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A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
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A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

By KENEALLY, THOMAS

New York: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2006. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hardcover. As New/Very Good. Type: Hardback Hardcover Book Club Edition in As New Condition with a Very Good Jacket. Jacket has a small chip to lower front corner, else fine. A fine, handsome, solid volume. In 1786 Arthur Phillip of the Royal Nacy was assigned to organize an expedition to Australia to establish a penal colony. England had decided to ship its convicts off to the other end of the world. Using personal journals and documents kept of the time, historian/novelist Thoma Keneally recreate the grueling, suffocating overseas voyage that claimed many lives. His portrayal of the aborgines when the Englsish arrived, setting up the colony and all that entailed, the hardships, struggles--the saga of the birth of Australia. 385 pages. 6.4 x 9.75 inches. 2006, Nan A Talese/Doubleday, New York.

$12.49

The Long White Cloud: Ao Tea Roa
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The Long White Cloud: Ao Tea Roa

By Reeves, William Pember

Middlesex, UK: Senate/Tiger Books International, 1998. Paperback. Very Good/No Jacket. Trade Paperback in Very Good Condition, gently used, with slight wear to cover edges. Pages clean, no markings, toned. "Ao Tea Roa" is the Maori name for New Zealand. This is an account of the history of New Zealand from the time of the arrival of the Maori people from Eastern Polynesia to the beginning of the 20th century and the country's involvement in the Great War (1914-1918). Includes photographs and illustrations with a prose style that captures the inspiring and pioneering spirit of the inhabitants and the topography of New Zealand. Additional Material by Cecil J. Wray. 890 pages, indexed. 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 1998, Senate/Tiger Books International, Middlesex, UK

$9.47

Surprising Lands Down Under
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Surprising Lands Down Under

By Harrell, Mary Ann and Donald J Crump (Editor)

, Anstey, Leicestershire, England: National Geographic Society, 1989. Hardcover. As New/Very Good. Type: Hardback Hardcover Book AS NEW with a Very Good Dust Jacket. Lovely reddish-brown leatherette binding with sharp, bright and bold gilt titles; square with sharp corners; tight and solid binding. Lavishly illustrated with full-color illustrations. Clean and unmarked jacket has light edgewear. Down Under means down home to the people of Australia and New Zealand. In this book, you will meet people who startle and amuse you; you'll learn their common heritage as former British colonies, still linked by allegiance to the Crown, by legends of heroism and sacrifice in war, and by stubborn democratic ways. The memorable text and photographs that range the breadth of Australia and the length of New Zealand, the book underlines the profound differences beween two deeply individual countries. Traveling throughout both coountries, you'll come to find why being Down Under, can give you the feeling of being on top of the world. A beautiful, interesting book. 196 pages with inches. 10.5 x 7.2 inches. National Geographic Society, Washington DC, 1989.

$12.95

The Road from Coorain
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The Road from Coorain

By Conway, Jill Ker

USA: Vintage Books, 1990. Trade Paperback. Fine. Trade Paperback in Fine Condition. Clean, bright, unmarked book-inside and out. The story of Conway's growing up on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia, to her departure for America, and her eventual presidency of Smith College. She was the first woman president of Smith College. 238 pages. 8 x 5.2 inches. Vintage Books, New York, 1990.

$9.25

Beyond The Range
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Beyond The Range

By Bruce, James Stuart

New York: Vantage Press, 1991. Cloth. Very Good/Fine. Type: Hard Back First Edition, Second Impression. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition with a Fine Dust Jacket. 157 pages. Brown cloth w/gilt titles, very clean and unmarked, with light wear to corners and spine end edges. Tight and solid sewn binding. Interior is very clean and completely unmarked. Jacket not price-clipped. A brilliant mixture of history, adventure and personal impressions about the people and customs of Papua New Guinea. Mr. Bruce was stationed in New Guinea during World War II and is now a cinematographer; he writes of a people and country he has come to love and understand. Here he tells us about a gentle people almost untouched by civilization, about their customs, rituals, and politics. He describes a poor but noble people who live in poverty, deprivation, with sickness and superstitution. A comprehensive and scholarly approach.

$7.96

From Sydney Cove to Duntroon: A Family Album and Early Life in Australia
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From Sydney Cove to Duntroon: A Family Album and Early Life in Australia

By Kerr, Joan and Falkus, Hugh

Lonodn, England: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982. Hardcover. Good/Good. Type: Hardback Large Hardcover Ex-Lib Book and Jacket in Good Condition. 128 pages.9 x 11" tall. A unique story of 19th cnetury Australiana based on the legacy of two remarkable women, both married into the Campbell family. This is a valuable historical record of early life in Australia. Binding of deep red cloth, very clean, square, tight and solid with rear inner hinge cracked. No markings except lib mks and a pocket and a green rem mk on top. Binding and pages clean and unmarked. Beautifully illustrated with full color illustrations. 30 Plates of Marriane Campbell's Flowers of Duntroon. A lovely and unique book. 1983, Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd., London, England.1983.

$14.06

The Road to Botany Bay: An Exploration of Landscape and History
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The Road to Botany Bay: An Exploration of Landscape and History

By Carter, Paul

New York, New York, USA: Random House Inc, 1988. First US Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine. Type: Hard Back First US Printing. Hardcover Book and Jacket in FINE Condition. Archival protective jacket cover. A re-evaluation of the origins of Australia, taking insights from many disciplines --philosophy, city planning, sociology, linguistics, psychoanalysis, and art history, bringing them to bear on the subject of travel, exploration, and the settlement, of Australia. Australian history is a history of traveling--European newcomers were forever on the move. Carter has drawn on reports and diaries of these first colonists and explorers for the drama they record--escaping convicts, pioneers, wandering aborigines with their own authentic histories. It is an account of a nation founding itself, an adventurous discipline of spatial history, of the nature of emptiness, place-names, convict behavior-a remapping of the European settlement of Australia. 384 pages with Chapter Notes and index . 8.75 x 6 inches. 1988, Random House, New York, New York, USA

$8.32

The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding
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The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

By Hughes, Robert

New York: Alfred A Knopf Inc, 1987. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hardback Sixth Printing. Hardcover Book and Dust Jacket in Very Good Condition. A history of the birth of Australia, out of England's infamous convict transportation system, which transported a whole unwanted class of people from the first ship in 1788 to the last in 1868, during which time Australia was a vast penal colony. Here we have an account of this system and how Australia slowly transformed itself into a flourishing nation. A fascinating and moving history. Book is bound in pearl-grey cloth with silver titles, very clean and unmarked, bottom edges of boards lightly rubbed. Tight & solid sewn binding, square with sharp corners. The lower corner of the text block is slightly smudged. Rough cut. Insc ffrom prev owner on endpaper. 9 maps prior to text. Internals very clean and free from any markings, no creases. Jacket is clean and unmarked, unclipped, with slight edgewear. A fine, solid volume. 688 pages with Notes, Bibliography and Index. 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.75 inches. Alfred A Knopf Inc, New York, 1987.

$20.81

Inside Australia
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Inside Australia

By GUNTHER, JOHN

USA: Harper & Row, 1972. First Edition.. Hardcover. Good/Very Good. Type: Hardback First Printing. Completed and Edtied by William H. Forbis. Hardcover Book in Good+ Condition with a VG Dust Jacket. Binding of black cloth with gilt titles, very clean and unmarked, no edgewear but front has a large irregular shaped area that is slighter darker than the rest of the black boards. Solid, square and tight binding. Rough cut. Endpapers with maps of Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. Prev. owner brief inscription on back of front endpaper. On the first few pages, there is a small stain right on the fore edge of the pages close to the middle of the page edge, otherwise pages are clean, unmarked, untorn. Blue price-clipped dust jacket with outline of Australia, and burgundy, white and blue lettering; light edgewear. John Gunther began writing this book after travelling throughout Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea in 1969. He did not live to finish it and William H. Forbis, a veteran editor and correspondent for Time magazine, undertook the task of finishing it. He visited Australia and New Zealand, then using Gunther's copious notes, outline and documentation, he finished this book. 370 pages with Bibliography and Index. 8.6 x 5.75 inches. New York. Harper & Row, 1972.

$7.88