VANCOUVER, George (1757-1798)
[VANCOUVER] Puteshestvie v severnuiu chast’ Tikhago Okeana i vokrug sveta, sovershennoe v 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 i 1795 godakh, Kapitanom Georgiem Vankuverom.
Sanktpeterburg : v Morskoĭ tipografii, 1827-1838. Six volumes, octavo, modern half leather over marbled boards, pp , iii, 333; , 524; , 422, ; , 511; , 559; , 297; nineteenth century ink inscription on title page of volume 2, red ink stamp of a private library on half-title of volume 5, occasional mild foxing, …
DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905); DUFTY, Walter Frederick (1854-1919)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a couple of tiny spots of foxing; the mount is fine. Although this photograph is not inscribed, the title and attribution are derived from the inscriptions on a photograph with the …
DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the print with some light foxing, the mount fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak women was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. This identification, and the dating of the photograph to the late …
DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print in very good condition, with slight loss of contrast; else in fine condition with good tonal range. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. …
DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount), verso with studio imprint of ‘E. H. Dufty, photographer, Noumea, Nouvelle Caledonie’; the albumen print is slightly faded, the mount with some pale foxing. Edward Henry Dufty (1850-1905), the son of Bath photographer Francis Dufty and his wife Martha (née Stow), left England …
DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a few faint spots of foxing; the mount is fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and …
DAVIS, John (active Samoa, 1871-1893)
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); partial blindstamp of ‘J. Davis Photo’ visible lower left; this is an early ‘photograph of a photograph’ – perhaps pirated but possibly also by Davis himself – hence the image is second state; in fine condition. Whilst also acting as postmaster in Apia, …
Suárez de Figueroa, Cristóbal (1571-after 1644)
A don Ivan Andres Hurtado de Mendoça su hijo, marques de Cañete, Señor de las Villas de Argete y su partido, Montero mayor del Rey nuestro señor, Guarda mayor de la ciudad de Cuenca, etta / por el doctor Christoval Suarez de Figueroa. En Madrid : en la Imprenta Real, Año 1616. Second issue of …
Coxe, William (1748-1828)
To which are added, the conquest of Siberia, and the history of the transactions and commerce between Russia and China. London : J. Nichols, 1780. First edition. Quarto, full polished calf (a couple of scuffs to the boards), spine extensively decorated in gilt, contrasting morocco title label, expertly rebacked, folding frontispiece map of the Russian …
GRASSET DE SAINT-SAUVEUR, Jacques, 1757-1810
Encyclopédie des voyages, contenant l’abrégé historique des moeurs, usages, habitudes domestiques, religions, habitudes domestiques, religions, fêtes, supplices, funérailles, sciences, arts, et commerce de tous les peuples : er la collection complette de leurs habillemens civils, militaires, religieux et dignitaires, dessinés d’après nature, gravés avec soin et coloriés à l’aquarelle.
Rare set of Grasset de Saint-Sauveur’s ethnographic encyclopaedia, containing additional plates and in a fine binding. [Paris] : Deroy, 1796. First edition. Quarto, five volumes bound in four, early nineteenth century full vellum with central arabesque lozenges tooled in blind, manuscript titles to spines, green silk ribbons, four engraved frontispieces and 434 plates, all with fine original …
VANCOUVER, George, 1757-1798; SPARRMAN, Anders, 1748-1820
En upptäckts-resa till Norra Stilla Hafvet, och kring jordklotet : att på Kongl. Engelsk befallning och omkostnad i synnerhet forska efter något segelbart sammanhang imellan Norra Stilla och Norra Atlantiske Hafven förrättad åhren 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, 1795, under commando af Capitain George Vancouver. Ifrån engelskan i sammandrag utgifven af Anders Sparrman.
Scarce Swedish edition of Vancouver’s voyage account, being Anders Sparrman’s abridgement of Voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and round the world (1798). Stockholm : Anders Zetterberg, 1800. Two parts in one volume, small octavo, contemporary half calf over speckled papered boards, spine ruled in gilt with title labels (one partially erased); speckled edges; pp [vi], …
FITZROY, Robert, 1805-1865; DARWIN, Charles, 1809-1882; KING, Philip Parker, 1793-1856
[FITZROY’S COPY] Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836, describing their examination of the southern shores of South America, and the Beagle’s circumnavigation of the globe.
Commander of the Beagle Captain Robert FitzRoy’s own copy of the first edition of Darwin’s first published book, one of the cornerstones of modern biological science, as well as one of the great travel narratives of the modern age. A complete set bound, as was the fashion, into library calf bindings, with an outstanding provenance directly …
RIEMER, Gustav Adolph, 1842-1899
Tagebuchs-Auszug betreffend die Reise S.M.S. “Hertha” nach Ost-Asien und den Sudsee-Inseln, 1874-1877.
A great photographic rarity, Gustav Riemer’s self-published album of original photographs from the voyage of the SMS Hertha to the Far East, the Pacific and Australia includes many important ethnographic images, among them a series of portraits of Aboriginal groups taken at King George Sound, Western Australia in 1877. Teplitz : G. Riemer, 1878. Folio, original embossed …
Helsingfors [Helsinki] : G.W. Edlunds förlag, 1866. Series: Pennibibliothek för swenska allmogen i Finland utgifvet af Nyländingar. II. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, pp 20; text in Swedish; a fine copy. An overview of the history and culture of the Tahiti Islands. Unrecorded in Australian collections.
GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)
Paris : Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, . Series: Variétés 1. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s illustrated stiff wrappers, pp 16 (text), followed by 64 black-and-white plates of Gauthier’s celebrated photographs of Tahitian people and landscapes; a very good copy. Only two copies are recorded in Australian collections (National Gallery of Australia, Research Library; State Library of …
SOCIÉTÉ DES MISSIONNAIRES DU SACRÉ-COEUR
[Issoudun, France : Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur, c.1910]. Lithographic postcard, 88 x 139 mm, recto with printed caption Yule-Island. Centre de la Mission. Nouvelle-Guinée; verso printed Carte Postale; not postally used, in fine condition. The French Societé des Missionnaires du Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart Missionaries) established a mission on Yule Island, on the south coast …
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 …
SCHOUTEN, Willem Corneliszoon (c.1567-1625)
Diarivm vel descriptio laboriosissimi, & molestissimi itineris, facti à Gvilielmo Cornelii Schovtenio, Hornano, annis 1615. 1616. & 1617. Cum à parte Australi freti Magellanici, novum ductum, aut fretum, in Magnum Mare Australe detexit, totumq[ue] Orbem terrarum circumnavigavit. Quas Insulas, & regiones, & populos viderit, & quæ pericula subierit.
Amsterdami : apud Petrum Kærium, 1619. Second Latin edition. Small quarto, contemporary papered boards (rubbed), pp , 1-24, 17-71, nine folding maps and plates; title with large vignette of ships and a city and original owner’s annotation ‘This is in Dutch in ye. long booke pa : 145, [E.?] G.’; as in other copies, pages 14 and …
ARAGO, Jacques Etienne Victor (1790-1855)
[France, 1830]. Graphite on paper, 175 x 235 mm; signed and dated at lower right, ‘J. Arago 1830’; in good condition, with tiny loss at top left corner and a few spots of foxing; verso with two old tape marks at top edge; unframed. Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) was a writer, artist and explorer who …
HAWAII TOURIST BUREAU
Honolulu : Hawaii Tourist Bureau, [May, 1922]. Small square quarto, folding to 225 x 104 mm, pictorial wrappers, staple bound, pp 23, photographic illustrations and colour line drawings, folding map; a fine copy. A single copy is recorded in Australian collections (State Library of New South Wales).
AMERICAN SAMOA. GOVERNMENT
Pago-Pago : Government of American Samoa, 1917. Volume XV, number 6, June 1917. Folio newspaper, 4 pp, illustrated masthead, text printed in two columns, in Samoan and English; original folds, a fine copy. O le fa’atonu was the official organ of the Government of American Samoa. It commenced publication in 1903. About half of the scarce …
Modern voyages : Containing a Variety of Useful and Entertaining Facts, Respecting the Expeditions and the Principal Discoveries of Cavendish, Dampier, Monk, Spilbergen, Anson, Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Bougainville, Dixon, Portlock, Paterson, and others… For the amusement and instruction of youth of both sexes
In two volumes. London: Printed for G. Kearsley, 1790. Vol. I: pp. xii, 358; vol. II: pp. xii, 374,  (publisher’s catalogue). Octavo, contemporary full brown calf, spines numbered & ruled in gilt. Very good; some slight soiling, bookplate to front pastedown of each volume, pp. 323- 326 loosening in volume one, joints weakening. Includes …
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 …
Quirós, Pedro Fernández de [Queirós, Pedro Fernandes de], 1563-1615
Relation Herrn Petri Fernandes de Quir, Spanischen Hauptmans [et]c. So er König. May. in Spanien [et]c. : Von dem new erfundnem vierten theil der Welt (so bissher in Mappis oder Landtafflen Terra Australis incognita genannt) vnd desselben Länder, Reichtumb vnd Fruchtbarkeit u. vbergeben : In Spanischer Sprach zu Pampelona mit dess Koniglichen Raths erlaubnuss getruckt jetzo aber meniglich zu gutem ins Teutsch gebracht.
Augspurg [i.e. Augsburg] : bey Chrysostomo Dabertzhofer, 1611. Small quarto, recent marbled papered wrappers, all edges blue, pp , 9, , title leaf with woodcut printer’s device, engraved headpiece with Jesuit trigram, historiated initial; a fine copy, housed in a custom blind tooled morocco clam shell box. Rare first German edition of the Memorial octavo …
Travels in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, The New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and South America 1888 – 1889. Translated by Mary Daniels. London : Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1891. First edition in English. Octavo, pictorial cloth, bookplate to endpapers, folding world map, illustrations. Ferguson 17709
Dublin : Printed by C. Crookes, 83 Capel Street, 1819. Duodecimo, bound in recent quarter leather over marbled papered boards, recto and verso of front free-endpaper with early ownership inscriptions, frontispiece, title with engraved vignette, 180 pp, illustrated with  engraved plates, engraved tailpiece on final leaf, pp 107-08 with loss at lower corner (loss …
London : Macmillan & Co., 1913 – 1922 – 1924. Three volumes, all first edition, original green cloth boards (rubbed, vols. 2 and 3 lightly marked, vol. 3 with some discolouration), spines lettered in gilt, xvi, 495 pp; ix, 447 pp; ix, 326 pp; volume I ‘The Belief among the Aborigines of Australia, The Torres …
Series title: La Découverte du monde. [Paris] : Gallimard, [c.1943]. Seventh edition. Octavo, illustrated wrappers (spine chipped at head and tail), dedication in pen on front free-endpaper dated 1943, 250 pp, illustrated with 19 black and white photographic plates, 4 maps. Text in French. The book is divided into four sections, devoted to Cook’s predecessors …
WALCKENAER, Carlos Atanacio Baron de, 1771-1852
Cosmologie, ou, description générale de la terre : considérée sous ses rapports astronomiques, physiques, historiques, politiques et civils.
Paris : Chez Deterville, Libr., 1816. Second edition. Octavo, full contemporary tree calf (corners worn), spine with gil ornament and black leather title label with gilt lettering, joints starting, marbled edges, vi, 744 pp, a good copy. A comprehensive geography which includes sections on the celestial bodies, the physical nature of the earth, accounts of …
HAWKESWORTH, John; COOK, James and KING, James.
HAWKESWORTH, John. An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty, for making discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere, and successively performed by Commodore Byron, Captain Carteret, Captain Wallis, and Captain Cook, in the Dolphin, the Swallow, and the Endeavour : drawn up from the journals which were kept by the several …
[Liverpool] : Egerton Smith and Co. Printers, Pool-Lane, . A fair copy with some foxing. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 180 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Wednesday, November 21st, 1810. The play opening the bill is ‘George Barnwell’, and the evening is ‘For the Benefit of Mr Rohmer’. The full cast …
With New Scenery, Machinery, Dresses and Decorations. [Liverpool] : E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane, . A good copy, with a very small amount of edge loss at lower left. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Friday, September 15th, 1809. The play opening the bill is …
[Liverpool] : [E. and W. Smith, Printers, Pool-Lane], . A very good copy. Playbill, single sheet (285 x 190 mm), advertising a performance of ‘The Exile‘ at the Theatre-Royal, Liverpool, on Thursday September 14th, 1809, and giving notice of a forthcoming performance of ‘The Pantomime De la Perouse‘ the following evening, Friday September 15th, 1809, …
LATHAM, R. G.
The varieties of the human species; being a manual of ethnography : introductory to the study of history.
London : Charles Griffin and Company, c. 1880. Octavo, flushcut gilt-lettered plum cloth, prize bookplate to front pastedown, pp. 305 – 376, engraved illustrations, a fine copy. A classic Victorian study of ethnology with a chapter on the Oceanic Group including Polynesians, New Zealanders and Australian Aborigines with particular reference to Tasmanians.
MONROE, James; SOUTHARD, Samuel L.; United States. Board of Navy Commissioners.
Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a Report of the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to Provisions & stores furnished [to] the Squadron in the Pacific Ocean, &c. &c. May 13, 1824. Read: ordered that it lie upon the table.
Washington [D.C.] : Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1824. “18th Congress, 1st Session ”. Disbound octavo, pp 9, [1 blank], with 7 folding tables; browning and scattered foxing, but complete. The Pacific Squadron was part of the United States Navy squadron stationed in the Pacific Ocean in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Initially, there being no United States ports in the Pacific, the …
[MANUSCRIPT] Campagne de la Corvette à Voiles l’Alcméne. Commandée par Mr. Coudein, Capitaine de Frégate, à destination des Mers du Sud et Océanie.
An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members to cannibalism in New Caledonia in 1850, and of the vessel’s infamous shipwreck at Kaipara on the west coast of New Zealand in 1851, whilst en route from Hobart Town to Tahiti. …
[CROZET, Julien Marie, 1728-1780; SURVILLE, Jean-François-Marie de, 1717-1770] ROCHON, Alexis Marie, editor.
Nouveau voyage a la Mer du Sud : commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion … On a joint à cet voyage un Extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes Parages.
The first French voyages to Australia and New Zealand. Paris : Barrois l’aîné, 1783. Octavo, quarter calf with gilt ornament and contrasting morocco title label over papered boards, expertly rebacked; pp viii, 291, with 7 engraved plates, including folding map; the plates with occasional pale foxing; a very good copy, finely bound. Marc-Joseph Marion du …
CROFT, Thomas; TERRY, F.C. [Frederic Casemero] (artist), 1825-1869; SANDS & KENNY
Sydney & Melbourne: Sands & Kenny, [c.1867]. Illustrated letter paper, sheet 252 x 200 mm (lacking the blank third and fourth sides), steel engraving in black ink 118 x 168 mm (irregular), signed in image ‘Terry, del., 1853’; the letter paper is written on both remaining sides and bears a letter from the Tahiti-based merchant Thomas …
BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius, 1816-1873
Naturalist Julius Brenchley’s account of one of the most significant scientific expeditions to the Western Pacific of the nineteenth century. London : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Octavo, gilt-illustrated green cloth (rebacked, a little edge worn), endpapers replaced, folding chromolithograph frontispiece; pp xxviii, 487; colour map; 8 full page wood engravings; 36 text vignettes; chromolithographs; 50 …
DAMPIER, William (1652-1715)
[DAMPIER]. Nouveau voyage autour du monde ; ou l’on decrit en particulier l’isthme de l’Amerique … plusieurs cotes & isles des Indes Occidentales, les isles du Cap Verd, le passage par la Terre del Fuego, les Cotes Meridionales du Chili, du Perou, & du Mexique, l’Isle de Guam, Mindanao, & des autres Philippines, les Isles Orientales qui sont pres de Cambodie, de la Chine, Formosa, Lucon, Celebes, &c. la Nouvelle Hollande, les Isles de Sumatra, de Nicobar, de Saint Helene, & le Cap de Bonne-Esperance. Ou l’on traite des differens terroirs de tous ces pays, de leurs ports, des plantes, des fruits, & des animaux qu’on y trouve : de leurs habitans, de leurs coutumes, de leur religion, de leur gouvernement, de leur negoce, &c.
Rouen : Jean-Baptiste Machuel le Jeune, 1715. Five volumes, duodecimo, bound in contemporary calf, spines in compartments with gilt ornament and contrasting morocco title labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, title pages in red and black, a total of 64 engraved maps, charts and views (including three frontispiece engravings), many of them folding, engraved initials, …
HAMILTON, George, fl. 1789-1790
[BOUNTY] Reise um die Welt in der Königlichen Fregatte Pandora unter Auführung des Kapitains Edwards, während der Jahre 1790, 1791 und 1792. Nebst Entdeckungen in der Südsee … …
Berlin : In der Vossischen Buchhandlung, 1794. Octavo, contemporary half calf over papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands and contrasting morocco title label lettered in gilt (worn); front pastedown with nineteenth century stamp and label of the Marinens Bibliotek (Copenhagen) and twentieth century bookplate of S. Hansen, front free-endpaper with Marinens Bibliotek stamp and pencilled ownership signature of …
Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen. Handbuch der Reichspostdampfer-Linien nach Ostasien und Australien. No. 1, 1910.
Bremen : Norddeutscher Lloyd, 1910. Octavo, publisher’s pictorial wrappers with original owner’s signature to front (lightly foxed, short paper split at head of spine); pp 113, with folding tables and folding colour map at rear; a good copy. Scarce commercial shipping publication containing N.D.L.’s timetables, rates, baggage and freight allowances etc. for all lines, including …
Compiled by J. G. Marwick, Provost of Stromness. Kirkwall [U.K.]: W. R. Mackintosh, The Kirkwall Press, The Orcadian Office, 1935. Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth, pp. vii; ; 9 – 95, fore-edge foxed, black and white photographic plates. Rare Orkneyan imprint of the remarkable story of John Renton shipwrecked in the Soloman Islands. Originally appeared in the “Brisbane …
REEP, Richard Thompson; [CAMERON, Roderick William, 1823-1900]; [ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET COMPANY]
[MARITIME] Letter from the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company to shipping line owner R.W. Cameron regarding the conveyance of mails on the new Panama Route to Australia
London, 12 August 1859. Entire letter, 2 pp small quarto, on the engraved letterhead of the ‘Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, No 55, Moorgate Street, London’, from Richard Thompson Reep, Secretary of the RMSCPC, to R.W. Cameron, owner of the R.M. Cameron & Co. Shipping Line, New York; Reep’s message is a reply to Cameron’s enquiries about …
Map of part of the Morobe District, New Guinea Mandated Territory, and of the Gulf and Central Divisions, Papua.
Compiled from the surveys and patrols of officers of the governments of both territories, with original mapping and geological data from the prospecting expeditions of J. Nason-Jones, F.G.S., F.R.G.S. Scale 1 : 253,440 or 1 inch + 4 miles. Drawn by J. Nason-Jones and the Lands Office, Port Moresby, 1933 – 1935. Printed by H. …
FARMER, Sarah H.
with a sketch of their mission history. Written for young people. London : Hamilton, Adama & Co., 1855. Octavo, gilt lettered cloth (spine sunned), bookplate to front pastedown, frontispiece engraving, pp. vi; ; two engraved maps, 427, engravings and maps. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title page ‘F. S. Butler from Miss Farmer 1860’. A …
[NEW ZEALAND] Sketches made by a passenger on board the ship Cape Finisterre, London to Lyttleton, 1878-79
The emigrant ship Cape Finisterre sailed from London in December 1878, and arrived at Lyttelton, New Zealand, on 31 March 1879. One of the passengers on board was James J. Ledger, whose hand-illustrated manuscript journal In Search of a Home at the Antipodes documents his voyage experience. Ledger’s important journal is now held in the collection of the …
[Geographical descriptions I. Australia and the Polar regions]. Helsinki : Valistus, 1926. Octavo, publisher’s cloth backed pictorial papered boards, 191 pp, illustrated with half-tone photographic plates, a very good copy. Text in Finnish. Physical geography and ethnology of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, including Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia and Antarctica. A single copy is recorded in …
APPEL, Joseph H. / APPEL, Venie Wood
From New York, through the South Seas and around Africa. January 19 to May 13, 1937. 27,335 miles on the Stella Polaris. 3,206 miles on the Conte di Savoia. Self-published : n.d. [c 1940]. A presentation copy inscribed by the authors on the title. Quarto, green wrappers (torn lower edge, paste-down title label removed), 148 …
San Francisco : Oceanic Steamship Company, [c.1900]. Folding leaflet, narrow octavo, 170 x 90 mm, illustrated wrappers (upper wrapper with wet stamp of travel agent Hugh B. Rice, Los Angeles; tiny loss at top corner),  pp, photographic illustrations, colour map; a couple of internal tape repairs (no loss of text), else a good copy. …