Hawaii & Polynesia
BEECHEY, F. W. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's [sic]Strait,
London : 1831First 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
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
CANFIELD, Flavia Camp. Around the World at Eighty.
Rutland, VT. : 1925First 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
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
COLNETT, James. A Voyage to the South Atlantic and round Cape Horn into the Pacific Ocean,
London : 1798First 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
COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
London : 1785Second 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
COOK, James, & James King. A Voyage to the Pacific Ocean.
London : 1785Second 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
COOK, James. [The three voyages:]
London : 1773-84Second 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
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
ELLIS, William. Polynesian Researches,
London : 1829First 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
EYKIN, John, as A Peripatetic Parson. Parts of the Pacific.
London : 1896First 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
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
JUKES, J. Beete. Narrative of the Surveying Voyage of H.M.S. Fly, commanded by Captain F. P. Blackwood, R.N.
London : 1847First 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
KEATE, George. An Account of the Pelew Islands,
London : 1789Third 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
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
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
NOBLE, Gurre Ploner. In A Little Grass Shack.
Honolulu : 1946First 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
PAULDING, Hiram. Journal of a Cruise of the United States Schooner Dolphin,
New York : 1831First 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
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
STEWART, C. S. A Visit to the South Seas,
London : 1832First 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
THIERCELIN, Louis. Journal d'un baleinier voyages en Océanie.
Paris : 1866First 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
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
ZIMMERMANN, Henri. Dernier voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde,
Berne : 1783Second 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