• # 18043

    Photographer unknown.

    A German plantation owner’s wife with native servants and horses, Neu-Mecklenburg (New Ireland), circa 1910

    Large format photographic magic lantern glass slide, 90 x 120 mm, the mount with paper label bearing contemporary manuscript caption in German ‘Matantetuk, Westküste v. Neu-Mecklenburg (Pferde)’ and the imprint of the Bavarian magic lantern firm Lichtbild-Anstalt G. Bachschmid, Kempten-Allgäu; in superb condition. This photograph, showing a scene on a copra plantation on the west …

  • # 18818

    DUFTY, Francis Herbert (1846-1910)

    Photographic portrait of a European gentleman in the Fiji Islands, September 1874

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 102 x 61 mm, verso with imprint of F.H. Dufty Photographic Artist, Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji Islands, and contemporary inscription in ink: Septr. 1874; 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 …

  • # 19221

    CRAFWORD, Marian (1955 - )

    Picturing the island

    Melbourne : the artist, 2016. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with wraparound title band, pp. [52], illustrated. Signed and dated by the artist. A contemporary photobook created by Melbourne artist Marian Crawford, drawing on her memories growing up on Babana (contemporary Kiribati) and using historical photographs of what was at the time known as the Gilbert and …

  • # 18713

    DELILLE, l'Abbé Jacques (1738-1813)

    [COOK; TAHITI] Les jardins. Poëme par Jacques Delille.

    Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée et augmenté. A Paris : Chez L.G. Michaud, 1822. Duodecimo, contemporary half vellum over marbled papered boards, spine (somewhat darkened) with black morocco title label lettered in gilt, pp 233, with 4 engraved plates; occasional pale foxing, but a very good copy. A late eighteenth century bucolic poem, inspired by the …

  • # 18690

    ROMILLY, Hugh Hastings

    From my verandah in New Guinea. Sketches and traditions.

    With an introduction by Andrew Lang, M. A. London : David Nutt, 1889.Octavo, gilt-lettered cloth (spine slightly faded), folding frontispiece map, pp. xxvi; [2]; 277; (2 – catalogue), occasional light foxing. The author was the Deputy-Commissioner for the Western Pacific and late Acting Special Commissioner for New Guinea. Includes much detail on the indigenous people …

  • # 16708

    HUNTER, John (1737-1821)

    An historical journal of the transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island

    with the discoveries which have been made in New South Wales and in the Southern Ocean, since the publication of Phillip’s Voyage, compiled from the official papers; including the journals of Governors Phillip and King, and of Lieut. Ball; and the voyages from the first sailing of the Sirius in 1787, to the return of …

  • # 18039

    LA PÉROUSE, Jean-François de Galaup (1741–1788)

    Voyage de la Pérouse autour du monde, publié conformément au Décret du 22 Avril 1791, et rédigé par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau.

    Paris : de l’Imprimerie de la République, 1797. Four volumes quarto, (315 mm tall) and atlas volume (605 mm tall, 450 mm wide); the five volumes bound in matching contemporary half-crushed morocco, spines lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled boards, a fine period binding; with full wide margins, vol. I with half-title, engraved frontispiece portrait …

  • # 17953

    DAM, Meyndert van; STICHTER, Cornelis

    A VOC ship’s binding from the Chamber of Amsterdam.

    d’Erven Stichters Comptoir Almanach, Voor ‘t Jaar 1800. Voorzien van eene aanwyzing der Jaar-, Paarden-, Beesten- en Leermarkten, welke in de Bataafsche Republiek gehouden worden, als mede de Vacantien, het Varen der Trekschuyten en Beurtschepen, het vertrek der Posten en Postwagens. Nevens de maans op- en ondergang. Te Amsterdam : by de erfgen. van de Wed. C. Stichter, …

  • # 18639

    HAMELIN, Emmanuel, Amiral (1768-1839)

    [BAUDIN EXPEDITION] Autograph testimonial signed by Hamelin, commander of Le Naturaliste, written for one of his junior officers.

    Manuscript in ink on bluish laid paper, 195 x 160 mm; place and revolutionary date of ‘Paris 1er thermidor an 11’ [20 July 1803], signed ‘Capitaine de frégate Commdt. Eel. Hamelin’; wet stamp of the Collection Deséglise; some foxing. Provenance: Collection Deséglise, France (late 19th – early 20th century), housed in the original Deséglise manila folder with manuscript …

  • # 18481


    [WORLD MAP] 阿蘭陀 地球図 [Oranda Chikyuzu] [lit. Holland: Image of the Earth]

    [Japan] : s.n., [produced around the Bunka period, 1804-1818]. Manuscript map of the world, ink and colour wash, 735 x 1280 mm, folding to 185 x 160 mm, on unbacked, thick paper; original blue paper wrappers with brushed title, bound in modern cloth boards; the map with numerous expert worming repairs to verso, otherwise very well preserved, …

  • # 17961

    [FRANZEN, Claus, 1857-1947]

    [PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM] Die erste Reise S.M.S. Bismarck

    An important archive of photographs taken on the first voyage of the German Imperial Navy warship SMS Bismarck, 1879-1880, documenting the ship’s visits to Patagonia, Tahiti, Rarotonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Sydney, Peru and the Falkland Islands. Provenance: From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), the “Iron Chancellor”. Folio portfolio, 450 x 360 mm, contemporary full crushed …

  • # 18478

    MORDAUNT, Elinor

    The venture book [together with] The further venture book

    London : John Lane, 1926. Two volumes, octavo, pictorial cloth, pp. xiv; 272; x; 312, photographic plates, folding map, illustrations. Travels from Brisbane to the Dutch East Indies, Fiji, Martinique and Tahiti

  • # 18385

    WILSON, James

    A missionary voyage to the South Pacific Ocean, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798 in the ship Duff,

    commanded by Captain James Wilson, compiled from journals of the officers and the missionaries; and illustrated with maps, charts, and views, drawn by Mr. William Wilson, and engraved by the most eminent artists. With a preliminary discourse on the geography and history of the South Sea islands; and an appendix, including details never before published, …

  • # 18267

    SAVILLE, W. J. V.

    In unknown New Guinea

    A record of twenty-five years of personal observation and experience amongst the interesting people of an almost unknown part of this vast Island and a description of their manners and customs occupation in peace and methods of warfare their secret rites and public ceremonies. London : Seeley Service & Co., 1926. Octavo, bright gilt-lettered cloth, pp. …

  • # 18268

    KNIBBS, S. G. C.

    The savage Solomons as they were & are :

    a record of a head-hunting people gradually emerging from a life of savage cruelty & bloody customs, with a description of their manners & ways & of the beauties & potentialities of the islands. London : Seeley, Service & Co., 1929. Octavo, bright gilt-lettered cloth, pp. 282, (14 – adverts), bookplate to pastedown, photographic plates, …

  • # 18817

    DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882)

    A naturalist’s voyage. Journal of researches into the natural history and geology of the countries visited during the voyage of H.M.S ‘Beagle’

    London : John Murray, 1897. Octavo, publisher’s blind blocked dark green cloth (upper board lightly marked), pictorial gilt vignette to upper board, spine lettered in gilt (a little softened at head and foot), hinges starting, decorated endpapers (offsetting), early gift inscription (1899) and owner’s name to front pastedown, frontispiece portrait of Darwin (tissue guard intact), …