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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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  • 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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  • Papua – Pritchard – 1911

    Papua – Pritchard – 1911

    Papua – A Handbook to its History, Inhabitants, Physical Features, and Resources etc. Compiled from Government records and other sources.

    Published by the worthwhile Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. London and Brighton.

    Small octavo, 96 pages plus catalogue, text map and several illustrations from period photographs.

    The author Charles Pritchard was the Archdeacon of Broken Hill, we are not quite sure what the connection is .. the Appendix on Health Condition was written by Fleming Jones who was the medical Officer at Samarai.

    A useful pre-war book and here in excellent condition. Ownership squiggle top of title otherwise very clean and tight. Covers a History of the “British Possession; Some Account of the Papuans (nicely done); Physical Features of the Country; resources etc

    A useful relevant pre-WWI summary of Papua

    $35.00

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  • Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Geographical Memoir of Melville Island and Port Essington on the Coburg Peninsula Northern Australia; Observations on the Settlements Established on the North Coast of New Holland, in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, London 1834

    Published by John Murray, London on behalf of the Society. This is Volume the Fourth 1834 – Part II. Octavo, pages 129-422 plus index and Contents page repeated at rear with four folding maps and two plates at rear. Original card wrapper, chipped to front edge (re-enforced with archival japan paper) otherwise a very good copy in original state

    The report on Australia is by Major Campbell, 57 Foot, formerly Commandant of Melville Island. The report comprises pages 129-182 and is regarded as a very early fundamental report on the region. The accompanying map is a sizeable (44cm long) fold out with original hand colouring. The related map is partly discoloured.

    Of further interest … extracts from a Spanish Manuscript regarding expeditions between 1749 and 1776 with the view to establishing a Colony on Juan Fernandez. Interestingly, just after Lord Anson’s visit.

    Observations regarding the inhabitants of the Southern Coast of Arabia and the route through the desert from Kosir to Kench.

    Further reports on the Journal of Captain Robinson on HMS Favourite around Newfoundland. Bartholomew on HMS Leven on the Coast of west Africa. Schoolcraft and the expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake with a nice map at rear. Grenville Temple’s Travels in Tunis. A paper on the Migration of Polynesians by Australian John Dunmore Lang, one of the earliest attempts at the subject. Three Years in Abyssinia by Samuel Gobart. Travels in central Asia by Connolly and Burnes. Miscellaneous items on British Guiana, Chilli, South Africa, the Euphrates and the Nubian desert.

    Other than the Melville Island/Port Essington Map and that of the Mississippi explorations we have useful maps of Part of British Guyana and the Central Asian routes of Connolly and Burnes. The two plates are very browned and aged.

    Unusual to have Campbell’s report still bound in its original wrappers with the other reports of interest and, of course, the map.

    Early RGS Journal and early Northern territory Report – with some interesting extra’s and map.

    $290.00

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  • Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”  – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner” – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”

    Originally published in 1926 this classic sailing account is reprinted here by the Macdonald Maritime History Series, London in 1974.

    Octavo, 186 pages, top edge blue, with images from photographs, charts, diagrams and embellishments as per the original. End paper maps. Bound in quarter morocco, gilt line and blue sailing ship motif clothe covered boards. Dust jacket torn to top, and tape mended. A paper wave at the bottom as if it has stood onboard for a time but nothing offensive.

    The author Vernon Briggs was only sixteen at the time he left Boston for Honolulu. His observations and penmanship mature well beyond his years. Part journal part narrative Briggs learns sea skills fast and is also a keen observer of his surroundings and the abundance of natural history along the way … including the Amy Turner cockroaches!

    Prized narrative onboard the Amy Turner.

    $25.00

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  • Illustrations De Zoologie (Complete with 60 Hand Coloured Stipple Engraved Plates) – Rene Primevere Lesson  – Published progressively from 1831 to 1834 – Scotland’s Great Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

    Illustrations De Zoologie (Complete with 60 Hand Coloured Stipple Engraved Plates) – Rene Primevere Lesson – Published progressively from 1831 to 1834 – Scotland’s Great Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

    Illustrations de Zoologie, ou recueil de figures d’aninaux peintes d’apres nature.

    Published by Arthus Bertrand progressively between 1831-1834.

    Complete. Originally published in twenty parts with three plates each giving sixty hand coloured stipple engraved plates in total. Bound in half calf in the 20thC, nicely done, top edge gilded, with original dark brown wrappers from the first and the last of the twenty parts bound in at the ends. General spotting of the text, the plates pretty clean and bright and beautifully executed.

    Rene Primevere Lesson was born at Rochefort and joined the French Naval Medical school at sixteen. He served in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1816 he became described as a Naval pharmacist. He served on the Duperrey scientific expedition on board La Coquille round the World and in particular to the Pacific from 1822-1825. During that voyage he, along with Dumont d’Urvillle, collected natural history specimens … many were first specimens to the western world … and Lesson was the first to observe and take interest in the birds of paradise of New Guinea. On returning to Paris he focused his life on natural history, and this is one of the first publications he produced. To be followed by a works on the Birds of Paradise and an extension of Buffon’s Natural History and works relating to the Duperry expedition.

    Sir William Jardine (1800-1874), 7th Baronet of Applegarth FRS, FRSE, FLS, FSA and Voyager Hero was the Scottish equivalent of Sir Joseph Banks sponsoring all things natural history. Perhaps best known for his backing and editorial effort in creating The Naturalist’s Library which ran to 41 volumes containing numerous hand coloured plates. He worked closely with his brother in law, William Home Lizars a talented engraver and printer in Edinburgh. The pair were to inspire Audubon to create his magnificent work on American Birds. It is interesting to note that the date of the work offered here coincides with the publication of Volume 1 of the Naturalist’s Library – Hummingbirds Part I.

    Rare Natural History Plate Book – Lesson 1831– Complete – Distinguished Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $1,190.00

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