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.
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 …
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 …
[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 …
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], …
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 …
OCEANIC STEAMSHIP COMPANY
Oceanic Steamship Company. Passenger list of S.S. Mariposa, for Honolulu, Auckland and Sydney. Sailing from San Francisco September 24th, 1888.
[San Francisco] : Oceanic Steamship Company, 1888. Folding card (starting to split along spine, mild marginal staining to front), duodecimo, 155 x 113 mm, lithographed vignette of the SS Mariposa to front, inner pages with lists of passengers for Honolulu, Auckland and Sydney (a few annotations in pencil made by the original owner).
[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. …
[London : Orient Line, 1895]. Quarto sheet, 270 x 205 mm, printed on both sides in sepia and blue, manuscript entries recording payment of £128 by the Hon. F.S. O’Grady [Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1847-1927] and Hon. Mrs. O’Grady, for First Saloon passage on RMS Cuzco, departing London 6 September 1895, for Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, being a …
O'GRADY, Frederick Standish, 6th Viscount Guillamore (1847-1927)
[NEW ZEALAND] Commonplace album of Frederick Standish O’Grady, 6th Viscount Guillamore, 1860s – circa 1900.
A fascinating treasure trove that constitutes a time capsule of four decades – one of them spent in New Zealand – in the life of an Irish aristocrat of the late nineteenth century. Nineteenth century commonplace album. Folio, original marbled papered boards (heavily worn, lacking most of the leather backstrip), containing 160 pages completely filled with original manuscript material, ink …
STUART, Martinus (1765-1826); KUYPER, Jaques (artist)
beschreven door Martinus Stuart ; afgebeeld door Jaques Kuyper. Volume I : Te Amsterdam : bij Johannes Allart, 1802; volumes II – VI : Te Z. Boemel [Zaltbommel, Netherlands] : bij J. Noman, 1818. Six volumes, octavo, original yellow papered boards, spines with wear and loss, a mixed set, the first volume from the first issue and the …
WHARTON, Captain W. J. L.
Captain Cook’s journal during his first voyage round the world made in H. M. Bark “Endeavour” 1768 – 71.
A literal transcription of the original MSS. With notes and introduction. Illustrated by maps and facsimiles. London : Elliot Stock, 1893. Large octavo, publisher’s green cloth (a little marked), pp. lvi; 400; maps and plates, including three large folding charts in rear endpocket. An important publication, for the first time presenting Cook’s Endeavour journal in …
McCOOK, Winifred (1923-2015)
[Highlands Region, Papua New Guinea, c.1965]. Black and white photograph on glossy paper, 75 x 105 mm; verso inscribed in Tok Pisin by one of the boys in the portrait, for the photographer, Australian anthropogist and lawyer Winifred McCook: ‘Mi laikim sampela pato bilong papa na mama na susa brata bilom yu tu. Mi gat lupela …
Melbourne : F. W. Ceshire, 1944. Octavo, lettered cloth in dustjacket (a couple of small archival tape repairs), pp. 108, photographic plates.
HAWAII. POSTAL ADMINISTRATION.
The Postal Administration of Hawaii sends the Compliments of the Season. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, 1884-5.
San Francisco : Schmidt, Label & Lith. Co., . Lithographed greeting card, 113 x 158 mm, illustrated with vignette views of the Royal Palace, Honolulu, and Hawaiian coastal scenes; recto addressed in manuscript ‘Bishop & Co.’; verso inscribed ‘Compliments of Registry Clerk’; corners a little soft, else fine. A very early and scarce Hawaiian official greeting …
[article in] La Science pour tous : journal illustré paraissant tous les jeudis. 8e Année – No 2. 18 décembre 1862. Quarto, disbound, [pp 17-24, double columns], illustrated. A single issue of this weekly journal which contains a review (single column) by the French writer Richard Cortambert of the recently published book of narratives of …
[Paris] : [Chez Denis Thierry], [c. 1683]. Octavo leaf (209 x 131 mm) from Mallet’s Description de l’Univers, the text verso in French with two brief entries titled De la Terre de Quir and De la nouvelle Zealand. Pre-Cook map showing Portuguese and Dutch discoveries of Quiros, Mendana and Tasman, the Solomons connected to New Zealand via the …
Fiji before Civilization … Dawn of Civilization … Advance of Civilization … Glorious Result of Civilization
[Crystal Palace, London : Machinery Department, c.1879]. Cotton handkerchief, 570 x 580 mm, lithograph printed in brown and red; old fold lines and some insignificant toning and spotting; a very well preserved example. These satirical cotton handkerchiefs lampooning the effects of the introduction of Western civilisation into a “primitive” society in the South Seas were printed in colour in the machinery …
GAUTHIER, Lucien (1875-1921)
[Papeete?] : L. Gauthier, [c.1910]. Oblong quarto, original pictorial wrappers with photographic onlay to front, original silk ties, pp [2 text],  leaves of plates with 31 photographs by Lucien Gauthier, and Art Nouveau-style colour illustrations by Ed. Rocher; a very good copy of a stunningly designed publication.
BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]
Entire letter, single sheet folding to form  sides, quarto, closely written manuscript in ink on 3 sides, headed ‘Auckland, New Zealand, 8th February 1853’, addressed to ‘Alexander Gibbs Esqr., New Bedford’; signed at the foot ‘Your faithful obedt. servants, Bain & Burtt’; outer side with address panel, endorsed ‘via New York’, with ‘LONDON / …
A selected, annotated catalogue. With an introduction by George W. Geib. Indianapolis : Butler University, 1994. Quarto, printed wrappers, pp. 66, illustrated. A detailed catalogue of this lesser-known Pacific collection in Indiana. Unrecorded in Australian collections.
: illustrated with objects from public and private collections in Tasmania. Nubeena, Tasmania : Just Pacific, 2014. Quarto, pictorial laminated card covers, 212 pp, illustrated in colour and black and white, a mint copy. A superb new publication, limited to 550 copies, which greatly expands upon the textual and illustrated content in Ewins’ important and long …
Suva : Fiji Tourist Bureau, c. 1949. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (light central crease), pp. , illustrated. A wonderful vintage tourist’s guide to Fiji with many illustrations.
A traveller’s diary to Paradise Isles. The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.
Honolulu : The Direct Way Service, 1926. Third edition. Oblong duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, pp. 96, previous owner’s label inside front wrapper, a very good copy. Charming art deco designed tourist brochure for Hawaii with numerous photographs and advertisements.
BRAGG, Paul C.
[Cover: Bragg System]. Burbank, California : Health Science, 1971. Sixth printing. Octavo booklet, illustrated wrappers, staple bound, 30,  pp; illustrated; a very good copy. Guide to maintaining a healthy digestive system through diet and exercise. Bragg’s method is purportedly based on aspects of physical culture in Pacific Islands communities.
Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 106 x 64 mm (77 x 52 mm oval image); recto of mount imprinted ‘Mrs S. Hoare, Papeete, Tahiti’; in fine condition.
STEWART, C.S. (Charles Samuel), 1795-1870
including scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla (sic), the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena. London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832. Two volumes in one, thick octavo, contemporary half green morocco over marbled papered boards (rubbed), spine with raised bands and gilt lettering and ornament, hinges cracked, front free-endpaper with early presentation inscription ‘To …
VALENTINE PUBLISHING CO. PTY. LTD.
Sydney & Melbourne : Valentine Publishing Co. Pty. Ltd., [c.1955]. Chromolithograph postcard, 140 x 80 mm, the design on front dated “1955” at lower right; with lift-up flap containing a concertina fold-out with 11 b/w photographic views of Lord Howe Island; the card has a handwritten message verso and is in fine condition.
[Sydney : D. Carter, 1946]. Folio, original printed wrappers (marked and creased); presentation copy inscribed by the author on the Preface page; pp , 73, roneo printed on rectos only; map, bibliography; a few annotations in French, else internally very clean. Text in French. Copies are recorded in five Australian collections (National Library of Australia; Newcastle …
Coxe, William (1748-1828)
$6,000 USD 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 …
Suárez de Figueroa, Cristóbal (1571-after 1644)
$100,000 USD 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 …