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A Yankee Merchant in Gold Rush Australia; The Letters of George Francis Train 1853-55
Train, George Francis,
ISBN: 0855610107
William Heinemann, Melbourne, 1970. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. First Edition. XXX, 206 pp., last two blank, acknowledgements, preface by E. Daniel and Annette Potts, an introductory sketch of George Francis Train, index. Buff coloured endpapers. Black and white photographic frontispiece, showing George Francis Train. Maroon coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Corners of the book are slightly rubbed and there is minor shelf wear to the bottom edges of book. Some dust marks and spots to top of paper edge. Previous owners name on the ffep. Illustrated dustwrapper, showing unloading at a dock in early Melbourne, with pale brown coloured background with black coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Dustwrapper is rubbed and faded, fading particularly noticeable on spine. There is a tear on the top edge of the dustwrapper on front panel measuring 0.5 ". Grubby marks to the back panel. A view on the Victorian gold rush of the 1850's, related in 47 letters by American merchant George Francis Train. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Letters ; 19th Century ; Mining ; Australia; ISBN: 0855610107. ISBN/EAN: 9780855610104. Inventory No: 0100766. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100766  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Adventure in Iron; Hamersley's First Decade
Trengove, Alan,
ISBN: 0909316031
Stockwell Press, Mont Albert, Melbourne, 1976. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. 500 g; XII, 220 pages with index, list of sources, appendices, numerous black-and-white photographs. Illustrated end pages with a chronology. This is the story of one of the world's major iron ore producers, and of the dramatic events that led to the discovery of Mount Tom Price. second-hand copy, no damage to describe, clean and free of annotation. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Mining; Australia; ISBN: 0909316031. ISBN/EAN: 9780909316037. Inventory No: 0277501. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0277501  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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As Other Men
Phillipson. Neill,
ISBN: 0858851547
Wren Publishing Co, Melbourne, 1974. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Michael Payne -- Cover Art . First Edition. Black coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the spine. Illustrated dustwrapper (wraparound), by Michael Payne, with orange coloured background and black coloured titles to front panel and spine. A novel set in a mining town in north-west Western Australia and the interactions of different ethnic groups within a confined environment. The corners slightly rubbed and is obvious shelf wear to the bottom edges of the book. Dust marks to the top paper edge have occurred. The dustwrapper has slightly faded on the spine. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [6], 199, [3] pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Michael Payne -- Cover Art . Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Mining; Australia; ISBN: 0858851547. ISBN/EAN: 9780858851542. Inventory No: 0100674. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100674  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Australia's Mineral Wealth
Coghill, Ian,
Sorrett Publishing Propriety Limited, Melbourne, 1971. First Edition
 Hardcover (Photographic Boards) Hardcover (Photographic Boards). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Photographic and Maps. First Edition. preface, index. The book is illustrated with graphs, line drawings, maps, coloured and black and white photography. Photographic boards (wraparound) with white and gold coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. Tan coloured front endpaper with back endpaper illustrated with map of Australia showing major mineral deposits. This book reveals the major deposits of mineral wealth in Australia. How they were found, processing of raw material and the transport of the extracted mineral through often hostile and remote areas of Australia. Rubbing to the backstrip corners, lower book corners and book corners. Light age toning of the textblock edges and pages. Size: Oblong 8vo - 7" - 9" tall but wider . 208 pages. Text body is clean, and free from previous owner annotation, underlining and highlighting. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and Maps. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Engineering, Industrial, Trade; Mining ; 0. Inventory No: 0118117. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0118117  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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In the Kirghiz Steppes; Copper for the Tsars
Wardell, John Wilford,
The Galley Press, London, 1961. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. 500 g; 190 pages, indexed, illustrated with 4 maps, and black-and-white illustrations including a frontispiece. Illustrated dustjacket by Peter Kent has been price clipped at the lower corner of the front fold over, and apart from that, the book shows no damage. "the book surveys the life and ideas of the provincial Russians, in many ways so different from the Muscovites whom most tourists meet." -- Front fold over blurb Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Engineering, Industrial, Trade; Mining; Russia; Inventory No: 0230462. Very Good Condition
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
Book Number: 0230462  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Life on the Australian Goldfields
Stone, Derrick I. And Mackinnon, Sue,
ISBN: 0589503588
A H & A W Reed for B.H.P., Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, 1982. Reprint
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Reprint. 1.2 kg; 224pp., bibliography and index. The text is illustrated with copious black and white contemporary photographs. Pale green boards with white writing on spine. The corners are slightly rubbed on the bottom edges of the boards. Photographic dustwrapper, with green background with yellow and white writing on the front panel and spine. The top 4 corners of the dustjacket are rubbed. Much has been written about the economic effects of the discovery of gold in Australia -- much less attention has been given to the social aspects of the goldfields, and the people that worked on them. This book is about those people. (And the minutiae of their lives.) Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Quantity Available: 1. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Local History -- Victoria; Local History -- New South Wales; Gold; Australia; Mining. ISBN: 0589503588. ISBN/EAN: 9780589503581. Inventory No: 0233333. THIS BOOK WILL INCUR EXTRA POST OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA, BECAUSE IT IS OVER 1 Kg WITHOUT PACKAGING, PLEASE ENQUIRE BEFORE ORDERING. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0233333  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Mary Smith's Hotel
Lawson, Will,
Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1957. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. First Edition. Dark red coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Illustrated dustwrapper red and white coloured titles to the front panel and red and black coloured titles to the backstrip. Set in the isolated goldmining town Charleston on the west coast of New Zealand in the 1870s. Mary Black and her young son Christopher were left in the town after tragic circumstances. They found solace Mary Smith and the hotel that she ran. It was the miners who took the place of Christopher's father, but, it was Mary Smith who became his mother when his own remarried and left New Zealand. Rubbing and some softening of the backstrip edges dust marks from edges. Uniform light tanning of the text edges and age toning of pages. Previous owners name to the top edge of the free front page. The lower right-hand corner of page 15 / 16 has not been cut square with the rest of the text block printing fault. Chipping to the top dustwrapper edge with rubbing of the dustwrapper edges and panels. Sunning to the backstrip and rear panel, with quite noticeable handling marks to the rear panel. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [9], 2 - 216 pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Mining; New Zealand; 19th century; Inventory No: 0127979. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0127979  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Naught to Thirty-Three
Bedford, Randolph,
ISBN: 0522841015
Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976. Reissued, 1st thus
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good/Good. Reissued, 1st thus. foreword by Geoffrey Blainey, author's note. Brown coloured boards with gilt coloured titles to the backstrip. Photographic dustwrapper with brown and blue coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. The autobiography of the author, born in 1868, of his childhood in Sydney and then on to a mining prospect and a Labor politician. First published in 1944 by Currawong Publishing Co. Softening to the head and to the heel of the backstrip and to the book corners. Age toning of the textblock edges and pages. A few handling marks the endpapers. Chipping to the dustwrapper corners and to the head of the backstrip. Handling marks to the dustwrapper panels and the remains of a sticker can be seen to the top right-hand corner of the front panel. fading to the backstrip. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. (6), VII - XII, (2), 335, (3) pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Mining; Australia; History. ISBN: 0522841015. ISBN/EAN: 9780522841015. Inventory No: win20. Very Good
Price: $24.00 (AUD)
Book Number: win20  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Irish at Eureka
Currey, C. H,
Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1954. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good Condition/Good. First Edition. 102 pp., headings of the constituent sections, abbreviations, references and notes, index. Text illustrated with black and white photographs of contemporary prints. One quarter dark green coloured cloth with light green coloured boards with gilt writing on the front panel and on spine. Green coloured endpapers. The front panel is faded and there is a brown staining over most of the panel. Back panel also shows this brown staining. The endpapers are faded and brown staining also occurs on them. Previous owners name on ffep. The brown staining does not intrude into the internal pages. Illustrated dustwrapper, which is protected, showing a printed the Eureka Stockade, dark brown writing on front panel and on the spine. Brown staining commensurate with staining on the book present. Some minor rubbing of the edges of the dustwrapper. "This critical and penetrating study will undoubtedly upsets and cherished ideas, but it cannot fail to illuminate an episode that, rightly or wrongly, has come to be regarded as deeply significant in Australian history.". -- from the front fold over panel blurs. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Local History -- Victoria; 19th Century ; Mining ; Inventory No: 0100161. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good Condition
Price: $39.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100161  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Price of Coal; A Novel (Second Impression Before Publication)
Hines, Barry,
ISBN: 0718117638
Michael Joseph, London, 1979. Reprint
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. Reprint. Pale green coloured boards black coloured insert to the back strip, and, within that insert gilt coloured titles. Photographic dustwrapper with white coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Black and white photograph of author to the rear panel. "The Price of Coal is almost a documentary novel, a story with total realism the light and the dark of miners' lives: comradeship and pride, the resentment of officialdom, the shared jokes and sports and family ties, the awareness of mortal danger in the work itself." from front fold over panel blurb. Softening of the lower back strip edge rubbing of top back strip edge, lower book edge and rubbing of the top book corners. Some dust marks to the top text edge with age toning of the other edges and of the pages. A little rubbing of the dustwrapper edges and panels with quite marked sunning of the rear panel. Remnants of a sticker can be seen to the rear panel, top right-hand corner. Second Impression Before Publication. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [6], 7 - 170, [2] pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Literature & Literary; Mining; Britain/UK; ISBN: 0718117638. ISBN/EAN: 9780718117634. Inventory No: 0127900. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0127900  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Romantic World of Gold
Nolan, Tony,
ISBN: 085835442X
Bay Books, Sydney, 1980. First Edition
 Softcover Softcover. Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic & Maps. First Edition. acknowledgements, bibliography and index. Dark blue coloured endpapers. The text is illustrated with colour and black-and-white photographs, maps and black and white illustrations. Plain text paperback binding with orange, blue, gilt and white coloured titles to the front panel and orange, gilt and white coloured titles to the back strip. "For thousands of years, perhaps tens of thousands of years, gold has been set apart from all other of the world's minerals. Gold! The very word summons emotions which are at once the very best and the very worst in the range of human experience." -- from the rear panel blurb. The author brings together the history of gold. Creasing to the book corners with rubbing of the book edges and of the panels. Fading to the back strip with a little aged honing of the text block edges. A musty smell emanates from the book when it is opened. Size: Trade Paperback. 117, [1] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic & Maps. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Natural History & Resources; Mining; History. ISBN: 085835442X. ISBN/EAN: 9780858354425. Inventory No: 0121467. Good Condition
Price: $9.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0121467  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining
Blainey, Geoffrey,
Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1964. Reprint, with Corrections
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic and Line Drawing. Reprint, with Corrections. preface and introduction by author, list of illustrations, glossary of mining terms, acknowledgements, bibliography and index. Map illustrated endpapers, showing the various centres of mining within Australia. Dark blue coloured cloth covered boards with gilt coloured titles to the back strip. Illustrated dustwrapper with black and white coloured titles to the front panel and black coloured titles to the back strip. Australia's map is criss-crossed with the tracks of metal seekers, and this is the story of their successes and failures. Softening and fading to the back strip with rubbing of the book corners and lower book edges. Age toning of the text block edges along with foxing. Creasing of the dustwrapper edges and rubbing and some staining of the panels. Chipping to the back strip edges and to the top dustwrapper corners. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. X, 369 pages,. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and Line Drawing. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Mining; Australia; Natural History & Resources. Inventory No: 0120722. Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0120722  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining
Blainey, Geoffrey,
ISBN: 0522839304
Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974. Reprint
 Softcover Softcover. Good Condition/. Illustrator: Photographic and Line Drawings. Reprint. preface to the second edition, preface by author, list of illustrations, glossary of mining terms, acknowledgements, bibliography and index. Map illustrated endpapers, showing a map of Australia and the major mining centres. The text is illustrated with black-and-white photography and four maps. Illustrated front cover, with white coloured titles to the front panel and black titles to the backstrip. The history of mining in Australia from the gold rush days through to the industrial giants of Mount Isa, Broken Hill etc. Creasing to the book corners with rubbing of the book edges and panels. Fading along the front edge of the front panel, front spine gutter edge and a little to the back strip. Uniform tanning of the text block edges. Previous owner's name to the top right hand corner of the free front end page, top right hand corner of the half title page and to the verso of the rear panel. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. [4], V - X, 389, [1] pages,. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic and Line Drawings. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Natural History & Resources; Mining ; Australia; History. ISBN: 0522839304. ISBN/EAN: 9780522839302. Inventory No: 0123092. Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0123092  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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What's Good for Australia..! -- The Story of BHP
Trengove, Alan -- Editor,
ISBN: 0726987212
Cassell Australia, New South Wales, 1975. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. 600 g; X, 266 pages, indexed, with 32 pages of black-and-white photography, maps, document facsimile, appendices, index. With colour illustrated photographic dust jacket, slightly faded on the spine section. Non-authorial gift inscription dated 1975 on half title page The author presents the BHP story as one of extraordinary people rather than dry company records. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Genealogy & Local History; Business; History -- Australia; Mining; New South Wales; ISBN: 0726987212. ISBN/EAN: 9780726987212. Inventory No: 0228581. Very Good Condition
Price: $14.40 (AUD)
Book Number: 0228581  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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