Carpet of Silver: The Wreck of the Zuytdorp

Playford, Phillip

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Synopsis: The Zuytdorp, one of the great ships of the Dutch East India Company, disappeared without a trace after leaving Cape Town in 1712. The ship was carrying a rich cargo including some 250,000 guilders in silver coins. It was nearly two and a half centuries before the mystery of its fate was finally solved. In Carpet of Silver: The Wreck of the Zuytdorp—winner of the Western Australian Premier's Books Awards 1997 (Historical/Critical Studies) and now back in print—Phillip Playford, one of the wreck's discoverers, gives an engrossing account of an incredible true story. Yet, two intriguing mysteries remain. What became of the survivors of the wreck? Did they perhaps join the Aborigines, becoming Australia's first European inhabitants? And where is the three tons of treasure the ship carried, the fabled 'carpet of silver'?

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Title: Carpet of Silver: The Wreck of the Zuytdorp
Publisher: UWA Publishing

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Playford, Phillip
Published by University of Western Australia Press (1996)
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Book Description University of Western Australia Press, 1996. Hardcover in Dustjacket. Book Condition: Near Fine. SCARCE FIRST EDITION HARDCOVER. The Zuytdorp, one of the great ships of the Dutch East India Company, disappeared without trace after leaving Cape Town in 1712, en route to Batavia (Jakarta). The ship was carrying a rich cargo, including some 250,000 guilders in silver coins. Two hundred and forty-two years later, young geologist Phillip Playford stood at the top of precipitous cliffs on a remote part of the Western Australian coast, looking down on wooden wreckage laying scattered below. He had been drawn to this desolate spot by the graphic tales of an elderly stockman: tales of old Dutch coins, a figurehead, and other relics that had been found there many years before. Playford later proved that the wreckage and relics came from the long-lost Zuytdorp, which had crashed into these forbidding cliffs during the winter of 1712.Phillip Playford brings to life the adventurous story of the Zuytdorp - its voyages and its disappearance, discovery and identification of the wreck, looting of the treasure, courageous underwater archaeological investigations, and evidence that survivors managed to struggle ashore, but never returned to civilization. He also explores possible answers to the intriguing mysteries that still remain. What happened to the survivors? Did they join the Aborigines, to become some of Australia's first European settlers? And who looted the treasure of the Zuytdrop, its fabled 'carpet of silver'? pp.xii, 260 #230815/0616R/0217R Unmarked copy except light scratch to back of dustjacket. First Edition Hardcover copy. ( Please note: Over standard weight. Orders via ABE Books may incur additional postage charges. We will contact you prior to processing order to request your approval. ). Bookseller Inventory # 8013

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Book Description University of Western Australia, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000966268

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