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  1. Spoken Arabic of Qatar in English Script.
    ARABIC, Qatari - DAJANI, Khaled. Spoken Arabic of Qatar in English Script.

    Beirut : 1956

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies printed, and inevitably rare. "This is colloquial Arabic. It is not 'school Arabic', but the real everyday language of the Qatar Arab people" (introduction). Apparently the only edition of one of the earliest guides to the Arabic dialects of the Arabian Gulf. Qatar, then a British Protectorate, was experiencing a surge... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 131240

  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. 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

  4. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's [sic]Strait,
    BEECHEY, F. W. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's [sic]Strait,

    London : 1831

    First octavo edition, same year as the Admiralty edition in quarto, of "one of the most valuable of modern voyages"(Hill). Beechey's expedition went to the Bering Strait "As a relief expedition to await the separate expeditions of Captains Franklin and Parry". Beechey heard at Kamchatka that Parry had turned back, but he waited at Kotzebue Sound for... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 60152

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Jottings during the Cruise of H.M.S. Curacoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865.
    BRENCHLEY, Julius Lucius. Jottings during the Cruise of H.M.S. Curacoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865.

    London : 1873

    First edition of this detailed work with numerous stunning hand-coloured plates.

    "This voyage was especially significant for the natural history data collected. The ship sailed from Sydney under the command of Sir William Wiseman to display the British flag in the different archipelagos of the western Pacific. Visits were made to Lord Howe Island,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146569

  8. "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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

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

    London : 1785

    Second edition of Cook's fatal third voyage, an attempt to find a north-west passage, during which he "discovered" Oahu and Kauai at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, and, more importantly, "depicted accurately for the first time the north-west coast of America, leaving no major discoveries for his successors. In addition the scientific discoveries... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 75595

  13. [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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  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. 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. Recollections of the Irish War.
    FIGGIS, Darrell. Recollections of the Irish War.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, scarce with the dust jacket. "The portrait Darrell Figgis paints himself in Recollections of the Irish War shows him as a defender of personal liberty and individual opinion whose voice is stifled by authority, traits that he has in common with the Oisin of his satire" (Colby). Darrell Figgis was an Irish writer, poet... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 129573

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.
    HALL, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.

    London : [c.1850]

    A handsome set of this important and comprehensive travelogue of Ireland; scarce in a contemporary binding.

    Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and Anna Maria Fielding (1800-1881) were both born in Ireland but moved to London to be married in 1824. Hall was a prominent journalist who edited various literary magazines, most notably the prestigious... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 145570

  25. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.
    HALL, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c.

    London : 1841-3

    Second edition with a new preface by the authors. Ireland: Its Scenery and character, a profusely illustrated "mixed travelogue and social commentary" (ODNB), was co-authored by Samuel Carter Hall (1800-1889) and his wife, Anna Maria Hall (1800-1881), née Fielding. Originally published the previous year. Learn More
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 102072

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. The Catechism, or Christian Doctrine by way of Question and Answer,
    IRISH CATECHISM. The Catechism, or Christian Doctrine by way of Question and Answer,

    Paris : 1742

    First edition of Donlevy's Irish-language Catholic Catechism, with the Irish and its English translation printed on parallel pages.

    The Irish Roman Catholic priest Andrew Donlevy (1680-1746) was resident in Paris, where the book was published, and where this copy was likely bound. "Donlevy lamented the decline of the Irish language and worked... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146966

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. Wild Sports of the West.
    MAXWELL, William Hamilton. Wild Sports of the West.

    London : 1832

    First edition. "In 1829 Maxwell achieved recognition as a writer when Henry Colburn published his Stories of Waterloo, for which he paid him 300. Three years later one of his most popular books appeared: Wild Sports of the West (1832). This contained lively tales and legends together with colourful descriptions of Irish people, sporting activities (such... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 108201

  40. The Album of Giants Causeway, Portrush & Coleraine Views.
    NORTHERN IRELAND. The Album of Giants Causeway, Portrush & Coleraine Views.

    London : [c.1890]

    Attractive leporello album of images reworked in an illustrative style from photographs made by the prominent Dundee firm of Valentine & Sons, Scotland's leading manufacturer of picture postcards. The London firm of Charles, Reynolds & Co. issued many such albums, this particular title being surprisingly uncommon, with WorldCat listing one copy only,... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 140147

  41. 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

  42. 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

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
    SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.

    Paris : c.1893

    Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More
    £3,850.00

    Stock Code: 134814

  46. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.
    SMITH, Charles, & Walter Harris. The Antient and Present State of the County of Down.

    Dublin : 1744

    First edition of The Antient and Present State, here combined unusually with the first London edition of its parent work, A Topographical and Chorographical Survey, presented in a very well preserved plain period binding.

    Charles Smith (c. 1715 - 1762), the moving force behind this important book, could be described as an Irish John Aubrey,... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 141048

  47. England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged.
    SPEED, John. England Wales Scotland and Ireland Described and Abridged.

    [London : 1627

    Second miniature edition of Speed's atlas of Great Britain and Ireland, following the edition of 1620, and showing the mapped landscape of Britain as it would have been known to Shakespeare.

    The "farr larger Voulume Done by John Speed" is a reference to the famous Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (1611), issued in folio. Thomas Chubb explains... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 115052

  48. 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

  49. 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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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

  54. 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

  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. 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

  57. The Godstone and the Blackymor.
    WHITE, T. H. The Godstone and the Blackymor.

    London : 1959

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the illustrator, "Signed for Bridget by Edward Ardizzone, Feb 1968", on the front free endpaper, with a typed letter from the Book Trade Group referring to Ardizzone's visit to Melbourne, a related newspaper clipping and a prospectus from Jonathan Cape for their journal Now and Then, all laid in. A lovely... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 108471

  58. 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

  59. The Aran Islands.
    YEATS, Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.

    Dublin & London : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 18 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).

    From the Penzance Library, the only independent... Learn More
    £11,000.00

    Stock Code: 142885

  60. The Aran Islands.
    YEATS. Jack B. (illus.); SYNGE, John Millington. The Aran Islands.

    Dublin : 1907

    Signed limited edition, number 42 of 100 large paper copies signed by Synge and Yeats, and with plates hand-coloured by the artist. This book, based on the author's annual visits to the islands prompted by W. B. Yeats, would become the "the great prose manifesto of the Irish literary revival" (ODNB).

    Accompanying this copy is a loosely inserted... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 142886

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