ORTON, Joseph Rennard (1795-1842); HENRY, Samuel
Autograph letter signed by Joseph Orton to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society concerning a plan proposed by the merchant Samuel Henry to improve contact between missionary stations in the South Seas, 1832.
Bifolium, manuscript ink on paper,  pages, signed by Samuel Henry, addressed to Joseph Orton, dated 15 August 1832; following an autograph letter, [1 1/2] pages, signed by Joseph Orton, addressed to the secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, dated 7 September 1832; verso of second leaf of bifolium with penned address panel, postal stamps …
SMITH, Edward Herbert; [BRUGUIÈRE, Antoine André, Baron de Sorsum, 1773-1823]
[LA PÉROUSE; BOTANY BAY] Poems, original and translated, by E. H. Smith, A. B., Incumbent of Killamarsh. / “Sweet heart-soothing poesie!”
Foolscap folio (189 x 285 mm), full maroon calf (boards worn and scuffed), spine with gilt decoration; front pastedown with armorial bookplate with the motto VIRTUS INCENDIT VIRES and initials FLS below the coat of arms; manuscript in ink in the author’s own hand,  147  pp; the preliminaries comprise a title leaf and 3-page index …
[MISSIONS; NEW GUINEA] Dictionnaire Roro-Français I. / Dictionnaire Roro-Français II. / Grammaire Roro.
Unpublished manuscript. Undated, but probably between 1910 and 1920. Three notebooks, small quarto, original matching stiff black covers (two with cloth spines now disintegrated); lined paper with manuscript text written in ink in Roro and French; each notebook with title at head of text; unpaginated (but approximately 150; 80; 72 pp); second notebook with table at …
[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An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members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. …
[SPANISH COLONIZATION OF THE PACIFIC] Relacion de la Vida de el Devotissimo hijo de Maria Santissima, y dichoso Martir Padre Luis de Medina, de la Compañia de Iesus, que murio por Christo en las Islas Marianas (llamadas antes de los Ladrones) con otro Compañero seglar, llamado Hipolito de la Cruz.
En Madrid : con licencia de el Ordinario, 1673. Quarto (197 x 142 mm), contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink (faded), ties partially remnant; ff [1 blank], title leaf with early inscription and stamp of the Collegium Bareinonense Societatis Iesu, pp 146; text block starting to loosen, two pages with light soiling (one with short …
KIPPIS, Andrew (1725-1795)
Sydenham, Kent, 17 June 1776. Entire letter, manuscript in ink on single folio sheet of wove paper watermarked G.R., 360 x 230 mm, written on 1 1/4 sides, addressed to ‘The Rev. Mr. Parry, at Cirencester, Gloucestershire’, signed at the foot ‘Your most affectionate Brother and obliged Servant, And. Kippis’; remnants of wax seal; original …
BAUDIN, Charles (1784-1854)
[DUMONT D’URVILLE] Admiral Charles Baudin : autograph letter signed, to Casimir Gide, dated February 1841
A letter relating to the publication of Dumont d’Urville’s account of his second voyage in the Astrolabe, one of the most important Pacific and Antarctic voyages of the nineteenth century. Manuscript in ink, single sheet, quarto, headed Paris, 4 février 1841, a note from Admiral Charles Baudin, commander of the French fleet in Central and …
VINCENDON-DUMOULIN, Clément Adrien (1811-1858)
Single sheet, octavo, manuscript in brown ink, written on one side only, undated but probably 1842, a note from the hydrographer Vincendon-Dumoulin to Dumont d’Urville’s publisher, Casimir Gide, suggesting an amendment to one of the maps in the fourth volume of Dumont d’Urville’s Voyage au Pôle Sud (Vincendon-Dumoulin was the editor of the work, published in …
DUPETIT-THOUARS, Abel Aubert (1793-1864)
Single sheet, folding to form  sides, small octavo, manuscript in brown ink, headed Paris, 30 Octobre 1841, a note from Admiral Dupetit-Thouars to General Hecquet [1787-1872], advising him that he will soon receive the latest volumes of Dupetit-Thouars’ monumental work Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate la Vénus, pendant les annees 1836-1839 (published by Casimir Gide …
ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790 - 1855)
Single sheet (250 x 270 mm), folded vertically, the blindstamped initials ‘J.A.’ impressed into the paper, with a short message written in ink in the hand of Arago’s secretary (Arago had lost his sight in 1837), signed in pencil in the frail hand of the aged Arago himself and dated 9 October 1853. The letter …
BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)
Circa 1801. Ink on watermarked wove paper, sheet 120 x 185 mm, folded and written on the first side only, in Bougainville’s hand; clean and legible; the document is housed in an old portfolio of the Charavay auction house, Paris, marked in pencil Bougainville. Note ut. Sur les “Sauvages de l’Amerique septentrionale”. In 1801 the famous …
BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)
The first Latin editions of Parts IV-XI (eight parts in two volumes) of one of the most important collections of voyages published in the Age of Discovery, primarily devoted to the exploration of the East Indies and containing 140 engraved plates and maps illustrating voyages to the Spice Islands, India, Africa and North America. The …
MAGRA, James Maria (attributed)
A Journal of a Voyage round the World in His Majesty’s Ship Endeavour, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, and 1771;
Undertaken in Pursuit of Natural Knowledge, at the Desire of the Royal Society: containing All the various Occurrences of the Voyage, with Descriptions of several new discovered Countries in the Southern Hemisphere; and Accounts of their Soil and Productions; and of many Singularities in the Structure, Apparel, Customs, Manners, Policy, Manufactures, &c. of their Inhabitants. …
LEBRETON, Louis (1818-1866)
[TAHITI] I[le]. Taïti. Le C.A. Dupetit Thouars faisant amener le pavillon taïtien et prenant possession au nom de la France.
[= Tahiti. Rear Admiral Dupetit Thouars raises the Tahitian [Protectorate] flag and takes possession in the name of France]. Paris : Vor. Delarue et Cie. ; London : Anaglyphic Company ; Leipzig : Gebrüder Rocca, 1844. Lithograph with hand colouring, 305 x 483 mm (sheet 408 x 557 mm), signed ‘Louis Lebreton’ in stone lower right; …
[s.l. : s.n., probably between 1850 and 1860], Hand-painted magic lantern glass slide, circular image (80 mm diameter), set in the original wooden frame (100 x 165 mm); fine condition. There are several hand-painted glass slides of identical format and workmanship, with scenes relating to New Zealand Māori, in the collection of the Alexander Turnbull …
LEBRETON, Louis (1818-1866)
[= Harbour and port of Papeete. Arrival at anchorage by Rear Admiral Dupetit Thouars]. Paris : Vor. Delarue et Cie. ; London : Anaglyphic Company ; Leipzig : Gebrüder Rocca, 1844. Lithograph with hand colouring, 305 x 483 mm (sheet 408 x 557 mm); printed title in lower margin, along with identification of the various …