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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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  • The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess – 1951

    The Cattle King [ Sir Sydney Kidman] – Ion Idriess – 1951

    Published in Sydney in 1951. Octavo, 277 pages. A very good copy in a very good dust jacket

    The Biography of Sir Sidney Kidman who started with five shillings and eventually controlled over 100 cattle stations an area half the size of Queensland.

    Well illustrated from period photographs and end paper maps showing the extent of the Kidman interests at the front and stations, stock routes, coach routes and railways referred to in the text … at the rear.

    Good reading & photographs … a cattle empire much in the financial news of late.

    $60.00

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  • Australian Mineral Specimen – Black Tourmaline – Yinnietharra

    Australian Mineral Specimen – Black Tourmaline – Yinnietharra

    A large and weighty example of Black Tourmaline a semi-precious crystalline boron silicate mineral.

    This fine example from the Yinnietharra deposit in Western Australia lovely crystal form at termination.

    Total weight xx gms

    Very good and sizeable example

    $80.00

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  • The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper – Simon Leys

    The Wreck of the Batavia & Prosper – Simon Leys

    A fine first hardback published 2005 by Black Inc, Melbourne. Small octavo, 110 pages, illustrated comprising two separate essays of close to equal length.

    The author’s account of the unusual going’s on to do with the wreck of the Dutch East Indies Batavia and the horrid aftermath is good succinct account.

    Despite the unusual format of the title …Prosper is a totally different narrative and not a wreck account … deeply personal the author Pierre Ryckmans (here under his pen-name Simon Leys) recalls a summer spent on a tuna fishing boat off Brittany … his introduction to “proper sailing”.

    Batavia special and unusual combination … Prosper

    $22.00

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  • Western Whipbird (Psophodes Nigrogularis) John Gould – Birds of Australia 1840

    Western Whipbird (Psophodes Nigrogularis) John Gould – Birds of Australia 1840

    Original hand-coloured lithograph (from stone) from Gould’s major work “Birds of Australia” of the Western Whipbird, sometimes referred to as the Black-throated Psophodes.

    This work executed by Gould and Richter and completed in London 1840 -1848. At the time only one specimen of the bird had been collected (a male). Gould in his narrative states that we are indebted to Mr Gilbert for the then knowledge. Gilbert had come across it in the Wongan Hills which are placed about 150km of Perth. The image presented by Gould show the bird in its natural size.

    Not the subspecies Psophodes Nigrogularis is now considered endangered with only a small group left in a patch to the east of Albany.

    Nicely executed Gould Original

    $420.00

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  • Prints and Print Makers of Australia (1788-1850) – the Antipodes Observed – Cedric Flower.

    Prints and Print Makers of Australia (1788-1850) – the Antipodes Observed – Cedric Flower.

    This is the hard back version of the very good compilation of key prints and their makers in the years up to 1850. Published by MacMillan, Melbourne in 1975. Landscape quarto, 139 pages heavily illustrated, obviously! Pretty good condition in a complete protected dust jacket.

    And what an extraordinary record they are … where would we be with only the narrative? Every State and subject is covered selecting the very best items.

    The images that go with the story!

    $40.00

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