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    Christmas in Australia by McGregor, Malcolm (ed); and Walls, Rob (text)

    Milsons Point, Australia: Hutchinson Australia, 1990. Hardcover with red boards and pictorial dust jacket, First Edition, 1,950gms, 207 pages, green coloured endpapers. Culled from 15 000 shots, this volume provides the definitive record of how we Australians, old and new, celebrate Christmas. Book is in very good condition with minor general wear and tear. Dust Jacket is in very good condition with mild shelf wear, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. Book weighs almost 2kg and may incur additional postage. . First Edition. Hard Cover with Dust Jacket. Very Good/Very Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.


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    $125.00

    Trade Card for John Warren, Wholesale Farm & Dairy Produce Merchant by [Melbourne, Australia]

    Melbourne, 1890. Very good condition. This Melbourne merchant advertised in an 1877 newspaper at the 59 Flinders Street address, with the following copy: "J. W. would call attention of farmers especially to the fact that during the last three years no less than six hundred tons of butter have passed through his hands..." With printed black border, and, down the left hand side: On Sale. Butter, Cheese, Bacon, Eggs, Potatoes, Onions, Hay, Chaff & c. John Warren's business address is 22 (7) Market Street, Melbourne, late of 59 Flinders Street West. Butter and Cheese Exported to all parts of the World in Tins, Cases or Kegs of All Sizes. Cool Cellars for Butter and Cheese. With blank verso on which notations on items and prices is written in pencil. 4 3/8 x 3"


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    Untitled Nude 1935 by [Pencil Sketch] Lindsay, Norman

    Sydney, 1935. Pencil drawing of a nude woman seated, and reclining somewhat, with a half smile. Signed in pencil in the lower third of the sketch, with a notation beneath that indicates that the sketch was given to E--- Cameron S/S "Rama" Sydney NSW Sept 12, 1935". Pencil on paper, with The Bloomfield Galleries Certificate of Authenticity. Cream drawing paper, slightly ragged edge on left side. A little toned, with a lighter strip down the center of the paper. Overall, very good condition. 31 x 23.3 cms.


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    $45.00

    Potts Point, Sydney, real photograph printed as a Christmas card by [Photographs: real photo postcard]

    1910. Near fine. Magnificently sharp real photo of Potts Point with the words " With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas" printed in gold in the sky area. The bright and clear image of the buildings and ferry are clearly visible. Postally used, with stamps, addressed to a Denver Colorado address, dated 1910. 13.7 cm x 8.7 cm. Image not recorded in Trove. The exact title appears to be "341. Potts' Point Sydney 21."


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    The Life of Captain James Cook by Beaglehole, J. C

    Stanford University Press. PAPERBACK. 0804720096 Stanford University Press; Stanford, 1974. Trade paperback. First edition. A Near Fine, tight binding, interior and extremities tidy, light use/handling marks to text block edges/fore-edge, light edge wear, a nice, clean and unmarked copy in wraps. 8vo[octavo or approx. 6 x 9], 760pp., indexed, bibliography, some b&w illustrations, fold out map. We pack securely and ship daily w/delivery confirmation on every book. The picture on the listing page is of the actual book for sale. Additional Scan(s) are available for any item, please inquire. . Very Good.


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    $24.95

    Fixed in Time. Photographs From Another Australia 1900-1939 by Derriman, Phillip, Text. Forward By Manning Clark

    Broadway, NSW: Fairfax Library/John Fairfax & Sons Ltd., 1985 First edition in hardcover with dust jacket. 175 pp. Photographs. Very minor spine lean, some rubbing to bottom edges of boards. Jacket has some light sunning to spine, minor rubbing. Very Good/Very Good.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. LR1-6.


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    AUD $34.00

    Camel, Train & Aeroplane: The Story of Skipper Partridge by Arch Grant

    Rigby, 1981. First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Size: Octavo (standard book size). Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. No foxing in this copy. Dust Jacket is in very good condition, without tears or chips or other damage, other than foxing here and there. Dust Jacket un-clipped. Edges very slightly spotted or marked. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Australia; Australian History; Biography & Autobiography. ISBN: 0727015168. ISBN/EAN: 9780727015167. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 6142. . 9780727015167


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    $175.00

    The Art of Captain Cook's Voyages. Volume 1, 1st Voyage by Joppien, Rudiger and Smith, Bernard

    London & New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985. First edition. Hardcover. Volume I of this 4 volume work, the 1st voyage complete, in which Cook discovered the east coast of Australia & circumnavigated New Zealand. The Voyage of the Endeavour 1768-1771 with a Descriptive Catalogue of all the known original drawings of peoples, places, artefacts and events and the original engravings associated with them. Folio; xvi, 247pp. 52 plates. Orig. brown cloth boards w/ dj, very good condition. Important reference to Cook's voyages.


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    Te Puea: A Life by King, Michael

    Auckland: Hodder and Stoughton. Near Fine with no dust jacket. (1977). Softcover. 0790011360 . No signatures.; "New Edition". 372 pages. Softcover. Page dimensions: 234mm x 153mm. This edition has a an additional 5 page Preface written by Michael King in 2002. The first edition of this title was published in 1977. "Highlights of her story include the struggle of the Maori King Movement to win recognition from successive governments; the persecution of Te Puea and Waikato for their pacifist stance in World War One; the catastrophic effects of the Influenza Epidemic; the heroic efforts to establish Turangawaewae Pa on a gorse-covered river bank at Ngaruawahia and build it into the largest marae complex in the country [...]". ; 8vo .


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    $75.00

    Bognard Paris trade card with Pacific islanders & Australian crest and stamps of colonies by Trade card

    Paris: Bognard. Color trade card, blank on the verso, with two Pacific Islanders on the sand at the lower left, with ocean behind and a collage of Australian items superimposed against the sky. With an Australian crest in the middle of the collage, facsimiles of stamps from Australian colonies, and international flags. With 'Stamp Series 20 for 10 cts' printed vertically at the right hand edge, and Bognard, Paris below that. 4 1/2 x 3 1/4". With a small circular perforation at the left edge.


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    AUD $16.00

    KILLER EXCUSES: Extraordinary Defences Heard in Australian Courts by Howell, Wayne

    Scoresby, VIC, Australia: Five Mile Press, 2012. 256pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper very good. From the rear cover: " . . . a courtroom-drama collection of some of the most extraordinary defences tried in Australian manslaughter and murder triails . . . The cases in this book are 'whydunits'. While 'whodunits' focus on catching criminals, 'whydunits' challenge juries and judges to understand why people kill, and to decide what our society is prepared to forgive." Contents include: Foreword, 12 'Excuses'. Book weight approx. 360g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Reprint. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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    AUD $10.00

    Novocastrian Tales: Newcastle - Hunter Bicentenary 1797-1997 by Walsh, Paul F. (ed)

    New Lambton, Australia: Elephant Press, 1997. Softcover, second edition, 790gms, 412 pages. For the people of Newcastle and the Hunter Region on the occasion of their bicentenary (1797-1997). It includes tales and stories of the Newcastle and Hunter area as well as some poetry. Contributors include: Yahoo Serious; Les Murray; Bruce Wilson; Arthur Ailwood; Judith Fox; Barry Maitland; Norman Talbot; and many more. Book is in good condition with minor general wear and tear and light page discolouration/spotting throughout, otherwise no other pre-loved markings. . Second Edition. Softcover. Good/Not Applicable. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. First American edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/very good. 6 x 8 1/2 inches. xxv, 384 pages. Condition of the book is Near Fine; Looks new on all points. Dust jacket is Near Fine; Ditto, in clear mylar wrapper. STK


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    Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit by Martin, Jesse

    Allen & Unwin, 2000. Paperback. Good. Signed. wraps are shelf rubbed. foxing and marks. inscribed and signed by author. binding is intact. fairly good copy.[SK]


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    $79.00

    New Zealand Himalayan Expedition - 06 by EVANS, Charles

    New Zealand: Royal Geographical Society, 1955. Title: New Zealand Himalayan Expedition. Author: Charles Evans Publisher: London: Edward Stanford, Royal Geographical Society, 1955. Pre-Dates Book. Item is in Original Condition, with Blue Wrappers - As Issued, Complete with All the Ads! Notes & Condition: A brilliant mountaineer, Sir Robert Charles Evans of the elite circle of foremost Himalayan climbers, recounts firsthand a two-fold a most exhilarating and nearly fatal expedition undertaken in the spring of 1954, purposed for a reconnaissance survey the Barun Valley in order to find a westerly route up Mt. Makalu which rises some 12 miles southeast of Everest. The secondary objective was to climb as many other neighbouring mountains as time and conditions would permit... twenty peaks indeed being summitted! The team consisted of now famous names such as Edmund Hillary, Charles Evans, Geoff Harrow, Norman Hardie, Bill Beaven, Colin Todd, George Lowe, Jim McFarlane, Brian Wilkins, and Michael Ball. Evans' notoriety stems from his participation in the first ascent of Everest in 1953, as deputy to its leader, John Hunt, and also from his affiliation with the New Zealand Alpine Club's Edmund Hillary. The expedition was widely publicized upon their return, though reports focused more on Hillary's two narrow escapes from death, the collapse of snow forcing Wilkins and McFarlane into a crevasse, the carefully calculated rescue, and on the injuries sustained. In spite of the extreme tests of survival and endurance, the expedition achieved great results including the exploration of regions previously unknown, and 20 peaks being summited, at least three of these being first ascents. Hardie, Ball, and Wilkins climbed Pethangtse (22,080 ft) and several peaks near it, and crossed over a new 22,000 foot pass to the Imja and Solu Khumbu, but attempts at Makalu itself were hampered by the near fatalities of Jim McFarlane and Brian Wilkins at the head of Barun. On May 30th Todd and Harrow made the first ever ascent of Baruntse by way of the southeast ridge, its height being 7129m, and situated between Everest and Makalu. Also in May, the Pethangtse was climbed for the first time, this one by Michael Ball, Norman Hardie, Brian Wilkins, and a sherpa named Urkien. 8vo. 6 pages text, plus photographic plates and a full page sketch map for illustration. Original condition with blue wrappers, titles to front, and containing all the ads. This is a complete issue, seldom found in such good and original condition. This preliminary account pre-dates Hillary's book. In 1956, Sir Edmund Hillary and George Lowe published the full account of the expedition, titled "East of Everest - An Account of the New Zealand Alpine Club Himalayan Expedition to the Barun Valley in 1954." In 1956, Sir Edmund Hillary and George Lowe published the full account of the expedition, titled "East of Everest - An Account of the New Zealand Alpine Club Himalayan Expedition to the Barun Valley in 1954." More recently, in 2013 Brian Wilkins published a memoir of his climbs, in part to bring forth what he calls "a more accurate account of the expedition, including its successes" owing to the fact that is was otherwise largely remembered for its injuries and dramatic rescue. Wilkins reminds us that the team "climbed over 20 peaks over 20,000ft (6100m), 23 peaks which hadn't been climbed before and explored a whole lot of areas that hadn't been explored". His book is titled, "Among Secret Beauties - A Memoir of mountaineering in New Zealand and the Himalayas." Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world at 8,485 meters (27,838 ft), located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19 km (12 mi) southeast of Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and China. It is an especially difficult peak to summit. In the same season as the above-described reconnaissance, an American team led by William Siri had been granted permission to climb the mountain, but incessant storms prevented success. The summit would be reached for the first time in 1955 when a French expedition managed to get as many as seven of its members to the peak. Sir Robert Charles Evans M.D., DSc, (1918-1995), was a British mountaineer, surgeon, author, educator, and President of the Alpine Club. Evans was John Hunt's deputy leader on the 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition which made the first ascent of Everest in 1953. With Tom Bourdillon, he made the first ascent of the South Summit, coming within three hundred feet of the main summit of Everest on 26 May 1953, but was forced to turn back. Everest was summited by their teammates Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay three days later, on 29 May 1953. Evans was the leader of the expedition which first climbed Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, in 1955. . Very Good.


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    Observations on the Coasts of Van Diemen's Land, on Bass's Strait and Its Islands, and on Part of the Coasts of New South Wales; Intended to Accompany the Charts of the Late Discoveries in Those Countries (Australiana Facsimile Editions No. 66) by Flinders, Matthew

    Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1965. Hard back in near very good condition. A few light markings and minor rubbing to covers. Browning to end papers, otherwise clean internally, binding is very good. Facsimile, originally printed by John Nichols, London, 1801. 36 pages. . Hard Cover. Good. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.


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    THE SCROGGIN EATERS: A History of Bushwalking in Victoria to 1989 by Wheeler, Graeme

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs (Vikwalk) Inc., in association with Pindari Publications, 1991. 275pp., intext b/white halftone plate illustrations (various sources), line-drawn maps and several facsimiles, throughout. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over firm, nominally bumped spine. Plain green boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Photographic, illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn and colour-faded on spine, else short closed tear and a small (3mm.) laminate bubble. From the front dustjacket flap: "This account of the evolution of bushwalking in Victoria is, of necessity, incomplete, but it does tell of the joy of discovery, the pleasure of club walking, of conservation issues essential to the outdoors' survival as a source of recreation. It describes in some detail the searches for individuals and groups who became lost. Drama, tragedy, failure and success of the Search and Rescue Section are recounted in absorbing narrative, as are the achievements of the most active people who worked for all walkers through the FVWC." (Federation of Victorian Walking Clubs). Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, Preface, Acks., 16 chapters. Appendices x 9. Index. Book weight approx. 645g. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.


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    $1,250.00

    Archipel des Indies Orientales by Vaugondy, Robert de

    Paris, 1750. Original outline color. Title surrounded by cartouche. 23 1/4 x 18 3/4"


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    $350.00

    Omai, a native of the island of Utietea. Print after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds by Reynolds, Joshua Sir; after

    London, 1820. Very good overall. A mezzotint full length portrait of the first Polynesian Ambassador to England, after a painting ca. 1776, by Reynolds. Omai traveled with Captain Cook as an interpreter on his 2nd & 3rd voyages, and was the physical embodiment of the "noble savage" in London Society for a time. Omai is portrayed in flowing "oriental" robes and a white turban or headdress not of Tahitian style, with arm outstretched highlighting the tattoos. Omai's image was first brought to European observers by William Hodges, an artist on Cook's voyage. Engraved by Samuel William Reynolds, 1773-1835. Light even foxing, and a short closed tear inside the wide right margin. Engraved image size: 6 1/2 x 9"; paper size 13 x 19 1/4"


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    Coronation Souvenir postcard, King George V and Queen Mary, with color map of Australia on verso by [Queensland; Brisbane City Council]

    1911. Postcard. Good + overall. Color illustrated postcard showing the map of Australia with inset at lower right of Tasmania and at upper left of Great Britain, and with a table showing population (1910), and annual production for pastoral, agricultural, mineral and manufacturing areas. With oval portraits on verso of the king and queen, with banner beneath them reading "Coronation Souvenir 22nd June 1911. With the compliments of the Brisbane City Council. H. J. Diddams Mayor". Slight tan mark across bottom of card. 3 1/2 x 5 1/2"


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    Floating Brothel, The : The Extraordinary True Story of an 18th-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts by Rees, Sian

    London, England: Review, 2002. Good+.Minor foxed to endpapers, otherwise clean and tight internally. 248pp.. First printing thus.. Soft. 12mo, 7 ¾" . Good+. Illus. by With black and white photographs..


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    The Departure - Second Class; The Return - First Class by Solomon, Abraham

    London: E. Gambart & Co 25 Berners St., 1857. First printing. In fine condition. "The Departure - Second Class" and "The Return - First Class" are a pair of moralistic narrative works, a popular genre in Victorian times, and demonstrate the growing trend towards emigration, particularly to Australia. The Victorian artist Abraham Solomon depicts a family traveling second class to a port where the young boy will go to sea in "The Departure". In "The Return" the boy returns as a successful middle aged squatter in the first class carriage with his son and daughter. Both paintings by Solomon are held in the National Railway Museum UK . Of "The Departure" they write "The painting is a contemporary image of rail travel showing the discomfort of the lower classes traveling in a draughty bench-seated second class carriage. Despite their discomfort this shows how the railways opened up travel to the less wealthy as well as those with money. It also shows how the industry allowed travel nationally and internationally, with the posters in the background advertising passage to Australia highlighting the growing trend of emigration. " (National Railway Museum UK website). The advertising includes ship departures for Port Phillip and Sydney. Published 4th April 1857. Engraved by W.H. Simmons. 26 3/4 x 20 3/4" (image & text) on paper 32 1/4 x 25 1/4". Black & white, as issued.


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    Mines in the Spinifex by Blainey, Geoffrey

    Angus and Robertson, 1987. Reprint. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. The dust jacket as well as the boards are in a very good condition. Internally clean and tightly bound. There is a previous owner's inscription on the front end page. This is a reprint. [B.T.]


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    A Romance of Perfume Lands, or the Search for Capt. Jacob Cole with Interesting Facts about Perfumes and Articles Used in the Toilet by Clifford, F.S

    Boston: Clifford & Co, 1881. Second edition. A highly unusual novel, apparently written to advance the trade of the "Messrs. Clifford & Co, dealers in Perfumery and Toilet Articles". Advertisements for a variety of trades, backing onto many of the text pages. Each port of call presents an opportunity to discuss another item of toiletry. On reaching New Orleans, they were especially interested to see the manufacture of "Cotton Seed, Peanut, Benne and Caster Oils". These were preferable to animal oils as hair pomades of animal fat contribute to baldness- "It is the heating of the head which causes the falling off of the hair...". The chapter about Sydney visits the "Orangery", owned by Richard Hill, Esq. and goes into details about the commercial products derived from oranges. (George Bennett, in his book "Gatherings of a Naturalist in Australasia..." 1860, cites Richard Hill and his Orangery in New South Wales, obviously the source of the author's information). When the travellers encounter eucalyptus trees, there are details about the commercial products derived from them. The novel travels the world in a similar vein. Very unusual. Not in Muir or M&Mc. Also includes Hawaii, India, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, New Orleans, etc. Small 8vo, (viii pp adverts for Boston area businesses, including the pastedown), viii, (2pp adverts), 300pp, 6pp ads, 31 b&w wood-cut ills in text. Title page printed in red, blue and black. Green cloth with gold stamped and designs & illustrations on front cover and spine. Spine tips a little rubbed, otherwise very good condition.


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