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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. 119455
    First edition of this scarce contribution to early Australian convict literature, three copies traced at auction in the last 40 years; ESTC locates three copies in Australasian libraries, at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, Auckland Museum Library, and the State Library of South Australia.
    Palmer (1747-1802),... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 119455

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  2. 100989detail
    First edition of the second voyage, second and best editions of the first voyage and third voyages; first edition of Kippis's biography of Cook. The charts and plates of the separate atlas to the third voyage have been bound into the text volumes, and all are present..
    i) HAWKESWORTH, John. An Account of the Voyages undertaken... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 100989

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  3. 123347
    An engaging and detailed daily diary kept by an Englishman travelling to Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of Polynesia, which includes chronicles of cricket, earthquakes, and shooting sports. The volume opens at sea on 1 January 1897, with our unnamed diarist taking part in a deck quoit competition. The phrase "read,... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 123347

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  4. 118289
    First edition of Keate's "remarkable" shipwreck narrative (NMM), in a handsome provincial binding. "In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near one of the Palau (Pelew) Islands, a previously unexplored group. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated... Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118289

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  5. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
    First edition, first issue, of this "very important voyage" (Hill), commissioned by the Admiralty to survey the Torres Strait, the hazardous Great Barrier Reef, and various regions in New Guinea. The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions were so "accurate... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 94462

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  6. 1426_3b
    First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing: "Surfriding and surfrider also hold the honour of being the terms in longest continual use to describe the act of riding waves and those who ride them. The former appears for the first... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 121426

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  7. 111448
    First and only edition of the first published account of "Spain's greatest scientific voyage of exploration to the South Seas in the eighteenth century" (Hill). Rare: 20 copies in libraries world-wide (none in the United Kingdom) but just a handful of copies traced at auction. Lada-Mocarski considered that "Viana's diary... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 111448

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  8. 117382
    First edition. For some time, before entering the service of the East India Company, Forrest had served in the Royal Navy, seeing action in 1757 under George Pocock against the French in the Bay of Bengal. The year 1762 found him in command of a company ship, "from which he seems to date his experience when, writing in 1782,... Learn More
    £2,950

    Stock Code: 117382

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  9. 118372
    First edition of this in-depth analysis of New Guinea published nine years after its annexation in 1883. James Park Thomson was an experienced explorer and land surveyor who worked in Fiji and New South Wales. In this work he uses the notes and maps made by Sir William MacGregor, the British Administrator of New Guinea from... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 118372

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    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... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 113859

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  11. 110777
    First edition. With the spine panel of the original binding bound in at rear. Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 110777

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  12. Fiji,

    Fiji,

    London: 1936

    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

    Stock Code: 96861

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  13. 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... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 94109

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  14. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    One of 70 copies only printed by the author at his own printing-press for private circulation. This copy is inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece, and was sent to Davies's cousin the Hon. Dan W. Williams, who is mentioned (though misnamed, as Williams comments in the margin) on page 5 as part... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 93335

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    First edition of this important, somewhat overlooked, First Fleet account, which also provides a record of the first trading voyage out of Port Jackson. "The Charlotte, commanded by Captain Gilbert, was one of the first fleet of ships conveying convicts and settlers to New South Wales in 1787. Having landed their consignments... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 90879

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  16. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history", 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... Learn More
    £8,500

    Stock Code: 92286

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  17. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
    First edition of Bligh's personal account of "one of the most remarkable incidents in the whole of maritime history", 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... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 90805

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  18. 87127
    First edition of the official account of Cook's first voyage, together with previous exploratory expeditions under Byron, Carteret and Wallis, compiled by John Hawkesworth. The primary purpose of Cook's voyage in Endeavour was the observation of the transit of Venus from Tahiti, and then to continue the enterprise of geographical... Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 87127

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  19. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
    Originally published ten years previously, this is the "Third Edition, considerably Improved", published in Constable's Miscellany Series. "Considered the best report of Tongan life and culture before the arrival of Christianity the customs of the inhabitants and their inter-island wars, and also examples of Tongan songs... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 81779

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  20. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
    Originally published in the previous year, this the "Second Edition, with additions" which include the folding map, a new preface and an enlarged introduction. "Considered the best report of Tongan life and culture before the arrival of Christianity the customs of the inhabitants and their inter-island wars, and also examples... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 80627

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    First edition in English, same year as the French, this in the favoured, and less common, single-volume quarto edition. Labillardière was the botanist and doctor on the d'Entrecasteaux Pérouse search expedition, and was entrusted with the task of writing the official account following the death of the commander from scurvy.... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 79886

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  22. 70373
    First edition. Uncommon: Copac records only the SOAS copy, OCLC locates 12 other copies worldwide, five of them in Australia and New Zealand and five in the USA, two of these in Hawaii. "Although there are several account of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this was the earliest biography of him to... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 70373

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  23. 49407
    £60

    Stock Code: 49407

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  24. 62940
    First edition. "Captain Erskine sailed from Russell, New Zealand, in 1849, and reached Niue or Savage Island. He visited Manua, Tutuila and Upolu of the Samoan Islands. Next Vava'u, Lifuka, and Tongatabu were visited, then Fiji, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and Port Jackson" (Hill). Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 62940

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  25. 50321
    First edition. Uncommon account, particularly desirable in the jacket. Hopkins "joined the Melanesian Mission in 1900. At that time, N. Mala in the Solomon Islands was the most difficult problem in its whole area. A large island with a population of over 60,000, it was known to contain the wildest lot of cannibals in the... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 50321

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  26. 51720
    First US edition, same year as the UK first. Uncommon, Harrisson's first book of anthropology based on the work of the Oxford expedition to the New Hebrides, for which he was officially the ornithologist; "When the rest of the Oxford party left Santo Island for home in 1934, Harrisson got to Malekula, where cannibalism was... Learn More
    £200

    Stock Code: 51720

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