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.
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Hartford: Hezekiah Huntington, 1847.
Cook responsible for his own fateOctavo, with steel-engravings, in the scarcer special binding. 'The most important book on the history of the American Protestant mission in Hawaii during the years 1820-1841, and one of the key books of Hawaiian history…' (Forbes). This is the first.....
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.....
Portsea: G. A. Stephens, 1810. Octavo; period-style full sheep, spine banded and gilt, morocco label. First edition of this important and rare title, the first biography of Wilson. Wilson, a veteran ship's captain, took the first English missionaries, including George Vason, to the islands of the south Pacific. Inspired by.....
London: Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.
"Greater Australia" before FlindersQuarto, 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.....
London: Fisher, Son, and Jackson, 1830.
Redeeming the character of the island missionariesTwo volumes, octavo, with portrait of Pomare, two folding maps, seven engraved plates and 16 wood engravings; uncut in the original blue-grey boards. Second edition: one of the most important works on the history and ethnology of.....
Hartford, Connecticut: Lincoln & Stone, 1819.
South Sea missionary association copyOctavo 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.....
London: Religious Tract Society, 1885.
Cook Islands and TuvaluOctavo, 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.....
Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong, 1819.
Genesis of the Hawaiian missionSlim 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.....
London: John Murray, 1857.
Unequalled contribution to African geographyLarge 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.....
London: J. Davis, 1844.
Medallion celebrating the Pacific MissionsWhite 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......
London: Church Missionary House, 1861.
Includes Maori Royal genealogiesOctavo, xii, 46 pp. and single leaf of publisher's advertisements; in recent half crimson morocco. This book publishes a petition by the Church Missionary Society concerning New Zealand land tenure, tribal rights and the Maori wars. The appendices include historical documents.....
Chilworth and London: Unwin Brothers, 1886.
Samoan zoologyOctavo, 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.....
London: London Missionary Society, 1865.
Early Missionary enterprise in the PacificSmall 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.....
Ludlow: Edward J. Partridge, 1877.
Departing Norfolk Island in 1876Octavo booklet, 32 pp. Uncommon account of a voyage which left Norfolk Island in April 1876, and which spent many months coasting in Melanesia. The work was printed by a small provincial press in Shropshire. Drop title reads: The following.....
London: James Nichols, 1855.
London Missionary Society in New ZealandSmall 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.....
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.....
Adelaide: E. S. Wigg & Son, 1879.
Annotated by a teacher from the Hermannsburg missionOctavo, with eight tinted lithographic plates (including frontispiece), front endpaper and title pages signed 'H.J. Hillier'; original cloth. The Native Tribes of South Australia prints five essays on different tribes contributed by various authors including.....
Adelaide: E. Spiller, Government Printer, 1880.
Scarce Aboriginal GrammarOctavo, 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.....
Lille & Grammont: Maison du Bon Livre & Oeuvre de St. Charles, circa 1900.
Early French visitor to LhasaFolio, 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.....
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.....
Dunedin: Otago Daily Times, 1895.
The mission at RuapukeOctavo, portrait frontispiece, publisher's gilt lettered cloth. The Reverend Wohlers was dispatched to New Zealand by the North German Mission Society in 1842. His biographical account contains rich and detailed description of indigenous life; the author's interactions with Maori aristocracy are.....