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Paris: Librairie A. Franck; Leipzig, Frank'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung, 1862.
Presentation copy of an important Hawaiian historyOctavo, with presentation inscription; original quarter red roan and marbled boards, spine lettered and banded in gilt. A rare and important Hawaiian history, its French text based on an early oral history in the Hawaiian.....
Paris: circa 1825.
Freycinet's annotated proof engraving of Hawaiian dignitariesEarly black-and-white proof engraving before addition of colour; manuscript colour notes in ink, bold ink note at top referring to an original drawing. Freycinet's annotated proof of Pellion's portrait of Hawaiian dignitaries encountered during the visit of the Uranie to.....
London: Printed by I.D. for John Jaggard, 1622.
The classic English exploring voyage into the south seasSmall folio; in a finely executed 17th-century style binding by Aquarius of black deerskin, heavily gilt to spine and covers. A fine copy of the rare first edition: "it deserves its fame, for.....
London: Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, 1842.
A masterly analysis of the New Zealand CompanySlim octavo, 63 pp., fine in green crushed half morocco by Sangorski, gilt. An important early account of the New Zealand Company. The author had arrived in Wellington in 1840 in command of the Aurora, bringing.....
Paris: Libraire Ethnographique, 1847.
Pacific warriors in brilliant colourQuarto, with a total of 55 handcoloured plates (six of which are browned), in publisher's black quarter roan with gilt lettering. Vibrantly handcoloured mid-nineteenth-century French book on native customs and costumes, with a substantial section treating Australia, New Zealand and the.....
London: Edward Bull, 1829.
Flinders & Baudin both get a poetDuodecimo, with a steel-engraved decorative title-page, in contemporary green morocco, all edges gilt, bound without half-title or final leaf of advertisements. A collection of romantic poems by Thomas Kibble Hervey (1799-1859) including "Australia", a lengthy idyllic poem inspired by.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847.
Original version of the scene in KealekakuaTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume and 38 black & white plates in the text; in contemporary quarter morocco. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children, including La Pérouse and the third voyage.....
Paris: Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1847. Two volumes, octavo, frontispiece in each volume plus 38 plates in the text; in original blue cloth, with elaborate gilt decorations. A very detailed illustrated history of the grands voyages for children including La Pérouse, Dumont d'Urville and the third voyage of James Cook with.....
The Parsons Collection Part 1Quarto, 128 pages, bound in saifu cloth with colour dustjacket. 138 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout. The first part of the catalogue includes 138 items, divided into five sections, each item being fully described bibliographically and illustrated. The sections cover Dampier to.....
The Parsons Collection Part 11Quarto, 160 pages, bound in saifu cloth with colour dustjacket. 156 items fully described and illustrated in colour throughout, with bibliography of principal references and an index to both parts. The second part continues the story of Pacific discovery and exploration from La Pérouse to.....
London: John Stockdale, 1 January 1793.
Governor Hunter's account of foundation and explorationQuarto, with 17 engraved plates, folding maps and charts; a very good copy, a decent size with the often cropped date on the title-page intact, in a modern binding of quarter morocco and marbled boards. First edition.....
Moscow: Nauka, 2005.
Cook ethnography in RussiaQuarto, 293 x 213 mm., 308 pp.; extensively illustrated with 104 black-and-white illustrations and 32 colour illustrations on eight colour plates; original boards decorated with tapa cloth motifs; in fine condition. A remarkable and important modern book that up until now has been.....
Vienna: 'Bureau de Theaterzeitung', 1847.
So much hot air...an imagined Antipodean landingEngraved sheet measuring 238 x 308 mm. Rare and colourful caricature set in an imagined antipodes. This satirical Austrian engraving parodies the ambition of Charles Green, the great British balloonist, to cross the Atlantic, here showing his alarming.....
London: Printed for T. Jefferys, 1764.
Bering, and Russian discoveries on the Northwest coastQuarto, with four folding maps on three folding sheets; a very nice copy in old half maroon morocco gilt. A scarce and important publication, whose maps and text were of significant influence on the planning and.....
Auburn, U.S.A. Alden, Beardsley & Co., 1852.
A handsome voyage anthologyOctavo, decorated title page, a fine copy in splendid half brown crushed morocco by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, spine gilt in raised bands, top-edge gilt. A condensed voyage anthology, covering the United States Exploring Expedition, the discoveries of Dumont d'Urville.....
Lille: chez Vanackere and Paris, chez Nicolle, circa 1806.
Early children's geographical card gameGeographical card game, consisting of 48 cards measuring 105 x 70 mm, each illustrated with a small round engraving by Pierre-François Godard, together with a folded sheet with introduction and rules for the game, and a......
Leipzig and Prague: G. Freytag [and] Tempsky, 1882-, 1883. Four volumes, octavo, frontispieces in each volume, maps and other illustrations; original blindstamped green cloth. Influential German study of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Karl Emil Jung, who had taught classics at Eton, emigrated to Australia in the 1850s, took.....
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
Continental editionOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year, and frequently reprinted and translated into a number.....
Paris: Knapen & fils, 1782.
Suppressed account of the French search for a continent towards the South PoleOctavo, with a folding map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments; a good copy. The only edition, and very rare: the bulk of the edition was suppressed by the French.....
London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1884.
Indigenous aristrocracy of New ZealandOctavo, portrait frontispiece, nine plates and numerous illustrations throughout the text, folding map at rear; decorated cloth. Third edition, enlarged. The author travelled on a 600 mile journey through the King Country accompanied by the Maori guide.....
London: John Cundee, 1810.
Popular account of Cook's life for London readersTwo volumes, octavo, frontispiece and plates, recent orange cloth. Popular magazine of abridged (i.e. pirated) articles and literary extracts, including a 33 page account of Captain Cook's life loosely derived from Andrew Kippis' biography. Popular magazines such as.....
London: Seeley, Service and Company, 1929. A record of a head-hunting people gradually emerging from a life of savage cruelty as bloody customs, with a description of their manners & ways of the beautires & potentialities of the islands. Octavo, frontispiece, fifteen ethnographic photo-plates, folding map, publisher's gilt cloth; bold.....
Amsterdam: Johannes van der Hey, 1822.
Dutch edition of KotzebueThree volumes, each with engraved title-page (the last hand-coloured), four hand-coloured plates and three folding plates, five folding maps, an excellent set in early twentieth-century vellum, decorated gilt and blind. Fine set in vellum of the uncommon Dutch edition of.....