• # 28415

    BERGASSE, Nicolas and A.-M.-J. CHASTENET DE PUYSEGUR (attributed); [La Pérouse, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de, 1741-1788]

    [LA PEROUSE] La journée des dupes : pièce tragi-politi-comique : représentée sur le Théatre National par les grands Comédiens de la Patrie.

    [Paris] : s.n., 1790. Octavo, modern marbled wrappers; 86 pp, engraved head-piece; a fine copy. Attributed to N. Bergasse and to A.M.J. Chasténet, marquis de Puysegur, this satirical play counts amongst its main characters the French explorer La Pérouse and his “Indian” (i.e. Polynesian) servant, O Paria. The other characters, all important figures in the …

  • # 28361

    GRISHIN, Sasha et al.

    Paradise possessed : The Rex Nan Kivell collection

    Canberra : National Library of Australia, 1998. Quarto, illustrated gatefold wrappers, pp. 78, illustrated. A fine collection of colonial Australian and Pacific art. Essays to accompany the exhibition Paradise possessed: the Rex Nan Kivell collection, which has been prepared to celebrate the centenary of Nan Kivell’s birth on 8 April 1898.

  • # 28175

    CRÉPIN, Louis-Philippe (1772-1851) (after)

    Naufrage de MM. de Laborde sur les canots de La Peyrouse au port des François dans la Californie.

    Dédié à Monsieur Alexandre de Laborde leur frère. Paris : Ostervald, ca. 1807. Engraved by Prot and Dissard after a painting by Louis-Philippe Crépin. Copperplate engraving, 475 x 695 mm (image); 563 x 750 mm (sheet), small stain to lower margin, short repaired tear upper margin extending into the image, overall a very good example. …

  • # 28162

    SPITZ, Charles Georges (1857-1894)

    Studio portrait of a tattooed Marquesan dancer.

    [Circa 1887]. Albumen print photograph, 200 x 140 mm, unmounted; verso with fully contemporary caption in pencil: Marquesan dancer; a strong print with rich tonal range and excellent clarity and contrast; the print is in very good condition, with the tiniest of nicks at two of the corners and some insignificant light creasing to the …

  • # 27592

    VORPHAL, Frank

    Georg Forster : the South Seas at Wörlitz

    Munich : Hirmer Verlag, 2019. Quarto, pictorial boards, pp. 208, illustrated. New copy, sealed in shrinkwrap. At the age of seventeen Georg Forster embarked on a voyage around the world with the famous Captain James Cook. Shortly after his return in 1775 the explorer met the open-minded Prince Franz of Dessau and his consort Louise …

  • # 27684

    GAGARI, Lenard Murry; WILLISON, Peter; WILLISON, Mary; LARSEN, Bud; LARSEN, Marlys (eds.)

    [NEW GUINEA] Orokaiva donda : ta hihi book / Orokaiva culture book.

    Edited by Lenard Murry Gagari, Peter & Mary Willison, Bud & Marlys Larsen. Translated into English by James Jeva. Art work by Bud & Tim Larsen. Diglot edition in Orokaiva and English. Ukarumpa, PNG : Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1990. Square octavo (205 x 170 mm), cloth backed pictorial stiff wrappers; 89 pp, with line-drawn …

  • # 27750

    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Ata bada Iesu Keriso ana parivainota vouna : riwa mai Wedau.

    [=The New Testament in Wedau]. London : British and Foreign Bible Society, 1927. First edition. Small octavo (162 x 111 mm), black roan with gilt lettering to spine; pp 465; boards slightly canted, preliminaries with pale foxing, otherwise very clean throughout; a good copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to …

  • # 27751

    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Ane : hymn book in the Motu language of Papua

    Rabaul, New Britain, Territory of New Guinea : Methodist Mission Press, 1960. Octavo (210 x 135 mm), original cloth backed printed stiff wrappers (sunned), pp 80, [3 index]; a good, clean copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the front pastedown. Motu (sometimes called Pure Motu or True Motu to …

  • # 27986

    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Ane : hymn book in the Motu language of Papua

    Port Moresby, PNG : Reprinted by Hebamo Press, 1979. Octavo (200 x 135 mm), textured stiff orange wrappers lettered in black, pp 80, [3 indiex]; a fine copy; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the verso of the title page. Reprint of the earlier editions of 1948 and 1960 which …

  • # 27694

    WOLF, Franziskus, S.V.D. (1876-1944)

    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Katekismo.

    Alexishafen [Trust Territory of New Guinea] : Franciscus Wolf, 16 August 1934. Duodecimo (155 x 103 mm), original black-lettered textured paper wrappers with paper spine (remains of old label to upper wrapper); 36 pp; text in Tok Pisin (Pidgin); very clean, a good copy. The Roman Catholic catechism in Tok Pisin. Rare local imprint of …

  • # 27806

    SINCLAIR, James

    The arts of Papua New Guinea

    Port Moresby : Robert Brown and Associated, 1977. Quarto, boards in illustrated dustjacket, illustrated endpapers, pp. [40], illustrated.

  • # 27644

    FORSTER, Georg (1754-1794)

    Cook, the discoverer

    Sydney : Hordern House, 2007. Australian Maritime Museum Series No 6. One of 1000 copies bound in quarter tan kangaroo with speckled papered sides. Small quarto, frontispiece plate, pp 276; includes an introductory essay by Nigel Erskine,  facsimile of the original German book, followed by an English translation; a fine copy. The German naturalist and …

  • # 26267

    LETAILLE, Charles (1815 - 1908)

    Le tour du monde, ou Jeu du petit voyageur.

    Dédié aux Enfans studieux. Par Charles Letaille. [Title on box lid]. Paris : Charles Letaille, [circa 1839]. Box of thick card, 212 x 310 x 41 mm, the lid with lithographed title and hand-coloured lithographic onlay ‘Passage d’une rivière dans une foret du Brésil’, and a pressed paper border decorated in gilt; the interior of the …

  • # 27113

    [ANSTEY, Christopher, 1725-1805]

    [COOK] An election ball in poetical letters, in the Zomerzetshire dialect, from Mr. Inkle, a freeman of Bath, to his wife at Gloucester : with a poetical address to John Miller, Esq.; at Bath-Easton Villa. By the author of the New Bath Guide.

    Dublin : Printed by Geoge Bonham, at No. 42, in Dame-street, for the Proprietors, 1776. Octavo, disbound, original stitching, pp 32 (pp 1-12 being Anstey’s The first ode of the book of Horace imitated. To John Miller, Esq.), contents clean and sound, with a very light bottom-corner crease to the final few leaves. Christopher Anstey was …

  • # 27137

    KERAUDREN, Pierre François (1769-1857?)

    Mémoire sur les causes des maladies des marins et sur les soins à prendre pour conserver leur santé dans les ports et à la mer.

    Paris : Annales maritimes et coloniales. II.e partie. Année 1824. – Juin. Octavo, bound in contemporary marbled wrappers, pp [2], 457-541, with an engraved diagram of a furnace ventilator (p.540); light browning to some of the leaves, but a very good copy. Text in French. An important treatise on the causes of, and preventive measures …

  • # 27185


    [NEW GUINEA; MISSIONS] Yosefemo maxame ira bukara kabe mosesemo bogaira / The story of the life and deeds of Joseph in the language of Lake Kutubu and Mubi, Papua.

    Papua : Unevangelized Fields Mission, [probably between 1960 and 1970]. Tall octavo (230 x 145 mm), original pictorial buff wrappers (small biro mark to front), staple boundpp 20; a good copy. No other copy located; appears completely unrecorded. Lake Kutubu lies about 50 km southwest of Mendi in the Southern Highlands Province of Papua New …