[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.
MONROE, James; SOUTHARD, Samuel L.; United States. Board of Navy Commissioners.
Message from the President of the United States, transmitting a Report of the Secretary of the Navy, in relation to Provisions & stores furnished [to] the Squadron in the Pacific Ocean, &c. &c. May 13, 1824. Read: ordered that it lie upon the table.
Washington [D.C.] : Printed by Gales & Seaton, 1824. “18th Congress, 1st Session ”. Disbound octavo, pp 9, [1 blank], with 7 folding tables; browning and scattered foxing, but complete. The Pacific Squadron was part of the United States Navy squadron stationed in the Pacific Ocean in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Initially, there being no United States ports in the Pacific, the …
[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An important, unpublished first-hand account of the voyage of the French naval corvette Alcméne in the South Seas, 1848-1852, including extended descriptions of the loss of crew members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. …
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 …
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 …
[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 …
CRAFWORD, Marian (1955 - )
Melbourne : the artist, 2016. Quarto, illustrated wrappers with wraparound title band, pp. , 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 …
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 …
MANLEY, Admiral Isaac (1755 - 1837)
A set of books from the library of Admiral Isaac Manley, the last surviving crew member on Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage
Paris and the Parisians, in 1835. London : Richard Bentley, 1836. Two volumes, octavo, publisher’s cloth (spines defective), pp. xv; 418; vii; 412; Manley’s armorial bookplate to front pastedown of volume 1 (bearing the family motto Manus hæc inimica tyrannis – This hand is hostile to tyrants), each volume signed on the title page ‘Admiral Manley’. Born in London …
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 …
Melbourne : F. W. Ceshire, 1944. Octavo, lettered cloth in dustjacket (a couple of small archival tape repairs), pp. 108, photographic plates.
[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 …
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 …
Sydney : Harper & Row, 1984. Second edition. Quarto, publisher’s navy cloth boards with gilt lettered spine, in illustrated dust jacket (spine sunned), pp xiv, 370, illustrated throughout (some plates in colour); a fine copy.
Parkinson, Sydney (c.1745-1771)
Faithfully transcribed from the papers of the late Sydney Parkinson, draughtsman to Joseph Banks, Esq. on his late Expedition with Dr. Solander, round the world. Embellished with views and designs, delineated by the author, and engraved by capital artists. London : printed for Stanfield Parkinson, the editor, 1773. Quarto, contemporary full calf, recased with modern …
Tench, Captain Watkin (1758-1833)
with an account of New south Wales, its production, inhabitants, &c. To which is subjoined, a list of the civil and military establishments at Port Jackson. London : J. Debrett, 1789. Second edition. Octavo, half-calf over marbled boards, spine in compartments with gilt fleurons, gilt lettered morocco title label, pp [xii, including the half-title], 146, …
Bligh, William (1754-1817)
$12,500 USD and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies. Illustrated with charts. London : George Nicol, 1790. Quarto, quarter-calf over marbled boards, expertly rebacked, new spine and corners, contrasting morocco title label, folding …
BORGET, Auguste (1808-1877)
Moulins [France] : P.A. Desrosiers Imprimeur Editeur, . Oblong quarto, original illustrated full vellum (some marking and staining), pp ,  leaves of lithographic plates in two tints; occasional very mild foxing, otherwise a clean, firmly bound and desirable copy of this seldom seen work. Not in Sabin; Forbes, 1766. ‘This is a very rare …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. November 1904. No. 20. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 69 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating all items; a fine copy. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes artefacts from New Zealand …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. January 1905. No. 22. Octavo, original printed wrappers, pp 2 (brief descriptions of 86 items), followed by 2 photographic plates (tissue guards intact) illustrating most items; a fine copy. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 43 artefacts from British …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. December 1905. No. 33. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached and chipped), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 37 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs illustrating all items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 10 artefacts from British New …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. September 1905. No. 30. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 37 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs, illustrating most items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 11 artefacts from the Gilbert Islands, among …
OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)
Issued by W.O. Oldman, 77, Brixton Hill, London, S.W. July, 1905. No. 28. Octavo, original printed wrappers (detached), pp 2 (brief descriptions of 30 items), followed by 2 tipped-in silver gelatin photographs, illustrating all items. Scarce original sales catalogue of the renowned early ethnographic dealer W.O. Oldman. Includes 15 artefacts from the Naga hill tribes …
Melbourne : RMIT Faculty of Art Gallery, 1978. Screenprint on paper, 600 x 750 mm (image), lightly creased, showing a Massim canoe splashboard from the Trobriand Islands (south-east of the island of New Guinea), accompanied by the original large format black texta mockup design for the poster. The artist is unknown but would have been …
Sydney : J. J. Moore, . Octavo, gilt-illustrated red cloth (spine faded, a little flecking), bookplate from the famed Triggs collection of Yass to front pastedown, presentation inscription to a label on front free endpaper 'Rev. Dr. Steele from the author'; pp. xix; 240; wetstamp with call number to title page (possibly from Triggs' library), …
ANDREWS, Irene Dwen
Cedar Rapids, Iowa : The Torch Press, 1940. Octavo, cloth in illustrated dustjacket (rear panel slightly water stained), pp. 372, photographic illustrations. Presentation inscription signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
WILLIAMS, Ben Ames
New York : Popular Library, 1951. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 256 pp; a good copy. “A lusty tale of the South Pacific.”