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Alexander Pearce of Macquarie Harbour: Convict - Bushranger - Cannibal

Sprod, Dan
Cat and Fiddle Press, Hobart
ISBN: 0858530317
Format: Hardcover in Dustjacket
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Condition: Fine in edgeworn dustjacket.

Price: $90.00 (inc GST)


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xv, 173 p., 8 p. of plates : map on endpapers ; 23 cm. First Edition #1020 In this reasoned reconstruction, the exploits of the notorious cannibal-convict, Alexander Pearce, the Man-Eater of Macquarie Harbour and prototype for Marcus Clarke's Gabbett, are traced from his (partly unpublished) confessions to the penal authorities and by exhaustive reference to contemporary records of all kinds. Pearce's two escapes from the hated penal settlement in 1822 and 1823, the fate of his companions, his successful crossing of the mountains and adventures whilst ranging the bush are reconstructEd. The author succeeds in separating the truth from sensational legend and examines the factors which motivated Pearce's cannibalism and the convict's contribution to the exploration of unknown regions of the colony. Illus. + Map eps of Van Diemen's Land, Appendices, Notes and References, Bibliog. and Index. First Edition. ISBN 10: 0858530317 ISBN 13: 9780858530317 (Fine in dustjacket with edgewear. SCARCE

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