DAVIES, Herbert John (1772-1855)
A Tahitian and English dictionary, with introductory remarks on the Polynesian language, and a short grammar of the Tahitian dialect: with an appendix containing a list of foreign words used in the Tahitian Bible, in commerce, etc., with the sources from whence they have been derived.
Tahiti : London Missionary Society’s press, 1851. First edition. Octavo, contemporary half cloth over marbled papered boards (rubbed), pp. vi, 314, 7; rear endpapers with original owner’s manuscript lingustic notes in ink and graphite, rear pastedown with tipped-in nineteenth century printed tabulated key for Tahitian measurements, currency and numbers; a good copy. The first complete …
RADERMACHER, Jacob Cornelis Matthieu (1741-1783), et al.
Te Batavia : Ter Lands Drukkerij, 1824. “Tweede druk” (second printing). Thick octavo, original printed orange wrappers (paper restored along spine), title with early ownership inscription, pp 48, 335,  index, 1 folding table,  blank; mild waterstaining to top edges of some leaves (not affecting legibility), otherwise clean and sound throughout. A scarce early …
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine de (1729-1811)
en 1776, 1767. 1768 & 1769. Paris : Chez Saillant & Nyon, 1772. Second édition, augmentée. Two volumes, octavo, contemporary full mottled calf, spines with raised bands, gilt ornament and red labels with gilt lettering, marbled endpapers, all edges stained red, pp 336, 453, , first volume with 6 copper engraved maps (folding), second volume with …
BAKER, Sydney J.
The Australian language. An examination of the English language and English speech as used in Australia, from convict days to the present, with special reference to the growth of indigenous idiom and its use by Australian writers.
London : Angus and Robertson Ltd, 1945. Octavo, publisher’s orange cloth in dust jacket, front pastedown with later ex libris, front free-endpaper with extensive gift inscription dated 1946; pp. xii, 425, black-and-white plates throughout; a good copy of the second issue, with the defamatory sentence referring to the Bulletin omitted on page 295.
A tribute to the Australian scene. San Francisco : The Windsor Press, [circa 1936]. Duodecimo, printed wrappers, book label for John Gartner (of The Hawthorn Press) inside front wrapper, pp. , unopened, colophon. Limited to 100 signed copies. Nationalistic poetry of a boy in the Australian rural environment. Scarce. Sydney born printer James Johnson established …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The Chinese classics : with a translation, critical and exegetical notes, prolegoma, and copious indexes. Vol. II : the works of Mencius
Hong Kong : at the author’s and London : Trubner & Co., 1861. First edition. Volume II only. Octavo, half-morocco over cloth (rebacked with cloth spine, new endpapers), pp. viii; 126; ; 497, text in English and Chinese. Volume II of Legge’s great series of translations of Chinese classical works. Printed in Hong Kong, all …
Lahore : Murree Language School, 1956. Duodecimo, half-cloth over papered boards (worn), text in Urdu, previous owner’s name inscribed to endpaper. Rare.
CASTORANO, Carolus Horatii a (Carolo Orazi di), 1673-1755
[MANUSCRIPT] Jesus. Maria. Joseph. Grammatica, seu Manuductio ad Linguam Sinicam addiscendam. Absoluto Dictionario Latino-Italo-Sinico quia Deus dignatur mihi concedere adhuc Vitam, et Salutem, necessaria duxi eidem ulterius adjungere seu Grammaticam seu Manuductionem ad Linguam Sinicam facilius addiscondam, ut novi Patus Missionarii in hoc Imperis Sinensi de omnibus sufficienter sint …
An extremely rare and important contemporary copy of an unpublished grammar of the Chinese language by the Franciscan missionary Father Carolus Horatii a Castorano, originally made at Peking in 1732; manuscript in Castorano’s own hand, made at Rome in 1736. [Rome, 1736]. Quarto (260 x 205 mm), original vellum covered boards (stained), spine with original manuscript in black …
Abel-Rémusat, Jean-Pierre (1788-1832)
[MANUSCRIPT] Vocabularium Sinico-Latinum, characteres circiter 1700 explicatos praebens. Kalendis VIIis, CIƆ’IƆCCCX
An important Chinese-Latin dictionary in manuscript, prepared by the renowned French sinologist Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832) at the outset of his academic career. It pre-dates his first published work, Essai sur la Langue
et la Litterature Chinoise (Paris, 1811), and was possibly preparatory to his Plan d’un dictionnaire chinois (1814).
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
London : Printed for Black and Parry … by C. Stower, 1812. First edition. Octavo, later half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine with earlier gilt lettered backstrip laid down; pp vi, [1 contents], 71; first page with contemporary annotation in Chinese characters in red ink; a fine copy. The Anglo-Scottish missionary and East India …
MORRISON, Robert (1782-1834)
Canton [but Macau], China : Printed by order of the Select Committee; at the Honourable East India Company’s Press, by P. P. Thoms, 1815. Octavo, recent half calf over cloth boards, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering; pp , 50 [numbered without pages 9-10, as issued]; a fine copy. Only the second work published at …
THOMS, Peter Perring
[Hua Jian] Chinese Courtship. In Verse. To which is added, an Appendix, Treating of the Revenue of China, &c. &c.
London : Published by Parbury, Allen, and Kingsbury ; Macao, China : Printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt rule and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; early bookseller’s label of W. White, Piccadilly, to front pastedown; printed on Chinese paper; …
DAVIS, John Francis (1795 - 1890)
Poeseos sinensis commentarii. On the poetry of the Chinese, (from the Royal Asiatic Translations) to which are added, translations & detached pieces
Macao : printed at the Honorable East India Company’s Press, by G. J. Steyn and brother, 1834. Octavo, half-crushed morocco over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, bookplate for W. W. Rockhill to front pastedown, pp [viii]; 199; a fine copy. Text in English, Chinese and Latin. First published in London in …
CALLERY, J[ospeh] M[arie]
Macao : s.n., 1841. Two volumes, octavo, quarter crushed morocco over marbled papered boards (edges rubbed), spine with contrasting morocco title labels, marbled endpapers, the original printed wrappers bound in on stubs, inscribed ‘Jules Stier, Canton 1843 – 1844); Vol. I : title page (in Latin); title page (in Chinese); list of subscribers (a couple …
WILLIAMS, Samuel Wells (1812-1884)
Macao : Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1844. Octavo, recent half-crushed morocco over marbled boards, spine gilt ruled in compartments with contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt; pp [viii], lxxxviii, 434, 435-440 (errata); additional title page in Chinese characters set within decorative border (chipped at bottom corner), facing main title page in …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Chinese dialogues; questions, and familiar sentences, literally rendered into English, with a view to promote commercial intercourse, and to assist beginners in the language.
Shanghae (Shangai) : Printed at the Mission Press, 1844. First edition. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (heavily rubbed, corners worn, backstrip lifting, front hinge cracked), front free-endpaper inscribed in ink in a contemporary hand ‘Curious China Expositor’ and with early owners’ names in ink and faint pencil (tear at fore-edge), pp viii, 782 …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1848. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp vi, 69; title page and last leaf lightly foxed; numerous contemporary annotations and underlinings in brown ink, presumably made by an early missionary as they show a familiarity with the Chinese language; …
MEDHURST, W.H. (Walter Henry), 1796-1857
Reply to the essay of Dr. Boone on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton : Press of S. Wells Williams, 1848. Octavo, recent half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 107, 23 [Correspondence on the version of the Chinese New Testament, now carrying forward at Shanghai]; a very good copy. A response by the English Congregationalist missionary and sinologist Walter Henry Medhurst to William Jones Boone’s important …
MEADOWS, Thomas Taylor (1815-1868)
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1849. Octavo, recent half calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp viii, 54, [48 texts in Manchu (Mongolian) script, block printed in the Chinese style]; facing title page, a title page in Chinese and Manchu printed on yellow paper (chipped at corners); leaves with browning and scattered foxing; …
BOONE, William Jones (1811-1864)
Defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos into the Chinese language.
Canton, Printed at the Office of the Chinese Repository, 1850. Octavo, half green calf over marbled papered boards, spine lettered in gilt; pp 168, [1 errata]; the last few leaves with expert paper repairs (no loss of text); else a good copy. William Jones Boone was Missionary Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the …
LEGGE, James (1815-1897)
The notions of the Chinese concerning God and Spirits: with an examination of the defense of an essay on the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, into the Chinese language, by W.J. Boone …
Hongkong : Printed at the “Hongkong Register” Office, 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth backed marbled papered boards (rubbed, corners worn), spine with its original printed paper title label; hinges cracked; front pastedown with early ownership inscription; pp iv, iii, 166; endpapers and preliminaries lightly foxed, occasional spotting, else a clean copy. A response to William Jones Boone’s Defense …
DOTY, Elihu (1809-1864); [POHLMAN, William J.]
Canton : S. Wells Williams, 1853. Octavo, recent half morocco over marbled papered boards ruled in gilt, spine with raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering; pp [1 blank], xii, iii, , 214, [1 blank]; first blank with original owner’s stamp in Chinese characters and ownership signature in ink in romanized script ‘Mo-ah’ (small marginal repair); …
BONNEY, Samuel William
Phrases in the Canton colloquial dialect : arranged according to the number of Chinese characters in a phrase ; with an English translation
Canton : [s.n.], 1853. Octavo, recent papered boards, spine with gilt lettered morocco title label, head of the title page with publisher’s slip cancel printed ‘Phrases’ laid down over what was possibly a printing error or earlier version of the first word in the title; pp 98; a few early marginalia; a fine copy. The …
José de Acosta; Juan de Atienza (attributed)
$135,000 USD ministros prediquen y enseñen a los Yndios y a las demas personas. Conforme a lo que en el sancto Concilio Provincial de Lima se proveyo. Span., Quichua, Aymara. Impresso con licencia de la Real Audiencia, en la Ciudad de los Reyes [Lima] : Por Antonio Ricardo, primero impressor en estos Reynos del Piru, Año …
Diego González Holguín, 1560-1620
$35,000 USD Inca. Añadida y cvmplida en todo lo qve le faltaua de tiempos, y dela Grammatica, y recogido en forma de Arte lo mas necessario enlos dos primeros libros. Con mas otros dos libros postreros de addiciones al Arte para mas perficionarla, el vno para alcançar la copia de vacablos, y el otro para la …
Diego González Holguín, 1560-1620
$35,000 USD Corregido y renovado conforme ala propriedad cortesana del Cuzco. Diuidido en dos libros, que son dos Vocabularios enteros en que salen a luz de nueuo las cosas q̃ faltauan al Vocabulario. Y la suma de las cosas que se aumentan se vea enla hoja siguiente. Impresso enla Ciudad de los Reyes [Lima], Por Francisco …
Juan Pérez Bocanegra
$6,000 USD los santos sacramentos del baptismo, confirmacion, eucaristia, y viatico, penitencia, extremauncion, y matrimonio, con aduertencias muy necessarias. Por el bachiller Ivan Perez Bocanegra, presbitero, en la lengua Quechua general … … Impresso en Lima : por Geronymo de Contreras, Iunto al Conuento de santo Domingo, Año de 1631. Quarto, later marbled papered boards, spine with ornamental gilt …
$5,750 USD Compuesto por el m. r. p. Pedro Marban de la Compania de Jesvs, superior, que fue, de las missiones de infieles, que tiene la Compañia de esta provincia de el Perù en las dilatadas regiones de los Indios Moxos, y Chiquitos ; dirigido al Excmo. Sor. D. Melchor Portocarrero Lasso de la Vega … [Lima] : …
$3,000 USD añade la Doctrina christiana, esto es, rezo, catecismo, coplas, confesionario, y plàticas; lo mas en lengua chilena y castellana: Y por fin un Vocabulario hispano-chileno, y un Calepino chileno-hispano mas copioso. Compuesto por el P. Andres Febres misionero de la Comp. de Jesus. Año de 1764 … Lima, En la calle de la Encarnaçion …
Mercantile dictionary. A complete vocabulary of the technicalities of commercial correspondence, names of articles of trade, in English, and Chinese languages.
By Cheuk Ki-Shan, Canton, China. Revised and enlarged, third edition. Hong Kong : Tsun Wan Yat Po, 1901. Octavo, watered silk, gilt-lettered in Chinese characters, pp. iii; 394, an extensive dictionary of trade terminology in English and Chinese. Scarce Hong Kong imprint.
MONRAD, Ditlev Gothard, Bishop of Lolland and Falster (1811-1887); BECK, A.F.
… Resp. F. Beck …. [= Concerning the passive forms in Semitic languages]. Hauniæ [Copenhagen] : Typis excudit Fabritius de Tengnagel, 1838. Octavo, modern black leather binding, 171 pp, scattered foxing. Text in Latin. Politician and religious authority Ditlev Gothard Monrad’s dissertation on comparative Semitic linguistics, presented for the degree of Magistergraden. Monrad lived in New Zealand …
ROBERT, Louis de
[Trabzon, Turkey : 1874]. Manuscript in ink, folio, in original ribbon-tied gatherings, ff [1 title leaf], 131, most leaves written recto and verso, with transcriptions of Urartian cuneiform inscriptions accompanied by comparative examples in Assyrian cuneiform, Hebrew and Arabic throughout; the verso of the final leaf is inscribed and dated by the author Trébizonde [i.e. …
ROTH, Walter E.
/ by Walter E. Roth ; with the assistance of G.H. Schwarz and W. Poland. Brisbane : Edmund Gregory, Government Printer, 1901. Series: Queensland ethnography ; bulletin no. 2. Large quarto, original printed wrappers (upper wrapper with short tear to fore-edge and old collection stamps of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia and the Royal …
HEY, N. (Nicholas); ROTH, Walter E..
/ by N. Hey ; revised and edited by Walter E. Roth. Brisbane : G.A. Vaughan, Government Printer, 1903. Series: Queensland ethnography ; bulletin no. 6. Large quarto, original printed wrappers (stained; old collection stamps of the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia and the Royal Historical Society of Victoria to upper wrapper); staple bound; 23 pp; a …
NIEBUHR, Carsten (1733-1815)
Kopenhagen : Nicolaus Möller, 1774-1778. First German edition. Two volumes, quarto, in contemporary matching full vellum bindings, spines with titles and ownership initials in blind (first volume with short tear to vellum at head of spine), all edges stained red, front paste-down of first volume with original bookseller’s label imprinted Aus dem Antiquarischen Magazin des Universitäts …
TAPLIN, George (translator)
inhabiting the lakes and lower Murray, and called Narrinyeri / [from the translation of Mr. George Taplin, missionary agent of the Aborigines’ Friends’ Association at Point MacLeay]. [Adelaide] : South Australian Auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1864. First edition. Octavo, original printed blue wrappers (upper wrapper marked, some paper loss at head …
Diego González Holguín, 1560-1620
llamada lengua Qquichua o lengua del Inca : añadida y cumplida en todo lo que le faltaba de tiempos, y de la gramática y recogido en forma de arte de los mas necesario en los dos primeros libros : con mas otros dos libros postreros de adiciones al ate para mas perficionarla, el uno para …
Kampala : The Eagle Press, 1955. Octavo, blue inlaid boards (covers stained), 50 pp; internally sound. Acoli is a language spoken in northern Uganda and southern South Sudan.
Nairobi : Thomson Press, 1970. Octavo, buff wrappers, 61 pp; a good copy. Includes introduction by Hon. Taita Towet, Minister for Education. A scarce precursor to Ng’elechei’s 1979 Kalenjin-Kalenjin dictionary.
[MOORE, Maurice, brother]
Cover title: Fijian as it should be spoken : a correct and easy method of acquiring the language. Westmead, N.S.W. : The Boys’ Home, 1906. Octavo, original pictorial blue cloth (rubbed and lightly marked), 94,  pp, includes Fijian vocabulary, a very good copy.
LISTER-TURNER, Rev. R.; CLARK, Rev. J.B. CHATTERTON, Percy (editor)
Sydney : A.H. Pettifer, Govt. Printer, [194?]. Second edition. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards, 91 pp, edges with small amount of flecking, a very good copy.
[Āl Inḍiyā Muḥammadan Inglo Oriyanṭal Ejūkeshnal Kānfarans]
Delhi : Maktaba-e-Mujtabaee, 1911. A pair of broadsides summarizing proceedings at the All-India Muslim Educational Conference, held at Nagpur in December 1911. Two folio sheets, each 500 x 320 mm, printed recto only, text in Urdu in Arabic script; original folds with small amount of toning, otherwise fine.
CHAMBERS, Rev. Harold
with lists of useful sentences and phrases, sets of exercises, and a comprehensive vocabulary. Suva : Methodist Mission Press, . Octavo, original cloth backed printed boards, 74 pp, mild foxing to the outer leaves, a very good copy.
Unpublished manuscript. Undated, but circa 1900. Small quarto size notebook, 230 x 180 mm, bound in heavy boards covered in hessian cloth, the upper board with the blind stamped crest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Issoudun, front paste-down with a printed map of France laid down, manuscript title page (almost detached) ‘Dictionnaire de …
VERNIER, Charles; DROLLET, Alexandre T.
Valence-sur-Rhone, France : Imprimeries Réunies Ducros et Lombard Aberlen, 1934. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth boards with gilt lettering to upper board and spine, pp xvi, 59, a very good copy. The State Library of New South Wales holds the only copy recorded in Australian collections; a single copy is also recorded in New Zealand collections …
par le P. Paolo Coluccia M.S.C. compilé à Waima le 27-X-1943. Quarto, palm leaf wrappers (some loss to the edges and along spine), stitched, front endpaper and title with the violet wet stamp of the Roman Catholic Mission, Yule Island (run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Issoudun), typescript, the title bearing a …
PARKHOUSE, Thomas Anstey (editor) ; [JOHNSON, Edward Angas 1873-1951]
Woodville, S.A. : Parkhouse, [1933-1935]. First edition. Edition limited to 80 copies of each volume. Two volumes, octavo, brown pebbled cloth with gilt lettering to spines, marbled endpapers, both volumes with owner’s inscription of [Dr.] E. Angas Johnson, Adelaide curio collector, 176, 47 pp, contains Adelaide tribes, by J. Stephens; Some account of the manners …
TAPLIN, Reverend George
Adelaide : E. Spiller, Govt. Printer, 1880. Octavo, original printed wrappers (tiny top corner piece missing throughout), staple bound, old library stamp to inner front cover, inner hinge of the outer leaves neatly reinforced, 24 pp, internally very clean, a good copy. This grammar of the language of the Ngarrindjeri people of the region around …