Pacific

  • # 18053

    WAHLEN, Auguste

    Costumes, usos e trajos de todos os povos do mundo,

    em face de documentos authenticos e das mais recentes viagens. Lisboa : Impresa Lusitana, 1872-1873-1874-1876-1878. Five volumes, octavo, original quarter blue calf over marbled papered boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped, upper board of vol. 4 with several scratches), spines with gilt lettering and rule; vol. 1 (Asia) 421, [1]; vol. 2 (Asia, India) 439, [4]; …

  • # 17970

    BILOTTA, Clemente

    [OCEANIA] Geografia per uso dei fanciulli del signor Clemente Bilotta.

    Napoli : Raffaele Miranda, 1825. Third edition. Small octavo, contemporary vellum over boards, spine with gilt stamped lettering and ornament; page 2, signed by the author, is a legal statement to the effect that any unsigned copy of this book is to be regarded as counterfeit; pp 212; scattered foxing, title page with red pencil …

  • # 18380

    WAWN, William T.

    South Sea Islanders and the Queensland labour trade.

    A record of voyages and experiences in the Western Pacific, from 1875 to 1891. London : Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1893. Octavo, gilt-illustrated blue cloth pp. xvi; colour map, 440, illustrations. A very good copy. The author’s account of nearly twenty years transporting labourers from the Pacific Islands to Queensland in a system of near …

  • # 16416

    ARAGO, Jacques Etienne Victor (1790-1855)

    Original pencil drawing by Jacques Arago of a village in rural France.

    [France, 1830]. Graphite on paper, 175 x 235 mm; signed and dated at lower right, ‘J. Arago 1830’; in good condition, with tiny loss at top left corner and a few spots of foxing; verso with two old tape marks at top edge; unframed. Jacques Etienne Victor Arago (1790-1855) was a writer, artist and explorer who …

  • # 16636

    DUFTY, Edward Henry (1850-1905); DUFTY, Walter Frederick (1854-1919)

    Portrait of Gomenna, holding a gourd jar, New Caledonia, circa 1875

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a couple of tiny spots of foxing; the mount is fine. Although this photograph is not inscribed, the title and attribution are derived from the inscriptions on a photograph with the …

  • # 16644

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

    Photographic portrait of two young Kanak women in traditional dress, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the print with some light foxing, the mount fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak women was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. This identification, and the dating of the photograph to the late …

  • # 16642

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

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men holding spears and clubs, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print in very good condition, with slight loss of contrast; else in fine condition with good tonal range. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and 1880. …

  • # 16640

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

    Photographic portrait of two Kanak men, New Caledonia, late 1870s

    Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format, 105 x 65 mm (mount); the albumen print is in very good condition with excellent tonal range, a few faint spots of foxing; the mount is fine. This photograph of two unidentified young Kanak men was almost certainly taken in the Noumea studio of E.H. Dufty between 1875 and …

  • # 13717

    LINDT, J.W. 1845-1926 (attributed)

    Flute players, Ambrym, New Hebrides, circa 1890

    Silver albumen print, cabinet card format, 105 x 165 mm, inscribed in the negative “No. 59 Ambrym, New Hebrides”; recto of mount embossed in gilt “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”; verso blank; the albumen print is in fine condition with excellent tonal range. A rare image capturing a performance by …

  • # 17631

    HOARE, Sophia (Mrs.) (attributed)

    Photographic portrait of Princess Moe-a-Mai, consort of King Tamatoa V of Raiatea, Tahiti.

    Circa 1880. Albumen print photograph, carte de visite format (106 x 63 mm); no photographer’s imprint; verso inscribed in pencil in two different but contemporary hands ‘Princess Tomatoa (sic)’ and ‘Moe, femme de Tamatoa’; both the albumen print and mount are in fine condition. A superb studio portrait, attributed to the Papeete photographer Madame Hoare, …

  • # 18372

    WILLIAMSON, Robert W.

    The Mafulu mountain people of British New Guinea

    With an introduction by A. C. Haddon. London : Macmillan, 1912. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, top edge gilt, previous owner’s neat inscription to endpaper, pp. xxiii; 364; numerous photographic plates, folding colour map, a fine copy. Williamson was the first non-missionary European to have contact with the Mafulu.

  • # 18368

    BURNETT, Frank

    Through Polynesia and Papua. Wanderings with a camera in southern seas.

    London : G. Bell & Sons, 1911. Octavo, gilt-lettered red cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut, previous owner’s name to pastedown, frontispiece photograph of a ‘Tahitian woodland nymph’, pp. xv; 197; 10, extensive photographic illustrations, scattered light foxing, a very good copy. Author’s travels in Tahiti and Papua, with personal photographs.

  • # 18484

    TITAYNA [pseud. of Elisabeth DESMARETS-SAUVY].; A.P. ANTOINE; R. LUGEON

    Chez les mangeurs d’hommes (Nouvelles Hébrides)

    Paris : Duchatre, 1931. Quarto, original pictorial stiff wrappers (spine sunned), early owner’s inscription to front endpaper, pp 57, [3], followed by 80 photographic plates, including numerous full-page plates of masks (some coloured); a very good copy. A comprehensive survey of the traditional culture and ritual of the New Hebrides (Vanuatu).

  • # 18376

    IVENS, Walter G.

    The island builders of the Pacific

    How & why the people of Mala construct their artificial islands, the antiquity & doubtful origin of the practice, with a description of the social organization, magic & religion of their inhabitants. London : Seeley, Service & Co., 1930. Octavo, gilt-illustrated yellow cloth (slightly marked and canted), previous owner’s name to endpaper, pp. 317, photographic …

  • # 17452

    YOUNG, Rev. Robert

    The southern world : journal of a deputation from Wesleyan Conference to Australia and Polynesia : including notices of a visit to the gold fields

    London : Hamilton, Adams, and Co., 1854. First edition. Octavo, original half black morocco over cloth boards (rubbed), spine with gilt lettered title and ‘Beechworth Athenaeum’, binder’s ticket of Detmold and recent bookplate to front pastedown, a few nineteenth century embossed stamps (Beechworth Athenaeum), pp. 444; internally clean. An account of the voyage of Rev. …

  • # 17572

    Iorana! A Tahitian journal (presentation copy to Rockwell Kent)

    With wood-engravings by the author. London : Duckworth, 1932. Small folio, gilt-lettered cloth over papered boards (spine and upper edges soiled), pp. 142, illustrated with Gibbings’ woodcuts. Presentation copy for fellow artist Rockwell Kent, signed and inscribed by Gibbings, and with Kent’s bookplates to front pastedown. A fine association.