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Auction Description for Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers: Rare Books, Photographs, & Ephemera
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All items may be viewed at Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers, 196 North Tce, Adelaide, South Australia. Business hours: Weekdays 10am-5:30pm; Saturdays 10am-3pm

Rare Books, Photographs, & Ephemera (205 Lots)

by Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers


205 lots with images

December 9, 2015

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Journal of the Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1896-97

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Description: [Calvert Expedition] [WELLS, Lawrence Allen]: Journal of the Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition, 1896-7. Equipped at the Request and Expense of Albert F. Calvert ... for the Purpose of exploring the remaining Blanks of Australia. Perth, Government Printer, 1902. Foolscap folio, 62 pages with 4 illustrations plus a very large folding map (625 x 865 mm). Stapled as issued, without wrappers; trifling rust marks near the staples; a fine copy. Notes: Western Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 46 of 1902; only 1200 copies were printed. The 'expedition was fitted out to explore the remaining unknown regions of Australia on similar lines to the Elder expedition'. Lawrence Allen Wells, third in command on the ill-fated Elder expedition of 1891-92, was leader. The party set out from Mullewa, east of Geraldton, on 13 June 1896; lack of water and the gruelling conditions brought the official expedition to an end on 6 November at Noonkanbah Station on the Fitzroy River, with two men unaccounted for. It was not until late May of the following year that Wells located the bodies of the missing men (his cousin Charles Wells and George Lindsay Jones, nephew of the explorer David Lindsay). The detailed accounts of the three search expeditions undertaken by Wells (accompanied by Nat Buchanan, George Keartland and Sub-Inspector Ord respectively) are included. Not least, strong on contemporary race relations.

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De HAVELLAND: Gold & Ghosts. Volume 1 Western Australia

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Description: De HAVELLAND, D.W.: Gold & Ghosts. A Prospectors [sic] Guide to Metal Detecting and History of the Australian Goldfields. Volume 1: Western Australia. Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 1985. Quarto, xviii, 326 pages with 26 illustrations (from photographs) and 104 maps. Laminated pictorial card covers lightly rubbed at the extremities, with a light crease down the centre of the spine; an excellent copy. Notes: 'Over 400 Western Australian gold-bearing localities are described with 104 detailed location maps. [This book] is a major contribution to prospecting in WA.' This would account for its perennial desirability; as for its rarity, that's another story altogether ...

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De HAVELLAND: Gold & Ghosts. Volume 2 Western Australia

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Description: De HAVELLAND, D.W.: Gold & Ghosts. A Prospectors [sic] Guide to Metal Detecting and History of the Australian Goldfields. Volume 2: Western Australia. Carlisle, Hesperian Press, 1986. Quarto, xiv, 382 pages with 5 diagrams, 44 illustrations (from photographs), 141 maps and a full-page legend to the maps. Laminated pictorial blue card covers a little rubbed at the extremities, with a light crease down the centre of the spine; an excellent copy. Notes: An essential companion to the first volume (also on Western Australia, and published in 1985), in which 'Over 400 Western Australian gold-bearing localities are described with 104 detailed location maps. [This book] is a major contribution to prospecting in WA'. The preface to this second volume states that 'Many of the maps included in this volume do not have a following text to avoid costly duplication and referring to Vol[ume] 1 should reveal the information you seek'.

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Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition: Handbook

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Description: [Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition] Handbook of Instructions for the Guidance of the Officers of the Elder Scientific Exploration Expedition to the Unknown Portions of Australia. Adelaide, Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, South Australian Branch, 1891. Octavo, 39, [1] (blank) pages. Later plain half calf and cloth, retaining the original pale blue-green wrappers (with the title page details repeated within an ornamental border); a fine copy. Notes: Offered together with a fine copy of the 1991 augmented facsimile edition (with much additional material, including plates, maps and 'A Study of Incompatibles' by Kenneth Peake-Jones). [2 items].

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FLINDERS: A Voyage to Terra Australis (deluxe facsimile edition)

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Description: FLINDERS, Matthew: A Voyage to Terra Australis, undertaken for the Purpose of completing the Discovery of that Vast Country ... in the Years 1801, 1802, and 1803. Adelaide, Libraries Board of South Australia, 1966 [facsimile edition]/ 1814. Large quarto, two volumes of text plus the matching case containing the loose folding maps and plates (collating as per the original atlas, but produced in this format to facilitate shelf storage). Publisher's half morocco and cloth over heavy bevel-edged boards; spines lettered and decorated in gilt, with two (imitation) raised bands; a very fine set. Notes: Peade A37 (2150 sets, noting bindings of cream cloth, brown buckram, and 'In August, 1971, a full leather binding ... on 26 complete sets distributed as complimentary copies'). This set conforms with none of these with regards to the binding, but more significantly, it is clearly a 'thick paper' copy, and apparently unrecorded thus. The width of the two volumes and portfolio together comes to 220 mm, compared with the standard set at 145 mm.

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GILES: Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874

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Description: GILES, Ernest: Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874. Melbourne, 'Printed for the Author by McCarron, Bird & Co.', 1875. Octavo, [ii], 223 pages plus a large folding map (320 x 570 mm). Blind-ruled dark green cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, with the gilt 'View of Mt Olga from 60 miles West' on the front cover; cloth a little rubbed and marked, with a small (ink?) stain near the head of the front hinge; extremities a little bumped and lightly worn, with minimal expert conservation to the head of the spine; first and last pages lightly foxed; trifling signs of use (including a few apposite annotations in pencil); short tear to the map expertly sealed; a very good copy. Notes: Signed 'J.R. Chisholm' at the head of the first page of text. This may be the North Queensland pioneer James Robertson Chisholm (for his obituary, see the Townsville Daily Bulletin, 14 November 1927); the annotations may well be in his hand.

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[GILES]: Flindersland and Sturtland. The Inside and Outside of Australia

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Description: [GILES, Ernest]. JESSOP, William R.H.: Flindersland and Sturtland; or, The Inside and Outside of Australia. London, Richard Bentley, 1862. Octavo, two volumes, viii, 289 and x, 322 pages with a full-page plan (page 302). Contemporary full calf binding by Zaehnsdorf (gilt-ruled borders on the covers, with contrasting leather title-labels on the heavily gilt-tooled spine); all edges marbled; leather lightly rubbed at the extremities; an excellent set. Notes: Inscribed on an initial binder's blank to 'John Henry Mossop, With the best wishes of Dacres T.C. Belgrave, on his leaving Eton, Election 1865'. Belgrave, watercolourist and soldier, was a schoolmate of Mossop's at Eton. An adventurous tourist's travels in Australia in the late 1850s and early 1860s ('A detailed description of the South Eastern part of Australia, including station properties, social conditions, travel, aborigines, etc.' according to Ferguson), but there is much more ... In the second volume (pages 233-50) Jessop records meeting two men at Wilpena 'on their way back to Adelaide, with the results of a private exploration.... The leader, or scout, was named Giles, who was engaged by Mole, a man of more energy than money, to assist him in opening up some new part ... [They] finally left the known country at Angipena, and entered upon the unknown in the direction of north-west ... They were absent about a month from Angipena, and altogether, going and coming, passed over 1,200 miles'. The meeting is recorded in some detail, not least regarding contact with the Aborigines ('Giles said he was the first person in the Colony that vaccinated a black, and that it happened on this occasion'). Wantrup notes that this expedition 'does not appear to be elsewhere recorded and dates at least ten years before Giles's career became a matter of public record. Jessop supplies no precise date, but from the context it is clear that the expedition took place in the first half of 1859'. Wantrup, pages 264-7; not in McLaren; see Ferguson 10938-41.

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W.C. Gosse's Explorations, 1873

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Description: GOSSE, William: W.C. Gosse's Explorations, 1873. Adelaide, Government Printer, 1874. Small folio, 20 pages, uncut and sewn as issued. Drop-title; paper browned and a little chipped at the extremities; a very good copy. Notes: South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 48 of 1874. The first printing of the journal of the European discovery of Ayers Rock (Uluru).

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GREGORY: The Dead Heart of Australia

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Description: GREGORY, John Walter: The Dead Heart of Australia. A Journey around Lake Eyre in the Summer of 1901-02, with Some Account of the Lake Eyre Basin and the Flowing Wells of Central Australia. London, John Murray, 1906 [first edition]. Octavo, xvi, 383 pages with 6 illustrations plus the front cover vignette, 22 plates, 4 small folding maps, and 2 large folding colour maps: 'Sketch Map of Lake Eyre Basin' (426 x 529 mm), and 'Sketch Map of Eastern Australia Showing the Central Artesian Basin' (396 x 344 mm). Light brown cloth (with the heart-shaped pictorial paper onlay of desert sand-grains on the front cover), top edge gilt; cloth slightly bumped at the extremities, with the spine a little sunned and marked; edges and endpapers foxed, with a little light scattered foxing elsewhere; old repair to a tear to the larger map (the stub-panel has been neatly backed with plain paper), with a few short tears to both maps recently expertly sealed; a very good copy. Notes: With the small armorial bookplate of J.H. Beazley. A colonial edition in blue cloth was published in 1909.

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HEERES: The Part borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia

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Description: HEERES, J.E.: The Part borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia, 1606-1765. [Het Aandeel der Nederlanders ... (Dutch title)]. London, Luuzac & Co. and Leiden, E.J. Brill (for the Royal Dutch Geographical Society), 1899. Folio, a bilingual publication, with the Dutch and English translations on facing pages, resulting in an unnecessarily confusing pagination: suffice to say, each version comprises approximately 120 pages, sharing between them 17 in-text maps or figures plus 2 large folding colour maps tipped in on the rear cover. Plain light brown paper wrappers (presumably as issued); a fine copy. Notes: Published by the Royal Dutch Geographical Society in commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its foundation.

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HOOKER: Journal of a Tour in Iceland (ex libris J.D. HOOKER, COLENSO & MAWSON)

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Description: HOOKER, William Jackson: Journal of a Tour in Iceland in the Summer of 1809. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown/ John Murray, 1813 [second edition, with additions]. Octavo, two volumes, [vi], cvi, 370 and [iv], 392, [14] (index) pages plus a hand-coloured frontispiece and 4 other plates (2 folding), 3 maps (2 folding) and a table. Early quarter morocco and plain papered boards (the latter rubbed); extremities worn; tidemarks in the first volume to the top corner of the first few leaves (affecting also the frontispiece and folding map), and in the second volume to the bottom corner of the folding map and the top corner of a handful of leaves at the rear; plates and maps offset; occasional foxing; a couple of trifling paper flaws; essentially a very good set. Notes: The provenance is extraordinary: the half-title of the first volume is inscribed 'To W. Colenso Esq. with Jos D. Hooker's kindest regards. H.M.S. "Erebus" Septr 15 1841'. Captain James Ross and the two ships under his command, Erebus and Terror, spent August to November 1841 in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, between his first and second voyages to the Antarctic. To put this inscription into context, Ross's expedition was the first to enter what is known today as the Ross Sea, the first to sight the Admiralty Mountains, the first to see Victoria Land, Ross Island, Mounts Erebus and Terror, and the Ross Ice Shelf, amongst other momentous discoveries. The Antarctic bibliographer Michael Rosove describes Ross's published account as 'a cornerstone of the Antarctic literature and a monument to one of mankind's greatest expeditions of geographical and scientific exploration'. In Huxley's 'Life and Letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker' (1918), specific reference is made to Hooker (the son of the author) meeting Colenso during this visit: 'Hooker, under the guidance of Mr. Colenso, the printer to the missionary establishment, and himself a keen botanist, made a number of excursions into the country ... collecting many specimens'. William Colenso (1811-99) continued to supply specimens to Hooker over many years, and Sir Joseph named the genus 'Colensoa' after him. The set also contains in each volume the bookplate of the physician, naturalist and collector Robert Henry Pulleine (1869-1935, born in NZ, emigrated to SA in 1881), and the first volume carries the later ownership signature of Sir Douglas Mawson, from whose collection this set has been sourced.

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Signed letter from Alexander von HUMBOLDT

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Description: HUMBOLDT, Alexander (1769-1859, Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer): An autograph letter signed ('Le Bn de Humboldt') to an unidentified 'Monsieur le Duc'; it is a letter of introduction for the geologist [Alexandre] Brongniart. Paris, 27 March 1820; small quarto, 2 pages, with a conjugate blank leaf; thin strip of tissue-paper on the outside rear page, and minimal loss to this blank leaf near the centre of the hinge (both as a result of having been mounted in, then removed from, an album); light creases where folded in four for posting; in excellent condition. Notes: Humboldt remembers with gratitude the assistance rendered by le Duc to himself and his friends and collaborators, [Louis Joseph] Gay-Lussac and [Christian Leopold von] Buch. He hopes that M. Brongniart, 'l'homme c?l?bre', who wishes to visit Vesuvius and the lava flows of Ischia [a volcanic island near Naples], will be afforded similar kindnesses. Alexandre Brongniart (1770-1847) was a French chemist, mineralogist, and zoologist, who collaborated with Georges Cuvier on a study of the geology of the region around Paris. In 1800 he was appointed director of the porcelain manufactory at S?vres, a position he held until his death 47 years later. Alexander von Humboldt (in full, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Freiherr [Baron] von Humboldt) was a major figure in the classical period of physical geography and biogeography. His book Kosmos (1845) made a valuable contribution to the popularization of science. Numerous species and geographical features have been named after him, not least the Humboldt Current off the west coast of South America.

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JACK: Northmost Australia

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Description: JACK, Robert Logan: Northmost Australia. Three Centuries of Exploration, Discovery, and Adventure in and around Cape York Peninsula, Queensland. With a Study of the Narratives of all Explorers by Sea and Land in the Light of Modern Charting, many original or hitherto unpublished Documents ... London, Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent, 1921. Large octavo, two volumes, xvi, 366 and xiv, 367-768 pages plus 39 plates and 17 folding charts (the latter loosely inserted in two endpockets). Cloth lightly marked and scuffed, with a tiny snag to the head of one spine; three-digit number discreetly written in white ink near the foot of the spines; endpapers renewed; part of one opening (pages 228-229) heavily browned by an acidic bookmark (with slight impact on the adjacent pages); an excellent set.

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KINGSFORD-SMITH: Story of 'Southern Cross' Trans-Pacific Flight, 1928

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Description: KINGSFORD-SMITH, C.E. and C.T.P. ULM: Story of 'Southern Cross' Trans-Pacific Flight, 1928. [Sydney, Penlington and Somerville, 1928]. Octavo, 277, [1] (colophon) pages plus 68 pages of (mainly full-page) plates and pictorial endpapers. Silver-pictorial blue cloth lightly marked on the spine; edges and endpapers a little foxed; an excellent copy with contemporary ownership details (Auckland, September 1928). Notes: Mounted on the front flyleaf is a printed card (4 pages, small octavo, with facsimile signatures of the four aviators on the third page) sent to 'express their appreciation of your felicitations on the completion of the Trans-Tasman Flights of the "Southern Cross" to and from New Zealand and Australia'. The card is dated Sydney, October 1928; the flight to New Zealand occurred on 10 September, with the return journey on 8 October.

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KNIGHT: The Northern Territory of South Australia

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Description: KNIGHT, J.G. (editor): The Northern Territory of South Australia. Adelaide, Government Printer, 1880. Octavo, 55 pages. Flush-cut quarter roan and printed papered boards (with the title page details repeated on the front cover); leather rubbed, with light wear to the head and foot of the spine; boards slightly marked and a little rubbed at the extremities, with the bottom corner of the front board cracked but now stabilized; RGSSA stamp on the title page and one other (the second one cancelled); a very good copy with the contemporary ownership signature of S.H. Heynemann on the front cover. Notes: At the time of publication, the author was Chief Warden of the Goldfields of the Northern Territory. 'This pamphlet is published by permission of the Government of South Australia; but it is only proper to state that the recommendations herein made, especially with reference to the formation of a railway, have not yet been considered by the Ministry, and must therefore be only regarded as the individual views of the author. A portion of the matter in the following pages was compiled by me' for Harcus's 'South Australia', published in 1876; it 'incorporated some useful papers written by residents there'. That book also contained an important chapter on Central Australia, incorporated here with additional material. To quote Harcus: 'the following interesting and well-written account of Central Australia, along the line of telegraph, has appeared in the "Register". The writer, Mr J.A. Giles, is well acquainted with the whole of the country which he describes. It is the best and most trust-worthy account of Central Australia which has yet been published'. Knight remarks that it 'affords an excellent insight into the vast tract of country'. The article takes up most of the 17-page chapter; it refers on occasion (and thus eliminates any misattribution) to Alfred Giles, the explorer with strong telegraph line credentials. It is augmented with a page of quotations from Charles Winnecke's 1879 Herbert River expedition reports. Ferguson 11231 (pretty light on detail, even to the extent of not recording the binding).

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[Ludwig LEICHHARDT]: The Adelaide Observer. 52 issues, 1846

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Description: [LEICHHARDT, Ludwig]: The Adelaide Observer. Volume 2, Number 132, Saturday, 3 January 1846 to Volume 4, Number 183, Saturday, 26 December 1846. Adelaide, John Stephens, 1846. Tabloid (435 x 275 mm), 52 issues bound as one volume, with each issue comprising at least 8 pages (five of them contain 12 pages). Modern buckram lettered in gilt on the spine; minor marks to the first and last pages and a mere handful of others; clear tape repairs to a v-shaped internal tear to the last three leaves (maximum length of any one tear is eight centimetres), with slight loss to one of the leaves (about two centimetres square); overall, in excellent condition. Notes: An unbroken run of this important weekly newspaper, commencing half-way through only its third year (it commenced publication on 1 July 1843). Number 134 (17 January) contains two-thirds of a page on the return of Charles Sturt from his central Australian expedition; it includes a lengthy letter written by him a few weeks earlier (on 21 December 1845) after he reached the Darling on his retreat. However, a far more significant expeditionary account appears in Number 149 (2 May), under the heading 'Dr Leichardt's [sic] Expedition'. The short preamble commences with a poem by E.K.S. This is attributed to E.K. Sylvester by McLaren, and it appeared in the Sydney 'Australian' on 2 April 1846 (see McLaren 11746). A footnote to the article suggests that the entire account may have come from the same source, but perhaps not on that date (see McLaren 11745-11750 for related articles in the 'Australian' from 26 March to 9 April). The preamble goes on to explain that 'Dr Leichardt, a visitor in New South Wales, a man of science and enterprise, conceived the idea of making an overland journey from Moreton Bay ... to the Gulf of Carpentaria' This 'surpassing journey having occupied about thirteen months [October 1844 to November 1845] ... Dr Leichardt's success was not learnt in Sydney until the 25th of March, 1846, when, to the astonishment and delight of the city, he suddenly made his appearance, by means of a vessel ... which arrived from Port Essington the same morning. The following is a brief journal of the Doctor's enterprise, which, under all circumstances, borders, in its conception and execution, on the sublime'. The 'brief journal' takes up more than three pages of fine print (by our reckoning, approximately 13,000 words). In any event, this account is not recorded by McLaren, and it predates the earliest separately printed account of Leichhardt's first expedition to Port Essington by upwards of a month. Wantrup records that the 16-page pamphlet published in Sydney 'at the end of May 1846 by Statham and Forster ... was reprinted from Leichhardt's report as first published in the Sydney newspapers'. It is difficult at this distance to gauge the full extent of public reaction to all this, but the first two pages of Elsie Webster's 'Whirlwinds in the Plain. Ludwig Leichhardt - Friends, Foes and History' (1980) go some way to setting the scene, with remarks such as these: 'The most respectable could not blame those who got drunk. "I did not think", one of them wrote, "anything but the arrival of a crowned head would have created such excitement'.

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LEWIS: Fought and Won

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Description: LEWIS, John: Fought and Won. Adelaide, W.K. Thomas and Co., 'The Register' Office, 1922. Octavo, xviii, 243 pages plus 25 plates and a folding map. Purple cloth (lettered in gilt and decorated in black) a little flecked, marked and lightly worn at the extremities; edges lightly foxed; endpapers offset (the front flyleaf is in fact the half-title); trifling signs of handling; a very good copy. Notes: Inscribed on the half-title 'Mr Frank Inns with John Lewis's Compliments'. The Honorable John Lewis (1844-1923), 'explorer, bushman, drover, roughrider, pastoralist, businessman, legislator' (Australian Dictionary of Biography). This autobiography contains much on the Northern Territory in the 1860s-70s. His father James accompanied Charles Sturt in 1844-45; one of his sons was the industrialist Essington Lewis.

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LLOYD: The Camel in South Australia

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Description: LLOYD, J.S.: The Camel in South Australia. Adelaide, Andrews, Thomas, & Clark, Printers, 1869. Quarto, [4] pages (a bifolium). Drop-title, closely printed in three columns in 6-point type; minimal loss to silverfish (confined mainly to the second leaf); margins lightly creased and chipped, with two short tears expertly sealed; moderate foxing (heavier on the blank bottom portion of the last page); a decent copy of an absolute rarity. Notes: The full heading is 'Paper read by Mr J.S. Lloyd, on Tuesday, November 16, 1869. Subject - "The Camel in South Australia"'. The first paragraph makes it clear that the paper was read before a meeting of the Adelaide Philosophical Society (founded in 1853, in 1880 it became the Royal Society of South Australia). Not least, inland exploration and the pioneering efforts of Sir Thomas Elder. The Keith Borrow Collection at the Flinders University Library contains a photocopy of this article, but we can find no record of another copy of the original printing.

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MACFIE: Vancouver Island and British Columbia

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Description: MACFIE, Matthew: Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Their History, Resources, and Prospects. London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1865. Octavo, xxiv (last blank), 574 pages with 7 wood engravings (the frontispiece and 6 in-text illustrations) plus 2 folding hand-coloured maps. Full polished calf with a contrasting leather title label on the extensively gilt-decorated spine, all edges marbled (a prize binding); leather lightly rubbed at the extremities; one map a little creased, with a short tear to the stub expertly sealed; an excellent copy. Notes: A Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, prize plate dated Xmas 1874 is mounted on the front pastedown. The author, 'five years resident in Victoria, V.I.' claims in his preface that it is the first book 'that has been published in this country containing full and classified information' on the two colonies, and that it was 'intended chiefly for the perusal of merchants, statesmen, and intending emigrants'.

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MAWSON: A Contribution to the Study of Ice Structures

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Description: MAWSON, Douglas: A Contribution to the Study of Ice Structures. Reprint from Geology (Vol. II), British Antarctic Expedition, 1907-9, under the Command of Sir Ernest Shackleton CVO. Reports on the Scientific Investigations [cover title]. London, Published for the Expedition by William Heinemann, [1916] (the lengthy and informative note by Mawson printed at the foot of the first page is dated December 1915). Large quarto, 24 pages plus 15 plates (on 7 pages). Title-wrappers expertly stabilised (mounted on thin card); minimal signs of handling; an excellent copy withdrawn from the Library of the University of Adelaide (with a number of rubber-stamps - some of them cancelled - to this effect throughout the item). Notes: 'With Author's Compliments' is printed at the head of the front cover, and given its provenance, it probably did come direct from Mawson himself. He was appointed lecturer in mineralogy and petrology at the University of Adelaide in 1905, and professor of geology and mineralogy in 1921, a position he retained until his retirement at the age of 70 in 1952.

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MURIF: From Ocean to Ocean. Across a Continent on a Bicycle

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Description: MURIF, Jerome J.: From Ocean to Ocean. Across a Continent on a Bicycle. An Account of a Solitary Ride from Adelaide to Port Darwin. Melbourne, George Robertson & Co., 1897. Octavo, [ii] (advertisements), [ii] (title leaf), 192, [1] (advertisement) pages. Pictorial blue papered boards with a pictorial advertisement on the outside rear cover; covers sunned on the spine, scuffed, and slightly stained, with minor wear to the extremities; front flyleaf neatly removed; rear endpaper foxed; a very good copy. Notes: With the ownership stamp of Alan M. Meudell, a member of the Victorian Institute of Surveyors for over 50 years (from 1889). Ferguson 12965 (not calling for the advertisements).

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ROSS: A Voyage of Discovery in the Southern and Antarctic Regions

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Description: ROSS, Captain Sir James Clark: A Voyage of Discovery and Research in the Southern and Antarctic Regions, during the years 1839-43. London, John Murray, 1847 [first issue, with the January 1847 publisher's catalogue]. Octavo, two volumes, lii, [ii] (list of plates and maps, verso blank), 366 pages plus 7 vignettes (on 10 unnumbered chapter fly-title leaves), 5 tinted lithographs (one of them a four-panel panorama), and 6 maps (2 of them folding, including a long chart of Wilkes' discoveries); and [v]-x, [ii] (list of plates and maps, verso blank), 448, 16 (publisher's catalogue, dated January 1847) pages with a vignette on page 387 (and an unlisted illustration on page 401) plus 10 vignettes (on 13 unnumbered chapter fly-title leaves), 3 tinted lithographs, and 2 maps (including the large folding 'South Polar Chart shewing the Discoveries and Track of HMS Erebus and Terror during the years 1840,1,2,3'). Original gilt-pictorial and blind-decorated blue cloth (possibly recased at an early date, with endpapers replaced and edges trimmed and lightly speckled); cloth lightly marked, rubbed, and with very light wear to the head of the spines (the latter a little sunned, a problem endemic to the cloth, according to Rosove); tide-marks to three plates in the first volume (barely noticeable from the image side on two of them, and affecting only the bottom margin clear of the image on the panorama); a very crisp and attractive set. Notes: Rosove 276 (not noting the unlisted illustration): 'a cornerstone of the Antarctic literature and a monument to one of mankind's greatest expeditions of geographical and scientific exploration'; Taurus Collection 9; Renard 1328. The expedition was 'the first to enter what is known today as the Ross Sea, the first to sight the Admiralty Mountains, the first to see Victoria Land, Ross Island, Mounts Erebus and Terror, and the Ross Ice Shelf, amongst other momentous discoveries' (The 'Taurus' Collection).

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Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. Volumes 1 to 91, 1885 to 1991

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Description: Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. Volume 1, 1885-86 to Volume 91, 1991. Adelaide, Royal Geographical Society of Australasia, SA Branch, 1886 to 1991. Octavo (to Volume 60, bound in fourteen volumes), and quarto (Volume 61-83, bound in four volumes, and Volumes 84-91, loose as issued). Green binder's cloth (to Volume 83) and original card covers (Volumes 84-91); one map in Volume 6 is detached; short repaired tears to a few folding maps, and a few other insignificant signs of use and age, but essentially an excellent set with the separately issued maps for Volumes 18 and 19 in a matching cloth portfolio. Notes: Many of the early issues are bound with their original front wrappers (and from the tenth volume onwards, the rear cover as well). Offered together with the 'Index to the Proceedings, Volumes 1 to 40' (1940; bound to match), and the stapled mimeographed 'Index of Authors (Volumes 41-58)' prepared by K.T. Borrow. A major repository of contemporary accounts of exploration (frequently not published elsewhere), with much on anthropology; complete sets are rarely offered for sale.

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Schooner Yacht 'Nancy Dawson' with interesting inscription

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Description: [Schooner Yacht 'Nancy Dawson'] A large tinted lithograph (framed and glazed, visible image size 440 x 625 mm) of the Schooner Yacht 'Nancy Dawson'. London, Messrs. Fores, 2 June 1851 ('Painted by Sargent, T.G. Dutton, Lith.... Day & Son, Lithrs. to the Queen'). There is an old closed tear to the centre of the bottom margin, affecting only the caption; minor foxing or signs of acidity (probably from the old backing board); overall an impressive print in very presentable condition. Notes: The lengthy caption tells the full story. 'The Schooner Yacht "Nancy Dawson", RTYC 160 Tons, built by Mr Camper of Gosport, for the late Mr Robt. Shedden, Esq., who died on board at Mazatlan, 16 Novr. 1849, whilst cruising in search of Sir John Franklin's expedition. The only Yacht that ever rounded Point Barrow, and Circumnavigated the Globe. This Engraving from the original Picture in the possession of Mrs Robertson, of Ednam House, Kelso'. In the top margin of this print, there is a lengthy holograph presentation inscription in ink to this effect from Mrs Robertson, who was Robert Shedden's aunt. She established a memorial to him at Kelso, commemorating his death at the early age of 28. The inscription reads in part: 'Presented as a mark of esteem to Dr Francis Douglas MD from Mrs Robertson of Ednam House, in mournful remembrance of her beloved nephew "The Philanthropic Shedden", who died on board his yacht in his generous search for Sir John Franklin and his [indecipherable] Companions!! Most deeply lamented!!'. There may be an Ednam House connection between the Douglases and the Robertsons.

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SCOTT: Scott's Last Expedition

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Description: SCOTT, Captain R.F.: Scott's Last Expedition. Volume 1: The Journals of Captain R.F. Scott ... Volume 2: The Reports of the Journeys and the Scientific Work undertaken by Dr E.A. Wilson and the Surviving Members of the Expedition. London, Smith, Elder, 1913 [first edition]. Quarto, two volumes, [ii] (blank), xxvi, 634 (last blank), [2] (publisher's advertisement) and xvi, 534, [2] (blank) pages 'With Photogravure Frontispieces, 6 Original Sketches in Photogravure by Dr. E.A. Wilson, 18 Coloured Plates (16 from Drawings by Dr. Wilson), 260 Full-Page and smaller Illustrations, from Photographs taken by Herbert G. Ponting, and other Members of the Expedition; Panoramas and Maps'. Dark blue ribbed cloth lettered in gilt on the front covers and spines, top edges gilt, others uncut; spines very lightly marked; essentially a fine set. Notes: There were four Smith, Elder editions by early 1914; first-edition sets such as this are scarce. Renard 1386; Rosove 290.A1; Spence 1056.

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SOWDEN: The Northern Territory As It Is

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Description: SOWDEN, William J.: The Northern Territory as it is. A Narrative of the South Australian Parliamentary Party's Trip, and Full Descriptions of the Northern Territory; its Settlements and Industries. With an Appendix, containing Reports on the General Resources of the Territory by Professor Tate ... Adelaide, Thomas, 1882. Octavo, [iv], 192, [6] (advertisements) pages. Brick-red watered cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; spine sunned; an excellent copy.

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Steam Yacht 'Aurora'. Oil painting by Harold Dalton Hall

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Description: [Steam Yacht 'Aurora'] HALL, Harold Dalton: 'Aurora'. A very large oil painting (on canvas) of SY 'Aurora', signed in the bottom right-hand corner 'H.D. Hall'. Notes: The image size is 590 x 905 mm; the paint is lightly blistered in a few small areas (confined mainly to a portion of the sunset sky), resulting in minimal loss of painted surface. The painting is in the original heavy carved wooden frame (external dimensions 915 x 1225 mm), complete with the mounted gilt-lettered wooden title-plate. On the verso is the large paper label of the Adelaide picture framers Dimond Bros., with '638 Hall' added in pencil. The gilt fillets are tarnished with minor loss, but overall this is a very impressive item in all respects. Harold Dalton Hall (1881-1946) was 'a South Australian marine artist and model maker who worked in oil, watercolour, pen and ink. Harold joined the South Australian Navy and worked on the colonial naval vessel "Protector" as a cabin boy in 1894. While Dalton Hall undertook some training with Adelaide art teacher James Ashton, he was largely self taught. His paintings are distinctive in the use of rich colours and his attention to detail' (South Australian Maritime Museum website). SY 'Aurora' was built in Dundee, Scotland in 1876. 'Her primary use was whaling in the northern seas, and she was built sturdily enough to withstand the heavy weather and ice that would be encountered there. That strength proved useful for Antarctic exploration as well, and between 1911 and 1917 she made five trips to the continent, both for exploration as well as rescue missions' (Wikipedia). Douglas Mawson had purchased her in 1910 for his Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, and Sir Ernest Shackleton used her for his Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917. The ship was last seen on 20 June 1917, shortly after leaving Newcastle in NSW, bound for Chile with a cargo of coal. She disappeared with all hands, and the only trace of her ever found was a barnacle-covered lifebuoy six months later. It is believed she was a casualty of war, possibly being sunk by a mine laid by the German merchant raider 'Wolf'. The painting is undated, but the very strong Adelaide connections make the Mawson period (say 1910 to 1915) seem highly likely.

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[Charles STURT]: The Adelaide Observer. Volume 1, Numbers 1-79, 1843-44

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Description: [STURT, Charles]: The Adelaide Observer. Volume 1, Number 1, Saturday, 1 July 1843 to Number 79, Saturday, 28 December 1844. Adelaide, John Stephens, 1843 and 1844. Tabloid (435 x 280 mm), 79 issues bound in two volumes, with each issue comprising 8 pages. Modern buckram lettered in gilt on the spine; minor marks to the first page of the first number, the last page of the last number, and a mere handful of others; clear tape repair to a short edge tear to the last leaf; overall, in excellent condition. Notes: An unbroken run of the first eighteen months of this important weekly newspaper; fiendishly rare would be putting it mildly. Needless to say, there are countless articles of great interest. Significant items include a series of ten articles (of some 20,000 words) by Johann Menge, recounting his voyages and travels in Europe between 1806 and 1819, and a lengthy contribution by Pastor Augustus Kavel, 'South Australia as it is' (approximately 5600 words, translated from the German by Charles Flaxman). Exploration is well-represented by an account of the recently-completed 'Antarctic Expedition' under Sir James Ross (5700 words in Number 29, 13 January 1844); the short and tragic expedition of John Darke (approximately 3000 words); the expedition of Edward Frome east of the Flinders Ranges (about 4000 words); and several articles on Charles Sturt. The most important of these is the very detailed account of the 'Public Breakfast to Capt. Sturt - Departure of the Expedition' (4400 words in Number 60, 17 August 1844). Not in McLaren.

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Abel TASMAN: Journal of Discovery of Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand

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Description: TASMAN, Abel Janszoon: Abel Janszoon Tasman's Journal of his Discovery of Van Diemen's Land and New Zealand in 1642, with Documents relating to his Exploration of Australia in 1644. Being Photo-lithographic Facsimiles of the Original Manuscript in the Colonial Archives at The Hague with an English Translation and Facsimiles of Original Maps, to which are added Life and Labours of Abel Janszoon Tasman by J.E. Heeres ... and Observations made with the Compass on Tasman's Voyage by Dr W. Van Bemmelen ... Amsterdam, Frederik Muller & Co., 1898 [first edition thus]. Large folio, [x] (preliminaries), [194] (facsimile manuscript, last blank), [2], 60, [2], 164, [2], 21 pages with illustrations (4 half-page, 40 full-page [10 with some hand-colouring], and 4 double-page [3 with some hand-colouring]) plus an errata slip and 5 large folding maps in an endpocket. Quarter ribbed cloth and plain papered boards with a paper title-label on the spine, all edges uncut; cloth uniformly tanned and a little frayed at the head and foot of the spine, with a few slight abrasions, two short internal splits, and a small hole; title-label defective (it lacks the right-hand third); boards discoloured, scuffed and worn at the extremities, with a scratch on the rear cover; edges foxed; endpapers and blank verso of one map heavily offset (from the acidic boards); trifling signs of use; a decent copy (internally excellent) with the number 537 (the 7 then altered to 6) in ink at the head of the title page. Notes: We have previously handled a copy in quarter vellum; a deluxe version in full vellum, limited to only 200 copies, was also published.

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WHITE: In the Far North-West (SIGNED)

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Description: WHITE, Captain Samuel Albert: In the Far North-West. An Expedition to the Musgrave and Everard Ranges. Adelaide, W.K. Thomas and Co., Printers, 1916. Sextodecimo, 200 pages plus 31 plates and 2 small folding maps. Wrappers (with the full title page details repeated on the front cover) a little creased and marked, with slight wear to the extremities; top edge foxed; corner tips of the first and last few leaves slightly rounded; overall a very good copy. Notes: Inscribed 'To D. Le Souef Esq with best wishes from the writer S.A. White. June 1916'; the recipient's full name-stamp is on the front cover (and that of the Royal Zoological and Acclimatisation Society of Victoria is on the verso of one of the maps). William Henry Dudley Le Souef (1856-1923) was director of the Melbourne Zoo from 1902 until his death.

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WHITE: Into the Dead Heart (SIGNED)

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Description: WHITE, Captain Samuel Albert: Into the Dead Heart. An Ornithological Trip through Central Australia... Reprinted from 'The Register'. Adelaide, W.K. Thomas and Co., Printers [for the Author], 1914. Sextodecimo, 154 pages plus 27 plates. Decorated wrappers with the full title page details repeated on the front cover; covers lightly marked, sunned and creased; edges slightly marked; a very good copy. Notes: Inscribed in ink on the title page 'To Mr Somerville as a small token of the many acts of kindness you have shown the writer. SA White 3/3/15'. McLaren 16760: 'Visit to country between Oodnadatta and MacDonnell Ranges'.

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BUNDEY: Reminiscences of Twenty-Five Years' Yachting in Australia

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Description: BUNDEY, W.H.: Reminiscences of Twenty-Five Years' Yachting in Australia. An Essay on Manly Sports, a Cruise on Shore ... Notes of a Voyage to China and Japan. Adelaide, E.S. Wigg and Son, 1888. Octavo, xx (last two blank), 224, xvi (advertisements) pages plus 3 maps and 15 lithographs (5 ensigns and 10 views by members of the author's family and a frontispiece by 'the well-known artist, Mr Leonard'). Gilt-pictorial slate-grey cloth a little rubbed and bumped at the extremities; covers a little scuffed and mottled (possibly as a result of being splashed); light blemishes to the front pastedown where two small labels or plates have been removed; a very good copy. Notes: The head of the title page is inscribed in ink to 'The Right Honorable The Lord Brassey, KCB &c. With the author's compliments 18/8/88'); Brassey's large armorial bookplate ('Thomas, Baron Brassey') is on the front pastedown. Thomas Brassey, 1st Earl Brassey, was then Governor of Victoria, having only been raised to the peerage two years previously, when he also founded (and edited) 'The Naval Annual'. Loosely inserted is a 1978 newspaper clipping concerning Bundey's yacht 'Zephyr' (at that time, aged 105 years and 'believed to be the oldest operating fishing boat in SA'). A scarce book, one of very few on the subject of colonial yachting. Ferguson 7674 (noting only brown cloth; we have also seen green, black and blue, as well as the slate-grey offered here).

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Map. Part of South Australia [1849]

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Description: [Map] Part of South Australia.... Published with Chauncy's Guide to South Australia and entered at Stationers' Hall. London, 'C.F. Cheffins, Litho., Southampton Buildings, Holborn', [1849]. A small colour-printed map (printed surface 157 x 168 mm, with an inset map of Australia) creased where once folded, with a few trifling marks and sealed tears to the wide plain margins; a very good copy. Notes: The map was issued with an 1849 publication, 'A Guide to South Australia, being a Descriptive Account of the Colony; addressed to Intending Emigrants, and containing the Latest Authentic Information' by W. Snell Chauncy ('nearly four years resident in that Province'). Ferguson 5012 ('This is one of the rarest books on South Australia'). Not in Tooley.

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Map. BARTHOLOMEW: Philips' Map of Tasmania (c. 1864)

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Description: [Map] BARTHOLOMEW, John: Philips' Series of Maps for Travellers. Tasmania [cover title on the cloth case of a linen-backed folding map]. London, George Philip & Son, [circa 1864]. A colour-printed map (printed surface 510 x 310 mm), dissected into 12 panels and mounted on linen folding down to approximately 160 x 110 mm, mounted on the inside rear surface of gilt- and blind-decorated cloth covers (as issued); the inside front cover and the one panel of cloth exposed when the map is folded have printed advertisements for the publisher mounted on them. Cloth lightly worn and marked; paper on the inner hinge expertly replaced with cloth; a few small tape-stains to the pastedown advertisement and the left-hand margin of the map (with two of the latter intruding fractionally into the printed surface); ribbon ties long gone; overall, an excellent copy. Notes: Number 8 in the 'Philips' Authentic Maps of the Australian Colonies' list (included in one of the printed advertisements). Not in Tooley (and if any of the maps of the other colonies are there, none of them mention the 'Series of Maps for Travellers'); the date is suggested by Trove.

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Map. STANFORD: Green & Wadham's Map of Adelaide (c. 1860)

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Description: [Map] STANFORD, Edward: Green & Wadham's Map of Adelaide, S.A., shewing the Suburban Townships, Sections, and Roads, within a Radius of Eight Miles [cover title on the cloth case of a linen-backed folding map]. London, Edward Stanford (6 Charing Cross SW), [circa 1860]. A very large hand-coloured map of Adelaide (printed surface 845 x 1208 mm), dissected into 36 panels and mounted on linen (folding down to 220 x 140 mm), mounted on the inside rear surface of cloth boards with the original paper title-label on the front cover (as issued). The map is a little offset, with a few trifling light marks; the linen on the verso is a little foxed and mottled, with a few small light stains; the cloth covers are lightly stained with minimal wear; essentially everything is in most agreeable original condition. Notes: A very attractive lithographed map by Ashby and Company, London. Adelaide is set within a hemisphere (823 mm in diameter), outside of which is a large 'Extension of Map From Southern Boundary of the Hundred of Port Adelaide shewing Lefevres Peninsula'. Both sections are extensively hand-coloured, as is the vignette map of Australia in Green & Wadham's large advertisement in the bottom right-hand corner. They were Adelaide-based 'Land, Loan & Commission Agents', and presumably they commissioned this map. The date of publication is suggested by advertisements in The South Australian Register in January-April 1861. The booksellers Platts first advertised the item ('Ready for delivery, Green & Wadham's New Map of Adelaide and Suburbs') on Thursday 24 January 1861. Not in Tooley.

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Map. STANFORD: The Australian Colonies (c. 1863)

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Description: [Map] STANFORD, Edward: The Australian Colonies. [Map of Australia (cover title)]. London, Sampson Low, Son & Co. (with the imprint 'Stanford's Geograph'l Estab't, London'), [circa 1863]. A hand-coloured map of Australia (printed surface 405 x 715 mm, with inset maps of the World and of Tasmania), dissected into 24 panels and mounted on linen (folding down to 155 x 105 mm), mounted on the inside rear surface of cloth boards with the original paper title-label on the front cover (as issued). Map uniformly lightly tanned, with a few small inkspots, and a short crease to the blank margin of one corner; linen a little mottled and ink-stained on the blank verso, and lightly worn in spots along a few folds; in excellent condition, although the cloth covers are a little worn and marked, with some loss to the title-label (mainly in unprinted areas). Notes: Printed comments such as 'William's Station, Landsborough 1862, from Carpentaria' and 'Stuart, July 1862' (on the far north coast) suggest the date. Not in Tooley.

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Map. TALLIS: Part of South Australia [1851]

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Description: [Map] TALLIS, John: Part of South Australia. London, John Tallis & Company, [1851]. Notes: An original steel engraved map (paper size 370 x 265 mm, with vignette illustrations); unmounted, with later hand-colouring; in fine condition. It was originally issued as part of the publisher's Illustrated Atlas (1850-51). Tooley 1231.

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Map. WYLD: Map of Australia (c. 1878)

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Description: [Map] WYLD, James: Map of Australia, compiled from the Nautical Surveys, made by Order of the Admiralty, and other Authentic Documents. London, James Wyld, Charing Cross (11&12) SW, [circa 1878]. A hand-coloured map of Australia (printed surface 558 x 835 mm, with inset maps of the World and of Tasmania), dissected into 24 panels and mounted on linen (folding down to 200 x 110 mm); when folded, the outer linen panels have marbled paper mounted on them. Loss of surface to three corners of the marble paper sides; top left-hand panel has one minor corner crease wide of the title (and the map proper); in excellent condition (and probably originally issued in a slipcase). Notes: A most attractive and detailed map, a later version of Tooley 1374-1387 (we suggest not before 1878); 'New Holland' is still engraved across the western third, while the many explorers' tracks extend to 'E. Giles Camel track 1875'.

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Map. WYLD: Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land (c. 1847-48)

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Description: [Map] WYLD, James: Map of South Australia, New South Wales, Van Diemens [sic] Land, and Settled parts of Australia. Respectfully dedicated to Major Sir T.L. Mitchell ... London, James Wyld, Charing Cross East, [circa 1847-48]. A hand-coloured map (printed surface 609 x 950 mm, with inset maps as listed below), dissected into 24 panels and mounted on linen (as issued), folding down to 213 x 125 mm; when folded, the outer linen panels have marbled paper mounted on them, and on one of the inside linen panels, a printed list of the publisher's 'New Maps' is mounted. The entire perimeter of the map is neatly reinforced with a thin strip of green cloth (as issued); some offsetting, with a very light tide-mark above the inset map of Adelaide, and a few light spots of foxing; the plain linen verso is moderately foxed, with a small tide-mark; an excellent copy complete with the original cloth-covered slipcase with paper title-labels (a little worn and stained). Notes: Possibly Tooley 1417 ('Revised, Corner Basin, Port Albert and Albert Town &c inserted'; these are near Wilson's Promontory). A large attractive and detailed map, with insets featuring Adelaide, Sydney, Van Diemen's Land, and the settled portions of south-western Western Australia. Mounted on one of the marbled panels is the ornate bookplate ('Ex Libris Coenobii Sancti Wilfrid de Colton [sic]') of Father Frederick Faber's Wilfridian Community of Cotton Hall, Staffordshire. The Wilfridians were an order of Catholic converts who joined Cardinal Newman's fledgling Oratory in 1848. An example of this bookplate in the William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection at the University of Delaware has this accompanying note: 'Bro. Vincent of the Brompton Oratory, writes me about this: an extremely scarce plate (not beautiful but interesting): it is that struck for Father [Faber] in 1846 when he founded his Wilfridian Community - and was the first plate used in the oratory Liby'.

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Three photographs of Darwin after 1896 cyclone by BLEESER

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Description: [Darwin] BLEESER, Florenz: Three albumen paper photographs (each approximately 150 x 200 mm, on original cardboard mounts, 240 x 300 mm). Notes: They are captioned in ink on the verso of each mount 'Palmerston, Port Darwin, NT, destroyed by Tornado, December, 1896', along with the initials FEB. Not unnatually, we thought this was the photographer, until we discovered his initials are FAKB! Further specific details are pencilled onto the verso of each mount, namely 'P.R. Allen's Store', 'Rundle's Store', and 'Bennett Street'. Interestingly, the well-exposed interior of Allen's store shows another photographer at work! The mounts are a little marked and chipped, one print is a little weak on contrast, but overall the condition is very good. Florenz August Karl Bleeser (1871-1942) was born in Woodside, South Australia. He became an assistant postmaster in Darwin, where he lived from 1889 until his death. A large collection of his glass negatives in the National Library of Australia includes variant examples of two of these prints (NLA PIC/9981/63 and 65).

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Photograph of Boab Tree marked by Gregory's Exploring party in 1856

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Description: [GREGORY, Augustus Charles and Francis Thomas]: 'Boab Tree on the Victoria River, marked by Gregory's Exploring party in 1856'. Notes: An albumen paper photograph (143 x 190 mm) captioned in ink as above on the verso. The inscription finishes with what appear to be the initials 'NT', which we hoped might lead us to the identity of the photographer, but we now suspect they merely stand for 'Northern Territory'. Examples of this fine image are held in several institutional collections, which generally agree on a date around 1890, but also fail to identify the photographer.

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Photographs of Hugh Grosvenor's first round-Australia solo flight, 1929

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Description: [GROSVENOR, Captain Hugh]: A rare and important photographic souvenir commemorating the first round-Australia solo flight, completed by Captain the Hon. Hugh Grosvenor, May-June 1929. The item, framed and glazed (external dimensions 315 x 815 mm), comprises a pair of original vintage gelatin silver photographs (each 150 x 200 mm, one signed in white ink by the Adelaide photographer, Darian Smith) mounted together with a hand-drawn ink route map (175 x 225 mm). The original matt is inscribed with basic details of the flight (between 6 May and 5 June 1929); it is further signed in ink by the pilot ('H.R. Grosvenor / Adelaide / 5/6/29'). Notes: In 1928, Hugh Raufe Grosvenor (1904-1930) 'became ADC to Sir Alexander Hore Ruthven in South Australia. In 1929 he was the first person to fly solo round Australia in a light plane, a DH Moth with a Cirrus 2 engine' (Edward Wixted: 'The North-West Aerial Frontier, 1919-1934', [1985]). His next venture was an attempt at the Australia-England flight record of 13 days established in June 1929 by Kingsford-Smith and Ulm. On Monday 6 January 1930, aged 25, he met his death when the experimental Wackett Widgeon II Amphibian crashed into Port Phillip Bay.

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'A Washout, Hayward Range', Frederick JOYNER

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Description: JOYNER, Frederick Allen: 'A Washout, Hayward Range'. A vintage gelatin silver photograph (visible image size 225 x 345 mm) captioned and signed in pencil on the mat by this influential pioneering South Australian photographer. The mat shows some acid discolouration and is a little foxed; the photograph is in excellent condition, behind glass and in the original simple timber frame. Notes: Frederick Allen Joyner (1863-1945) was 'President of the South Australian Photographic Society at the height of its influence as a leading group in the fledgling nation, and as an individual he had his own work shown and reproduced around the world. Later, in the 1920s, he was one of the first modern photographers to see and interpret the light and nuances of the Flinders Ranges' (from the catalogue of the 1981 AGSA exhibition of F.A. Joyner's photographs).

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'Bunyeroo Valley, Flinders Ranges', Frederick JOYNER

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Description: JOYNER, Frederick Allen: 'Bunyeroo Valley, Flinders Ranges'. A vintage gelatin silver photograph (visible image size 230 x 360 mm) captioned and signed in pencil on the mat by this influential pioneering South Australian photographer. The mat shows some acid discolouration and is a little foxed; the photograph is in excellent condition, behind glass and in the original simple timber frame. Notes: Frederick Allen Joyner (1863-1945) was 'President of the South Australian Photographic Society at the height of its influence as a leading group in the fledgling nation, and as an individual he had his own work shown and reproduced around the world. Later, in the 1920s, he was one of the first modern photographers to see and interpret the light and nuances of the Flinders Ranges' (from the catalogue of the 1981 AGSA exhibition of F.A. Joyner's photographs).

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Panoramic photograph, 'Berri, 1921'

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Description: KRANTZ, Harry: 'Berri, 1921'. A vintage sepia-toned panorama (100 x 460 mm) comprising three original gelatin silver photographs of approximately equal size. Notes: The title and photographer's credit are written in a neat calligraphic hand in white ink on the original mount. The left- and right-hand photographs are a little unevenly tanned, otherwise it is a fine panorama attractively presented behind glass in its original polished timber frame (external dimensions 190 x 595 mm). Berri, on the River Murray about 240 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, was proclaimed a town in 1911, just a decade before these photographs were taken. Irrigation subsequently led to the establishment of the vineyards and fruit orchards that are synonymous with the region. However, the 'first impetus for settlement came when paddle steamers came down the River Murray and a refuelling stop was developed' at this 'wide bend in the river' (Wikipedia), and it is this aspect of Berri's history that is captured in this panorama. The fledgling township comes a distant second to the river, the paddle-steamers, and the vast woodheap that takes up half the width of the scene.

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LOYAU: The Gawler Handbook  (photographically illustrated)

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Description: LOYAU, George Ettienne: The Gawler Handbook. A Record of the Rise and Progress of that important Town; to which are added Memoirs of McKinlay the Explorer and Dr Nott. Adelaide, Goodfellow & Hele [almost certainly the Author - James Dally was convinced], 1880. Octavo, 182, 30 (advertisements) pages plus 6 lithographed plates (of farm machinery by James Martin & Co.) and 17 albumen paper carte-de-visite photographs individually mounted on tipped-in captioned leaves. Blind-decorated blue cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; cloth slightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, a little marked, and lightly sunned on the spine; some mounts lightly creased (a production flaw); a few trifling signs of use; a very good copy (but internally fine, with the photographs in superb condition). Notes: With the pictorial bookplate of J. Cluny Harkness (Federal President of the Chamber of Manufactures in the 1950s, according to Trove). Ferguson 11744; Holden 70. Holden's entry is more accurate and informative, although the photographs may vary slightly between copies. The photograph facing page 17 in this copy is of the 'Gawler Institute' (showing the Institute building and Town Hall), rather than 'Frankel's Hotel' as called for in Holden. These variations notwithstanding, two separate editions were produced: one in wrappers, with advertisements on the verso of the front cover and on both sides of the rear cover, without photographs (but with the lithographs not noted by Ferguson); the other in gilt-lettered cloth, without the cover advertisements, containing 17 mounted photographs plus the lithographs. Both contain 30 pages of advertisements at the rear. Rare in any state, and in our view, the version on offer is one of the more important and interesting photographically illustrated books produced in Australia. 'The handbook is illustrated with a number of views by Mr J. Taylor, the local photographic artist, representing the most important edifices and establishments in town' (Holden, quoting a contemporary review). The frontispiece is a portrait of John McKinlay (1819-1872); there are 14 pages devoted to him (he married a Gawler woman in the early 1850s and was based in the town until his death). Justice is not done to the other photographs in describing them prosaically as 'the most important edifices and establishments in town'. Without exception, signs of life and day-to-day activities flesh out the images, and most of the businesses - butcher shop, photographic studio, cordial factory, furnishing warehouse, music emporium - feature well-stocked windows or yards and numerous staff members or customers. Holden reproduces two interesting ones (including perhaps the best, the butcher shop, captioned merely 'Hodgson & Clements'), but there are wonderful vignettes in many others. Not least of these are the horse-drawn tram in front of the 'Commercial Bank' and the ornate hearse outside 'F. Fowler's Furnishing Warehouse'.

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LOYAU: Notable South Australians (photographically illustrated)

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Description: LOYAU, George Ettienne: Notable South Australians; or, Colonists - Past and Present. Adelaide, Carey, Page & Co., Printers ('Published under the Author's own immediate Supervision'), 1885. Octavo, viii, 288, [20] (advertisements) pages plus 16 lithographed portraits and a mounted albumen paper photograph of the author (100 x 59 mm, credited to George and Walton in the negative). Gilt-decorated brown stippled cloth lightly marked and sunned; front inner hinge slightly cracked but sound; an excellent copy. Notes: With the ownership stamp of Harold Woodlands (15 October 1927). The lithographs are a delightful frontispiece view of Glenelg in 1837 after John Michael Skipper and 15 full-page portraits. We have identified numerous variants in the plate content, not least the photograph (we have identified at least half a dozen over the years). Ferguson 11748 (recording only the frontispiece, with 14 pages of advertisements); Holden 71 (photographically-illustrated copies).

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A collection of 35 early photographs of Renmark

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Description: [Renmark] A collection of 35 original vintage photographs of Renmark. Notes: Dimensions vary (and the following sizes are approximate): six are 150 x 205 mm; eight are 110 x 205 mm; one is 160 x 150 mm; four are 105 x 150 mm; two are 80 x 205 mm; five are postcard-size (around 80 x 140 mm); and nine are smaller in surface area, but include half a dozen small-format panoramas. The photographers are not identified, and the images are undated, but internal evidence provides some clues. Another very good source of information is the 'Pictorial History of Renmark. Celebrating 100 Years, 1887-1987' (1987), which suggests that some of the photographs may have been taken by Johan Clements Reiners, who established a studio there in the late 1890s. About a dozen of the images in this collection are reproduced in the book (which means, of course, that about two dozen do not appear in it!). Horse-drawn vehicles are far and away the only mode of transport depicted in many of the photographs, and this, together with the style of dress and type of architecture, strongly suggest the nineteenth century; those reproduced in the book are dated 1890. There are numerous streetscapes (most of them with people going about their business); scenes of minor flooding and other river activities; irrigation channel construction; wholesale fruit drying; and a superb image of a bush camp, with the well-appointed interior of the tent exposed to view. A key item is the full-plate view of an extended Aboriginal family posed formally in front of a bough-and-canvas humpy; the river and a paddle-steamer can just be made out in the background. The caption in the book reads 'Tommy Dodd (third from right) King of the Murray River Aborigines and his tribe who lived in the Chowilla area'. The Renmark Soldiers Memorial Hall photograph also appears in the book, with the information that it shows the opening ceremony for the additions to the building in 1920. The railway bridge over the Murray at Paringa is shown under construction; it was completed in January 1927. All of the photographs had at some stage been mounted on album leaves; they have been neatly removed and tipped in on both sides of eleven sheets of thick paper. Apart from the residue of the original mounts on the versos, all photographs are in fine condition.

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Souvenir and photographs of Sir Ross Smith Flight, 1919

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Description: [SMITH, Sir Ross]: The Sir Ross Smith Flight. Official Souvenir. Price Sixpence [cover title]. [Sydney], Union Theatres Limited, [1920]. Quarto, [8] pages with numerous illustrations (mainly from photographs), including a full-page portrait of the two Smith brothers, plus a page of text on the inside rear cover ('Time Table of the Flight from England to Australia'). Overlapping pictorial wrappers a little creased and marked, with a few tiny edge tears; a very good copy (internally fine). Notes: The first three closely-printed pages contain 'My Own Story of the Flight' by Sir Ross Smith. Union Theatres were 'directors of Ross Smith Flight Entertainments throughout the Commonwealth'. Offered together with: 1) WHITE, Jan: The Flight of Keith and Ross Smith. A two-page duplicate typescript of a talk given by her at the 'Knights of Southern Cross Hostel, Largs Bay, South Australia' on 21 November 1982, in which she gives her eyewitness account (admittedly pretty brief) of Smith's first landing in Australia, in Darwin on 10 December 1919. 2) Fifteen photographs (each 87 x 123 mm; modern prints but presumably from the original private negatives) of the first touch-down and the immediate aftermath. Each photograph has been numbered and inscribed by Mrs White along the bottom margin below the image. The first picture is captioned 'First sight of plane by human eye'; the next three depict the landing itself; all but one of them contains a good view of the plane (or parts of it) and/or the Smith brothers themselves.

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Photograph of Spencer and Gillen Expedition, 1901-02

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Description: SPENCER, Baldwin and F.J. GILLEN: A vintage albumen paper photograph (150 x 105 mm) of members of the Spencer and Gillen Expedition, 1901-02. Notes: The print is in very fine condition; written in pencil on the verso is 'Spencer Gillen Expdtn at Barrow Creek 15/6/01' and in another hand 'Posted to me by Mr Gillen at Alice Springs'. We have yet to identify the recipient, but the group of likely candidates is tantalisingly small! Museum Victoria has an example of this photograph in its collection (XP14574), from which the following information is gleaned. It is an 'Original print (handwritten annotation): "Barrow Creek June 1901. Purunda (Arunta) [next to tree], F.J.G., Tungalla (Kaitish), Chance, W.B.S., Erkiliakirra (Arunta)"'. The 'date made' was 22 June 1901, and 'Chance' is Mounted Constable Harry Chance. Spencer and Gillen give a lot of information about Tungalla in their 1912 publication, 'Across Australia' (see Chapter XIII, especially pages 321-2). He was not only a survivor of the Barrow Creek massacre in 1874; he was also involved in the fatal attack on the telegraph station that precipitated the appalling punitive action. 'The old man Tungalla, whom we had attached to our staff, was well advanced in years and mild in manners; but in his early days he was a great warrior, and told us how, after the attack on the station, in which he had taken part, he was seen and chased by the avenging party and just managed to save his life by hiding in a crevice in the rocks ... It is twenty-five years since this happened, and for our own sakes we were glad that the old rascal had not been shot, though he richly deserved it. He turned out to be a store-house of native lore, and knew all that there was to be known about the Kaitish tribe'. The photographer may be Francis Robert William Scott, the Barrow Creek postmaster, but the entry for the 'date made' of 22 June in Spencer's diary includes the following comment: 'This kind of thing had occupied all the day except odd moments during a few of which Gillen and I took photos of ourselves which we are sending you down copies of' (Walter Baldwin Spencer's Diary from the Spencer and Gillen Expedition, 1901-1902. Edited and annotated by Jason Gibson [online]).

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