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Transportation. Account of the Murder of the late Mr. William Weare (1824)
[Transportation] JONES, George Henry: Account of the Murder of the late Mr. William Weare of Lyon's Inn, London, including the Circumstances which first led to the Discovery of the Murder, and the Detection of the Murderers, the Depositions taken before the Magistrates, the Coroner's Inquest, the Trials of the Prisoners, and the Execution of John Thurtell at Hertford, on Friday the 9th of January 1824. Embellished with Views of Gill's-Hill Cottage, the Pond in the Garden where the Body was concealed, of Hill-Slough near Elstree, where it was finally deposited; and Portraits of the Prisoners ... John Thurtell, Jos. Hunt, and Wm. Probert. Drawn by George Lewis ... Illustrated with a Ground-plan of Gill's-Hill Cottage and Garden, and a Map of the Surrounding Country. London, J. Nichols and Son, 1824. Octavo (230 x 145 mm), [viii] (publisher's catalogue, 1 January 1824), [iv] (title leaf and advertisement, both versos blank), 344 pages plus 4 plates, a folding plan and a folding map. (Possibly) original pink papered boards, later rebacked in contrasting paper with a paper title-label; boards heavily worn at the corners and a little marked, but more than sound; all edges uncut; minor signs of use and age; a decent copy. Notes: The blind-stamps of Fred Z. Eager and Sir Thomas Ramsay are on the front flyleaf. Probert turned King's evidence against the other two in exchange for his freedom but, due to the publicity surrounding the trial became an unemployable pariah. The following year he was hanged at Newgate for stealing a horse. Thurtell was executed for the murder; Hunt was tried as an accessory to murder, and was sentenced to death. This was commuted to transportation for life to Botany Bay. He 'was killed in the quelling of an insurrection among the convicts upon the convict-ship "Marquis of Huntly", when 17 convicts were shot or killed' (Ferguson 954). Ferguson 956. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
GRAFTON: The Lolly-Madonna War (1st Paperback)
GRAFTON, Sue: The Lolly-Madonna War. London, Sphere Books, 1973 (first paperback edition). Octavo; colour pictorial card covers lightly scored, marked, rubbed and creased; 'stertorous?' written in ink on the half-title; paper tanned; a very good copy. Footnote: The author's second - and scarcest - book, first published in hardback in London in 1969. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
DINNING: Nile to Aleppo. With the Light-Horse in the Middle-East (1920)
DINNING, Captain Hector: Nile to Aleppo. [With the Light-Horse in the Middle-East (sub-title of the English edition)]. New York, Macmillan (but from sheets printed in England for the George Allen and Unwin edition), 1920. Quarto, 287, [1] (colophon) pages plus 13 plates (including 5 tipped-in colour plates, one a portrait of Lawrence of Arabia) by James McBey. Cloth lightly rubbed and bumped at the extremities, and very lightly flecked; endpapers offset; uncut edges lightly sunned; essentially a fine copy. Notes: The author, a teacher, enlisted in September 1914 and was attached to 9th AASC. He rose through the ranks, and served in Gallipoli, France and the Middle East. From May 1918 he worked in the Australian War Records Section. The portrait of Lawrence accompanies Chapter XII, 'Working with Lawrence' (9 pages). Dornbusch 386; Fielding and O'Neill, page 244 (both recording only the English edition). Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
RICHARDS, R.W.: The Ross Sea Shore Party, 1914-17 (1962, signed copy)
RICHARDS, Richard Walter: The Ross Sea Shore Party, 1914-17. Cambridge, Scott Polar Research Institute, 1962. Octavo (240 x 165 mm), [viii], 44 pages with a map plus 2 plates. Cloth a little waterstained around the foot of the spine and along the bottom edge of the front cover; light stain to the bottom 70 mm of the gutter of the endpapers, half-title and title leaves, and both plates; basically a decent copy with the dustwrapper a little dusty and rubbed, with waterstains around the spine and along the foot of the front panel. Notes: Scott Polar Research Institute Special Publication Number 2. The front flyleaf is inscribed and signed 'To Doc. Pryor, with sincere regards - Dick Richards February 1964'. The recipient was Dr James Pryor, a well-known surgeon in Ballarat, home town to both men. Richard Walter Richards (1893-1985) was only 21 years old and a recent physics graduate when he became a member of the ill-fated Ross Sea shore party, 'a component of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17. Its task was to lay a series of supply depots across the Great Ice Barrier from the Ross Sea to the Beardmore Glacier, along the polar route established by earlier Antarctic expeditions. The expedition's main party, under Shackleton, was to land on the opposite, Weddell Sea coast of Antarctica, and to march across the continent via the South Pole to the Ross Sea. As the main party would be unable to carry sufficient fuel and supplies for the whole distance, their survival depended on the Ross Sea party's depots, which would cover the final quarter of their journey. Shackleton set sail from London on his ship "Endurance", bound for the Weddell Sea in August 1914. Meanwhile, the Ross Sea party personnel gathered in Australia, prior to departure for the Ross Sea in the second expedition ship, SY "Aurora". Organisational and financial problems delayed their start until December 1914, which shortened their first depot-laying season. After their arrival the inexperienced party struggled to master the art of Antarctic travel, in the process losing most of their sledge dogs. A greater misfortune occurred when, at the onset of the southern winter, "Aurora" was torn from its moorings during a severe storm and was unable to return, leaving the shore party stranded. Despite these setbacks, the Ross Sea party survived inter-personnel disputes, extreme weather, illness, and the deaths of three of its members to carry out its mission in full during its second Antarctic season. This success proved ultimately without purpose, because Shackleton's main expedition was unable to land after "Endurance" was crushed in the Weddell Sea ice. Shackleton eventually led his men to safety, but the transcontinental march did not take place and the Ross Sea party's depots were not required. The Ross Sea party remained stranded until January 1917, when "Aurora", which had been repaired and refitted in New Zealand, arrived to rescue them. Public recognition of their efforts was slow in coming, but in due course four Albert Medals were awarded to members of the party, two posthumously' (an excellent synopsis, thanks to Wikipedia). Richards was one of those awarded the Albert Medal in 1923 for his efforts on the ice to save the lives of two of his comrades; this award was converted in 1971 to the George Cross. He outlived all other members of the expedition, and became the last survivor of the 'Heroic Age' of Antarctic exploration. Conrad, page 233; Spence 969; Renard 1293; Rosove 269. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
ANGAS, George French: The Aboriginal Inhabitants (coloured lithograph)
ANGAS, George French (Australia, 1822-1886): The Aboriginal Inhabitants [with 22 illustrations, mainly artefacts]. Notes: An original hand-coloured lithograph (sheet size 550 x 370 mm); a few trifling blemishes to the edges well clear of the printed surface; one very light crease to a top corner; in excellent condition. Plate 30 from 'South Australia Illustrated' (London, 1847); the lithographer is James William Giles. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers
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