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  • A Winter in Nepal – John Morris

    A Winter in Nepal – John Morris

    Published by Rupert Hart-Davis, London in 1962.

    Octavo, 232 pages, illustrated from original photographs and with good original maps of this mountainous region. A little age on the title otherwise a clean a pretty good copy.

    The author, John Morris had been to Nepal many year earlier as a young man. Now an accomplished anthropologist and academic of all things Himalayan he returns with a passion for the people and their surroundings rarely reflected so well in any travelogue.

    Nepal right across it Tansing, Baglung, Pokhra, Sisaghat Bazar, Gurkha, Nawakot, Kathmandu.



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  • Charles Darwin – The Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Action of Earthworms – Published John Murray 1892

    Published London 1892 by John Murray, London.

    Octavo, 328 pages, original “Murray” deep green cloth covered boards, with single line blind impressed border, title gilt in gilt decoration on spine. Original end papers dark chocolate brown gloss. Illustrated with tables and black and white drawings. A very good solid copy, best we have seen.

    Darwin’s last published work. This volume looks at the life and activity of the earthworm, and the share they have taken in the formation of the layer of vegetable mould which covers the whole surface in every moderately humid country. It is a summary of the part which worms have played in the history of the world. Their aid in the disintegration of rocks, the denudation of the land, the preservation of ancient remains, and the preparation of the soil for the growth of plants. A fascinating look at one of the lowliest but highly organised creatures of the world by the legendary Victorian Naturalist.

    Early ownership name of end paper – Harry Pluwinee – June 1896. Not absolutely sure of the name as it is a Trump like signature .. some research required.

    Darwin his final thoughts down in the soil getting his hands dirty.



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  • Persian Pictures – Gertrude Bell – First Edition 1928

    Persian Pictures – Gertrude Bell – First Edition 1928

    We have described this book as a First edition more strictly a First of Type. Persian Pictures had been published anonymously by Bentley, London in 1896. It seems impossible to find and this first printing published by Ernest Benn, London in 1928 is generally regarded as the first and a scarce volume.

    Octavo, 198 pages, original green cloth covered boards. Gift inscription on end papers, otherwise a very good copy.

    Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) an extraordinary woman. First Class in History Oxford, through connections she wanted to spend time in the Middle east and went to Tehran in the 1890’s. From then she spent a large part of her life in the Middle and Near east. Archaeologist, traveller, writer, political influencer … she worked with T.E. Lawrence for a time at the Arab Bureau in Cairo. She participated in the whole dividing up at the Paris Conference after WWI.

    Ironically, she didn’t think much of her writing, the reason for the original anonymous publication. Historical reviewer and her adoring admirers thought quite differently. Before this edition her “Letters” had become monumentally popular, akin to those of Lawrence. Her death in 1926 must have triggered this open revisit.

    Contains an interesting Preface by Sir Denison Ross which sets the scene very well.

    Valuable sought-after Persian views by Gertrude Bell



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  • The Tasmanian West Coast Story – Kerry Pink.

    The Tasmanian West Coast Story – Kerry Pink.

    This is the revised edition of Kerry Pink’s exceptional history of the West Coast of Tasmania.

    A considerable focus on the mining activities of the area and the photographs included really make this book special. Few would work in such conditions today.

    Also good content on the native fauna … the sad reality of the snaring of the Thylacine … clearly in some number there circa 1910. Not so much on the indigenous .. forgive it for its industrial bent and the times. Sarah Island features well with good images of the ruins of that Hell Hole.

    Large softcover, 182 pages perfect bound, too many illustrations to estimate. Published by the Zeehan Museum in 1984. A pretty good copy of a book where every page is worth a read.

    The Wild West of Tasmania with many historically important images.



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  • Madigan’s Account: The Mawson Expedition – the Antarctic Diaries of C.T. Madigan 1911-1914

    Madigan’s Account: The Mawson Expedition – the Antarctic Diaries of C.T. Madigan 1911-1914

    Not previously published. It was not until this book transcribed and promoted by his granddaughter Julia Madigan was published in 2012 that the world at large got the chance to read the incredibly detailed diaries of Cecil Thomas Madigan whilst he was a member of the Mawson 1911-1914 expedition.

    Published by Wellington Bridge Press, Tasmania. A substantial work, thick small quarto, 608 pages after preliminaries. Numerous illustrations, drawings, sketches, 154 images from photographs, 11 facsimile items of titles and pages from the various diaries compiled over this lengthy period. Laminated pictorial boards, a super copy, tiny bump to one corner, clean as a whistle. Heavy, will require an Overseas postage supplement, and worth it.

    More to come regarding the background and further adventures of Cecil Madigan … and about the contents of this book …

    Cecil Madigan, in the Antarctic with Mawson, an intimate and informative account from and about his diaries.



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