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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. Manuscript Journal of a Royal Navy officer, including voyages on HMS Nelson and HMS Tamar,
    AUSTRALIA; PACIFIC. Manuscript Journal of a Royal Navy officer, including voyages on HMS Nelson and HMS Tamar,

    Portsmouth : 1884-5

    Punctiliously 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. "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

  6. 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 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. Island Nights' Entertainments.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Island Nights' Entertainments.

    London : 1893

    First 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. Voyage in Search of La Pérouse …
    LABILLARDIÈRE, Jacques Julien Houton de. Voyage in Search of La Pérouse …

    London : 1800

    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. "Although unsuccessful... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 79886

  33. Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific,
    ERSKINE, John Elphinstone. Journal of a Cruise among the Islands of the Western Pacific,

    1853

    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
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 62940

  34. Savage Civilisation.
    HARRISSON, Tom. Savage Civilisation.

    New York : 1937

    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 still widespread. Unarmed,... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 51720

  35. The Happy Isles of Oceania. Paddling the Pacific.
    THEROUX, Paul. The Happy Isles of Oceania. Paddling the Pacific.

    New York : 1992

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 49407

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