Missionaries in Australia and the South Pacific
A survey of Missionary activity in Australia, the South Pacific and beyond, from the late eighteenth-century to relatively recent times. Of special interest are Australian Aboriginal grammars, historical accounts of the London Missionary Society and Hawaiian mission press bibles. Some New Zealand pamphlets have been included, and a small number of items relate to East Asia.
London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1911.
"A picture which grips the imagination" Octavo, black & white photographic illustrations; original green cloth. Day by day account of a missionary's life in Papua. The Archbishop of Brisbane, in his preface, says of the book "the freshness and humour, the varying moods, and... More
London: Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.
"Greater Australia" before Flinders Quarto, with six plates and seven maps (most folding), list of subscribers, errata leaf, library markings but a fine tall copy in modern red half calf by Sangorski. First edition, an attractive copy of the Chapman edition... More
Hartford, Connecticut: Lincoln & Stone, 1819.
South Sea missionary association copy Octavo booklet, 16 pp., with author's dedication to top margin of the title-page. An uncommon pamphlet related to early American missionary activity in Hawaii. It reprints a speech made at the marriage of pioneer Hawaiian missionary Reverend Hiram Bingham... More
London: Religious Tract Society, 1885.
Cook Islands and Tuvalu Octavo, frontispiece and engraved plates, charming vignettes; in original gilt decorated green cloth. An unusually bright and fine copy. William Wyatt Gill (1828-1896) was an energetic English missionary active in the Pacific and New Guinea, author of numerous works containing valuable... More
Oahu: Na na Misionari I Pai, 1830.
Hawaiian Hymns to Jehovah Duodecimo, 108 pages, modern quarter buckram over paper boards, leather spine label. An attractive and early work printed at the famous Mission Press in Oahu: the title translates as "Hawaiian Hymns, praising the true God, Jehovah." This is the... More
Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong, 1819.
Genesis of the Hawaiian mission Slim octavo, 40, xvi pages. Rare and historically significant sermon delivered at the ordination of Hiram Bingham and Asa Thurston shortly before their departure to Hawaii as first envoy of the American Board of Foreign Missions: 'this rare pamphlet may... More
Paris: Chez Saugrain, 1733.
The grand age of Portuguese exploration Two volumes, quarto, with a portrait of Prince Henry the Navigator, a fine folding world map and fifteen other plates, one folding, mainly views and town plans; a large copy in contemporary French mottled calf. First edition of this important... More
London: John Murray, 1857.
Unequalled contribution to African geography Large octavo, engraved portrait and 23 plates (including folding frontispiece view), two folding maps by Arrowsmith (one in pocket at rear), numerous wood engraved illustrations through the text; original brown cloth. The most famous account of African exploration, recording three years... More
London: J. Davis, 1844.
Medallion celebrating the Pacific Missions White metal medal, 41 mm., pierced at top with suspension loop. John Williams was a missionary working in the Pacific from 1817 until his death in 1839, killed by islanders in the New Hebrides. The London Missionary Society sent out a.... More
Chilworth and London: Unwin Brothers, 1886.
Samoan zoology Octavo, illustrated, presentation note to Jason Spicer tipped in, bookplate of Edward Unwin; original decorated boards. First edition: an uncommon and impressively detailed account of zoology entirely in the "Samoan Dialect". This was a presentation copy from the author, with his note... More
London: London Missionary Society, 1865.
Early Missionary enterprise in the Pacific Small octavo, frontispiece, illustrations; bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe in half black morocco. Summary of London Missionary Society activities across the world, edited for the enjoyment and education of children. Contains much relating to the Pacific Island missions, with... More
London: James Nichols, 1855.
London Missionary Society in New Zealand Small octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece; bound in very handsome black half calf with gilt bands and lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Second edition. Informative account of the career of Reverend Leight in Australia and the South Seas, with more detail... More
Tahiti: Printed at the London Missionary Society's press, 1851.
The first Tahitian-English dictionary Octavo, 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... More
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... More
London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.
English and French missionaries feuding in Tahiti Octavo, 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... More
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
Scarce Aboriginal Grammar Octavo, 24 pp. A rare grammar of the Narrinyeri (now Ngarrindjeri), who inhabited the country on the shores of Encounter Bay and the lakes Alexandrina, Albert, and Coorong, extending along the Murray River in South Australia. The language is now listed... More
Lille & Grammont: Maison du Bon Livre & Oeuvre de St. Charles, circa 1900.
Early French visitor to Lhasa Folio, illustrated throughout including photographic plates and full-page steel-engravings, original deep blue decorated wrappers. A particularly good copy of this important account of China and Tibet by the French missionary Évariste... More
London: George Baxter, 1841.
A prelude to violence… Colour Baxter print, approx. 230 x 340 mm., mounted. The prelude to one of the most famous scenes of South Seas violence: the massacre of the missionary Reverend John Williams at Erromanga in the New Hebrides. George Baxter has represented, in colour... More