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  • First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    First maps of the Hunter Group in the Bass Strait, Maria Island off the east coast of Tasmania, King Island in the Bass Strait and islands in the Bonaparte Archipelago, North West Australia – Louis de Freycinet – 1811

    An original copper engraving” Plan des Iles Hunter par M.M. Freycinet at Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’Ile Maria par Boullanger, an 1802. Plan de l’lle King par M. Faure, an 1802.Plan del’Archipel Bonaparte (a la Nouvelle-Hollande) par M.M. L. Freycinet, Ronsard et Boulanger, 1801 et 1803.

    The map is by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet (1779-1842). Plate No 5 from the atlas of his maps from the Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes (Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands) published by Langlois in Paris, in 1811.

    The French had intended to colonise Australia. The first volume of this work was published in 1807. The second volume which contained the maps was in 1811 still three years before Flinders.

    Three maps on one sheet, thick sturdy paper, strong plate mark, excellent definition. Sheet dimensions 35.1cm by 26.1 cm. each individual map 10.4 cm by 8.4 cm. Quite a number of interesting features not the least the suggestion that the now Robbins Island is still connected to north west Tasmania.

    Tooley reference Map, 614

    Price $390.00 unframed

    Freycinet accompanied Nicholas Baudin on his famous voyage to complete the French mapping of Australia. Baudin leader aboard Le Geographie and Freycinet aboard Le Naturaliste. Whilst in Sydney Baudin sent the Naturalist home with the records of their effort so far and purchased a vessel from Philip Gidley King, the Casuarina, which he placed under Freycinet’s command. Baudin died on the final voyage home and the task of writing up the travels fell to the naturalist Francois Peron. Sadly, he in turn died before completing the work and the mantle was passed to Louis Freycinet who completed that task and produced the magnificent accompanying atlas.

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    $360.00

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  • Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in  2 Volumes –  John Eyre

    Journals of Expeditions into Central Australia and Overland from Adelaide to King George’s Sound in the years 1840-1 in 2 Volumes – John Eyre

    Fundamental Australian overland exploration.

    Published by the Libraries Board of South Australia 1964. Facsimile reprint of the 1845 edition – Australiana Facsimile number 7 – only 500 copes printed.

    two volumes thick octavo, xviii, 448, 512 pages light brown/ caramel colour with gilt lettering. Two folding maps in pocket at rear. One map of the whole of Australia demonstrating all of Eyre’s wanderings including earlier expeditions east into New South wales. The large folding map relating to this expedition is close to a metre wide so we have scanned it in three sections and still did not quite get the depth in … it really is special and makes the understanding of the narrative very clear. Very good and maps in great condition.

    Eyre attempted to set up an overland route from Adelaide to the Swan River. After great hardships, with his second on charge being killed by Aborigines, and losing some of the supplies, the party arrived at Albany in 1841.

    Heavy books so our postage allowance will not cover a single item Overseas purchase.

    Eyre’s Travels Across Australia … required reading for any Australia(n) Historian

    $130.00

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  • Glimpses of the Australian Colonies  and New Zealand – Captain Barry – First edition 1903

    Glimpses of the Australian Colonies and New Zealand – Captain Barry – First edition 1903

    Subtitled … “A Thrilling Narrative of the Early Days: Embodying the Life-History of Captain William Jackson Barry Who Arrived in New South Wales in 1829” … and it is really quite “Thrilling”

    Published by Brett, Auckland in 1903. Small quarto, 211 pages, decorated end papers, illustrated with photographic portraits. Original cloth covered binding with gilt embossed design and title to front and spine … gilt a little faded … otherwise a very good solid unmarked copy.

    William Barry was born in 1819. His father was a vet. At a dinner party Sir John Alcock took a liking to him and asked his father to let William enter his service. With this achieved, Alcock set off for Australia with young William on the “Red Rover” in the year 1828. Typhus broke out onboard and many died. On arrival at Sydney the ship was quarantined for six weeks … it was dreadful… and life ashore not much better. Alcock hated it and organised swift passage to Buenos Ayres. On the way to the dock Barry decided he liked Sydney so much he ran away and hid in a tank until the ship had gone. And so Barry’s life in the Antipodes started then … at the age of ten!

    His life was certainly different … at various times he sailed … carrying Timor Ponies to Sydney … shipwrecked nearly starved and rescued. Other times he was in the gold fields in Victoria (Eureka), New Zealand and California. Was variously a butcher (his early trade), farmer, auctioneer and horse dealer (bushrangers robbed him) … married more than once into money.

    Near the back of the book is a potted history of Australia and a selection of biographies of notable gents … the most common feature being and incredible collection of beards

    Captain Barry the sort of life films should be made about

    $60.00

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  • France Australe – Marchant

    France Australe – Marchant

    Leslie Marchant’s highly regarded book a very good first edition 1982.

    A focus on French activity with a strong focus on Western Australia. Based on previously unused naval and other archival records in France.

    The story of French exploration and their plans to colonise Australia. Commencing as early as the reign of Louis XII challenging the Spanish and Portuguese a period referred to as “the ancient regime” through the Napoleonic period and the Bourbon restoration.

    The French, Western Australia and more

    $60.00

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  • Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning – Lesson – c1830

    Le Kangourou elegant (Halmaturus elegans) or …. Banded Hare-wallaby or Munning

    Original hand coloured engraving originally drawn by Charles Alexander Lesueur (1778-1846) . Good strong clean example. Produced for Rene Primevere Lesson (1794-1849) for his extension of the great natural history work originally produced by Count Buffon. They were published in Paris in c1830.

    The Banded Hare-wallaby is considered vulnerable and is found on Bernier Island and Dorre Island off Western Australia

    Lesueur participated in the Baudin Expedition, Geographie and Naturaliste, originally taken on as a gunner. Baudin discovered his talent for art and appointed him to illustrate his private journal. Lesson participated as doctor and naturalist in the Duperry voyage round the world on board La Coquille (1822-1825).

    Price $120.00 unframed … enquire if you wish framing options.

    The rare Australian Banded Hare-wallaby … look after him!

    $120.00

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  • Willem de Vlamingh’s Explorations  of Australia, 1696-1697 – Willem C.H. Robert

    Willem de Vlamingh’s Explorations of Australia, 1696-1697 – Willem C.H. Robert

    Published by Philo Press, Amsterdam a first edition 1972.

    Large octavo, 206 pages with fold-out map at rear and nautical charts, illustrated. Very good near fine condition.

    A special and hard to get account of Vlamingh’s explorations of the coastline of Western Australia.

    They left a pewter dish on Dirk Hartog Island and the journals and maps in the Dutch archive which form the basis of this scholarly work.

    In Old Dutch and English translated with care of the then meaning.

    Four excellent fold out charts assist the reader.

    A special reference hard to find and fine condition

    $90.00

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