AUSTRALIA; PACIFIC. Manuscript Journal of a Royal Navy officer, including voyages on HMS Nelson and HMS Tamar,
Portsmouth : 1884-5Punctiliously maintained and engrossing journal largely devoted to service on the Australia Station aboard HMS Nelson - including an eye witness account of the ceremony whereby Papua New Guinea was established as a British Protectorate.
The journal was kept by Lieutenant the Hon. Gerald FitzMaurice Digby (1858-1942), inscribed on the verso of... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 131132
AUSTRALIA. Original pen and ink and wash map of New Holland and New South Wales.
England : c.1840Delightful "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
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] : 1849First 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
DAVIES, Jonathan Ceredig. Life, Travels and Reminiscences of Jonathan Ceredig Davies.
Llanddewi Brefi : 1927A 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
BRIGGS, Ernest. "Year Without Spring."
1942Compelling 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 The work is unpublished and the only other copy traced is in the...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
BLIGH, Lieutenant William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
London : 1790First 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£8,750.00
Stock Code: 90805
FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. Descriptiones animalium, quae in itinere ad maris Australis terras per annos 1772, 1773 et 1774
Berlin : 1844First 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
TORRENS, Robert. Colonization of South Australia.
London : 1835First 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
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 : 1854First 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
WILSON, James. The Life and Dreadful Sufferings of Captain James Wilson, In various Parts of the Globe,
Portsea : 1810The 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
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Island Nights' Entertainments.
London : 1893First UK edition, first impression with the price facing the half title altered in ink; originally published in the US five days earlier.
This copy is from the library of Percy Lubbock (1879-1965), with his bookplate to the front pastedown and ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper verso, stating "Eton, May 1895". He was a King's... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 144431
CHATWIN, Bruce. The Songlines.
London : 1987First 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
DURKHEIM, Émile. Les Formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse.
Paris : 1912First 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
FRYER, John. The Voyage of the Bounty Launch.
Guildford : 1979Signed 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
CHAMPAGNAC, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph. Le Cook de l'enfance et de la jeunesse.
Paris : 1836First 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
HUNTER, John. An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island,
London : 1793First 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
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 : 1773First 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
PETHERICK, Edward Augustus, compiler. Edwards's Australasian Catalogue:
London : 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
RAFFLES, Thomas Stamford. The History of Java.
London : 1817First 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
FERGUSON, David. The History of the Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 1914-1919.
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington, N.Z., Melbourne and London : 1921First 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
KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands,
London : 1789Third 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
LANG, John Dunmore. The Australian Emigrant's Manual.
London : 1852First 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
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 : 1797First 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
THOMSON, J. P. British New Guinea.
London : 1892First 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
KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands.
London : 1788First 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
VIANA, Francisco Javier de. Diario del viage explorador de las corbetas españolas "Descubierta" y "Atrevida" en los años de 1789 à 1794.
[Montevideo] : 1849First 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
WALKER, N. Fiji,
London : 1936First 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
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
London : 1937First 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
BLIGH, William. A Narrative of the Mutiny on Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty;
London : 1790First 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
MARTIN, John. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
Edinburgh : 1827Originally 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
MARTIN, John. An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.
London : 1818Originally 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
LABILLARDIÈRE, Jacques Julien Houton de. Voyage in Search of La Pérouse …
London : 1800First 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. "Although unsuccessful... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 79886
ERSKINE, John Elphinstone. Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific,
1853First 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£650.00
Stock Code: 62940
HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.
New York : 1937First 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 still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 51720