Papua & New Guinea
This themed list spans five centuries of material relating to Western encounters with Papua and New Guinea. From Ruscelli’s double-hemisphere world-map revised for the 1598 printing of Ptolemy’s Geographia to the fine watercolour-portrait of Koapena, the Hood River region Chief and his meeting with the Australian Squadron leader Erskine recorded in a substantial photographic album.
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Brisbane: Government Printer, 1984. Large folio, original decorated cloth, slipcase, limitation slip, fine copy. High-quality limited facsimile edition. The original edition was published 1885 to commemorate the raising of the British Flag in Port Moresby in 1884.Admired as much for its technical virtuosity as its beauty, this work has been...
Paris: Deposit des cartes, plans et journaux de la Marine, 1756.
Imagining Australia's eastern coastline conjoined with New GuineaEngraved map, 572 x 852 mm, on quite thick paper; attractively coloured with background beige wash for sea areas; folding into an original boards binding, lined with some old manuscript; manuscript...
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1882.
A study of culturesOctavo, diagrams and tables throughout the text, folding table; elegantly bound in modern three-quarter morocco with raised bands. Fine copy of a scarce anthropological study carried out by French maritime medical officer Cauvin, during his visit to Australia and New Guinea in...
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...
London: John Harris, 1744.
Emanuel Bowen map of Dampier's discoveriesEngraved chart measuring 245 x 410 mm. (sheet size). The fine Bowen map of William Dampier's discoveries along the Papuan coastline and adjacent islands. Dampier sailed in the Roebuck in January of 1699, landing in Shark Bay, Western Australia in...
Amsterdam: Jansson, 1646.
Across the Pacific to New GuineaEngraved map, 185 x 435 mm.; with central fold, in fine condition and mounted. Important early map of the Pacific with insets of the Le Maire Strait and New Guinea from Commelin's compendium of Dutch voyages, Begin Ende Voortgangh. This map...
Paris: circa 1846. Tinted lithograph, 220 x 365 mm., disbound. Original lithograph from Dumont d'Urville's "Voyage au Pole Sud", showing a beautiful New Guinea harbor scene, with the two ships anchored and a survey party at work. Dumont d'Urville's instruction from King Louis-Philippe was to explore the South Pole. Up...
Paris: [Arthus Bertrand], circa 1826.
Hand-coloured natural history of the Duperrey voyageEngraved plate, 505 x 330mm., original handcolouring. Magnificent ornithological study of two kingfishers collected during the French scientific voyage of discovery of 1822-1825 under the command of Louis-Isidore Duperrey.The Duperrey expedition was significant for the staggering volume and...
London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1853. Octavo, with five plates (four coloured) and two folding maps; half morocco. Important anthropological observations on the natives of New Guinea, but also on the North Australian Aborigines: chapter XII is devoted to Melville Island, Port Essington and North Australia in general, and one of the...
London: S.P.C.K., n.d., but, 1879. Octavo, frontispiece and two black &-white plates; in the original green decorated cloth. Charles Eden lived in Australia for eight years, during which time he wrote a number of stories for boys. This tale is based on his experiences in Queensland and New Guinea.....
Sydney: Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1885.
Magnificent photographic record of early contactLarge square folio, with a folding map, three coloured lithograph plates, 33 original silver albumen photographs (283 x 212 mm) mounted on card with printed captions and borders, and two superb panoramas, one of them double-page (240 x....
Sydney: 1885. Signed with initials, dated twice and extensively inscribed: 31viii 81.Quapena/Luepada of Maupa/District Aroma/South Coast/New Guinea. / "Carthona"/Sydney/23 Jan. 1885/'Momento" from New-Guinea- Commodore J. Erskine. R.N.-, pen and brown ink and pencil with coloured chalk; 34cm x 25 cm, mounted and framed. A superb portrait by the Russian scientist.....
London J. Reynolds & Sons 174 Strand nd, circa 1875.
Peoples of the Polynesian islands portrayedHand coloured lithograph, 430 x 690mm, designed by E. Ravenstein is inscribed lower left mounted and framed. A large nineteenth century lithograph showing full length portraits of people from Oceania and America. To the...
London: G. Scott, 1780.
From Balambangan to New GuineaQuarto, with 31 engraved maps and plates, many double-page or folding.; in modern quarter calf. The second edition of an important and early work on New Guinea, with extensive mapping. Forrest was involved in the 1770 settlement of Balambangan, a colonising...
London: G. Scott, 1779.
Significant English voyage to New GuineaQuarto, with a portrait and a splendid series of 32 plates and maps, most of them folding or double-page; a large copy with good margins in contemporary sprinkled calf. First edition: a handsome copy of this classic account of experiences...
London & Maidstone: dated between 4 September 1879 & 23 December, 1880.
"with Mr Gould's compts. & thanks"Four single sheets; including two printed receipts from Gould, 13.5 x 21 cm, both completed in manuscript, one with internal revenue stamp and signature of Gould, purchase order from Maidstone Museum, 12.5...
London: John Stockdale, 1792.
First Fleet artist of some capacityEngraving, 210 x 285 mm. (sheet size). Engraved illustration of a Papuan outrigger by first fleet officer Captain John Hunter, originally printed for inclusion in his Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island (1792). Hunter sailed...
Batavia: Typis Lange and Co., 1856-, 1859. Six volumes, illustrated with 26 lithographs, mostly depicting spiders and fishes, (including seven ichthyological plates), one fine coloured lithograph of a Hornbill, large folding map of the central Javanese provinces of Kadoe and Bagelen, in a recent library binding of dark blue cloth...
London: T. & W. Boone, 1847.
The Fly, in Torres Strait and surveying the Barrier ReefTwo volumes, octavo, two folding maps and 19 plates, three line-engraved views, and four natural history plates, textual illustrations, with various publisher's advertisements including for Leichhardt & Stokes; a very attractive set in the...
London: James Madden and Co., 1840.
Tribal cultures of the MoluccasOctavo, two maps; in nineteenth century polished full black calf. A last gasp of Dutch interest in the seas off the northern coast of Australia, translated and published by George Windsor Earl, (?1813-1865) an important figure in the repeated...
London: Longman's, Green, and Company, 1887.
Coastal cultures of New GuineaOctavo, autotype photographic plates; original gilt decorated cloth, recased with new endpapers; slipcase. First edition of this famous work, probably the most outstanding example of expedition photography undertaken in the Southern Hemisphere. This is an unusually good copy of...
London: Cadell, Davies, Longman and Rees, 1811. Two volumes, quarto, 45 maps (including one double-page and two folding), double-hemisphere double-page world map as frontispiece, very good; nineteenth-century full calf, gilt. A handsome set, and an important work with much on Australasia and Polynesia. This thorough introduction to geography is designed...
London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, circa 1880.
Veteran of the Rattlesnake, friend of DarwinCarte de visite measuring 94 x 60 mm, Fine carte de visite portrait of Professor Thomas Huxley, one of the pre-eminent naturalists of Victorian England who championed the evolutionary theory propounded by Charles Darwin throughout his...