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First editions and rare books, including copies in fine bindings, relating to Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. The Songlines.
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    The Songlines.

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 60 of 150 specially bound copies signed by Chatwin on a separate title. Learn More
    £625

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114047

    Signed: Yes

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    Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas “Descubierta” y “Atrevida” en los años de 1789 a 1794.

    First and only edition of one of the rarest Pacific voyages, the great Spanish scientific expedition under the Italian-born Alessandro Malaspina, 1789 to 1794, throughout the Pacific, exploring and mapping much of the west coast of the Americas from Cape Horn to the Gulf of Alaska, then across to the Philippines, with stops in Australia and New Zealand. Learn More

    £22,500

    Date of Publication: 1849

    Published: Cerrito de la Victoria [Montevideo]

    Stock Code: 113859

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  3. South Australia:

    South Australia:

    Its History, Resources, and Productions.
    First edition, prepared as an official handbook for the use of commissioners at the Philadelphia Centenary Exhibition in 1876. Harcus (1823-1876), was an ordained Congregationalist minister originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He emigrated to Australia in 1860 and settled in Adelaide where he became a prominent journalist, first at the South Australian Register, then the South Australian Advertiser, which he edited from 1874 until his death. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1876

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 111902

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  4. 110767

    In the South Seas.

    Being an account of experiences and observations in the Marquesas, Paumotus, and Gilbert Islands in the course of two cruises, on the yacht ‘Casco’ (1888) and the Schooner ‘Equator’ (1889).
    First separate English edition, preceded by the Us edition published in 1896 and the Edinburgh Edition. With the spine panel of the original cloth bound in at rear. Originally published in the US in 1896. One of 4,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1900

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 110767

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  5. The Songlines.
    signed

    The Songlines.

    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 59 of 150 copies signed by the author and specially bound for London Limited Editions. Learn More
    £675

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109781

    Signed: Yes

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  6. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    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.
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history" (Hill), published two years before his full official version of the voyage and the mutiny in an effort to influence opinion in his favour, absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the incident" (Hill). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109303

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  7. To Hell & Gone.

    To Hell & Gone.

    with an introduction by Sir Wilfred Grenfell of Labrador.
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive, with their ink stamp to the title page. A travel narrative of Australia and the south seas. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1932

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108718

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  8. The Songlines.
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    The Songlines.

    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Larry, best regards from an ‘Eskimo fanatic', Bruce". Originally published in the UK in the same year. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1987

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 107250

    Signed: Yes

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  9. Over the Reefs.

    Over the Reefs.

    Over the Reefs
    Signed limited edition. Number 39 of 100 copies on Basingwerk parchment signed by the author and specially bound in full morocco. A lovely copy of the writer and wood engraver's impressions of the South Seas following an 18-month stay spent mostly in Tonga and Tahiti. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1948

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 107212

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  10. A Voyage to the South Sea,

    A Voyage to the South Sea,

    undertaken by Command of His Majesty, for the Purpose of conveying the Bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty’s Ship The Bounty ... including an Account of the Mutiny on Board the said Ship, and the Subsequent Voyage of Part of the Crew, in the Ship’s Boat...
    First edition of Bligh's own full account of his voyage which led to the most famous mutiny in the history of the sea. "An extremely important book" (Hill). In mid-1787 Bligh received the command of the Bounty, then being fitted to transport breadfruit and other plants from the South Seas to the West Indies, part of an elaborate scheme to establish large-scale cotton cultivation in the West Indies by transplanting breadfruit and other fruits and vegetables so that plantation owners might feed slaves more cheaply. Learn More
    £10,000

    Date of Publication: 1792

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106153

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  11. Complete set of the three voyages and two related works.

    Complete set of the three voyages and two related works.

    First edition of the second voyage, second and best edition of the first voyage and second edition of the third voyage. The separate atlas to the third voyage is not present but its charts and plates have been bound into the text volumes and are all present. HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere. Learn More
    £20,000

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100989

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  12. A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands;

    A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands;

    with Remarks upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Traditions, and Usages of the Inhabitants.
    First Edition, Sixth Thousand. "Rev. Williams was the ablest missionary to the Polynesian people, and his book was the most often printed and widely read of all the contemporary accounts" (Hill). The London Missionary Society sent Williams to the Society Islands in 1816, and he travelled widely in the region, visiting the Cook Islands, and discovering Rarotonga in the Hervey Islands. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1837

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 99149

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  13. Notes of a Cruise in H.M.S. Fawn in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862.

    Notes of a Cruise in H.M.S. Fawn in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862.

    First edition, this copy inscribed on the title page by the author to his son; "John Shapland Elliot from his very affectionate father THCH", and with later ownership inscription of "A. M. Daubeny (granddaughter) 1942". Loosely inserted photographic carte-de-visite of Captain Cator, captain of the ship, on whose photographs the plates are based, annotated to this effect verso. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: 1863

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 97367

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  14. Fiji,

    Fiji,

    Their People, History and Commerce.
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's file copy with their bookplate to front pastedown. Nancy Walker's account combines travelogue, ethnography and reflection on Fiji's social ills, including a critical treatment of the activities of Christian Missions on the islands. Uncommon in this condition with the dust jacket. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96861

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  15. Northward Ho!

    Northward Ho!

    Being the Log of a 35 Ton Schooner from Sydney to Plymouth. [Together with:] Southward Ho! Being the Log of the 35 Ton Schooner Yacht Sirius from England to Australia.
    First edition, first impression. These two works together form the record of Harold Nossiter's circumnavigation of the globe with his two sons. The outward journey took the Nossiters first through the Indonesian archipelago, thence to Colombo and onwards to the Suez Canal before traversing the Straits of Gibraltar and finally landing at Plymouth eleven months later. Learn More
    £350

    Date of Publication: 1936

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96636

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  16. [Presentation Bible to Capt. W. A. Fraser from the Missionaries on the Loyalty Islands and New Hebrides:]

    [Presentation Bible to Capt. W. A. Fraser from the Missionaries on the Loyalty Islands and New Hebrides:]

    The Comprehensive Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments According to the Authorized Version …
    Large black morocco presentation label to the front pastedown lettered in gilt within a broad gilt floral rolled panel: "Presented to Capt. W. A. Fraser by the Missionaries on the Loyalty Islands and New Hebrides as a token of respect for his character & gratitude for his services to the cause of Christian mission as Master of the missionary vessel Dayspring 1867". Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1867

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 95274

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  17. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.

    Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.

    in Torres Strait, New Guinea, and other Islands of the Eastern Archipelago, during the Years 1842-1846: together with an Excursion into the Interior of the Eastern Part of Java …
    An exceptional copy of the first edition, first issue - in " fine straight-ribbed blue cloth, all boards with elaborate blind stamped central ornament" (Wantrup) - of this "very important voyage" (Hill) commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the various regions in New Guinea. This was one of a series of detailed hydrographical surveys undertaken for the Admiralty around this time, its specific purpose being to have the Great Barrier Reef explored "and to have the gaps surveyed in order that some means might be devised for marking the most eligible of these openings, in order that they could be recognised in due time and passed through in comparative safety" (Ingelton, Charting a Continent). Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1847

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94462

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  18. Voyages to the East-Indies.

    Voyages to the East-Indies.

    Translated from the Original Dutch, by Samuel Hull Wilcocke. With Notes and Additions by the Translator.
    First edition in English. The original Dutch edition appeared as two separate works: Reize van Zeeland over Kaap de Goede Hoop naar Batavia, Bantam, Bengalen, enz. gedaan in de jaaren 1768 tot 1771, published in 1793 (Landwehr VOC 296), and Reize van Zeeland over de Kaap de Goede Hoop en Batavia, naar Samarang, Macasser, Amboina, Suratte enz. gedaan in de jaaren 1774-1778, published in 1797 (Landwehr VOC 297). Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1798

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94196

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  19. Savage Civilisation.

    Savage Civilisation.

    First edition, first impression. The publisher's archive copy with small pencil mark to the jacket front panel. Savage Civilisation was the future founder of Mass-Observation's first best-seller, in which he defended the way of life of the cannibals of the New Hebrides and their rights to their own land. "Harrisson's fourth Oxford expedition (1933-5) was to the New Hebrides. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 94109

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  20. A Journal of the Voyage to the South Seas,

    A Journal of the 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.
    First Edition. His skill in botanical drawing being noticed at an exhibition of the Free Society of Artists in 1765-6 Parkinson went to work for James Lee at his nursery in Hammersmith. Commissions from Joseph Banks followed, Parkinson being employed to "depict in water-colours from the preserved material some of the creatures collected on his 1766 expedition to Labrador and Newfoundland, and to make copies for him of paintings of Indian mammals and birds made for Gideon Loten, a former governor of Ceylon. Learn More
    £7,750

    Date of Publication: 1773

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 93909

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