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  • Two Voyages to the South Seas – Dumont D’Urville – 2 Volumes

    Two Voyages to the South Seas – Dumont D’Urville – 2 Volumes

    Two large volumes published by the University Press Melbourne 1987. Cream linen covered boards protected by a slipcase all in fine condition.

    Reissued from the original French translated by Helen Rosenman.

    Volume I – 312 pages deals with the voyages of the Astrolabe 1826-1829 and,

    Volume II – pages 313-634 the voyage of the Astrolabe and Zelee 1837-1840.

    Nicely illustrated with 29 maps and charts and 56 plates – some in colour. This is the first account in English of two important voyages to Australasia the Pacific and the Antarctic. The Astrolabe visited Hobart Town, Jervis Bay and Port Jackson whilst the second voyage went to Port Essington as well as Tasmania (again) and the Antarctic. A superb account of the people and natural history encountered. An essential Antarctic item for that element.

    Two Special French Voyages by D’Urville



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  • Voyages to the South Seas – Danielle Clode

    Voyages to the South Seas – Danielle Clode

    Also, published in soft back this is the already prized hardback. Magnificent production as you would expect from Miegunyah Press.

    Octavo, 315 pages after xxv, great dust jacket all in fine condition.

    A special narrative of French Exploration in Australia with Bougianville, Laperouse, d’Entrecasteaux, Baudin, Freycinet and Dumont d’Urville.

    And, of course, many illustrations from the beautiful artwork produced by the French.

    A special book – one to be kept



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  • The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    The Natural History of “Bores” – Angus B. Reach – 1847

    A third edition and scarce regardless. Published by David Bogue, London.

    Scarce in its original form with delicate printed wrappers, albeit a little dusty and rubbed. Small octavo, 112 pages with preliminaries and catalogue at the rear.

    Illustrated by H.G. Hine. A hilarious account of “Bores”. Could still be well applied, approaching two hundred years later.

    Because it is a third edition the writer, through addition, can make reference to critics .. whose remarks include “ The Natural History of Bores .. we take to be an account of the species to which the ingenious writer belongs” … and so forth. Well we have read it and … Voyager may well be modifying some of his own inherent characteristics … not so many stories about oneself seemingly.

    Boring or not it is all set out … could make a good pointed gift



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  • Ocean Passages For The World – 1973 Complete

    Ocean Passages For The World – 1973 Complete

    A fine copy of the third edition prepared by Commander H.L. Jenkins of the Royal Navy and published by The Hydrographic Department, Taunton, England. A Preface by Rear Admiral Hall.

    This essential reference was first published in 1895, then 1923, 1950 and then this edition 1973. Revised and modernised each time.

    Slipcase with folio volume plus wallet containing the numerous large folding charts. Folio volume bound in blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles 258 pages with 25 charts and diagrams some coloured and folding. The work is divided into two principal sections … Part I – Power Vessel Routes; Part II – Sailing Vessel Routes. Also, the 1977 Supplement of 11 pages, with additions, corrections and other changes. Very good condition.

    The wallet contains seven large (a metre or so wide) charts and a viz .. World Climatic Charts (January and July); World Main Ocean Routes for Power Vessels; World Sailing Ships Routes; Tracks Followed by Sailing and Auxiliary Powered Vessels and World Surface Currents .. and D6083 Loan Line Rules etc. Also a ready reckoner … Logarithmic speed, time and distance scale.

    Ocean Passages – All You Need to Know – Complete and Fine



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  • Crusader Castles by T.E. Lawrence (Volume I – The Thesis and Volume II – The Letters) – First Limited Edition – Golden Cockerel 1936

    Crusader Castles by T.E. Lawrence (Volume I – The Thesis and Volume II – The Letters) – First Limited Edition – Golden Cockerel 1936

    A first edition set, printed by the Publisher Christopher Sandford, Francis Newberry and Owen Rutter at the Golden Cockerel Press, 10 Staple Inn, London. Completed on the 2th May 1936.

    Limited to 1,000 sets this one numbered 627, Printed in Perpetua type on British Mould-made paper. Bound handsomely, in half red leather over beige cloth covered boards, with gilt tiles to spine, bands etc by the distinguished Sangorski and Sutcliffe with their discrete stamp, lower paste down. A little rubbing to the leather at a corner, some age to the beige cloth, and a slight hint of tone to the paper. Regardless, a very good set of a very desirable work.

    The original Oxford University Thesis completed by Lawrence was titled
    “The Influence of the Crusades on European Military Architecture to the end of the Twelfth Century”

    Volume I – The Thesis – 55 pages plus 64 pages containing 96 plates not included in the text pagination. Full page map in the text and two folding facsimile maps loose. The three-page introduction by younger brother Arnold Walter Lawrence does a good job.

    The Thesis was submitted by Lawrence as part of his final year as an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford. Its length was not to exceed 12,000 words. His research required much travel through parts of England and Wales, France, Syria and Northern Palestine. In England he used a bicycle by Morris of Oxford (later motor car fame). During 1906 to 1908 he went to France and rode further than Le Tour to get his photographs and drawings of Crusader influenced Castles. In 1909 he went East and from Beyrout went to the Sea of Galilee north to Aleppo, then by carriage to Edessa and Damascus etc. His thesis was a first-class success (literally)0 and the only reason Oxford did not publish it then was the prohibitive cost of the many necessary illustrations.

    We could go on, this is obviously a special work … from his very opening “Apology for Dullness” we can see the disciplined character, the stamina and fortitude that had already developed in this young man.

    Volume II – the Letters (all but one to his Mother) – 60 pages plus 32 pages containing full pages plates. Some other illustrations in the text as they appeared in the “letters”.

    With a two-page Preface by his Mother who reflects on his qualities … he had walked 1,100 miles in the Middle East! Some of his letters were unfortunately lost in a wreck on the Yang Tze River in 1923 and never recovered.

    A proud Mother she writes … “being always very strong physically he was full of enthusiasm for every subject in which he was interested. He had a most loving and unselfish nature and no boy or man ever did more thoroughly whatever his hand found to do.”

    Lawrence – Crusader Castles – The Original Golden Cockerel Edition – 1936



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  • Anson’s Voyage – An Episode in The Spanish War (1729-1744) Admiral Lord Anson & Captain the Hon George Murray R.N. By Lt Col The Hon. Arthur C Murray CMG DSO (Viscount Elibank)

    Anson’s Voyage – An Episode in The Spanish War (1729-1744) Admiral Lord Anson & Captain the Hon George Murray R.N. By Lt Col The Hon. Arthur C Murray CMG DSO (Viscount Elibank)

    Association copy – Viscount Elibank CMG DSO – with Notes and Ephemera. Published by Seeley of London 1952. 91 pages with Lord Anson frontispiece, numerous interesting black & white plates, and folding chart.

    Captain Murray was in charge of the supply ship Pearl during the Anson voyage of the 1740’s. The voyage ended in success with the plundering of the Spanish galleon, the plundering of Spanish settlements in South America and the taking of much gold etc. Unfortunately, most of the fleet was lost and many men died from scurvy and other ailments. Murray was later remembered as having contributed to the difficulties having lost touch with the remains of the fleet after the Straits of Magellan and seemingly wandered for some time around the south east Pacific. Essential supplies were therefore delayed in getting to the rendezvous point at Juan Fernandez Island. Here we have the fanatical Elibank researching charts and records at the Admiralty to prove that his forefather was no maritime slouch … we think he did!

    A most interesting presentation copy. The author a descendent of George Murray has personalised his work with various additions: the picture from the dust-wrapper pasted onto the front end paste-down; personalised manuscript and typescript notes and a review of his book on the front free endpaper. Inscription from the author on half-title: “Shortly after the publication of this book in the autumn of 1952, the Admiralty adopted it as a standard work on the subject of Lord Anson’s famous voyage, and ordered 136 copies of it from the Publishers for distribution to the ships of the Royal Navy. Arthur C Murray (E) 15/9/55”. Under the illustrated portrait of Captain George Murray … in Elibank’s hand “Later, 6th Lord Elibank”. And, pasted at the rear an eight page document printed by Clarke of Edinburgh … “Queen Elizabeth of England (1533-1603) Some aspects of her story in so far as they relate to the Spanish Armanda; the execution of Mary Queen of Scots etc” By Elbank and signed as Arthur Murray of Elibank.

    Elibank was affectionately known simply as “E” …. nice one

    Association the Author Viscount Elibank CMG DSO – with Relevant Notes Ephemera



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