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Catalogue of secondhand books on the Blue Mountains

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Baker, Michael
Megalong Tragedy - signed A record of events surrounding the death of Oonagh Kennedy on the Cox's River in August, 1967
M.J. Baker, St. Marys NSW, 2001.
Octavo; paperback; 98pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; signed in ink by the author to the first page. Near fine.
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Barker, Theo
A History of Bathurst - Volume 1 The Early Settlement to 1862
Crawford House Press Pty. Ltd., Bathurst NSW, 1992.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 267pp., with maps. Minor wear; slight scraping to the spine heel; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine.
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Barrett, Jim
Kowmung River Discovery, History and Development
Jim Barrett, Glenbrook, NSW, Australia, 1993.
First edition. Octavo; paperback; 86pp., with many maps and monochrome illustrations. rubbing to covers with edgewear; sticker ghost and one or two small scratches. Very good. The Kowmung river has its start south of the Jenolan Caves area where it traverses wild and rugged country, passing through plateaus of over 4,000 feet in height before joining Cox's River at its headwaters. The first white man to see the Kowmung was Francis Barralier in 1802, followed by George Caley in 1806; but it wasn't until 1833 that W.R. Govett finally succeeded in surveying the entire area, including the Kowmung, especially the lower 24 mile stretch. Aboriginal assistants to these exploring parties have contributed to some confusion regarding the naming of the river, but then again, none of the early mappers were accompanied by the local Gundunggurra tribespeople for whom the river is known as the Barnalay. In 1833, H.C. White named the river Kowmung after questioning his Dharug and Tharawal guides, and this name may have been either their own term for what the Gunduggura called Barnalay, or their own tribal word for the Cox: the real reason is lost in time. In the years since then, the river has been the site of cattle speculation and various attempts to forge stock routes; the logging range of cedar cutters; and the location of limestone mines. Nowadays it is best known for its spectacular bushwalking possibilities, most of which are attempted only by the very experienced.
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Belbin, Phil, & David Burke
Full Steam Across the Mountains
Methuen Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1982.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover; tan boards with white spine titling and endpaper maps; 144pp., with full-colour and monochrome photographic illustrations. Minor wear; board corners lightly scraped; toning and faint spotting to the text block edges. Very good to near fine. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Rails were the path and steam was the goliath that conquered the Blue Mountains making the rich western plains accessible. Puffing up the famous zigzags, thundering along the ridges, sending billowing clouds of smoke up against the clean mountain sky, frantically recharging air brakes on treacherous downgrades, for nearly ninety years the iron horse was supreme. One of the greatest achievements of nineteenth century engineering was the building of Australia's loftiest and steepest mainline. The line across the Blue Mountains was the greatest construction challenge the country had yet faced and in an age when shovel, wheelbarrows, picks and sheer brute force were the tools used, the achievement is astounding. John Whitton, an engineering genius, was the man responsible for elevating the line from the coastal plain to the plateau of the mountains and then bringing the trains down again. Despite almost overwhelming odds - political, financial and topographical - he succeeded. This is the story of his achievement.
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Brown, Ian (ed.)
Newnes Wolgan Valley
Newnes Hotel Cabins, Wallerawang, 2014.
Landscape quarto hardcover; illustrated black boards and pictorial endpapers; 63pp., colour & b&w photographic illustrations. Bump to lower front corner. Near fine. No dustwrapper.
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Butterworth, Meryl, & Melissa Mylchreest
Local Heroes An Insider's Guide to the Blue Mountains
The authors, Glenbrook NSW, 2012.
First edition: quarto; paperback with decorated gatefold wrappers; 192pp., with many maps and full-colour photographic illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine. A catalogue of some of the finest artisan food producers, antique and homeware suppliers, and breathtaking walks and views in the Blue Mountains, accompanied by some of the best recipes of the region's award-winning cafes and restaurants.
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Deane, Henry
The Wolgan Valley Railway - Its Construction
Australian Railway Historical Society, 1979.
Stapled royal octavo paperback; 28pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear to card covers; else very good.
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Dunlop, B.T.
Jenolan Caves New South Wales
The Department of Tourism, Sydney NSW, 1969.
Seventh edition: octavo; stapled pamphlet; 88pp. with maps and many monochrome illustrations. First page excised; foxed preliminaries; toned pages and text block edges. Light stain on front card; some foxing and insect scraping. Else good.
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Dunphy, Myles (Patrick Thompson, ed.)
Myles Dunphy Selected writings
Ballagirin, Sydney NSW, 1986.
Quarto; hardcover; brown boards with gilt spine and upper board titles and endpaper maps; 218pp., with many monochrome illustrations and maps. Minor wear; a few spots to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper is sunned along the spine panel and adjacent edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Over 50 years ago Myles Dunphy, with remarkable foresight, proposed a system of national parks in New South Wales which has now become a reality. It was his exploration, meticulous maps and reports, enthusiasm, and above all persistence which earned him the title of 'Father of Conservation in New South Wales'. This volume offers an invaluable selection of his writings, covering his years bushwalking, his ideas on conservation, family recollections, examples of his maps, extracts from his journey diaries, and his significant articles concerning the creation of National Parks. With diagrams and sepia photographs.
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Falconer, Delia
The Service of Clouds - signed copy
Picador/Pan Macmillan (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1997.
Octavo; paperback; 322pp. Moderate wear; covers rubbed and edgeworn with some scuffing; promotional sticker to the front cover; text block and page edges toned; previous owner's name in ink to the first page; signed by the author in ink to the title page. Good to very good.
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Hammill, Kate, & Liz Tasker
Vegetation, Fire and Climate Change in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
Dept. of Environment, Climate Change & Water (NSW), Sydney NSW, 2010.
Quarto; paperback; 74pp., with many maps and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear only; heel of spine panel slightly worn. Very good to near fine.
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Horne, Julia
The Pursuit of Wonder - signed copy How Australia's Landscape was Explored, Nature Discovered and Tourism Unleashed
Miegunyah Press, Melbourne Vic,, 2005.
Signed first edition. Hardcover, octavo; black boards with gilt spine titling and red endpapers; (vii + 351pp.), richly illustrated in colour and monochrome. Minor wear only; faint spotting to upper text block edges and minimal wear to lightly rubbed dustwrapper edges (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Near fine. Follows colonial tourists as they rolled up their sleeves, loosened their corsets, and set out in the pursuit of nature. The beginnings of environmental tourism together with the influence of European ideas of travel, nature and art on the perception of the Australian landscape. A chapter on the Blue Mountains and many other references.
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Jarvis, Jadwiga
The Wayzgoose Affair
Wayzgoose Press, Katoomba, 2007.
Folio hardcover; black Toyo Saifu cloth boards with blind-stamped spine titling and upper board insignia, endpapers illustrated in colour; 177pp., colour illustrations. Limited edition of 500 copies. Fine in red and black dustwrapper. This is the story of the Wayzgoose Press, a prestigious small press established in the Blue Mountains in 1985. To date the press has produced 20 books and 50 broadsides in limited editions of between 10 and 50 copies, as well as numerous ephemeral paintings. All texts are hand set, illustrated with relief imagery (wood engravings, linocuts, monoprints and collographs), printed on a proof press and hand-bound or hand-assembled and housed in a purpose-made box. A small number of copies from each edition are enclosed in a designer binding which, like the so called edition bindings, have very little in common with traditional book binding. Every aspect of production, sometimes even the writing, takes place in house, or, more precisely, in shed. 'Wayzgoose' is an old English word referring to the annual printers' picnic - as ironically the press found that printing by hand 'ain't no picnic'. Incorporated into its production - the book artists armoury - typography, layout, colour, design, illustrations, textures, binding etc., are all used to give the printed word an individual presence through a tangible, creative and germane setting. A love of black humour and the occasional profanities (Ockers) add textual meat and an element of adventure to their publications, together with the visual puns, the symbolism, literary references and the vibrant colour. In compiling the Wayzgoose Affair, the author has used excerpts from her correspondence with friends, colleagues, supporters and occasionally detractors, to compile an instructive and amusing story. She records the setbacks, successes, irritations and even disasters with a wicked wit and an often critical perceptiveness.
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Keats, Michael & Brian Fox
The Passes of Narrow Neck
Keats Holdings Pty. Ltd., Pymble, NSW, Australia, nd. (2008).
Octavo; paperback; 126pp., with maps and many full-colour illustrations. Bookplate on front cover verso. Minor wear only; cover spine and adjacent sunned. Very good. Narrow Neck is a long flat-topped ridge of land which marks the westernmost boundary between the Jamison and Megalong Valleys at Katoomba. For as long as people have settled this region, Narrow Neck has been a focus of bushwalking activity, either for those walking along its length out to its furthest extent near Mt. Solitary, or for those who viewed it as the jumping-off point for explorations down to the valley floors. This exploration was not without its benefits: when shale oil was discovered in the Blue Mountains, this area was the location of many of the major mines. With the passing of time, the memory of many of the trails along and over the edge of Narrow Neck have passed into local lore and the exact locations of these points of access have faded away. In an effort to rectify this situation, the authors - Michael Keats and Brian Fox, in their first collaborative effort - set out to re-learn the trails and see what remained of them. The results are presented here in a format established by Keats and which would become the hallmark of their ongoing bushwalking guides. Diarised accounts of the current day trekkers reveal their progress along the faint trails, while fragments of local history - including old maps and photographs - round out the experience and ground the walks in the local settlement. As usual, the text is peppered with many full-colour photographs and sketches taken by the authors and their Bush Club associates. These are not walking trails for the faint-hearted - many of them include ladders made from spikes driven into trees, or pitons hammered into rock faces (and not always maintained) - but for experienced walkers there is a wealth of detail here for planning an expedition, not to mention the sheer volume of history available for the armchair explorer.
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Langdon, Mark
Conquering the Blue Mountains
Eveleigh Press, Matraville NSW, 2006.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpapers; 147pp., monochrome plates and a folding map. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The first railway in New South Wales was opened in September 1855 between Sydney and Parramatta with the intention that it would be extended to Goulburn in the south and across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst in the west. The mountains had seemed an impenetrable barrier and initial reactions were that the building of a line was impracticable. Surveys however identified a suitable route and in 1863 work commenced. The author documents the planning and construction, the many difficulties encountered and the innovative solutions effected. The book includes many photographs of trains, locations and the personalities involved.
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Lawson Uniting Church
Lawson Centennial Church 1888-1988
Lawson Uniting Church, 1988.
Stapled octavo paperback, 52pp., monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear only; near fine.
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Lhuede, Valerie
Yerranderie Yarns: Stories of the Caretakers - Book 1
Valued Books, Milsons Point, 2003.
Second edition. Ring-bound octavo paperback; 46pp., b&w illustrations. Limited edition of 500, this No. 404. Minor wear only. Very good.
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Luchetti, A S & Iris Paridaens & Allan Cargill
The Oil Shale Industry: Experience in the Western Coalfields of New South Wales
Lithgow District Historical Society, 1979.
Stapled octavo booklet, limited and numbered edition, this No. 159 of one thousand copies; 52pp., b&w illustrations and fold out diagram at rear. Mild rubbing to covers; toned text block edges and slight wear to edges. Very good.
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Macqueen, Andy
The Life and Journeys of Barrallier 1773 - 1853 Blue Mountains to Bridgetown
The Author, Springwood, 1993.
Octavo; paperback; 160pp., black & white illustrations. Minor wear; mild toning and faint spotting to text block; cover spine and adjacent sunned; small scrape on rear panel. Otherwise very good. Everyone has heard of Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson's crossing of the Blue Mountains. But few know that a French exile named Baraillier reached a point further westward eleven years before the famous three. Barrallier's achievements in other areas - such as the Hunter River and overseas - have remained unrecognised. What was a Frenchman doing in the British army, and how did he come to be exploring in New South Wales? Why did his friend Governor King appoint him as an ambassador to the king of the mountains? And why was this capable young explorer, surveyor and engineer suddenly obliged to leave the colony? This is an account of Barallier's fascinating life and journeys. Much more information is brought to light, and several intriguing myths exploded.
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Ralston, Basil
Jenolan The Golden Ages of Caving
Three Sisters Publications Pty. Ltd., Winmalee NSW, 1989.
Quarto; stapled paperback; 64pp., with maps and monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear only; near fine.
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Rosen, Sue
Losing Ground An Environmental History of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 1995.
Quarto; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine-title and endpapers maps; 190pp., with many black & white illustrations. Mild rubbing to board edges and corners; one or two spots on endpapers. Dustwrapper now protected in non-adhesive polypropylene. Very good to near fine. Sue Rosen was commissioned in 1992 by the Water Board to write a study of the impact of European land use on the Hawkesbury - Nepean catchment to provide valuable background information in the formulation of environmental management policies. The author in extending the report to reach a wider audience included themes such as: Aboriginal land use before the invasion; early exploration in the Sydney area; settler activity; flooding; developments in engineering and public health; heavy industry; urbanisation; and the growth of an environmental consciousness. The environmental history is well illustrated and includes a comprehensive appendix of scientific terms; endnotes and a bibliography.
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Sloss, Robert
Bushwalking Katoomba to Mittagong Track The Ensign Barrallier Walk
Robert William Sloss, Mittagong, 1995.
Stapled octavo paperback pamphlet, 43pp., monochrome maps. Illustrated card covers; orange and black titling. Minor wear; mildly toned text block edges; mild scattered spotting to covers; sticker residue on upper front corner. Very good.
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Smith, Jim
Aboriginal Legends of the Blue Mountains
The Author, Wentworth Falls, 1992.
Quarto paperback, 99pp. + fold-out map. Bookplate to cover verso. Minor wear; foxing and some marks and stains to white illustrated covers; spotting to text block edges. Very good. Issued for subscribers only.
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Smith, Jim
The Track Maker: The Life and Works of Peter Mulheran
Den Fenella Press, Wentworth Falls, 2012.
Quarto paperback; 167pp., colour and monochrome illustrations and maps. One or two spots on text block edges and one or two on illustrated card covers; mild wear to edges. Near fine. Issued for subscribers only.
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Speirs, Hugh (Foreword by Manning Clark; Preface by John Olsen)
Landscape Art and the Blue Mountains The Artistic, Historical, and Environmental Influences upon the Landscape Art of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia; with An Introduction to the Ways in which Nature and Art may be linked in Painting
Alternative Publishing Co-operative, Sydney NSW, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and decorated endpapers; 203pp. with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Lower board edge scraped; otherwise mild wear only. Very good in like dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. An extended musing upon Nature's impact upon Art, and its ramifications for history and the environment. On one level, Speirs' work is a catalogue of over 220 artists - from Augustus Earle to Reinis Zusters - who have committed paint to canvas in the Blue Mountains region; on another it discusses the effect that such imagery has on the viewers of those works and on their expectations of what the Blue Mountains have to offer, not just artistically, but also socially and commercially. In discussing the "poetic transformation" which the artist imposes upon the landscape, Speirs tracks this change back from the Image to the Human and Natural worlds, on to its logical conclusion: do we see the Blue Mountains as they are? Or as they have been envisaged for us, with all of the baggage which that presumes?
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Woods, Christopher J.
Yellow Rock to Green Gully: Place Names in the Blue Mountains
Melaleuca Productions, Katoomba, 1999.
Quarto paperback; limited and numbered edition, this No. 23 of 100 copies; 202pp., b&w map. Bookplate to front cover verso. Spotting to upper text block edges; mild foxing to blue covers with creasing at corners and hand-written book title on spine in black felt pen; one or two marks. Very good.
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Zusters, Reinis
Spiral Vision - signed
Bay Books Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1981.
Square quarto; hardcover, with decorated upper board; 176pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; slightly rolled; some scraping to the board bottom edges; mild offset to the endpapers; signed, with an inscription by the artist, to the half-title page. Decorated clear acetate jacket somewhat rubbed and scuffed. Very good. An overview of the artist's work, but with substantial emphasis on his Blue Mountains work. Further landscapes, cityscapes are included, human encounters and spiritual visions.
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Zusters, Reinis
Spiral Vision - signed and illustrated by artist
Bay Books, Sydney NSW, 1981.
Quarto; hardcover: 176pp. Moderate wear; reverse of flyleaf and half-title page inscribed in ink and illustrated in monochrome by the author (portraits of the owners, perhaps) and dated 1994. Decorated boards, acetate jacket. Minor wear only; near fine. An overview of the artist's work, but with substantial emphasis on his Blue Mountains work. Further landscapes, cityscapes are included, human encounters and spiritual visions.
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