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  • The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    The Ascent on Everest – John Hunt

    Leader, John Hunt’s classic account of the conquest with of Everest Alfred Gregory’s photographs.

    This is the delightful Readers Book Club edition of 1955. Octavo, 320 pages nicely illustrated.

    A very nice copy, very clean inside. Super dust jacket showing Tenzing on the summit, a little creased but still very nice.

    All the way to the very top

    $30.00

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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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  • Queen Emma – R.W. Robson – Scarce New Guinea

    Queen Emma – R.W. Robson – Scarce New Guinea

    Few New Guinea expatriates have not heard of Queen Emma (Emma Coe) a Samoan-American who built a trading Empire and lived with great style a Ralum near Rabaul in New Britain. An extraordinary account.

    A really rather scarce book.

    A first edition published by Pacific Publications, Sydney in 1965. Octavo, 239 pages including an Appendix summarising the de Rays Swindle of 1877-1884 of which there is an Emma connection [A story in itself]. Another Appendix summarising Attacks by Natives on European 1876-1904 … they were busy! … and a useful index. End paper maps and illustrated from period photographs. The dust jacket has quite a large piece missing from the back but holds up rather well in Brodart. Internally very clean.

    A Queen Emma amongst Cannibals

    $60.00

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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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  • Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    A first edition published by Allen Lane, London in 1982.

    Richard Adams, author of Watership Down struck up a friendship with Ronald Lockley author of The Private Life of the Rabbit whilst researching for Watership. This friendship led to making a full Antarctic voyage on the Linblad Explorer from Tierra del Fuego to Stewart Island of South Island New Zealand.

    As would be expected an observant and well written narrative with a super selection of photograph’s taken on the voyage by Peter Hirst-Smith … well he did take three thousand from which to make the selection.

    Small quarto, 160 pages, numerous illustrations from photographs, nice chart etc …a very good copy.

    Adams and Lockley in the Antarctic and not a rabbit in sight.

    $40.00

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  • The Long Way –  Bernard Moitessier – First English Edition 1974

    The Long Way – Bernard Moitessier – First English Edition 1974

    First English edition published by Adlard Coles in 1974, after the French edition of 1971. Translated by William Radamor.

    Octavo, 252 pages, illustrated from photographs, sketches of riggings etc, numerous charts of tracks. Super condition very good dust jacket.

    Sought after account of the enigmatic Moitessier … has anyone sailed further ..we do not think so ..

    Moitessier’s story all began as a participant in the single-handed round the world yacht race, the Golden Globe race, of 1968. Almost done and technically in the lead, whilst in the South Atlantic for a second time, instead of returning to Plymouth he sailed on along his original course returning to the Pacific. He then made his way to Tahiti .. Little was known as to his motivation until this book …

    Bernard Moitessier – A special man and a special sailing adventure unlikely to be repeated.

    $90.00

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