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  1. A Voyage to Terra Australis.
    FLINDERS, Matthew. A Voyage to Terra Australis.

    London : 1814

    First edition of "the most outstanding book on the coastal exploration of Australia... Such is the historical importance of this monumental work that no general collection of Australian books can be considered complete without it" (Wantrup).

    "Flinders was the first commander to circumnavigate the Australian continent, and the first to give it... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 149212

  2. A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean,
    COOK, James - LEDYARD, John. A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean,

    Hartford [CT] : 1783

    First edition of this notable Cook rarity - the first American account of Cook's third voyage, which preceded publication of the official (London) account by more than a year.

    "This was not only the first American book on the Northwest coast of America, but also probably the first American book on Hawaii" (Streeter). Stab holes are visible at... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 148942

  3. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
    COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1785

    Second and preferred edition, a year after the first, of Cook's fatal third voyage, an attempt to find a north-west passage, which led to a first and finally lethal encounter with the Hawaiian Islands.

    The third voyage was distinguished for the extent and importance of its discoveries. Alongside the discovery of Hawaii and several smaller islands,... Learn More
    £13,500.00

    Stock Code: 149802

  4. 147931
    LAMBERT, C. & S. The Voyage of the "Wanderer". From the Journals and Letters.

    London : 1883

    First edition of this beautifully illustrated narrative of a private English yachting cruise around the world. Although bearing the imprint of Macmillan, Barnes states that it "was privately published and has always been very hard to obtain". A very handsome production, clearly a vanity publication, and an insight into another era.

    The steam... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 147931

  5. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;
    RICKMAN, John. Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery;

    London : 1781

    First edition, the "London edition" of the first full account in English of Cook's third voyage, published anonymously to avoid legal action by the Admiralty (Forbes). An attractive copy, with the points outlined for Forbes's state B, "the exact priority not established".

    John Rickman was a second lieutenant aboard the Discovery, being discharged... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 147062

  6. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,
    COULTER, John. Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,

    London : 1847

    First edition of this account of Coulter's time onboard the Stratford whaler, the book opening with a dramatic account of a successful whale chase. This copy in the original cloth in notably attractive condition.

    A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 146439

  7. Polynesian Researches,
    ELLIS, William. Polynesian Researches,

    London : 1829

    First edition of Ellis's most important work, and "one of the most important books on the history and ethnology of the Society Islands, by one of the most perceptive of the missionary travelers in the Pacific" (Forbes). This copy is in the original boards, and distinctly uncommon thus.

    William Ellis (1794-1872) joined the London Missionary Society... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 146691

  8. [The three voyages:]
    COOK, James. [The three voyages:]

    London : 1773-84

    Second and best edition of the first voyage, first edition of the second and third voyages. A highly desirable complete set of the official accounts of Cook's three Pacific voyages in the preferred editions and with an excellent provenance, the atlas folio volume containing an extra suite of "Admiralty" plates from the second voyage in superb early... Learn More
    £60,000.00

    Stock Code: 141440

  9. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
    COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1785

    Second and preferred edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, this set one of a small number with the text volumes printed on fine paper, apparently hot-pressed to give a more silken finish, and presented in a particularly attractive contemporary morocco binding, in this regard highly uncommon: the last set in such a binding appearing at auction in 1992.... Learn More
    £37,500.00

    Stock Code: 139133

  10. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.
    AUSTRALIA. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.

    England : c.1840

    Delightful "album piece" map of Australia, dating to around 1840, "New Holland" outlined in green, New South Wales and Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in red, coastal waters shaded in blue. Sydney, Port Jackson and Botany Bay are all named, also the Swan River; the lateral distance across the continent is given as "2400 miles".

    Van Diemen's Land... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 132135

  11. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 a 1794.
    VIANA, Francisco Xavier de. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 a 1794.

    Cerrito de la Victoria [Montevideo] : 1849

    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
    £22,500.00

    Stock Code: 113859

  12. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
    DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.

    Llanddewi Brefi : 1927

    A Herculean labour of love: one of 70 copies only, printed for private circulation by the author in his old age at his own printing-press. This copy inscribed "yours sincerely, J. Ceredig Davies" on the frontispiece and forwarded to his cousin, the Hon. Dan W. Williams of Jackson, Ohio. Davies's memoirs comprise his journeys to Patagonia and Australia.... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 93335

  13. "Year Without Spring."
    BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."

    1942

    Compelling and highly readable epistolary account of army service in Papua New Guinea by the Australian poet, broadcaster and music critic, Ernest Briggs (1905-1967), the letters being addressed to the pianist Harriet Cohen (1895-1967), acclaimed particularly as an interpreter of Bach. The work is unpublished and the only other copy traced is in the... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 93902

  14. 146555
    HAMILTON, Augustus. Maori Art: The Art Workmanship of the Maori Race in New Zealand.

    Wellington : 1896

    First edition, issued in five parts between 1896 and 1900, bound in the publisher's cloth upon the issue of the fifth and final part. Hamilton's Maori Art was a monumental publication documenting and depicting a wealth of Maori artwork. A total of 900 copies were printed and bindings were offered as here or in brown morocco with a matching design.

    Augustus... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 146555

  15. 147046
    THIERCELIN, Louis. Journal d'un baleinier voyages en Océanie.

    Paris : 1866

    First edition of this expansive whaling account important for its insight into French colonial interests in New Zealand and vivid representations of English and Spanish colonial systems on the Pacific isles, specifically recording the treatment of the Maori by English settlers. A particularly attractive copy in what is perhaps a publisher's deluxe binding,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 147046

  16. An Account of the Pelew Islands,
    KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands,

    London : 1789

    Third edition, published a year after the first, this copy in a handsome contemporary binding.

    For this edition Keate adds a note to the introduction commenting on the public's favourable reaction and noting that the book's main attraction is its portrait of Lee Boo, "which unequivocally proves, that a picture of Human Nature, distinguished... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146444

  17. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,
    ZIMMERMANN, Henri. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,

    Berne : 1783

    Second edition in French, following the first edition in French of 1782, both translated from Reise um die Welt mit Capitain Cook (Mannheim, 1781), with additional notes not included in the original, the type reset for the present edition.

    Johann Heinrich Zimmermann (1741-1805) sailed on HMS Discovery on James Cook's third voyage to the Pacific... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 146898

  18. An Abridgement of Portlock and Dixon's Voyage Round the World, performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788.
    PORTLOCK, Nathaniel. An Abridgement of Portlock and Dixon's Voyage Round the World, performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788.

    London : 1789

    An attractive adaptation of the Portlock and Dixon voyages, "clearly following the Portlock narrative" (Forbes), published in the same year as both men's accounts. This copy with the desirable folding map, an unaltered reissue of that originally published in Dixon's account, which Forbes notes does not appear in all copies.

    The principal and... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 146900

  19. Parts of the Pacific.
    EYKIN, John, as A Peripatetic Parson. Parts of the Pacific.

    London : 1896

    First edition of this anonymously published narrative of the author's travels in Australia, to which he devotes the majority of the book with a focus on North Queensland, and in Fiji, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 146626

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

    London : 1847

    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. This copy in attractive condition.

    The expedition was the first to be despatched to Australia on a purely surveying mission. Blackwood's directions... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 146858

  21. Journal of a Cruise of the United States Schooner Dolphin,
    PAULDING, Hiram. Journal of a Cruise of the United States Schooner Dolphin,

    New York : 1831

    First edition of this uncommon and important account. The schooner USS Dolphin set out from Peru in 1825 in search of the crew of the whaling ship the Globe which had mutinied the previous year.

    Dolphin visited the Galapagos, Marquesas, and Gilbert Islands in search of any reports of the ship, eventually finding just two surviving members of... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 147034

  22. Wanderings, South and East.
    COOTE, Walter. Wanderings, South and East.

    London : 1882

    First edition of this travel narrative, with particular attention given to Australia, where the account begins, and New Zealand. Coote provides "substantive additions to the general stock of facts, adding much that is new, particularly with regard to Australia... the publishers have not failed to make it in every respect a very beautiful book" (The... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 146435

  23. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774
    FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774

    Berlin : 1844

    First edition of Forster's study of the Australasian fauna encountered on Cook's second voyage, listing 305 animal species; "the most important zoological work with full results" (Rookmaaker, p. 48). This a particularly desirable tall copy in the original boards, largely unopened. LibraryHub cites copies at just 4 British libraries (BL, ZLS, Cambridge,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 140525

  24. Colonization of South Australia.
    TORRENS, Robert. Colonization of South Australia.

    London : 1835

    First edition. Robert Torrens (1780-1864), an Irish-born political economist, Member of Parliament, and newspaper publisher, played a prominent role in the colonization of South Australia.

    "Torrens had a significant influence on the theory and practice of colonization. Along with most of the later classical economists he rejected the Smithian... Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 135996

  25. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.
    PERKINS, Edward T. Na Motu: or, Reef-Rovings in the South Seas. A Narrative of Adventures at the Hawaiian, Georgian and Society Islands.

    New York : 1854

    First edition of a key book on Hawaii - "an important and lively narrative" (Forbes) - containing one of the earliest accounts of surfing and attractively illustrated from the author's own sketches.

    "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... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 121426

  26. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
    WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,

    Portsea : 1810

    The highly uncommon first edition of the first biography of James Wilson, captain of the Duff on her first missionary voyage to the South Seas. None of the four copies listed at auction in the last 40 years has had the attractive frontispiece.

    "Although there are several accounts of James Wilson's life, sufferings and missionary voyage, this... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 70373

  27. New Zealand.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. New Zealand.

    London : 1874

    First edition thus. In 1873 Trollope published Australia and New Zealand in two volumes; in 1874 the publishers reset the work and issued it in four discrete volumes, covering Victoria and Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, and the present New Zealand. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 144389

  28. The Ivory Raiders.
    RAYNE, Henry. The Ivory Raiders.

    London : 1923

    First edition, first impression, of this surprisingly scarce and colourful memoir of service in "that wild district to the north-west of Kenya Colony bordering on the western shores of Lake Rudolf, and separated from Abyssinia (on the map) by a strip of Soudan territory" (introduction). Importantly, it gives the British view of the campaign against... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 143153

  29. Victoria and Tasmania.
    TROLLOPE, Anthony. Victoria and Tasmania.

    London : 1874

    First edition thus, uncommon on the market. In 1873 Trollope published Australia and New Zealand in two volumes; in 1874 the publishers reset the work and issued it in four discrete volumes, covering New Zealand, New South Wales and Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia, and the present Victoria and Tasmania. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 144388

  30. A General Collection of Voyages and Travels,
    MAVOR, William Fordyce (ed.) A General Collection of Voyages and Travels,

    London : 1809-13

    A uniformly bound set of mixed second and third editions of Mavor's richly illustrated Voyages and Travels. It was first published in 25 volumes as Historical account of the most celebrated voyages, travels, and discoveries (1796) containing the standard accounts of famous voyagers such as Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan, Cook, and Pagès.

    The... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138665

  31. A Visit to the South Seas,
    STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,

    London : 1832

    First English and first illustrated edition; the New York edition of the preceding year was unillustrated. A very pretty set of an important work on Hawaii: "Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (Forbes).

    "The... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 115104

  32. A Voyage to the South Sea,
    BLIGH, William. A Voyage to the South Sea,

    London : 1792

    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... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 143020

  33. Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,
    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von. Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,

    Paris : 1821

    First edition in French of the first Russian circumnavigation, one of the most significant Pacific voyages after Cook, presented here in superior condition in a choice period binding, complete with the rare atlas of plates, "very important and difficult to obtain" (Hill). A highly desirable set.

    Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, 1770-1846)... Learn More
    £25,000.00

    Stock Code: 143059

  34. The Songlines.
    CHATWIN, Bruce. The Songlines.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression, of the author's fourth book. This work is Chatwin's "capacious exploration of Aboriginal creation myths and incorporated some of his early speculations about nomads" (ODNB). Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141986

  35. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
    DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.

    Paris : 1912

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A mon collegue D. Parodi, Bien cordialement, E. Durkheim". Dominique Parodi (1870-1955) was among Durkheim's collaborators on their journal Année sociologique, subsequently the General Inspector of Public Instruction in France from 1919 to 1934, where he presided... Learn More
    £5,500.00

    Stock Code: 140596

  36. The Voyage of the Bounty Launch.
    FRYER, John. The Voyage of the Bounty Launch.

    Guildford : 1979

    Signed limited edition, number 182 of 250 copies signed by Stephen Walters. The book reproduces in facsimile the original diary of John Fryer (1753-1817), the Master of the Bounty, who was cast adrift with Captain Bligh in the launch. The original manuscript is held in the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Walters, a renowned authority on Captain... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 141059

  37. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire; or, The Witch's Cavern.
    WATSON, H. C. MARRIOTT. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire; or, The Witch's Cavern.

    London : 1890

    First edition, second impression, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the head of the half-title, "To E. W. Wallington, with the author's compliments". The recipient is almost certainly Sir Edward William Walllington (1854-1933), at this time secretary to the Earl of Hopetoun, Governor of Victoria, future Groom of the Bedchamber to the Prince... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 122191

  38. Le Cook de l'enfance et de la jeunesse.
    CHAMPAGNAC, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph. Le Cook de l'enfance et de la jeunesse.

    Paris : 1836

    First edition of Champagnac's retelling, for the children, of Cook's voyages to the Pacific, including New Zealand, Batavia (present-day Jakarta), Tahiti, the Sandwich Islands, and many others.

    Champagnac (1798-1858), a prolific author of educational material for young readers, included an appendix providing biographical, historical, and geographical... Learn More
    £1,900.00

    Stock Code: 140574

  39. In A Little Grass Shack.
    NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.

    Honolulu : 1946

    First and only edition of this delightful and scarce book of Hawaiian nursery rhymes; Library Hub only lists three institutional holdings, all in the US, only one of which in Hawaii.

    The author appears to have been a relative of Johnny Noble (1892-1944), Hawaiian big band leader and co-author of the 1933 hapa hoale-style hit song "My Little Grass... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 137841

  40. An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island,
    HUNTER, John. An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island,

    London : 1793

    First edition, a tall copy retaining the date at the foot of the title page which is usually found trimmed. John Hunter (1737-1821) was "vice-admiral and governor of New South Wales 1795-1800 in succession to Governor Phillip, went out as second-in-command on the Sirius in the first convict fleet. He was an experienced and scientific navigator. With... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 117373

  41. An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,
    COOK, James; HAWKESWORTH, John (ed.) An Account of the Voyages undertaken by the order of his Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,

    London : 1773

    First edition of the official account of Cook's first voyage, a handsome and appealing set in the preferred issue with the Straits of Magellan plate, 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... Learn More
    £9,750.00

    Stock Code: 87127

  42. Edwards's Australasian Catalogue:
    PETHERICK, Edward Augustus, compiler. Edwards's Australasian Catalogue:

    London : [1899]

    First edition of bookseller, publisher, bibliographer and book collector's 3,000 item priced catalogue of Australiana. In 1865, the English-born Petherick (1847-1917) started collecting titles for a catalogue or bibliography of Australia but temporarily abandoned the project in 1870 to focus on reorganising the bookselling firm that he worked for, George... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 118564

  43. The History of Java.
    RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.

    London : 1817

    First edition of Raffles's masterful account of Java. Raffles was appointed lieutenant governor of Java in 1811 when the island and its dependencies were occupied by Lord Minto following the annexation of the Netherlands by Napoleon. During the next four years he extended the area of European control and reorganized the Dutch colonial system in the... Learn More
    £9,500.00

    Stock Code: 136364

  44. Around the World at Eighty.
    CANFIELD, Flavia Camp. Around the World at Eighty.

    Rutland, VT. : 1925

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of letters recounting the author's voyage around the world on the Cunarder RMS Berengaria, this copy in a lovely example of the jacket. The party made landfall in Cuba, Panama, southern California, Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, Java, Burma, India, Egypt, Palestine, and across Europe.

    Canfield... Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 135804

  45. The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919.
    FERGUSON, David. The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919.

    Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington, N.Z., Melbourne and London : 1921

    First edition, with about 10 additions and first hand snippets of events as witnessed by Captain A. Critchley Salmonson, recipient of the Distinguished Service Order. Some of the annotations provide more precision such as timing, meals, and taking credit for his own actions; others simply record how fellow soldiers died: "shot through the head next... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 133376

  46. Regarder écouter lire.
    LÉVI-STRAUSS, Claude. Regarder écouter lire.

    Paris : 1993

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Raymond Firth warmest regards Levi-Strauss". Firth (1901-2002) was a prominent New Zealand anthropologist and student of Bronislaw Malinowski, whom he succeeded as Professor Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 1944, remaining there for twenty-four years. Lévi-Strauss... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 132941

  47. A Voyage to the South Atlantic and round Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean,
    COLNETT, James. A Voyage to the South Atlantic and round Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean,

    London : 1798

    First edition of Colnett's account of his second Pacific voyage, one of the most important to the history of whaling. Colnett's lengthy preface also describes a two-month stay in Hawaii made during his first voyage, "one of the earliest visits to Hawaii after Cook" (McDonnell). A midshipman on the Resolution in Cook's second voyage, as part of a crew... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 132480

  48. An Account of the Pelew Islands,
    KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands,

    London : 1789

    Third edition, published a year after the first. For this edition Keate adds a note to the introduction, commenting on the public's favourable reaction and that the book's main attraction is its portrait of Lee Boo, "which unequivocally proves, that a picture of Human Nature, distinguished only by virtuous simplicity, hath been able, in an age of the... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 130923

  49. The Australian Emigrant's Manual.
    LANG, John Dunmore. The Australian Emigrant's Manual.

    London : 1852

    First edition, first issue. Lang (1799-1878), the son of a small Renfrewshire landowner, was one of the most influential and controversial figures in early Australian politics. He emigrated in 1823 and became Sydney's first Presbyterian minister; in 1832 he formed the presbytery of New South Wales, and established the synod of New South Wales in 1850;... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 124858

  50. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
    BLIGH, Lieutenant William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    London : 1790

    First edition of Bligh's (1754-1817) 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 and absolving him "from any blame that might be levelled against him because of the... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 121735

  51. A Narrative of the Sufferings of T. F. Palmer and W. Skirving, during a Voyage to New South Wales, 1794, on board the Surprise Transport.
    PALMER, Thomas Fyshe. A Narrative of the Sufferings of T. F. Palmer and W. Skirving, during a Voyage to New South Wales, 1794, on board the Surprise Transport.

    Cambridge : 1797

    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), a Unitarian minister,... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 119455

  52. British New Guinea.
    THOMSON, J. P. British New Guinea.

    London : 1892

    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 1888 until 1898. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118372

  53. An Account of the Pelew Islands.
    KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands.

    London : 1788

    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 by the natives and eventually... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 118289

  54. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 à 1794.
    VIANA, Francisco Javier de. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 à 1794.

    [Montevideo] : 1849

    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 is of immense value. It is the... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 111448

  55. Fiji,
    WALKER, N. 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
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 96861

  56. Savage Civilisation.
    HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.

    London : 1937

    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)... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 94109

  57. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
    BLIGH, William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;

    London : 1790

    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 of the incident" (Hill). The... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 92286

  58. Peter Lecky by Himself.
    HOPEGOOD, Peter. Peter Lecky. Peter Lecky by Himself.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Harry, Best wishes from Peter Hopegood (Cedric)". England-born Peter Hopegood (1891-1967, birth name Cedric Hopegood) established himself in Australia after serving in the First World War. In this "informal autobiography" the author, best known... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 91351

  59. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
    MARTIN, John. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.

    Edinburgh : 1827

    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 and music" (Hill). Mariner... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 81779

  60. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
    MARTIN, John. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.

    London : 1818

    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 of Tongan songs... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 80627

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