It work very well. After a further introductory “Prologue” the diary runs from page 38 through to page 279. Within this there are separate brief “cut-aways” regarding the “difference between the initial Risdon Settlement and the final Settlement at Sullivan’s Cove and “the Cargo of the Collin’s Expedition”.

    Notes on Sources are kept until the end and are extensive and useful as well is a list of the Pioneers of Hobart Town. And Meehan’s Plan of circa 1811.

    “The Book” on the first days of Hobart

    $80.00

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  • George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait  – Silver Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Silver Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass, Surgeon an Explorer carried out two voyages to confirm the Bass Strait and the separation of Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) from mainland Australia – known affectionately in Tasmania as “The Other Island”.

    In 1797 he set off in an open whaleboat with a crew of six. They sailed to Cape Howe at the farthest point of South-east Australia and, from there sailed west along the Gippsland coast to Western Point, at the entrance to Port Phillip. Observations of the rapid tide and long south-western swell supported his view that a large Strait lay in front of him.

    In 1798 he set out again, with Matthew Flinders in the sloop Norfolk and circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land. They visited the Derwent River which had previously been named by Captain John Hayes. On return to Sydney, Flinders promoted the naming of the Strait after Bass … the then Governor, John Hunter agreed.

    Bass’s later life was adventurous and … likely …tragic, making the date of his death on the medal questionable.

    The medal was struck in 1968. It was produced by K.G. Luke & Sons, Melbourne for the Numismatic Association of Victoria. 160 example were produced in bronze and a similar number in silver. This one is identified as number B4.

    50mm in diameter with a high relief bust of Bass facing right, carrying his spyglass. On the reverse a delightful image of the whaleboat, the sloop Norfolk an the chart and route of the vessels, appropriately date.

    Unusual medal celebrates the achievements of George Bass – the prestigious silver example.

    $280.00

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  • Tasman’s Journal  – Abel Janszoon Tasman’s Journal of His Discovery of Van Diemen’s Land and New Zealand in 1642, …

    Tasman’s Journal – 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. Being photo-lithographic facsimiles pf the original manuscript in the Colonial Archives at the Hague with an English translation and facsimiles of original maps to which are added life and labours of Abel Janszoon Tasman by J.E. Heeres LL.D Professor at the Dutch Colonial Institute Delft by Dr W Van Bemmelen assistant-director of the Royal Meteorological Institute Utrecht

    Reprinted in facsimile, Los Angeles, 1965 by N. A. Kovach. Edited by Frederik Muller.

    Large folio (44cm by 29cm) of Tasman’s illustrated journal with an English translation and five folding maps in an end pocket. Complete and in fine condition.

    Because the book is so large and we prefer to use an A3 scanner we are having difficulty getting good images. Here are some, … more to come when the technical department get around to it …

    Commences after preliminaries with a 195-page facsimile of the original journal, including all illustrations. Followed by a 57-page English translation. Then “His Life and Labours” 162 pages which covers .. The Dutch Chartered East India Company; Tasman’s birthplace, early life, marriage, departure for India; Appointed skipper (1634) in Amboyna; voyage of discovery east of Japan (1639); Dutch in Formosa, Tasman’s return to Batavia (1640); voyage to Palembang (1642); Sources of knowledge re Tasman’s voyages to the South=land (1642-1644) [Including this Journal]; Tasman’s mission to Djambi (1646), Siam (1647) and the Philippines (1648). Finally, observations on the compass on Tasman’s Voyage [this Journal] a further 21 pages.

    The folding maps in super condition are … 1. Map drawn after the map made under Tasman’s direction of his 1642/44 voyages with corrections found in contemporary documents and shown in English. 2. Expedition to Derma 1634. 3. Expedition to Japan 1639. 4 Expedition to the Philippines. 5. Isogonic chart of the Indian and Pacific Oceans for 1640 from Tasman by Van Bemmelen.

    Edition limited to 225 copies, of which 200 where available to the public … as a result scarce and collectable.

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

    UNDER CONSIDERATION

    $790.00

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  • Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Bass and Flinders – Circumnavigation of Tasmania – 200th Anniversary Medal

    Together Matthew Flinders and George Bass were the first to circumnavigate Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania), in HM Sloop Norfolk, in 1788/89.

    This large fine limited run medal was produced in Tasmania to celebrate the 200th anniversary i.e. 1998/99.

    Only 120 were produced in this form, this being number 53, marked to the rim. Cast in white metal, 800 mm diameter, 115gms weight. Strong deep profile, fine condition.

    Carries the bust of both Flinders an Bass either side of the sloop’s mast, with descriptive text. On the reverse a map of Van Diemen’s Land with the route taken marked and a fine and substantial depiction of the vessel fully rigged.

    Limited numbered run of important maritime celebration.

    $150.00

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  • Map of Van Diemen’s Land or Tasmania – A.K. Johnston FRGS – 1844

    Map of Van Diemen’s Land or Tasmania – A.K. Johnston FRGS – 1844

    A large scale quality map engraved by W & A.K. Johnston and published in Edinburgh in 1844.

    The cartographer was Alexander Keith Johnston (1804-1871) and it was published in the National Atlas of Historical, Commercial and Political Geography both by the cartographer and his bother William in Edinburgh and by Robert Weir and James Lumsden in Glasgow. Alexander Johnston had been apprenticed to James Kirwood and the great William Home Lizars. His brother, later knighted, became the Lord Provost of Edinburgh.

    Large scale with central fold the printed area 57cm by 47cm. Thick paper and very good condition with strong pastel colouring. The whole of map image is difficult to photograph due to its size so we have scanned various sections on our A3 machine so you can see the extent of the detail and the quality of the map.

    An interesting historical map. The odd historical note is added such as the discovery of Adventure Bay by Furneaux in 1773 and Cook’s anchorage there in 1777; Baudin’s discovery of Oyster Bay in 1802 etc.

    A summary note states “Van Diemen’s Land was discovered by Tasman in 1642 & is hence sometimes called Tasmania, it received its present name in honour of Anthony Vandiemen, Gov General of the Dutch E. indies. It was visited by Cook & Furneaux 1773-7 & was found to be an island by the discovery of the Bass’ Strait, 1798, in 1804 it was formally taken possession of in the name of Britain; and the site HOBART TOWN fixed on for the Capital. Emigration from England began in 1821, when the V.D. Land Bank was established, in 1825 it was declared independant (sic) of N.S. Wales & the chief authority vested in a Lieut. Governor & Council.”

    Tooley reference 780 and Tooley maps of Tasmania 315, National Collection 22985553

    Price $390.00 unframed.

    One of the best maps of the 1840’s a full of interesting detail. Very good condition and would frame to make a significant statement.

    $390.00

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  • Decorative Map of Van Diemen’s Island or Tasmania – Circa 1851 – by John Tallis

    Decorative Map of Van Diemen’s Island or Tasmania – Circa 1851 – by John Tallis

    An original John Tallis map of Van Diemen’s Land – Tasmania. The best example.

    Tallis maps represent the high point of Victorian decorative map making.

    Very good condition 37cm by 27cm. Published by John Tallis & Co, London & New York. The map drawn and engraved by John Rapkin. The illustrations drawn by H Warren and engraved by J Rogers.

    This is the final state of the map with vignettes of Hobart Town (Note on the map referred to as Hobarton), a curious looking Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger, the Van Diemen’s Land Company’s Agent Residence Circular Head in the North West and Numismatic Seal. Note this is the superior issue without the central fold often seen and accepted.

    Refer map authority, R.V. Tooley the “Printed Maps of Tasmania” reference number 428.

    A very good example, nicely an delicately coloured. An important map for any serious Australian map collection

    Price unframed $290.00

    Collectable Tallis Map of Tasmania

    $290.00

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