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  • A Complete Treatise of Mines Etc – Henry Manningham – First Edition 1756

    An extremely rare works from a period when mining expertise was as much a military endeavour as for the extraction of resources.

    Lengthy title continues … extracted from the Memoires d’Artilliere. To which is prefixed, by way of Introduction, Professor Belidor’s Dissertation on the Force and Physical Effects of Gunpowder. Illustrated by a Variety of Copper Plates.

    A first edition of this work translated and compiled by mining engineer Henry Manningham. The original French by P Surirey de Saint Remy (1660-1716). Benard Forest de Belidor (1698-1761) was a hydraulics and ballistics expert. Born into a military family he later became Professor of Artillery at Aisne. He became an early expert on the calculus and its use in solving technical problems.

    Published by Millar, the Strand, London 1756. Octavo, xxix,168 pages with 21 folding copper engraved plates, elaborate engraved vignette on Dedication. Ex John Crerar Library with the odd stamp, later half leather binding somewhat worn, top edge gilt. Lightly toned, still a very worthy copy of a very scarce item.

    Early Mining Explained and the Use of Gunpowder Carefully Explained.

    $420.00

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  • Traite des Bandages et Appareils a l’Usage des Chirurgiens Armees – J.B.J. Thillaye – 1809

    Traite des Bandages et Appareils a l’Usage des Chirurgiens Armees – J.B.J. Thillaye – 1809

    Jean Baptiste Jacques Thillaye was born at Rouen in 1752 he died at Paris in 1822. He became a leading French physician, surgeon in chief at the recently founded Hospital St Antoine and professor of anatomy at the College of Medicine.

    This is a second edition of his rare work on bandaging, splints and other accoutrements helpful to surgeons particularly in the French army. Published by Crochard, Paris in 1809.

    Original or contemporary binding of half leather over marbled paper covered boards. Gilt line compartments to spine with separate gilt title label. Octavo, xiv, 356 pages, 357-366 (Table of Plates), 367-379 (Table of Contents), errata, followed by nine folding copper engraved plates of some quality. Very good condition, super clean internally.

    French medical rarity now two hundred years old

    $180.00

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  • An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    An Essay on the Ancient and Modern Use of Armories; Shewing Their Origin, Definition, and Division of them into their several Species. The Method of Composing them, and Marshalling many Coats together in one Shield. Alexander Nisbet – First Edition 1718 – Nice Item

    Title continues … Illustrated by many Examples and Sculptures of the Armorial Ensigns of Noble Families in this and other Nations … To which is added, An Index explaining the Terms of Blazon made use of in this Essay.

    First Edition and scarce. Printed by William Adams Jnr for James MackEuen (to be sold at his shop), Edinburgh 1718.

    Small quarto, 224 pages preceded by introductions and subscribers list. With seven folding plates of multiple images of arms, and the aforementioned Index of Terms. Contains a detailed account of the reigns of British Royalty and the origins of their arms. Bound in original full calf in very good condition. Internally, very light browning and signs of old worming long gone. The quality and the condition of the copper engraved plates is something special.

    Scottish historian Alexander Nisbet’s works on heraldry are considered the best on the subject.

    Nisbet the Authority and an early First Edition of his “Essay on Heraldry”

    $290.00

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  • Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    Mawson’s Antarctic Diaries & Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson – Audio Collection

    A audio tape (cassette) set of six – representing a five part radio series produced with the assistance of the University of Adelaide Foundation.

    Surely a Polar Exploration antique of the future. The programs were produced in the studios of Radio 5UV at the University of Adelaide and broadcast in October 1990. The box set of tapes was produced in 1991.

    After an introductory tape we have two tapes covering the AAE expedition and two for the later BANZARE expedition … a final tape “Remembering Sir Douglas Mawson”. The producer and narrator was Helen Oliver with Colin Elix being the voice of Mawson. A distinguished list of contributors includes Fred and Eleanor Jacka who compiled the diaries, Eric Rudd, Patrick Quilty and may others.

    Anyone struggling to find a cassette player … get in touch!

    An unusual yet special item of Mawson memorabilia.

    $150.00

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  • Egyptology – “The Mummy’s Curse” – Letter from Sir John Alexander Cockburn 1929 re mysterious death of Hackett on Sayce expedition.

    Egyptology – “The Mummy’s Curse” – Letter from Sir John Alexander Cockburn 1929 re mysterious death of Hackett on Sayce expedition.

    Manuscript letter over two sides on Cockburn’s letterhead – Dean’s Hill, Harrietsham, Kent, January 1929. To Mr Chesson concerning the mysterious death of Hackett, signed John A Cockburn. Very legible and excellent condition.

    “I wonder if you ever heard that Hackett died dome years ago when with Sayce in Egypt. They had been witnessing the desecration of the royal tombs & superstitious folk imagined that the curse which falls on the sacrilegious had lighted on him …”

    Sir John Cockburn was a politician and Premier of South Australia and later Agent General in London. He had wide and varied interests.

    Archibald Sayce was a leading British Egyptologist and Voyager hero … we have an original letter penned by the great man and usually one or two of his books online.

    James Thompson Hackett (1858-1974) was born in Collinwood, Victoria. He became a solicitor and partnered John Cox Bray who also became Premier and Agent General of South Australia. Hackett became greatly interested in metaphysics and the supernatural hence ending up in Egypt with Sayce. He died (of the curse?) in Luxor on 6th March 1924.

    The recipient of the letter was Wilfred Hugh Chesson (1870-1952) writer and editor at publishers Unwin, London. Chesson has been involved published Hackett’s books on the unusual.

    Mysterious Death in Egypt! Intriguing Australian connections

    $120.00

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  • Panarithmologia: or The Trader’s Sure Guide Containing Exact and Useful Tables, Ready Cast Up, Adapted to the use of Merchants, Mercers, Bankers, Drapers, Goldsmiths, Grocers, Brewers, Weavers and Haberdashers, and those that deal by Wholesale, or Retail and All other Mechanicks etc – William Leybourn – corrected and enlarged. 1772

    Panarithmologia: or The Trader’s Sure Guide Containing Exact and Useful Tables, Ready Cast Up, Adapted to the use of Merchants, Mercers, Bankers, Drapers, Goldsmiths, Grocers, Brewers, Weavers and Haberdashers, and those that deal by Wholesale, or Retail and All other Mechanicks etc – William Leybourn – corrected and enlarged. 1772

    Published Rivington, Hawes et al, London 1772.

    Small octavo, unpaginated, re-backed in leather over early worn cloth covered boards, raised bands, title and date in gilt.

    Pages showing age and use as usual and, with the ever present annotations and mathematical doodles that are a characteristic of this book. Very popular in business during the 18th Century having been first published late the previous. Then, constantly updated with final editions in the 1820’s.

    Joseph Deakins made it pretty clear this was “His Book” in 1776, 1777 etc and he also may have had a thing for Sarah Bloxham who unfortunately for Joseph married William Hall around that time.

    The author William Leybourn was an accomplished mathematician and surveyor .. we have had his excellent surveying books before but it was this little delight that made him rich.

    An early and most useful guide for business … and a super title.

    $90.00

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