• # 34886

    NEWELL, J. E. (James Edward)

    O le tala i le lalolagi ma ona faafanua = Samoan geography

    (by J.E. Newell). O le lomiga fou, 1904. Sydney, NSW : William Brooks & Co., Ltd., 1904. “Printed for the Samoan District Committee of the London Missionary Society, May, 1901. Revised 1904. Third edition.” Octavo, original cloth-backed printed papered boards (rubbed and stained; original owner’s name F. W. Hunt to upper board; substantial loss of …

  • # 35186

    FRITTS, Jean G.

    Sotheby’s. African and Tribal Art. New York, May 19 2000.

    Sydney : New York, 2000. Quarto (270 x 210 mm), illustrated card covers, pp 132; auction catalogue with 302 lots, illustrated in colour and b/w; a very good copy.

  • # 34907

    FORT, George Seymour

    Chance or design? A pioneer looks back : experiences in New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea and Africa

    [Cover title]. Also titled: Chance or design? A pioneer looks back. London : Robert Hale Limited, [1942]. First edition. Octavo (218 x 145 mm), publisher’s blue cloth over boards, in the original dust jacket (chipped, spine sunned); pp 180; portrait frontispiece, 6 b/w photographic plates, index; internally very good; the publisher’s ‘With the Compliments of …

  • # 34912


    The relations between the Hawaiian Islands and Spanish America in early times.

    [s.l. : s.n.], 1892. Series: Papers of the Hawaiian Historical Society, no. 1. “Read before the Hawaiian Historical Society, January 28, 1892”. Octavo (212 mm), original printed brown wrappers (chipped, nick to fore-edge of wrappers and all pages), stitched, 10 pp; internally clean and sound. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (SLQ).

  • # 35208

    An account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Great South Sea.

    Composed from the journals of Capt. Henry Wilson and his officers; who, in August, 1783, were there ship-wrecked in the Antelope Packet. Stanford, New York : Daniel Lawrence, 1802. Sextodecimo, primitive publisher’s binding of quarter-roan over marbled papered boards over wood (worn), inscriptions to endpapers, pp. 131; iv, internally fine. Provincial New York state imprint, …

  • # 34694

    BERGER, Henry (Henri) (1844-1929)

    [SHEET MUSIC] Mele Hawaii

    Honolulu, HI : The Hawaiian News Co. (vendors J. H. Soper or The Hawaiian News Co.), [1884-1888]. Folio, 350 x 270 mm, original deluxe binding of azure velvet over limp boards, the front with title lettered in gilt-metal appliqué (this binding unknown to Forbes), patterned pastedowns and endpapers; recto of first blank with a significant ownership inscription, …

  • # 34606

    BEYER, Ferdinand (1803-1864)

    [SHEET MUSIC; MARQUESAS] Gesang von der Insel Nukahiwa / Chant de Nukahiva

    Mainz : bei B. Schott’s Söhnen ; Brüssel : bei Gebrüder Schott ; London : bei Schott & Cie., [1855?]. Series: Vaterlandslieder / Chants patriotiques / Für das Pianoforte bearbeitet von Ferd. Beyer. No. 45. Folio (330 x 260 mm), bifolium (detached), [4] pages, the front with title and imprint and a colour design featuring a French tricolour …

  • # 15593

    Maker unknown.

    Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization

    [Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …

  • # 34530

    British and Foreign Bible Society.

    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Buki tabu lowaenei : Nugana, Si apwesa, Loina, Ruta, Esiteri, Salamo, Isaia, Iona.

    [=Old Testament. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Ruth, Esther, Psalms, Isaiah, and Jonah in Dobu]. London : British and Foreign Bible Society, 1919. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), original limp black roan, spine titled in gilt, 361 pp; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the front free-endpaper. Dobu (or …

  • # 34378

    [PAGE, Harlan]

    Memoir of Thomas Hamitah Patoo : a native of the Marquesas Islands, who died June 19, 1823, while a member of the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut.

    New York : American Tract Society, 144 Nassau-street, [1829]. At foot of wrapper title: Series IV., no. 1. Duodecimo (132 x 85 mm), illustrated yellow wrappers, stitch bound; original owner’s name (Charles A. Pierce, Groton, Mass.) to both sides of the upper wrapper; lower wrapper with publisher’s advertisement and Fanshaw, printer at foot; pp 36, …

  • # 10668

    TILESIUS VON TILENAU, Wilhelm Gottlieb (1769-1857)

    [MARQUESAS] Ueber den Ursprung des bürgerlichen Lebens und der Staatsform in den Südsee-Inseln, und zwar auf der Insel Nuckahiwah, einer der Washington-Inseln. 

    pp 133-168 in: Karl Heinrich Ludwig Pőlitz (editor), Jahrbücher der Geschichte und Staatskunst : eine Monatsschrift. Leipzig : Hinrichs, May, 1828. Octavo (215 x 130 mm), original printed wrappers, pp 113-224, partially uncut; with folio size folding lithographic plate of Marquesan tattoo designs at rear; a fine copy. Text in German in Fraktur. The German naturalist and explorer …

  • # 33732

    GUIART, Jean

    L’art autochtone de Nouvelle-Calédonie.

    [Nouvelle-Caledonie] : Éditions des Études Mélanésiennes, [1953]. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated wrappers, 49 pp, illustrated with 27 plates (2 colour), line drawings in the text, folding colour map, bibliography; a fine copy. Text in French. An important and scarce reference work on the indigenous art of New Caledonia.

  • # 34015

    GEIL, William Edgar (1865-1925)

    [NEW GUINEA] Ocean and isle. (First edition, signed by the author)

    Melbourne : Wm. T. Pater & Co., 1902. First edition. Octavo (220 x 150 mm), publisher’s maroon cloth over boards with gilt-lettered spine (a few light marks, spine ends softened), patterned endpapers, first blank with a Biblical quote (Luke 19:13) inscribed by the author in ink and with his signature beneath in pencil, frontispiece photographic …

  • # 34151

    LENWOOD, Frank

    Pastels from the Pacific

    London (etc.) : Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1917. First edition. Small square quarto (215 x 175 mm), publisher’s decorated cloth over boards; pp xii, 224; illustrated with 41 plates, many reproducing the author’s pastel drawings (12 in colour), but also including numerous b/w photographic plates; one small map (p. 128) and a large folding …

  • # 33832


    Fares & Sailings. Hawaii – New Zealand – Australia

    San Francisco : Matson Line, 1938. Quarto, folded in half to narrow octavo, self-wrappers, pp. [16], schedules of sailings from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Honolulu, with itineraries of Pacific cruises visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, Suva, etc. Usefully, the regulations included also give detail of what discounted fares may be applied to one’s servants …

  • # 33811

    REASON, Joyce (editor)

    The South Seas book

    London : Livingstone Press, 1946. Small quarto, illustrated papered boards (edges slightly rubbed, lightly bowed), presentation bookplate from the London Missionary Society to Iris Pepper on the front free endpaper, pp. 96, illustrated. A book for children about the missionary activities in the South Sea islands, with descriptions of local people and their customs, including …