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  • Lightning Ridge – Ion Idriess – Signed Annotated First Edition.

    Lightning Ridge – Ion Idriess – Signed Annotated First Edition.

    Scarce as a first edition and a unique, personally signed, copy … a gift to close friend Mrs Francis Can Cleef of Chicago … annotated “With a cheerio from Australia; Ion L Idriess Oct 1940”

    Apart from a couple of nicks to the dust jacket and the odd spot internally a very good if not better copy of a sought after Idriess account

    Published by Angus and Robertson, a true first edition in October 1940, octavo 251 pages with illustrations. Not price clipped 6/-.

    Based on his opal prospecting exploits at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales.

    Signed Idriess First Edition.

    $240.00

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  • A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    A Strange Career – The Life and Adventures of J. G. Jebb – 1895

    John Gladwyn Jebb led as an adventurous life as could be possible. This book was compiled by his widow and carries the introduction of none other than possibly the greatest adventure writer H Rider Haggard.

    English born Jebb’s adventures began as a military man in India. Soon he was conducting privately funded explorations into Central and Southern America. Involved in numerous business dealings… helped to start White Line … was in involved in armaments. He moved to the US and the Wild West … bear hunting, gold mining and a few conflicts with local bandits and Indians. Off to Mexico to make his fortune gold mining (made it and lost it) and much of the later part of the books is about his times in Mexico padded a bit with history of the region.

    Published by Blackwood, Edinburgh in 1895 octavo, 271 pages, frontispiece of the great man, illustrated in a Victorian way by John Wallce. Pictorial boards nice but rubbed especially at the tips. Overall, still a particularly good copy of a book rather hard to find so.

    Inspiration for Rider Haggard – John Jebb Adventurer

    $80.00

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  • Mining Engineering Cards by W.D. & H.O. Wills – Full Set of 50 – 1912

    Mining Engineering Cards by W.D. & H.O. Wills – Full Set of 50 – 1912

    Very hard to find complete set of 50 cards circa 1912 issued by Wills of Bristol and London.

    Very good condition, now protected in standard card wallets.

    Seven cards represent Coal Mining featuring Miner Holing; Miner Drilling and Blasting; Electric Coal Cutters; Electric Train; Taking Coal to Pit Mouth by Pony; At the Bottom of the Shaft; Sorting and Cleaning Coal and the all important Mine Surveyor.

    Cards specific to Australia include BHP Silver Mine Mechanical Feed and a General View of the Mine … Mount Morgan Gold (with it’s interesting story) and Digging and Washing Sapphires in Queensland.

    The rest of the world is represented including Asbestos at Thetford Canada; China Clay at St Austell Cornwall; Copper at the famous Rio Tinto Mine Spain; Diamonds at Kimberley; Tin at Perak Malaya; Turquoises from Nishapour, Persia; Rock salt in Cheshire; Rubies from Burma etc etc

    Large 50 card Mining set over 100 years old.

    $120.00

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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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  • Gold Mining in Queensland – Two Original Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Gold Mining in Queensland – Two Original Magic Lantern Slides – 1890’s

    Two rare original magic lantern slide issued by George Washington Wilson (G.W.W.) in the late 1890’s.

    Note the items are sharper than the images … we have some refraction going on with our scanning technique we nee to sort out … if you are interested get in touch.

    Original 3.5 inch square, standard size, lantern slide. Original label from G.W.W.. Fine quality image – no damage except the odd ageing to the securing tape, easily replaced.

    GWW (George Washington Wilson) sent his top photographer, Fred Hardie, to Australia in the 1890’s to take images for their business in magic lantern slides. Hardie travelled from South Australia to Cairns, Queensland mainly by train but occasionally by horse and trap. Very active at the time. G.W.W. went out of business just before WWI, through competition and a waning in interest in the product. The slides produced are scarce. The bulk of the G.W.W. catalogue eventually ended up at Aberdeen University.

    The slides comprise:

    Alluvial Gold Diggings – Cradle at Work – Aberdeen Reference 30591 and, Gold Digging – The Whip – Aberdeen Reference 30595.

    Rare Images of Queensland Gold Mining Activity.

    SORRY SOLD

    $140.00

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  • The Iceland Journals of Henry Holland 1810 – Edited Andrew Wawn

    The Iceland Journals of Henry Holland 1810 – Edited Andrew Wawn

    The British had visited Iceland for many years, but little was written about it before this expedition.

    Led by Sir George Mackenzie accompanied by a party of young Edinburgh scientists. Among them was Henry Hall, who later became a physician to Queen Victoria in London. Hall was 22 at the time of the expedition.

    The object of the exercise was to explore and investigate several volcanic regions to contribute to the important and controversial mineralogical debate that was then taking place in Europe. There are three fundamental journeys … to Gullbringusfsala; the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Rangarvallasyla.

    On return Mackenzie published the first good account on Iceland for over forty years … “Travels in the Island of Iceland etc”. Henry Hall had kept a detailed diary which, never published was retained in family hands until gifted by them to a Reykjavik institution.

    The author of this work, Andrew Wawn, carried out the sort of research expected of a Hakluyt contributor concluded that Mackenzie’s published work relied heavily on Hall’s manuscript without acknowledgement. Furthermore, Hall’s more detailed and in the moment account contained much missed by his illustrious leader … so here we have it.

    Published by Hakluyt in 1987. Octavo, 342 pages after preliminaries. The extent of Wawn’s work in bringing this account to life is clear from the 70-page introduction. Then we have 200 pages of the text of the journals illustrated by numerous sketches made by Hall. Followed by several useful appendices. A very good copy.

    Hall’s missing journals on Iceland 1810.

    $50.00

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