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  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex – Charles Darwin – 1890

    A very good second revised and augmented edition, published by John Murray, 50 Albermarle Street, London, 1890.

    The desired original “Murray”’ green cloth binding as issued with blind stamped borders and gilt titles and banding to spine. Octavo, 693 pages with 78 illustrations. Very clean binding, tight and whilst a little age to page edges a very good copy of desirable edition.

    Darwin’s classic work on comparative anatomy. By comparing the physiological and psychological aspects of man and ape, he fills in what had been merely suggested in the Origin: that man’s ancestor, if still alive today, would be classified among the primates and on a lower scale than the apes.

    The last chapter is an added essay on sexual selection, the superior chances of mating that some individuals of one sex have over their rivals. The essay ends with the famous and often misquoted statement, “Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.”

    It was in this book (page 2) that Darwin used the word “evolution” for the first time.

    The Descent of Man Companion to The Origin of Species….

    $490.00

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  • Early Kingdoms in Madagascar 1500-1700 – Raymond Kent

    Early Kingdoms in Madagascar 1500-1700 – Raymond Kent

    Published by Holt, Rinehart et al 1980 a first edition. Octavo, 336 pages, illustrated from black and white photographs and with 12 maps. Very good condition.

    Detailed research into the precolonial history of Madagascar, considering how the early kingdoms were formed, how they grew and eventually changed.

    African influences were found to be at the core, whilst previously the influence of Asia was though more significant.

    Appendices in English, Malagesy and French and with a good bibliography for further reading.

    Early Madagascar understood … another great culture.

    $50.00

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  • The Tomb of Iurudef –  A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    The Tomb of Iurudef – A Memphite Official in the Reign of Ramesses II – Maarten Raven

    First edition published jointly by the National Museum of Antiquities Leiden and the Egypt Exploration Society, London.

    The Principal author Maarten Raven is a leading Egyptologist and curator of Egyptology at Leiden. Since 1975 he has been active in the field at Saqqara at a New kingdom archaeological burial site a joint Dutch and British concern.

    Large quarto, 82 pages plus 55 full page plates of artefacts, including the frontispiece. Printed to a high standard and in fine condition.

    A great wealth of material has been found, preserved and catalogued from the sands of the city of the dead of ancient Memphis. Of considerable importance was the discovery of the tomb of Iurudef as a part of the tomb structure of his Master the Overseer of the Treasury Tia, brother-in-law to Ramesses II. The tomb can be dated to the first half of the Nineteenth Dynasty. The excavators discovered further chambers and in total some seventy burials were found.

    The publication is presented at the highest technical standard. A useful Preface and List of Plates, with a Staff List and suitable historical introductions. Follows a logical progression … the Superstructure; the Substructure; Coffins and Related Objects; Catalogue of Objects; Pottery; Skeletal remains

    The Tomb of Iurudef was shared with many others.

    $90.00

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  • Polynesian Navigation – A Symposium on Andrew Sharp’s Thoery of Accidental Voyages – Edited by Jack Golson

    Polynesian Navigation – A Symposium on Andrew Sharp’s Thoery of Accidental Voyages – Edited by Jack Golson

    Andrew Sharpe certainly stirred up the debate as to hoe the Pacific Islands may have been settled. A symposium in the 1960’s brought together some pretty good minds on the subject.

    Published by the Polynesian Society, Wellington, New Zealand in 1963. Being Memoir No 34, a Supplement to the Journal of the Society. Softcover, octavo, 153 pages plus bibliography. Three useful maps, two of which are folding. A little age, still a very good copy.

    Cartographic expert, Thomas M Perry’s copy with his discrete stamp top of front cover.

    The body of the work review the “Accidental Voyage Theory”’ – Parsonson; Primitive Navigation – Captain Hayen and Captain Hilder; Sailing Characteristics of Oceanic Canoes – Bechton; The Geographical Knowledge of the Polynesians and the Nature of Inter-Island Contact – Dening; Geographical Knowledge of Tahitian etc etc

    The Pacific Solved – Maybe

    $40.00

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  • Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – John Mathew – First Edition 1910

    Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – John Mathew – First Edition 1910

    Two Representative Tribes of Queensland – With and Inquiry Concerning the Origin of the Australian Race.

    A scarce and sought after ethnological work. First edition published by T. Fisher Unwin, London in 1910.

    Octavo, 256 pages, rough cut edges., some pages not yet opened. Hints of foxing, generally very clean and tidy. Original red cloth covered binding with gold title to front a spine. A little flecked, not as bad as usual. Includes a map and six illustrations from photographs. Tables of vocabulary, genealogy etc A very good copy of a desirable work.

    The author, a Presbyterial Minister migrated from Scotland to Queensland to work on his uncles farm in 1864. He took a great deal of interest in the aboriginal people. And this work which includes significant discussion regrading social behaviour and language was regraded as pioneering in the field of anthropology. He spent a lot time with the Kabi and Wakka people living around Barambah.

    A wonderful pairing with the Walter Roth book on the tribes of North-West-Central area of Queensland.

    Important work of the aboriginal people

    $390.00

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  • From Raft to Raft – Bengt Danilesson – First English Edition 1960

    From Raft to Raft – Bengt Danilesson – First English Edition 1960

    Published by George Allen & Unwin, London in 1960. Octavo, 184 pages, end paper charts, numerous images from photographs by Alain Brun. Apart from some innocent tape ghosts on the end papers a very good copy.

    The author Scandinavian, Bengt Danielson was expert Ocean-going rafts. He was not on this expedition., the Tahiti Nui. And recounts the story from survivor Alain Brun.

    Ethnologist Eric de Bisschop held a view opposite to Thor Heyerdahl … that the Polynesians sailed west from Tahiti to influence Chilli and Peru. He set out to prove it in the Tahiti Nui I and then sailed back in Tahiti Niu II a voyage twice that of Heyderdhal all up. Great difficulties were encountered and in the second leg a makeshift raft had to be made from what was left. Leader, Bisschop died before they were rescued.

    An amazing story, though one with a sad ending … a Voyager favourite

    $30.00

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