• # 16014

    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 …

  • # 15896


    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. …

  • # 16069

    FARMER, Sarah H.

    Tonga and the Friendly Islands; (presentation copy)

    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; [2]; two engraved maps, 427, engravings and maps. Presentation copy, inscribed on the title page ‘F. S. Butler from Miss Farmer 1860’. A …

  • # 15429


    [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 …

  • # 8058

    ARO, J.E.

    Maantieteellisiä kuvauksia I. Austraalia ja Napamaat.

    [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 …

  • # 15885

    APPEL, Joseph H. / APPEL, Venie Wood

    The Whimsy Imp Goes ‘Round the World Under the Southern Cross.

    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 …

  • # 15426

    Honolulu and Hawaii. Oceanic Steamship Company

    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), [14] pp, photographic illustrations, colour map; a couple of internal tape repairs (no loss of text), else a good copy. …

  • # 15745


    Orient Line of Royal Mail Steam-ships to Australia. First class ticket, London to Sydney, 1895.

    [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 …

  • # 16586

    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 …

  • # 15804

    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 …

  • # 14141

    STUART, Martinus (1765-1826); KUYPER, Jaques (artist)

    [ABORIGINES] De mensch, zoo als hij voorkomt op den bekenden aardbol,

    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 …

  • # 15221

    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 …

  • # 15650

    McCOOK, Winifred (1923-2015)

    Photograph of a group of Papuan children, inscribed in Tok Pisin

    [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 …

  • # 15499

    LETT, Lewis

    Papua : its people and its promise – past and future

    Melbourne : F. W. Ceshire, 1944. Octavo, lettered cloth in dustjacket (a couple of small archival tape repairs), pp. 108, photographic plates.

  • # 15351


    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., [1884]. 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 …

  • # 15965

    CORTAMBERT, Richard

    [QUEENSLAND] Eliza Fraser : a brief account of her shipwreck, ordeal and rescue

    [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 …

  • # 15536

    MALLET, Alain-Manesson

    Isles de Salomon

    [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 …

  • # 15593

    Maker unknown.

    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 …

  • # 15422

    BAIN & BURTT; [GIBBS, Alexander]

    [NEW ZEALAND] Whaling letter written from Auckland to New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1853

    Entire letter, single sheet folding to form [4] 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 / …

  • # 15374

    The William F. Charters South Sea Collection at Butler University

    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.

  • # 15450

    EWINS, Rod

    Traditional Fijian artefacts

    : 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 …

  • # 15337

    Follow the sun to Fiji

    Suva : Fiji Tourist Bureau, c. 1949. Quarto, illustrated wrappers (light central crease), pp. [12], illustrated. A wonderful vintage tourist’s guide to Fiji with many illustrations.

  • # 15304

    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.

  • # 15420

    BRAGG, Paul C.

    The South Sea culture of the abdomen

    [Cover: Bragg System]. Burbank, California : Health Science, 1971. Sixth printing. Octavo booklet, illustrated wrappers, staple bound, 30, [4] 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.

  • # 14996

    HOARE, Susan

    Photographic portrait of a young Tahitian woman, Papeete, circa 1875

    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.

  • # 14957

    STEWART, C.S. (Charles Samuel), 1795-1870

    A visit to the South Seas, in the United States’ ship Vincennes, during the years 1829 and 1830;

    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 …

  • # 14918


    [NOVELTY CARD] Best wishes from Lord Howe Island

    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.

  • # 14916

    CARTER, Douglas

    Quelques notes sur les debuts de la Nouvelle-Calédonie, 1774-1878

    [Sydney : D. Carter, 1946]. Folio, original printed wrappers (marked and creased); presentation copy inscribed by the author on the Preface page; pp [2], 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 …

  • # 14676

    Anson, George, Baron (1696-1762); Walter, Richard

    Reize rondsom de werreld, gedaan in de Jaaren 1740 tot 1744,

    $2,400 USD door den heere George Anson, opperbevelhebber over een esquader Engelsche schepen op een expeditie naar de Zuidzee : opgesteld uit de papieren en bescheiden van den hoog ed. George, Lord Anson zelven, en onder zyn Opzigt uitgegeven door Richard Walter, M .A., Kapellaan, gedurende die expeditie, van ‘t schip den Centurion. Opgehelderd met …

  • # 14846

    Parkinson, Sydney (c.1745-1771)

    A journal of a voyage to the South Seas, in His Majesty’s ship the Endeavour.

    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 …

  • # 14688

    Cook, James (1728-1779) and King, James.

    A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    $14,000 USD Undertaken, by the command of His Majesty, for making discoveries in the Northern Hemisphere. Performed under the direction of Captains Cook, Clerke, and Gore, in his majesty’s ships the Resolution and Discovery; in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, and 1780. London, H. Hughs for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. Three volumes, …

  • # 14834

    Tench, Captain Watkin (1758-1833)

    A narrative of the expedition to Botany Bay;

    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, …

  • # 14849

    Bligh, William (1754-1817)

    A narrative of the mutiny on board His Majesty’s ship Bounty;

    $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 …

  • # 3754

    BORGET, Auguste (1808-1877)

    [HAWAII] Fragments d’un voyage autour du monde

    Moulins [France] : P.A. Desrosiers Imprimeur Editeur, [1850]. Oblong quarto, original illustrated full vellum (some marking and staining), pp [12], [12] 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 …

  • # 14772

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [POLYNESIA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens, Eastern Arms &c.

    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 …

  • # 14773

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW GUINEA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens, Eastern Arms &c.

    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 …

  • # 14774

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW GUINEA] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    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 …

  • # 14775

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [GILBERT ISLANDS] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    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 …

  • # 14779

    OLDMAN, William O. (1879-1949)

    [NEW HEBRIDES] Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens.

    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 …

  • # 14516

    WOODBRIDGE, W.C. (William Channing), 1794-1845

    [HAWAII] He hoikehonua, he mea ia e hoakaka’i i ke ano o ka honua nei, a me na mea maluna iho :

    ua unuhi ia noloko mai o ka hoikehonua / a W.C. Woodbridge. [=A geography, something describing the form of the earth, and things on it.]. Oahu : Mea Pai Palapala a na Misionari, 1836. Second edition. Octavo, original printed papered boards, rebacked with new spine, front pastedown with early manuscript dedication and modern bookplate, front …

  • # 14764


    [POSTER]. Africa & Oceania (screenprint and original texta design)

    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 …

  • # 14830

    McFARLAND, Alfred

    Mutiny in the “Bounty!” and story of the Pitcairn Islanders (presentation copy)

    Sydney : J. J. Moore, [1884]. 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), …

  • # 15232

    ANDREWS, Irene Dwen

    Latitude 18 South. A sojourn in Tahiti (signed copy)

    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.

  • # 15286

    WILLIAMS, Ben Ames

    [PULP] The strumpet sea

    New York : Popular Library, 1951. Trade paperback, duodecimo, illustrated wrappers, 256 pp; a good copy. “A lusty tale of the South Pacific.”

  • # 15246

    An account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Great South Sea.

    Composed from the journals of Capt. Henry Wilson and his officers; who, in August, 1783, were there ship-wrecked in the Antelope Packet. Stanford, New York : Daniel Lawrence, 1802. Sextodecimo, primitive publisher’s binding of quarter-roan over marbled papered boards over wood (worn), inscriptions to endpapers, pp. 131; iv, internally fine. Provincial New York state imprint, …

  • # 14804

    Photographer unknown.

    Photographs of Marind-Anim people, southern Dutch New Guinea, circa 1935

    Group of 6 (of 12) silver gelatin photographs, each 97 x 69 mm, accompanied by their original envelope printed in Japanese Ran-ryō niuginia Shima shokujinshu no fūzoku [=Customs of a Species of Cannibals from Dutch New-Guinea]; the photographs and envelope are in very good condition. The Marind-Anim inhabit the southeastern region of what was formerly …

  • # 14796


    [NEW GUINEA TRIBAL ART] Pygmeeën en Papoea’s : kunst en cultuur in Nieuw-Guinea

    Uitgegeven onder auspicien van het Koloniaal Instituut Afdeeling Volkenkunde. Arnhem, Netherlands : Van Loghum Slaterus, 1940. Series: Primitieve Kunst en Cultuur, II. Octavo, original pictorial papered boards (paper split along spine), 57 pp, illustrated with b/w photographic plates; text in Dutch; internally very clean. Guide to the collection of New Guinea art and artefacts in …

  • # 14691

    [GOYDER, G. W.]

    Plan of the southern portion of the province of South Australia :

    as divided into counties and hundreds, showing the most important settlements, post towns, telegraph stations, main roads, railways, &​c . Compiled from official documents in the the Office of the Surveyor General 1877. [Cover title : Atlas of principal portions of settled districts in the province of South Australia 1877 – 8]. Adelaide : Surveyor General's Office, …

  • # 11693

    ZIMMERMANN, Heinrich

    Zimmermann’s account of the third voyage of Captain Cook 1776 – 1790

    Translated by Miss U. Tewsley, of the Library Staff, under direction of Johannes C. Anderson. With a few Explanatory Notes. Alexander Turnbull Library Bulletin No. 2. Wellington : W.A.G. Skinner (Government Printer), 1926. Octavo, original printed wrappers (lightly marked), pp. 49; two plates. The author sailed with Cook on his voyage in search of the North …

  • # 14658

    VILLIERS, Alan

    The way of a ship

    Being some account of the ultimate development of the ocean-going square-rigged vessel, and the manner of her handling, her voyage-making, her personnel, her economics, her performance, and her end. Illustrated with the author's photographs and diagrams and drawings by Harold A. Underhill. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Octavo, illustrated cloth, illustrated endpapers, pp. …