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Adelaide Pound Type 2 (KM-1) - $125,000 #121663
near flawless Gem

The highest graded by this service.
1872 M Shield Sovereign - Medal strike (KM-6 Variety) - $15,000 #120378
about Uncirculated

At the opening of the Melbourne Mint in 1872 a number of presentation coins were distributed amongst the dignatories in attendance. Unlike the circulation coins of that year, the presention coins are identified by the medal alignment of the obverse and reverse dies. It is thought that about 50 were struck but few have survived and it is an extreme rarity in any grade. The 'Quartermaster Collection' which was descibed as ' the most comprehensive collection of Australian Ingots, Patterns, Proofs, Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns ever assembled by a private collector or public institution' did not have an example.
'Discoveries in Australia' by Capt'n. John Lort Stokes - $15,000 #120850
'with an account of the Coasts and Rivers explored and surveyed during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle in the Years 1837, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43 by command of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty. Also a narrative of Captain Owen Stanley's visits to the islands in the Arafura Sea by J. Lort Stokes, Commander, R.N.'

Stokes joined the crew of the Beagle in 1825 under Philip Parker King and remained on board for the Darwin voyage which was captained by Robert Fitzroy. He then served under John Wickham while the Beagle surveyed Australian waters and eventually took command of the vessel in 1841. Under his command the Beagle continued on until 1843 surveying the waters of Timor and New Zealand.

A two volume second printing of the First Edition of 1846 with the original blue cloth covers as issued by the publisher and complete with a Folio of Maps. (Slight restoration to spine of Volume 2.). One of only three known copies with adjustments to the type and a consequent mis-print on Page 477 of Volume 1.

Extremely Rare.
'Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia' by George Grey Esq. - $5,500 #120863
'During the Years 1837, 38 and 39, Under the Authority of Her Majesty's Government. Describing many newly discovered, important, and fertile districts, with observation on the moral and physical condition of the Aboriginal inhabitants.'
'A Voyage to Terra Australis' by Matthew Flinders, Commander of the Investigator - $59,500 #120848
'Undertaken for purpose of completing, the Discovery of that vast Country and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802 and 1803, in His Majesty's ship The Investigator, and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland Schooner. With an account of the Shipwreck of the Porpoise, arrival of the Cumberland at Mauritius, and imprisonment of the Commander during six years and a half in that island.'

This is a First Edition printed in two volumes by W. Bulmer and Co. London, 1814 and published by G. and W. Nicol , Booksellers to His Majesty, Pall-Mall. Only 150 copies were printed in this format and few have survived with the Publisher's original green cloth covers. Although the covers have had some minor repairs internally the pages are relatively clean.

It is accompanied by a replacement Atlas which is described as the Magg's Bros collation. ' This Atlas contains , in place of of some of the usual charts , a number of official charts issued by the Hydrographic Department of the Admiralty about 1835, which are based on those of Flinders, but are brought up to date from the surveys of P.P.King , D'Entrecasteaux, Freycinet, and others.'

A rare and fascinating account of the first circumnavigation of Australia.
'An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson' by Captain John Hunter Esq. - $15,000 #120845
'With the Discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip's Voyage compiled from the Official Papers including the Journals of Governors Phillip and King and of Lieut, Ball; and the Voyages from the First Sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the return of that Ship's Company to England in 1792.'

'An Officer on Board' (An unattributed account of Captain Cook's Second Voyage) - $55,000 #120806
A voyage around the world in the years MDCCLXXII, LXXIII, LXXIV, LXXV by Captain James Cook Commander of His Majesty's Bark, The Resolution.