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Paris: Buisson, 1787.
First French editionThree volumes, octavo, with a folding chart and 15 engraved folding plates; contemporary French quarter calf, flat spines with double labels. An attractive copy of the first octavo edition in French, published simultaneously with a quarto edition. Sparrman, professor of zoology at Uppsala University...
Tahiti: Printed at the London Missionary Society's press, 1851.
The first Tahitian-English dictionaryOctavo, a very attractive copy in a contemporary binding of marbled sheep, flat spine decorated in gilt, red leather label. First edition: a beautifully produced book, printed by the missionaries in Tahiti. The first complete dictionary of...
Paris: L.-R. Delay, 1843.
France and Britain compete for control of Tahiti.Octavo, viii, 80 pp.; uncut in original printed wrappers. A very scarce pamphlet: this discussion of the issue of French sovereignty in Tahiti is collected and translated from publications of the London Missionary Society, and publishes material from...
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in TahitiOctavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy. A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile...
London: Boydell, circa 1809. Hand-coloured aquatint, 280 x 410 mm., Whatman paper with 1819 watermark; very good. Arresting image of the Tahitian chief Waheiadooa (Vehiatua) lying in state. Cook recorded in August 1777 that his curiosity had taken him to view what his fellow officers had described as a "Roman...
"A Londra" 1770.
Italian translation of the early Tahiti fictionOctavo, xvi, 104 pp.; a fine uncut copy in original soft boards, owner's inscription 'Girolamo Gherardini' on title. Very rare Italian translation of Bricaire de la Dixmerie's fictional account of Autourou, published in Paris in the same year; one of...
Papeete: 24 February 1854.
A handsome provisioning: from Adelaide to TahitiFrench manuscript, single leaf 212 mm x 273 mm. A ship's manifest for the barque Selma of Adelaide, including Cognac, beer, Bordeaux, sherry and salted pork, as well as a sizable cargo, inall, calculated at 62,500 francs signed by...
London: Alex Hogg, n.d., but circa 1784.
Cook's editorsPair of engraved portraits on single sheet, 240 x 380 mm. Striking oval portraits of two men involved in the publication of Cook's voyages, from Anderson's Voyages of Captain Cook. Hawkesworth was of course the writer who published Cook's first voyage...
Brussels: Librairie Historique, 1844.
One of the great works on the costumes of the worldFour volumes, large octavo, with a total of 204 finely handcoloured costume plates; contemporary half crimson roan, flat spines ornately gilt. Scarce and beautiful work on the costumes of the world, finely illustrated with a....
Lisbon: Imprensa Lusitana Typographia Lisbonense, 1872-, 1873.
A scarce and beautiful workThick octavo, 153 highly-finished handcoloured engravings;red blind-panelled morocco, all edges gilt. Rare Portuguese edition of Wahlen's Moeurs, Usages et Costumes de tous les peuples du monde… (Brussels, 1844), published well after Wahlen's death in 1850. Wahlen's is a....
London: John Wallis, nd. circa 1820.
A rare mention of Australia…Folding canvas-backed handcoloured engraved game, in original blind-stamped cloth slipcase with gilt title vignette; in very good original condition; lacks rule book. Very decorative bi-hemispherical race game of a voyage around the world, with Port Jackson and Van Diemen's...
London: Richard Bentley, 1849. Two volumes, each with frontispiece and half-title, 24 textual illustrations; a handsome set in half blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spines banded and gilt. An attractive set of the first edition of this lively account of the Pacific at mid-century. Walpole served on HMS Collingwood...
London: Richard Bentley, 1849.
Hunting wild boar in HawaiiTwo volumes, octavo, frontispieces, vignettes; original blind decorated blue cloth. A lively and talkative account of the Pacific and western coast of America in the 1840s. The Collingwood stopped at the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and California, as well as other South...
London: J. Webber, No. 312 Oxford Street, 1787.
First aquatint issue of Webber's Tahitian viewAquatint in sepia tones on laid paper, 290 x 430 mm, full margins, mounted. A very rare and separately issued form of the View in Matavai, Otaheite prepared by the artists John Webber and Marie...
Vienna: Anton Doll, 1832. Octavo, with six full-page copperplate engravings; in an attractive contemporary European binding of glazed paper masquerading as quarter calf with russet label, marbled paper spine and boards. An early German-language history of New Holland, featuring crisp images of Sydney and Hobart, after Leopold Beyer and Sainson...