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  • Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Man Tracks [With the Mounted Police in Australian Wilds] – Ion Idriess

    Published by Angus & Robertson 1936, a ninth edition issued one year after the first. The copy of Chicago resident, Idriess friend and admirer, Frances Van Cleef with a note indicating she acquired it in Melbourne on Feb 16, 1937.

    Very good condition, a couple of chips to the dust jacket, very clean and tight internally. A super copy.

    An impressive Idriess book about the Australian Mounted Police up through the Centre, the North and West. Many lively accounts recounted in the normal Idriess way. The photography in this book is special with a number of unique aboriginal images.

    Real Crime solved by Australian Police on Horseback

    $70.00

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  • The Birds of Australia in 3 Volumes [the S.A. White Facsimile] -Gregory Mathews

    A numbered limited facsimile edition of the complete work in three volumes, reproduced faithfully without alteration or correction. Published in South Australia by State Publishing. The original published in 1910-1927 by Witherby & Co, London. Regarded as the last great bird plate book relating to Australia with the consequential accuracy in form and description.

    Folio on quality paper so rather heavy. Printed by offset lithography and bound in half grey polished leather. Published in 1989 based on a set held in the S.A. White Collection. Fine condition.

    Unpaginated but 182 pages each. A total of 105 full-page colour plates. 500 sets were produced. Getting hard to find and here sold at an attractive price.

    Mathews and his Birds of Australia.

    $370.00

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  • The Wreck of the Zuytdorp (Western Australia) – Playford

    The Wreck of the Zuytdorp (Western Australia) – Playford

    A reprint in full form of an article published in the Journal and Proceedings of the Western Australian Historical Society in 1959.

    This soft covered printing in 1976, 36 pages, illustrated and with maps and charts.

    A number of Dutch East India ships suffered on the west coast of Australia in their attempts to make Jakarta … more well known the Batavia because of the horrendous going on … others including the Vergulde Draeck; Ridderschap van Holland; Fortuyn; Aagtekerke and Zeewyk get a mention here and the unfortunate Zuytdorp is covered in some detail.

    Wrecked on the cliffs in Gantheaume Bay just slightly south of Ramyards Shed in 1712. Survivors carried 9 heavy breech-blocks of the wreck .. so there must have been a few of them … little else is know of what became of them.

    The Zuttdorp – Western Australia – not an easy place to be wrecked in 1712

    $25.00

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  • One Wet Season – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1949 – Signed by the Author.

    One Wet Season – Ion Idriess – First Edition 1949 – Signed by the Author.

    Published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1949. Octavo, 272 pages, end paper maps, illustrated with images from period photographs. Minor wear and chips to jacket … otherwise a very good copy.

    Signed boldly by Idriess as a gift to his friend Frances Van Cleef, wife of a Chicago industrialist with whom he remained in contact for many years.

    Idriess at his best. Growing peanuts at Fred Merry’s place was a tough way to start a new life. In and around Derby and the King Leopold Range often isolated during the long three month wet season.

    Signed Idriess First Edition out in the West Kimberley.

    $90.00

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  • The Lizard Eaters [The Pintubi of the Western Deserts] – Douglas Lockwood – First Edition 1964

    The Lizard Eaters [The Pintubi of the Western Deserts] – Douglas Lockwood – First Edition 1964

    A first edition published by Cassell, Australia in 1964. Octavo, 171 pages, end paper maps and illustrated throughout with images from photographs by the author. A very good copy.

    Seems rather strange today … as late as 1957 the first real contact was made with the Pintubi who live in the Gibson and Great Sandy Desert west of Alice Springs. This book is about the 1963 Patrol to locate them and find out more about them and their way of life. A sympathetic account with special images.

    The Pintubi people .. their isolation and struggles to find foot and water.

    $30.00

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  • Australia Trade Cards – Set of Six – Liebig – Over 100 Years Old

    Australia Trade Cards – Set of Six – Liebig – Over 100 Years Old

    A group of six decorative trade cards by Liebig advertising their tasty Bouillon Oxo. Printed and issued around 1910. In French with a very good description the rear of the card … a good language lesson.

    Delightful chromolithographs depicting scenes from around Australia including a nice one of Hobart, Tasmania with Storm Bay (not quite technically correct as we are now in the Derwent proper) and Mount Wellington covered in snow in the background. Also, we have the Murray River and its vegetation; the Kimberleys; Rundall Creek in the MacDonald Range; the Blue Mountains west of Sydney and Coolgardie and its Gold. Images of indigenous people from various parts of Australia given the French romantic treatment in terms of their clothing. Each 10cms x 7.3cms.

    Scarce six card set rarely found together.

    $90.00

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