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  • The Log of an Island Wanderer [Notes on Travel in the Eastern Pacific] – Edwin Pallander – 1901

    The Log of an Island Wanderer [Notes on Travel in the Eastern Pacific] – Edwin Pallander – 1901

    First edition published by Arthur Pearson, London in 1901. Now scarce.

    Octavo, 319 pages, 31 plates of illustrations. Original cloth covered boards a nice copy.

    Pallander writes in a most enjoyable style with more humour than normally associated with the period. He starts in Auckland and takes in Rarotonga; Kiwa; Papeete; Tahiti and the Marquesas.

    The rule of law in Rarotonga gets some explanation … anyone walking after dark with arm round a woman’s waist and without a light … five days jail; Consulting a sorcerer … three days jail; weeping over a woman’s grave other than your wife … five days jail; infidelity with a married woman … 10 days jail and … Dynamiting fish in the river … 30 days jail.

    All good fun … the travel writing is well honed … we like it.

    Pallander is the nom de plume of Irish born Lancelot Bayly (1869-1952) a multi talented individual. A biologist by training he was widely travelled. As well as writing about this excursion he penned some rather interesting Sci-fi books and later developed a true talent as a watercolour artist.

    Pallander out in the Pacific and not blowing up fish.



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  • Tramps Round The Mountains of the Moon and Through the Back Gate of the Congo State – Broadwood Johnson – MA. FRGS.

    Tramps Round The Mountains of the Moon and Through the Back Gate of the Congo State – Broadwood Johnson – MA. FRGS.

    Published by Fisher Unwin, London in 1912, previously published in 1908. A very good African account covering a vast amount of territory and meeting several very different cultures.

    Thick octavo, xxiv, 316 pages, 41 plates and two maps, one folding. Original grey cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. A very good copy, a little edge flecked but clean and bright internally.

    A most interesting African travel book with references to Stanley; the voyage to Mombasa; into the Heart and the Victoria Nyanza by canoe; the visit to the First Knight of Central Africa in the Mountains of the Moon; lifting the veil from Toro, south to the Albert Edward Islanders; the Bamba Forest; the Belgium Fort at Mbeni in the Congo; the Pygmy Forest; Irumu and gold seekers and cannibals; the slave traders etc. Ivory hunters, as shown, but not glorified.

    Nicely illustrated with relevant photographic images.

    Travel in deepest Africa … well to the “Moon”.



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  • Longhouse and Jungle – An Expedition to Sarawak – Guy Arnold – First Edition 1959

    Longhouse and Jungle – An Expedition to Sarawak – Guy Arnold – First Edition 1959

    First Edition published by Chatto & Windus, London in 1959.

    In 1955 an Oxford University Expedition spent six months on the Usan Apau tablelands, a remote area at the head of the Rejang the longest river in Sarawak.

    In a very isolated area the team carried out a geological survey; excavated old deserted longhouse sites; collected native stories and the necessary natural history exhibits. The remote tribe known as the Penans, a nomadic tribe that hunt with blowpipes and darts were followed in their nomadic lifestyle.

    Octavo, 206 pages, maps, diagram of longhouse and plates from original photographs. A chip to the head and tale of the magnificent period dust jacket. Very good condition – hard to find a copy that is not ex public library.

    Author Guy Arnold was the expedition leader. In writing this book he references the field notes etc of other team members. Supported by the Royal Geographical Society.

    Deepest Sarawak a rare account of a much neglected subject.



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  • Shores of Macquarie Island – Isobel Bennett.

    Shores of Macquarie Island – Isobel Bennett.

    A first edition of this interesting book on Antarctic Macquarie Island and its nature.

    Published by Rigby, Adelaide in 1971. Octavo, 69 pages plus useful bibliography and index. Nicely illustrated from photographs taken by the author. Very good copy.

    Isobel Bennett was born in Brisbane and took an interest in Marine Biology at an early age. In her era one of the first females to be accepted into the Australian Antarctic program and onto Macquarie Island.

    A good “history of the island” is followed by a very readable sections on the role of the scientists, and the inhabitants and visitors to the island.

    A very good introduction and background to this lonely outpost.



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  • Australian Legendary Tales – K Langloh Parker – Selected by H. Drake- Brockman.

    Australian Legendary Tales – K Langloh Parker – Selected by H. Drake- Brockman.

    An early edition of this collectable work published by Angus and Robertson in 1957. Large octavo, 237 pages, illustrated by Elizabeth Durack. Some foxing to the very jacket edges and very slightly to the page edges otherwise a pretty good copy of this version – in our favourite dust jacket art.

    Langloh Parker had collected these stories from aboriginal story tellers in the late 19thC. She had lived as a child and then later with her husband in the New South Wales bush. She had them published at the time but they were largely ignored until resurrected by Drake-Brockman,

    The book is nicely introduced by the “’selector” followed by an explanation of the illustrations by Durack. Followed by fifty aboriginal stories, many drawing on nature, the land and the people. Various appendices add knowledge followed by a Glossary and helpful index.

    Meaningful stories handed down for generations.



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  • The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    The Naturalist on the River Amazons – Henry W Bates – 1892

    Title continues … A Record of Adventures, Habits of Animals, Sketches of Brazilian and Indian Life, and aspects of Nature under the Equator, during Eleven Years of Travel. With a Memoir of the Author by Edward Clodd.

    Originally published as a two-volume set, this is the later one volume edition, published the year of the authors death.

    Published by John Murray, London in 1892. Octavo, lxxxix, 386 pages. Illustrated throughout, including a double colour page spread of Amazonian butterflies. Original green decorated cloth covered boards. Previous ownership and gift inscription at front … nice ones. A very good copy of a desirable account.

    Henry Walter Bates (1825-1892) naturalist and explorer accompanied Alfred Russell Wallace on a famous expedition into the rain forests of the Amazon commencing in 1848. Wallace returned to England in 1852, whilst Bates remained there until 1849 a full eleven years. Furthermore, unfortunately Wallace lost all his specimens on the return voyage due to fire on the ship, whilst bates returned with nearly 15,000 specimens of which a massive 8,000 were new to science. This book is the record of his work.

    Bates and Wallace had been friends at school and their interest in science soon focused on elements of natural history and the developing theories on the origin of species. When in the Amazons the two friends largely went their separate ways, to maximise the opportunities for finding new species. Bates travelled to Cameta on the Tocantins Rivers and then up the Amazon to its higher reaches making a base camp at Tefe where he stayed for four and half years. Despite the eleven years he returned to England earlier than he would have liked due to ill health. His book took another two years to write up and is regarded as one of the finest reports on natural history travels.

    The lengthy (72 page) memoir is something special drawing on numerous letters between Bates and his distinguished group … we have provided and image of an exchange with Charles Darwin … there could be no better advertisement fro the book. The writer of the memoir, Edward Clodd, was a wealthy banker and an anthropologist. He mixed with the Darwin crowd, wrote a biography of Huxley, and generally saw and entertained a plethora of scientists and writers, including fictional, at his upmarket country residence.

    Henry Bates in the Amazon colleague of Wallace and friends of Darwin, Hooker, Huxley etc al



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