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  • King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise  – Lemaire 1836

    King Bird and Regent Bird of Paradise – Lemaire 1836

    The most beautiful hand coloured engraving. Executed by Pauquet for Lemaire’s supreme work “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques” published in Paris 1836.

    The plate is 23cm by 14cm rich creamy paper and in fine condition. The colours are so vivid and, enhanced with gum arabic, they surprise the eye. We think this is maybe the prettiest of the smaller Victorian bird prints

    The King Bird of Paradise and the Regent Bird of Paradise. Two striking male birds. Both frequent the lowland forests of Papua New Guinea. What a place.

    The King Bird of Paradise is often regarded as the most beautiful and during his mating ritual can ruffle his white feathers up so much that he almost looks like a white ball .. with all his finer protruding of course.

    The Regent Bird of Paradise is a cousin to the Australian Regent Bowerbird … the more extensive yellow, particularly across the top of the head is the giveaway.

    Price framed $190.00 unframed

    No birds more beautiful than the Birds of Paradise

    $190.00

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  • Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    An account of Native Enterprise and Adventures in the Archipelagos of Melanesian New Guinea.

    A 1960’s edition of Malinowski’s other landmark book published by Routledge, London. Octavo, 527 pages with 5 maps and 65 illustrations from original photographs. Original blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles, some insignificant rubbing, no dust jacket, still a very good copy.

    A richly illustrated account of the ceremonial exchange of manufactured shell valuables linking the Trobriand Islands with other island groups in Eastern New Guinea. Malinowski follows a canoe voyage around the Kula ring of islands.

    Following and introduction about subject, method and scope which is regarded as some of the most influential pages in the field of social anthropology .. Malinowski explores the country and inhabitants of Kula; the Natives of the Trobriand Islands; Canoes and sailing; Ceremonial Buildings at Waga; Ceremonial Visiting; an Overseas Expedition; the Fleet at Muwa; Sailing to Pilolu; a Shipwreck; in the Amphlets – the Sociology of the Kula; Tewara and Sanaroa- mythology; the beach at Sarubwoyna; the journey Home; the return visit of the Dobuans to Sinaketa; Magic and Kula; the Power of Words in Magic; Expeditions to Kiriwinan d Kitava …. The meaning of Kula.

    Brian John Egloff an American born anthropologist spent time in New Guinea, holding senior position in the then newly established National Museum. Later in Australia he rose to be Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Canberra

    Malinowski a pioneer in the field of social anthropology and perhaps not yet eclipsed and, the most interesting of subjects.

    $60.00

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  • Report on the New Guinea Exploring Expedition 1885 published 1886 – H. C. Everill

    Report on the New Guinea Exploring Expedition 1885 published 1886 – H. C. Everill

    A rare item, complete 20 page extract from the Journal of the Geographical Society of Australasia 1886 with the scarce folding map of the Fly and Strickland river systems. Very good condition, sugar paper wrappers.

    Henry Charles Everill was the appointed leader of a scientific, collecting and anthropological expedition to New Guinea in 1885. The expedition used the 77 tone steamboat “Bonito” an took with them a whaleboat which they would use beyond the Bonito’s capability.

    The report is a detailed account of goings on and observations during the expedition. Initially they were to explore east of the Fly river but Everill changed the plans because of difficulties encountered traversing the Gulf. They discovered, named and explored the Strickland river which was missed by D’Albertis who had seen an opening but failed to explore further. Whilst the expedition was over in three months they collected a monumental amount of specimens particularly botanical, which would have been down to the skill and energy of botanist Bauerlin.

    Before the returned fake news had been spread that they had been ambushed and massacred by natives. Reprisal boats had already been sent before their actual return. In fact they had encountered hostile activity and were rather lucky in their endeavours.

    Everill was highly praised in Australia for his exploration effort and management. He went on to be a tobacco planter in Sumatra and died in England in 1900.

    Scarce fundamental New Guinea Exploration report and excellent unique map.

    $180.00

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  • Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse – Frank Horner

    Looking for La Perouse D’Entrecasteaux in Australia and the South Pacific 1792 – 1793 by Frank Horner.

    A 1996 first soft cover edition. Octavo, 317 pages, published by Melbourne University Press. A nice copy. Heavily illustrated.

    Solid read with maps, charts and illustrations. Bruny d’Entrecasteaux might have failed to find the doomed La Perouse but made some important observations in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Guinea.

    Top of the class Frank Horner

    $30.00

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  • Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Balus – The Aeroplane in Papua New Guinea – Complete 3 Volume Set – James Sinclair

    Published as a series … Volume I – The Early Years; Volume II – The Rise of Talair and Volume III Wings of a Nation.

    Published by Robert Brown, Bathurst, New South Wales progressively Vol I 1986; Vol Ii 1988 and Vol II 1990 all first printings.

    Incredible work by the devoted author James Sinclair. We doubt if there has been a better job done on any aviation market in the world.

    Sinclair was for many years a field officer in Papua New Guinea, starting as a cadet and retiring as District Commissioner in 1975, the year of Independence. Author of many books about the region.

    Large quarto, 296, 296 and 352 pages, heavily illustrated with some magnificent historic images, a great number in colour. Very heavy, near 5 kg, so may need a postage supplement depending on your location. Fine condition.

    If you would like individual volumes to make up a set … get in touch. Enquiries regarding the detailed content welcomed.

    Balus – All of It … in Fine Condition

    $440.00

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  • More About Cairns : Echoes of the Past – J.W. Collinson – First Limited Numbered Signed Edition

    More About Cairns : Echoes of the Past – J.W. Collinson – First Limited Numbered Signed Edition

    The second of Collinson’s books about Cairns and the Far North .. an a little bit of New Guinea.

    Signed limited edition number 337 0f 500. Printed in Brisbane by Smith and Paterson, 1943.

    Small octavo, 134 pages with six illustrations. Original brown cloth covered boards with gilt lettering to, rubbed somewhat. Internally very clean and tight a pretty good copy.

    Charming first person narrative of goings on in early Cairns from the Jungle to the Business Centre. Kuranda and the Falls; early Pioneers; the Wreck of the Ranelaigh etc. Interesting section of gold in New Guinea … quite a few ounces taken in some unusual locations.

    Collinson, regarded as a classic of the Far North ….

    $80.00

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