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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...
Avignon and Paris: Froulle, 1779.
The earliest separate serious work on TahitiOctavo, with an engraved frontispiece view of Tahiti; a fine copy in contemporary speckled half calf. First edition: the very scarce and earliest separate serious work on Tahiti (predated only by the Omai-based fictions and the poetical satires...
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...