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  • Queensland Geographical Journal – Diamond Jubilee Issue 1885-1945. Also has important Papua New Guinea content.

    The journal as published by the Royal Geographical Society of Australasia (Queensland). Octavo, soft wrappers, 113 pages after preliminaries. A very good copy bar the obvious marks to the covers … pretty clean and bright inside.

    After various historic introductions articles re “Queensland Pastures – Their Development and Improvement; Across Papua’s Mighty Delta by A.L. Ethell; Irrigation (Queensland); The Interior of Eastern Papua by Captain Vernon.

    Nicely illustrated and with a fold out sketch map from Bootless Bay (near Port Moresby) to Buna showing a vertical cross section of the Kokoda track … the article stimulated by the incredible conflict that had just come to an end in the region.

    A special issue of the RGSA (Qld) Journal with particular interest to New Guinea collectors and readers.

    $50.00

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  • Magnificent Bird of Paradise and the Superb Bird of Paradise [From Papua New Guinea] – Lemaire – 1836

    Magnificent Bird of Paradise and the Superb Bird of Paradise [From Papua New Guinea] – Lemaire – 1836

    The most beautiful hand coloured engraving of the Magnificent and the Superb Bird of Paradise. Executed by Pauquet for Lemaire’s supreme work “Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques” published in Paris in 1836.

    The plate is 23cm by 14cm rich creamy paper and in fine condition. The colours are so vivid the engraving so fine they surprise the eye.

    Both birds inhabit the Papua New Guinea mountain forests and can also be found in Indonesia. Whilst shy birds they exist in substantial number and are thankfully not considered endangered.

    Price unframed $240.00 …. price framed in gilt $340.00

    No birds more beautiful than the Birds of Paradise

    $240.00

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  • Drums of Mer – Ion Idriess – Signed by Publisher

    Drums of Mer – Ion Idriess – Signed by Publisher

    First published by Angus and Robertson in 1933. This is the seventh edition dated 1936. Inscribed by Walter Cousins head of the publishing house as a gift to Frances van Cleef, wife of a Chicago industrialist who was a close friend of the author.

    Very good condition and in a very good example of the colourful dust jacket. Best copy we have seen of this elusive Idriess book.

    The “Drums of Mer” captures the charm of the Torres Strait Islands. As usual great images to accompany an Idriess book. A selection of chapter titles gives one a feel … When the Blood Lust calls; The Battle of the Fly; Velvet Claws; The Trouncing of Kebisu; Jakara Makes Love and The People of the Auwo Oromo. Mer (Murray Island) is sitting between Yule Entrance and Flinders Entrance closer to Papua New Guinea than Australia.

    Rare Idriess superb writing signed by publisher … super dust jacket

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $90.00

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  • Paradise Quest – A Naturalist’s Experiences in New Guinea – Lee Crandall – First Edition 1931

    Paradise Quest – A Naturalist’s Experiences in New Guinea – Lee Crandall – First Edition 1931

    First Edition published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York in 1931. Octavo, 226 pages, 52 illustrations from period photographs … some really special ones.

    Crandall was the Curator of Birds at the New York Zoological Park. This is an excellent account of his travels in Papua New Guinea. He journeys up the back of the Owen Stanley Range, meets the Mekeo and Kuni people, the latter being excellent bird catchers. Visits Deva-deva and many Birds of Paradise are seen. Mountain climbs, hidden villages and friendly cannibals (the best type) are all par for the course.

    Numerous birds identified include the Sun Bird, New Guinea Pitta, Macklot Pitta, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Lawes’ Six-plumed Bird of Paradise and the Prince Rudolph, Count Raggi’s, Long-tailed, King Birds of Paradise and, several Bower Birds and the Bonaparte Flycatcher and, many more …

    Excellent naturalist’s account – Papua and Birds

    $50.00

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  • Knights Errant of Papua – Lewis Lett  – First Ed 1935

    Knights Errant of Papua – Lewis Lett – First Ed 1935

    Published by William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh and London a first edition 1935. Octavo, 238 pages, end paper map and frontispiece of native police in marching order. A special introduction by Sir Hubert Murray which provided a very good overview in the absence of a formal contents page by Lett. A few superficial marks here and there still a pretty good copy.

    Longtime expat Peter Villier Best’s copy with his stamp. Peter was with the Australian Petroleum Co and spent time in the Civil System and at BP and Steamies.

    Lewis Lett had been in Papua New Guinea for over twenty years before he wrote this book. He knew Hubert Murray well and many of the Patrol Officers who had adventured into the unexplored regions. This is a book about those adventurous officers … the “Knights Errant’.

    Some amazing stories from the early ascents of Mount Victoria and Mount Albert Edward by Sir William MacGregor, the crossing of the island by Karius and Champion and the well documented patrols of Monckton, Beaver, Griffin et al. Interesting that despite the dangers in what were often first encounters very little violence is noted and not from any “cleansing’ of history. Patrol leaders had one common thread and that was an ability to remain calm and communicate carefully without undue irritation.

    Knights Errant is a unique work that brings together many adventures in very readable form.

    $60.00

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  • Unexplored New Guinea Wilfred Beaver – First Edition 1920

    Unexplored New Guinea Wilfred Beaver – First Edition 1920

    A scarce first edition… a record of the travels, adventures and experiences of a resident magistrate amongst the headhunting savages and cannibals of the unexplored interior of New Guinea.

    Beaver was twenty-seven years resident magistrate in the Western District.

    Published by Seeley, Service & Co, London in 1920. Thick octavo, 320 pages. Nicely illustrated with 34 photographs taken by the author and 4 maps. With a focus on the extreme West – the Fly River, Kiwai Island, The Girara Tribes, The Bamu, Gama and Turama. Much on religious beliefs and practices. A very good copy.

    Another rare PNG book at Voyager – Beaver up the Fly

    $165.00

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