London, W.H. Allen and Co., 1869 [first edition, first issue].
Octavo, xii, 488, 24 (publisher's advertisements) pages plus a large folding map, a mounted albumen paper photographic portrait frontispiece (oval, 85 x 65 mm), 13 chromolithographs and several graphotypes 'from sketches taken on the spot by O.W. Brierly'.
Original gilt-pictorial blue cloth rubbed and bumped at the extremities and a little flecked, with trifling wear to the head and foot of the spine; spine tanned and the edges of the covers a little darkened; frontispiece mount slightly foxed, with a... Read complete entry
'Presented by the Publishers' stamped on the title page, with the pictorial bookplate ['Gang forward'] of Edward Charles Stirling on the front flyleaf and the earlier Ingram armorial bookplate on the pastedown. Ferguson 12617.
Quarto, 2 volumes, 320 (and) 319 pages plus numerous plates and maps (several in colour).
Gilt-decorated cloth, leading edge uncut; pages slightly discoloured; armorial bookplate on front pastedown of each volume; Volume One front board slightly stained and pages 17-32 slightly loose from binding (Volume 1); a very good set.
Port Moresby, Department of Agriculture, Stock and Fisheries, 1967.
Quarto, xxxviii, 651 pages plus 84 plates (6 in colour).
Decorated papered boards; extremities slightly bumped; front endpaper lightly marked (from contact with the fold-down; pencilled ownership signature; the slightly offset rear endpaper has pencilled original information and the receipt tipped-in; an... Read complete entry
Adelaide, Naval Historical Society of Australia, 1989.
Quarto, xx, 315 pages with numerous maps and plates.
Colour pictorial laminated papered boards a little bumped; ownership signature; a very good copy with the very slightly creased dustwrapper.
Number 935 of 1000 copies, this copy is signed by the author. A presentation inscription commemorates the recipient's ('Roly') 88th birthday, and goes on to remark that the author was one of Roly's 'many friends'.
Octavo; cloth; top edge gilt; uncut; covers slightly flecked; spine a little sunned; bottom corners bumped (with associated creasing to leaves, with a slight crack on the rear cover); endpapers slightly foxed and offset; a very good copy.
Octavo, xii, 274 (last blank), , 12 (publisher's catalogue) pages plus a frontispiece portrait.
Gilt-decorated cloth a little rubbed, scuffed and lightly marked; a very good copy.
With the bookplate and contemporary ownership details of H.R. Haselgrove, Renmark, 23 April 1928 (his 28th birthday). Harry Ronald (Ron) Haselgrove (1900-1978), of the eponymous firm of winemakers; his recollections, posted on the Haselgrove Vignerons website, are a delight to read.
London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1896 (first edition).
Octavo, xiii,  (blank), 411,  (publisher's colophon) pages with a decorated title page plus three plates (two hand coloured).
Original dark navy blind-stamped buckram; gilt decorated spine; top edge gilt, others uncut; covers a little sunned, marked, rubbed and scuffed; edges and endpapers slightly foxed; a Mt Barker Institute label laid down on the front pastedown (but no... Read complete entry
Small square quarto, ii-xlviii, 407 pages (including the printed endpapers) with 104 pages of advertisements and numerous illustrations plus 19 views of ships, 2 large folding plans of ships, 22 maps (some in colour, some folding) and 25 charts (some folding charts) and 5 colour plates of flags.
Cloth very slightly rubbed at the extremities, with minimal wear to the bottom corners; tiny split to the head of the spine; front inner hinge cracked but firm; endpapers offset; an excellent copy.
With over 100 pages on Australia and New Zealand - a much-expanded and 'completely new account' prepared for this sixth edition.
Sydney, Hordern House for the Australian National Maritime Museum, 1991 (augmented facsimile edition)/ 1795.
Octavo, [xxxiv], xxxii, 149 pages with 6 illustrations new to this edition.
Quarter calf and marbled papered boards; a fine copy.
Australian Maritime Series Number One. One of 675 copies of the standard edition; a deluxe edition of 75 numbered copies in full calf was also published. With a lengthy commentary (25 pages with illustrations) by Gavin Fry of the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Association copy. Presentation inscription to Stewart Cockburn (who wrote the foreword) from the author on the flyleaf, and his signature again on the title page. Murray River paddle steamers feature prominently.
Laminated pictorial boards lightly sunned and rubbed; an excellent copy.
With a presentation inscription from the author on the front flyleaf, signed on both the fly and the title page. Loosely inserted is a personal invitation to the recipients to the book launch, also in the author's distinctive hand. Murray River paddle steamers feature prominently.
Six of the photographs are 100 x 160 mm, seven are 82 x 134 mm and four are 68 x 110 mm; apart from one tiny corner chip, they are in fine condition. Eight of them show crashed aircraft in the water or being salvaged from it (including one of H59 near a ditched plane with the bedraggled crew clinging to it); six are good clear shots of aircraft in flight (one about to take off); two are aerial views of the aircraft carrier and one shows H59 at sea.
There are no captions, but two easily identifiable ships appear in some images - HMS Furious and HMS Gallant (a destroyer commissioned in 1936). Furious was a Courageous-class battlecruiser, laid down in June 1915 but modified to become an aircraft carrier while under construction; she was reconstructed with a full-length flight deck in the early 1920s. There is an excellent view from the air of Furious among these photographs.
Folio, 192 pages with over 100 plates (many of them double-page).
Cloth; a fine copy with the dustwrapper slightly rubbed and torn.
These photographs, 'chosen by Keith Beken from the work of four generations of his family, pioneers and for over a century the outstanding practitioners of yacht photography, span the history of the America's Cup, from the first challenge in 1870 to the 27th in 1988'.
Oblong quarto, two volumes, 224 and 220 pages with over 300 illustrations.
Papered boards; top edges lightly foxed; an excellent set with the dustwrappers (laminate lifting slightly in both cases, with a short tear to one and slight chipping to the head of the spine of the other).
'The vessels are listed in the order of their entry into service, and a full history of each ship is provided ... A comprehensive fleet list is included'.
Quarto, xvi, 264 pages with numerous plates (many in colour).
Papered boards; top corners slightly bumped; flyleaf slightly torn at the edge with slight surface loss (possibly a production flaw caused by a surfeit of glue); a very good copy with the slightly bumped dustwrapper.
One of very few books on the subject - and surprisingly difficult to find, in our experience .
Octavo; cloth a little marked; spine a little darkened; edges and endpapers lightly foxed; personalised bookplate; a very good copy with the dustwrapper slightly sunned, creased, chipped and torn with slight loss.
Quarto, 112 pages, predominantly full-page plates after photographs by Morris Rosenfeld.
Cream 'sail-cloth' with the title in gilt on the front cover; cloth lightly rubbed and marked; front flyleaf slightly marked; an excellent copy signed in ink by the photographer at the foot of the frontispiece.
This is possibly a deluxe edition, as distinct from the standard (unsigned) edition in blue cloth with white lettering.
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.
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.
London, Oxford University Press/ Humphrey Milford, 1936, 1935/ 1911 and 1935/ 1912.
Octavo, three volumes; cloth; all edges gilt; a fine set.
Each with the decorated bookplate of Maxwell Gavin Anderson (1862-1949), former attorney to the Orient Steam Navigation Company, and the later ownership signature (dated 1949) of A.G. Anderson (presumably a relative). The text prepared by W.J. Craig, with introductory studies and full glossaries by Edward Dowden; the Comedies volume has a general introduction by Algernon Charles Swinburne. India paper edition; one of the Oxford Poets series.
Octavo, xii, 375 pages with illustrations and chart profiles plus 27 maps (one folding).
Cloth; a fine copy with the dustwrapper a little creased and worn with two short closed tears.
'Novelties in the book are the gathering in one volume of translations of the Haalbos-Montanus account, Tasman's journal and the 'sailor's' journal of the voyage of 1642-3, some gleanings from Nicholas Witsen concerning Tasman's two main voyages, and some suggestions concerning the significance and relationships of various charts deriving from these voyages'.
Melbourne, Mason, Firth and McCutcheon, General Printers, 1913.
Large oblong octavo, 206 pages plus a tipped-in addenda slip (offsetting to the adjacent pages).
Gilt-decorated cloth rebacked, retaining most of the original spine; minor silverfish damage to the cloth on the edges of the boards; flyleaf lightly creased and four early leaves lightly foxed; a very good copy.
The fortieth year of issue, on the eve of the first World War.
Drop-title; top margin slightly chipped; an excellent copy.
Victorian Legislative Assembly Paper Number 5 of 1878; only 775 copies printed. Protracted debate concerning the state of cleanliness and repair of the vessel when transferred from the Marine Survey Service and the command of H.J. Stanley (who took over from Captain Norman).
Folio, one leaf (recto blank) plus a large folding chart (565x680mm - 'Table, shewing the proposed movements of the contract mail steam packets of the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company ... 1859').
Drop-title; unevenly sunned and slightly foxed and creased; an excellent copy.
New South Wales Parliamentary Paper Number 20 of 1859.
Folio, 6 pages plus a full-page map of the harbor at Port Elliot.
Drop-title; later neat white paper-tape spine (masking slight inner marginal damage caused when the item was disbound); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 45 of 1856. Not least, 'the melancholy catastrophe of the total loss of the cutter Lapwing' and the loss of two of her crewmen ('I believe they were drunk at the time').