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  • Tasmaniana – Clifford Craig’s Auction Catalogues – 1975   A useful and hard to come by reference for the collector and historian.

    Tasmaniana – Clifford Craig’s Auction Catalogues – 1975 A useful and hard to come by reference for the collector and historian.

    The Important Collection of Books, Manuscripts, Prints, Drawings and Paintings relating to the Discovery and History of Van Diemen’s Land and Tasmania and with a few items relating to Australasia, the property of Dr Clifford Craig of Launceston, Christie, Manson & Woods auction catalogues – October 1975.

    Two catalogues, printed wrappers, Catalogue I – 89 pages, 16 plates (some colour); Catalogue II – 129 pages, 4 plates. Over 1600 items described. Catalogues for the sale of the collection formed by Doctor Clifford Craig, who based two of his works – ‘The Engravers of Van Diemen’s Land’ and ‘Old Tasmanian Prints’, largely on prints from his collection. A significant collection by any standards.

    $90.00

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  • Papers – Royal Society Tasmania – 1890

    Papers – Royal Society Tasmania – 1890

    The Papers and Proceeding printed at the Mercury, Hobart 1891.

    An important journal including James Backhouse Walker’s paper on the discovery and Occupation of Port Dalrymple and Baron Von Mueller’s report on the discovery of new Tasmanian plants with a nice engraved plate. A large folding facsimile of the rare chart of Van Diemen’s Land (the South Extremity) by Captain John Hayes (1798) is of considerable interest to the cartographic collector.

    Nice chart and important papers.

    $90.00

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  • Brady McCabe, Dunne, Bryan Crawford, Murphy, Bird McKenney, Goodwin, Pawley, Bryant, Cody, Hodgetts Gregory, Tilley, Ryan Williams and their Associates – Bushrangers in Van Diemen’s Land 1824-1827

    Brady McCabe, Dunne, Bryan Crawford, Murphy, Bird McKenney, Goodwin, Pawley, Bryant, Cody, Hodgetts Gregory, Tilley, Ryan Williams and their Associates – Bushrangers in Van Diemen’s Land 1824-1827

    Another superb folio sized publication by Sullivan’s Cove 1979 number 338 of a limited edition of 750 – in fine condition.

    Based on the text of James Calder originally published in 1873 together with later discovered documents edited beautifully by Eustace Fitzsymonds. Heavy in content as would be expected of an authoritative work. End paper maps assist in the following of the bushranger(y) developments

    Collectable and complete

    A large book will attract Overseas freight supplement … please enquire

    $90.00

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  • Mortmain – Van Diemen’s Land – Eustace Fitz-Symonds – Limited No 90 of 500

    Mortmain – Van Diemen’s Land – Eustace Fitz-Symonds – Limited No 90 of 500

    Published by Sullivans Cove, 1977 title continues … A Collection of choice petitions, memorials and letters of protest and request from the convict colony of Van Diemen’s Land; written by divers person’s both eminent and lowly.

    A fine copy of a folio edition limited to 500 (this being no 90) carrying the bookplate of collector Harold Royle. Dust jacket now protected in fine condition. Mortmain (Dead Hand)

    A veritable potpourri of historical documents of interest and humour. A goldmine of stories, both grave and gay, of those early days in the history of Tasmania when men and women practised terrible savageries on each other.

    Members of the convict community had to obtain permission to marry. When Norah Corbett petitioned Governor Arthur for permission to marry Jorgen Jorgensen, the police magistrate of the Oatlands District, R. Anstey, warned Jorgensen his ruin was inevitable if he married the woman, as the woman was much addicted to liquor and had a propensity to beat and scratch the back of her lover when she was intoxicated. Arthur allowed them to marry on the condition they exchange vows that they would love and cherish each other from that day forward to the exclusion of all others.

    As a contrast – a letter from John Gould listing the marsupial specimens he would like (including the Thylacine in male and female form) and that he would pay for the effort involved.

    And many, many more

    Real history in fine condition

    A heavy book that will require an overseas freight supplement … please enquire

    $90.00

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  • Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    Tasmanian Invention – 1909 Patent – Fred Dando (of Beaconsfield) Game of Skill

    British Patent no 19,390 by Fred Dando of Beaconsfield, Tasmania. Lodged 1908 and accepted ‘as patented” in 1909 – four pages of text and one double page with excleent drawings showing how the invention is constructed.

    The invention relates to an improved game of skill and apparatus for playing same the game being played preferably by two persons one against the other, from each end of a race or box whereat is located a compound lever designed when quickly depressed to project a marble or ball to the desired distance and height to strike and, if possible, displace one of a series of marbles or balls of similar size arranged centrally one each on a tier located transversely at about midway of the said race or box [Long sentences patented also!]

    The compound lever near each end of the box is designed to be struck by the players finger and thus cause its inner part upon which the marble is placed to project it forward with the object of striking on the before mentioned shelves and which latter are numbered 1 to 5 representing the players count when a marble is struck or displaced

    The apparatus is made in the form of a two part box hinged together under the tier of shelves and capable of being folded together while also pockets or recesses are provided at each end for the players marbles and further the edges of the box are perforated and numbered to receive count pins etc etc…

    Voyager considering making this device although probably not meet modern safety standard (hum) or have many digital application (ho hum) … but good marble chucking fun!

    Games ingenuity in Beaconsfield in 1909

    $70.00

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  • Bush Life in Tasmania – James Fenton 1891 – First Edition (Scarce as Hen’s Teeth)

    Extremely scarce … An account of Pioneer work in Devon (Tasmania) – the natives – murder of the first settler (Captain B.B. Thomas) – bushrangers. Tasmania in the 1830’s and 1840’s. We can only see one other bookseller with a copy – priced at $750.

    Published by Hazell, Watson and Vinney London a first edition ebound in cloth covered boards 192 pages with numerous pencil annotations which we find intriguing and hope will remain hereafter. Fenton published other work including a good “History of Tasmania” of which Voyager currently has a very good first edition.

    Fenton – True Bush life in Tasmania

    $390.00

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