An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress &c of the Natives of the Pacific Islands drawn and described from examples in public and private collections in England [Australasia]. First [-Second-Third] Series. James EDGE-PARTINGTON, Charles HEAPE.
An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress &c of the Natives of the Pacific Islands drawn and described from examples in public and private collections in England [Australasia]. First [-Second-Third] Series.
An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress &c of the Natives of the Pacific Islands drawn and described from examples in public and private collections in England [Australasia]. First [-Second-Third] Series.

An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress &c of the Natives of the Pacific Islands…
An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress &c of the Natives of the Pacific Islands drawn and described from examples in public and private collections in England [Australasia]. First [-Second-Third] Series.

Manchester: issued for private circulation by James Edge-Partington & Charles Heape, "Lithographed by Palmer, Howe & Co., Manchester" 1890/1895/1898.

Three volumes, oblong folio, with 854 lithographic plates loose in the three original cloth portfolios, as issued, complete with the leaves of additional notes published respectively in 1892, 1895 and 1899; the blue-grey cloth portfolios with clasps, printed labels.

The complete set of a core ethnographical classic, in original portfolios

Very rare complete and in the original portfolios as issued: the three discrete series, limited respectively to 150, 150 and 175 copies, form the complete publication of this monumental undertaking. A fundamental work on the native art and artefacts of the Pacific, it is only very occasionally offered for sale. Edge-Partington, the great British anthropologist and authority on Pacific ethnology, also a celebrated book-collector, based his drawings in the earlier series chiefly on objects in his own collection or in the British Museum, and later added objects from other sources, especially Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.

Very rare complete and in the original portfolios as issued: the three discrete series, limited respectively to 150, 150 and 175 copies, form the complete publication of this monumental undertaking. A fundamental work on the native art and artefacts of the Pacific, it is only very occasionally offered for sale. Edge-Partington, the great British anthropologist and authority on Pacific ethnology, also a celebrated book-collector, based his drawings in the earlier series chiefly on objects in his own collection or in the British Museum, and later added objects from other sources, especially Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii.
Baldwin Spencer provided objects from Central Australia to be recorded, and their depictions here predate some of the same material published by Spencer and Gillen. Charles Heape, Edge-Partington's co-author, was also a collector, and both men ultimately donated their vast holdings to museums in England, Australia, and New Zealand. All three series were very limited in number; all three are signed by both authors.
We can identify just six complete sets of the work offered at public auction in the last fifty years, including the example at Sotheby's Paris Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie sale (14 December 2011; EUR28,350), rebound into four volumes. Another set in recent years had just one volume in the original portfolio and the other two volumes bound up (Bonhams New York 6 April 2009, US$39,650). In fact the last set that we can identify as having been offered with all three volumes in their original cloth portfolios was catalogued by the London booksellers Francis Edwards in 1962 (GBP 150).

Price (AUD): $34,000.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504782

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