Epic Books. An Outdoors Reference Library.

Over the coming months I’ll be reviewing some of the better books in my outdoors reference library. My library is not vast, but these are some of the books I refer to most often.

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The first half of the reference library – mostly related to traditional Aussie bushcraft, with a little Horace Kephart mixed in.

Books list for photo above-

  • Bushcraft 1 – Ron Edwards – lucky find at a book exchange
  • Bushcraft 2- Ron Edwards – lucky find at a book exchange
  • Bushcraft 3 – Ron Edwards – lucky find at a book exchange
  • Bushcraft 4 – Ron Edwards (not shown) – lucky find at a book exchange
  • A Field Guide to Traditional Australian Bush Crafts – Ron Edwards – ebay
  • Australian Bushcraft – Australian Army, WWII era – Amazon
  • The Bushman’s Handbook – H.A. Lindsay – Amazon
  • The Book of Camping & Woodcraft – Horace Kephart – Amazon
  • 10 individual Bushcraft Handbooks – Richard Graves – Amazon
  • Australian Bushcraft – RM Plate – Abe Books
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Second half of the reference library – mostly skillset-based such as general survival, natural navigation and bush tucker.

Books list for photo above-

  • Nature Is Your Guide – Harold Gatty – Abe Books
  • The Rucksack Bushwalker & Camper- Milo Dunphy – had for years
  • Australian Bush Survival Skills – Kevin Casey – had for years
  • RAAF Survival Manual – Lucky find at a book exchange
  • Tracking – F. Danvers Power – Rare books store – 200 copies only printed
  • Bush Crafts – A Rigby Country Book – Lucky find at a book exchange
  • The Bush Boy’s Book – Donald McDonald – Amazon
  • Bushwalking & Camping – Paddy Pallin – Abe Books
  • Survival Manual – Australian Army – Lucky find at a book exchange
  • Don’t Die in the Bundu – DH Grainger – bidorbuy South Africa
  • Bush Foods of NSW – Royal Botanic Gardens – Lucky find at a book exchange
  • Wild Food Plants of Australia – Tim Low – Angus & Robertson
  • Wild Medicine in Australia – AB & JW Cribb – had for years
  • Wild Food in Australia – AB & JW Cribb – had for years

There are a few more books dealing with Australian/Jungle bushcraft, bushwalking & camping, combat survival and evasion and remote area vehicle operations which I’ll dig out and add to this post.

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2 thoughts on “Epic Books. An Outdoors Reference Library.

  1. Since posting about my outdoors library I stumbled upon a sleepy little book exchange tucked away in a half closed down mall. I went through it with a fine-toothed comb and came away with the following new additions to the library:

    “100 walks in NSW” Tyrone T. Thomas 1977,
    “Scouting & Tracking” Randolph B Marcy 1859,
    “Survival Cups and Hydration Manual” Brion O’Connor 2003,
    “Safe Outback Travel” Jack Absolom 1976,
    “Australian Scout Handbook” Scout Association of Australia 1973,
    “Gregory’s Australian Camping Handbook” Laurie Drake 1979,
    “Outback Cooking in the Camp Oven” Jack and Reg Absolom 1982,
    “The Rucksack Bushwalker & Camper” Milo Dunphy 1980 (my second copy since it’s truly epic),
    “Australian Guide to Camping” Paul Hamlyn 1975.

    Total cost for the books was $42.

    Although they were published long after the end of the “traditional” era, the 70s books in particular contain important tips for using and maintaining traditional types of equipment such as swags, rucksacks, tents and blankets which people from my generation weren’t taught at all in our childhood scouting days or in school cadets due to the fact that we used mostly modern gear.

  2. Another spate of binge-bookbuying has occurred over the past few weeks. New to the bookshelf are:

    Useful Wild Plants in Australia – AB & JW Cribb
    Complete Guide to Tracking – Bob Carss
    The 10 Bushcraft Books – Richard Graves (first edition)
    Useful Native Plants of Australia – HA Maiden (1970s facsimile of the 1889 edition)
    Pack Manual of Tracks, Signs and Nests – Harry Frauca
    Mammal Tracks and Signs. A Field Guide for South-Eastern Australia – Barbara Trigg

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