This sale includes further books, maps and prints from the Estate of Dr. Geoffrey Lilburne, with an emphasis on Western Australiana, voyages, and natural history. Gracius Broinowski‟s Birds and Mammals of Australia, is the highlight of the natural history section.There is also a superb copy of Captain James Stirling‟s 1829 Correspondence, the foundation document for Western Australia, complete with the hand-coloured chart of Swan River, which is the first printed map of the settlement. Amongst the voyages is the first edition, published in London in 1839, of Phillip Parker King and Robert Fitzroy‟s famous Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty‟s Ships Adventure and Beagle, complete with Charles Darwin‟s Journal of Researches. For Darwin himself this voyage was “by far the most important event in my life, and has determined my whole career”.
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