Indigenous languages and vocabularies
A selection of separately published vocabularies as well as voyage and exploration accounts which include early attempts at indigenous orthography.
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London: 23 September, 1831.
Macquarie, Brisbane & Darling on schools for AboriginesFoolscap folio, 19 pp.; Later half roan, spine lettered in gilt. An excellent copy of a rare report, printing a decade of major dispatches from New South Wales Governors on the subjects of the Aborigines of New South...
Neuchatel: de l'Imprimerie de la Société Typographique, 1772-1773.
The two earliest works on TahitiThree volumes, octavo; contemporary French tortoiseshell calf, flat spines gilt in compartments with floral decoration, double labels. The two earliest works on Tahiti brought together to form a complete work: the first French account of Cook's.....
Neuchâtel: Société Thypographique [sic], 1773.
Bougainville's Tahiti: the South Sea paradiseTwo volumes in one, small octavo; a fine copy in a very attractive contemporary binding of marbled calf, sides bordered in gilt, the flat spine ornately gilt with a repeating drawer-handle design. An attractive copy of the Neuchâtel version.....
Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845. Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers. A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for...
London: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies, 1798 & 1802.
The complete First Fleet account of David Collins, thick paper issue, in an unrecorded state with extra foldout engravingsTwo volumes, quarto, : 2 charts, 18 plates and four textual vignettes, the vignettes most unusually repeated on additional folding plates...
Paris: Hôtel de Thou, 1785.
First French quarto editionFive quarto volumes, including the final atlas volume containing a total of 88 engraved maps and plates;uniform contemporary full calf armorial bindings. The desirable first French edition of the Cook's third voyage, here in outstanding contemporary French bindings bearing the arms.....
London: Henry Colburn, 1827.
One of the best introductions to NSW in the 1820sTwo volumes, duodecimo; nineteenth-century polished calf, spine gilt with black morocco labels, bookplates of William Henry Cox in both volumes. First edition: a lively and engaging description of New South Wales in the 1820s by Peter...
Leipzig: Hartmann, 1829.
Classic account of the colony by a convict surgeonOctavo, original half roan. A very good copy of the uncommon German translation of Cunningham's valuable account of the colony, considered an Australian classic: 'an acute observer and possessed a pleasant literary style, so that Two Years in...
Turin: Stabilimento Tipografico Fontana, 1841.
With additional material on Hawaii and CaliforniaTwo volumes, octavo, four wood-engraved plates, errata page present at end of first volume; a really handsome copy in the original printed boards. First appearance in this important Italian translation, much expanded with additional chapters from its first...
Paris: Librairie A. Franck; Leipzig, Frank'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung, 1862.
Presentation copy of an important Hawaiian historyOctavo, with presentation inscription; original quarter red roan and marbled boards, spine lettered and banded in gilt. A rare and important Hawaiian history, its French text based on an early oral history in the Hawaiian...
London: John Murray, 1848.
Somewhere on the MonaroDuodecimo, 162 pp. in modern crushed green morocco, gilt device to front board, banded spine with double red labels. Uncommon: a good pre-goldrush account of life in New South Wales, of note for the author's love of anecdote and his keen eye...
Melbourne: Masterman, Printer, 1867.
Aboriginal dialects of Victoria across six large tablesOctavo, xiv pp. and six very large folding tables; stitch-sewn in the original printed yellow wrappers, Very rare: notes on the Aboriginal dialects of Australia, compiled in the form of comparative tables. Most of the tribes noticed here...
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789.
Continental editionOctavo; in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year, and frequently reprinted and translated into a number...
Paris: Barrois, 1787. Quarto, 112pp, bound with two later Hebrew and Arabic grammars, in early nineteenth-century quarter calf (spine scuffed). A rare and eccentric treatise promoting Celtic as the foundation for all languages ancient and modern. The work includes a chapter on Tahiti based upon vocabularies in the voyage accounts...
London: John Murray, 1818.
A Privateer in the PacificTwo volumes, octavo, large folding map, engraved frontispiece of Mariner in Tongan dress, three leaves of native music; an attractive set in contemporary handsome green half calf (with matching marbled boards, endpapers and edges), spine gilt with red labels. Second edition...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884. Octavo, original blue cloth with gilt title. A copy from the personal library of the Earl of Derby with his armorial bookplate and the following extensive inscription by the author: 'About the year 1841, during a leave of absence, I had the honour of an interview...
Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1841.
Oxley, Parramatta and life with the AboriginesDuodecimo; contemporary full sheep, rebacked. Second edition of this important account. A homeless London waif, O'Connell, aged about eleven, sailed for Port Jackson as a cabin-boy (or perhaps as a prisoner) on board a convict ship. During some years'...
Rome: Typis Salomonianis, 1794.
Eighteenth-century India by a noted orientalistThree works bound together, quarto, the first main work with folding map, 2 plates and an engraved portrait vignette, with two shorter pamphlets (24 & 26 pp.); an attractive copy in contemporary patterned vellum boards, spine banded, red morocco spine...
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained...
London: M. Walbrook, 1884.
With an important West Australian vocabularyOctavo, in original gilt lettered publisher's blue cloth. A detailed first-hand account of pioneering days at the Swan River settlement. The author, an Irish candidate for the Bar, was attracted by the lure of large land grants in Western Australia...
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...
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...
London: Putnam, 1931.
Through the Tanami in the 'thirties by truck and aeroplane.Thick octavo, scattered foxing (as often) 63 photographic illustrations, four folding charts and maps, original cloth. A very good copy of a sought-after account of Terry's expedition through what a contemporary review described as being 'right through...
Burnside: Published For the Author, 1900.
Uncommon South Australian pamphlet including a short Aboriginal vocabularyOctavo, pp. 48; half brown morocco by Sangorski, retaining the original warppers. Contains 'an account of the early settlements ad name of the early settlers of the Colony, daring robberies, notorious characters, atrocities by the...