• # 18467

    BRY, Johann Theodor de; Johann ISRAEL (illustrator)

    Indiae orientalis (Small Voyages), Parts IV-XI.

    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 …

  • # 20088

    DUFTY, Francis Herbert (1846-1910)

    Photographic portrait of a Tokelau woman from the Line Islands, circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 63 mm, verso with imprint of ‘F.H. Dufty, Photographer, Levuka, Fiji’, and contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Tokalau [sic] Woman, Line Islands’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. Francis Herbert Dufty was an English-born photographer who arrived in Fiji in May 1871, having …

  • # 20781

    DUFTY, E.H. (Edward Henry), 1850-1905 (attributed)

    A Kanak warrior posing with a bird-headed war club, New Caledonia, late 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 103 x 65 mm (mount); verso with contemporary inscription in ink: ‘”Kafaya”, son of a New Caledonian chief’; no photographer’s imprint; the albumen print in very good condition, with a couple of tiny marks on the left edge; the mount is clean and free from foxing. This photograph of …

  • # 20755

    Photographer unknown.

    Men posing with rambaramp (effigy figure), probably Malekula Island, New Hebrides, 1930s.

    Silver gelatin photograph printed on card stock, 140 x 88 mm; verso printed ‘Carte Postale’, not postally used; in fine condition. A scarce photographic image of a New Hebrides rambaramp figure in situ. ‘Rambaramp are memorial effigy figures created for men of the highest rank who participated in a hierarchical, grade-based society in south and central …

  • # 20351

    HUGHAN, Allan (1834-1883)

    Two photographs of Kanak people, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    I. Albumen print photograph, 155 x 210 mm, inscribed in the negative at bottom right ‘Hughan’, laid down on its original album page of thick card, the lower margin with contemporary caption in ink: ‘Indigènes de l’ile des Pins, Nlle. Calédonie’; the albumen print has slight loss of contrast, but is otherwise in very good condition. …

  • # 20095

    DUFTY, Francis Herbert (1846-1910) and DUFTY, Alfred

    Photographic portrait of a Solomon Islander, taken in Levuka, Fiji, late 1870s.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 104 x 63 mm, verso imprinted ‘Photo. by Dufty Bros., Victorian Studio, Levuka, Fiji’, and contemporary inscription in ink: ‘Solomon Islander’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A dramatic studio portrait of a Solomon Islands warrior posing with a wicker fighting shield and parrying …

  • # 20094

    DUFTY, Francis Herbert (1846-1910) (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of two Fijian kai colo (mountaineers), circa 1875.

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 62 mm, verso with contemporary inscription in pencil: ‘Fiji Mountaineers’; no photographer’s imprint; both the albumen print and mount are in very good condition. A superb studio portrait, attributable to Francis Herbert Dufty, of two kai colo from the mountainous interior of Viti Levu, wearing ulumate (wigs of human or …

  • # 19290

    BUTCHER, Benjamin Thomas (1877-1973)

    Papuan Gulf carved wooden figure, circa 1920.

    [London? : London Missionary Society?, n.d]. Photographic glass magic lantern slide, 82 x 82 mm, original manuscript caption to paper border ‘Curios Papua Butcher’; in very good condition. This important photograph of a Papuan Gulf painted wooden figure with grass fibre tassels was taken by Benjamin Thomas Butcher (1877-1973), who worked as a medical missionary …

  • # 20884

    Le petit Lapeyrouse

    Paris : Chez Marcilly libraire, [c.1835]. Oblong duodecimo (112 x 132 mm), original printed papered boards, pp [2], viii, 136, [6] leaves of hand coloured engraved plates; occasional mild foxing, a very good copy. A beautifully illustrated work for children containing brief descriptions of various aspects of the history and culture of many places around the …

  • # 21158


    [LA PEROUSE] Loi relative à M. De la Peyrouse, et à l’impression des Cartes par lui envoyées.

    Donnée à Paris, le 4 Mai 1791. Melun [Département de Seine et Marne] : Tarbé, 1791. Quarto, 4pp, letterpress, stitch-bound with a number of other pieces of legislation from the period, without further binding; in crisp, fine condition. This decree by the Assemblée Nationale is the official order to bring forth all documents and manuscripts …

  • # 20931

    THORPE, Ashley; McCOLLIN, W.H.

    Log book of the barque “Hippalos” (Sydney), for voyages between New South Wales and New Zealand, including her final voyage on which she was shipwrecked on November 20 1909.

    Unique manuscript record of Australian-New Zealand maritime commerce prior to World War One – with an unexpected and dramatic conclusion! [Sydney : Turner & Henderson, … Nautical Stationers …, 1909]. Large quarto log book, original cloth backed papered boards with Turner & Henderson label to upper board (heavily rubbed and stained), containing the trans-Tasman voyage …

  • # 21090

    BEIT, Henry (1826-1881); SANDILANDS, Edward Vincent (1847-1871); GUTSCHMID, Felix von (1843-1905)

    Group of correspondence from Henry Beit, land agent, Sydney, to E.V. Sandilands, cotton grower and Vice-Consul, Fiji. 1870-71.

    Sydney businessman Henry Beit (1826-1881) was a land agent specialising in the sale of properties in outback New South Wales and Queensland, and also in the Fiji Islands. His correspondent, Edward Vincent Sandilands (1847-1871), was a young English cotton grower in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji, whose acquaintance Beit had presumably made when Sandilands had been …

  • # 21182

    GILLRAY, James (1756-1815)

    [BANKS] The Great South Sea Caterpillar, transform’d into a Bath Butterfly

    London : H. Humphrey, July 4th 1795 (the Bohn restrike of 1851, under authority from Gillray’s widow). Etching, printed in black ink, from one copper plate; hand-coloured (350 x 250 mm); numbered 410 upper right. Fine. One of Sir Joseph Banks’ greatest admirers, George III, had wielded his influence to secure for Banks the position …

  • # 9854


    [TAHITI] People of the Old World

    [Cover title]. Concord, N.H. : Rufus Merrill, [1854]. Duodecimo, original illustrated wrappers (lightly marked, corners bent, small loss at bottom edge of lower wrapper), stitched, 16 pp, wood engraved illustrations, faint waterstain to lower margins of all leaves, otherwise internally clean and sound. The fourth in a series of six chapbooks published by Rufus Merrill …

  • # 21294

    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. …

  • # 21037

    WILSON, Natalie (editor)

    Plumes and pearlshells : the art of the New Guinea highlands

    Sydney : Art Gallery of New South Wales, [2014]. Quarto, illustrated cards, pp. 172, illustrated. New copy. ‘The peoples of the New Guinea highlands are renowned for their spectacular ceremonies, which involve hundreds of dancers festooned with elaborate body adornments, including highly prized Bird of Paradise plumes and the revered kina, or pearlshell. Appreciating the …