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  • AN ACCOUNT OF THE NATIVES OF THE TONGA ISLANDS, in the South Pacific Ocean, compiled and arranged from the extensive communication of Mr. William Mariner, several years resident in those islands, by John Martin by MARRINER, William (1791-1853). MARTIN, John, M.D., compiler
    MARRINER, William (1791-1853). MARTIN, John, M.D., compiler
    AN ACCOUNT OF THE NATIVES OF THE TONGA ISLANDS, in the South Pacific Ocean, compiled and arranged from the extensive communication of Mr. William Mariner, several years resident in those islands, by John Martin

    Edition: First US edition

    Boston: Charles Ewer, 1820. Stated First American Edition. Octavo, pp (xxx), (31)-461 + frontispiece portrait (Mr Mariner in the Costume of the Tonga Islands) (lacking the tissue guard) and large folding map at p. (31). Four pages of words and music at rear. With the Preface to the second London edition (1818, with additions). Modern binding of quarter calf with spine label and gilt rules, marbled boards, new endpapers. Ink digits to upper outer corner of title page; yellowing and foxing to frontispiece and early leaves and to leaves adjacent to the folding map, only scattered foxing in text, text mostly without any foxing; creased nicks to upper edge of a few leaves at rear and a few small…

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    Boston: Charles Ewer, 1820. Stated First American Edition. Octavo, pp (xxx), (31)-461 + frontispiece portrait (Mr Mariner in the Costume of the Tonga Islands) (lacking the tissue guard) and large folding map at p. (31). Four pages of words and music at rear. With the Preface to the second London edition (1818, with additions). Modern binding of quarter calf with spine label and gilt rules, marbled boards, new endpapers. Ink digits to upper outer corner of title page; yellowing and foxing to frontispiece and early leaves and to leaves adjacent to the folding map, only scattered foxing in text, text mostly without any foxing; creased nicks to upper edge of a few leaves at rear and a few small corner creases; externally fine, internally VG. First published in a two volume format by John Murray, London, 1818. This American edition doesn't have the Tongan grammar and vocabulary found in the London edition. "Mariner set sail in 1805 on a voyage to South America and the South Seas with two purposes -- whaling and attacking Spanish shipping. the crew mutinied in the Tonga Islands, but were murdered by the natives. Young Mariner was fortunate in being taken prisoner and adopted as the King's son. His work contains a very interesting account of contemporary life in Tonga, of the customs of the inhabitants and their inter-island wars and examples of Tonga songs and music...considered the best report of Tongan life and culture before the arrival of Christianity." - Hill

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 36927
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  • DANA, James D.
    CORALS AND CORAL ISLANDS

    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1879. Later printing (first US was in 1872). Octavo. pp 406 + colour frontispiece + 3 plates with tissue guards + 1 map + 1 folding map at rear, top edge gilt. Index. Numerous woodcut illustrations and maps in text. Lacking the folding map of Fiji at rear. Folding isocrymal chart of the world at rear has a fold split neatly repaired, one corner chip, creases. Rebound in modern blue buckram. Ink digits at bottom of Contents page and last page, else a mainly fine, clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Dana was Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Yale and a member of the Wilkes U.S. Exploring Expedition. of 1838-42, which visited…

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    New York: Dodd, Mead, 1879. Later printing (first US was in 1872). Octavo. pp 406 + colour frontispiece + 3 plates with tissue guards + 1 map + 1 folding map at rear, top edge gilt. Index. Numerous woodcut illustrations and maps in text. Lacking the folding map of Fiji at rear. Folding isocrymal chart of the world at rear has a fold split neatly repaired, one corner chip, creases. Rebound in modern blue buckram. Ink digits at bottom of Contents page and last page, else a mainly fine, clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Dana was Professor of Geology and Mineralogy at Yale and a member of the Wilkes U.S. Exploring Expedition. of 1838-42, which visited the Tuamotus, the Societies, Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji. The steel engravings are after A.T. Agate (Utiroa, Cocoanut Grove at Fakaafo or Bowditch Island, Scene at Oatafu Island). Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

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    Condition: Book: Good, Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 33832
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  • Gast, Ross H. (Francisco de Paula Marin
    Don Francisco de Paula Marin: A Biography. The Letters and Journals of Francisco de Paula Marin edited by Agnes C. Conrad

    Edition: First edition.

    Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii for the Hawaiian Historical Society, 1973. Octavo, red cloth. pp (xii), 344, (4) + plates. Frontispiece portrait and two maps in text. Very nearly fine, no owner names, in a VG price-clipped jacket. Dom Francisco de Paula Marin, a Spaniard, served as horticulturist, interpreter, physician, and distiller for the king and queen and was probably the most inflential European resident in Hawaii in the early 1800s.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 35093
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  • COFFEE, Frank, compiler
    FORTY YEARS ON THE PACIFIC. The Lure of the Great Ocean. A Book of Reference for the Traveler and Pleasure for the Stay-at-Home.

    Edition: First US edition

    New York: Oceanic Publishing Company, 1920. Octavo, dark blue cloth lettered and bordered in white. (xiv), 375 pp + numerous plates, several maps in text at rear, indexed. Tipped in errata slip at page vii. 1922 ink name at front, yellowing to page edges, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no flaking to the white cover stamping. Much on Hawaii, Japan, and Alaska and also covering the Phillippines, Hong Kong, Easter Island, The Carolines, Norfolk, Pitcairn, Lord Howe, Solomons, Gilberts, Papua and New Guinea, Tahiti, Tonga, Somoa, Fiji, New Zealand, very interesting articles, facts, history, lore of the Pacific Rim. Coffee was Australian. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 43791
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  • LÉVESQUE, Rodrigue, editor and compiler
    HISTORY OF MICRONESIA: A Collection of Source Documents. Volume 4 - Religious Conquest 1638-1670

    Edition: First edition.

    Gatineau, Quebec: Éditions Lévesque, 1995. Quarto, green boards gilt lettered. pp 704. VG clean and tight copy, no owner names. Text in original languages with English translations. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 32908
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  • Martín de Munilla (Fray). Kelly, Celsus, translator and editor
    La Austrialia Del Espíritu Santo The Journal of Fray Martín de Munilla O.F.M. and other documents relating to The Voyage of Pedro Fernández de Quirós to the South Sea (1605-1606) and the Franciscan Missionary Plan (1617-1627)

    Edition: First edition.

    Cambridge, England: Hakluyt Society / Cambridge University Press, 1966. Two volumes, blue cloth. pp (xviii), 270; (xvi), (271)-446. 3 tables (2 folding,1 in the text) and 7 plates, 9 maps & charts (2 folding, 3 in text). Corner crease to rear free endpaper of volume I else a fine pair, no owner names. One inch tear to front panel on first volume, very light spine sunning, otherwise the jackets are VG+. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra postage may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 26382
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  • Yonge, Charlotte Mary (John Coleridge Patteson, 1827-71)
    Life of John Coleridge Patteson, Missionary Bishop of the Melanesian Islands (2 volumes)

    Edition: First edition

    London: Macmillan, 1874. Two volumes, Tall octavo, original blue cloth, brown endpapers. pp.xii, 570, (2, ads) + frontispice portrait with tissue guard,+ map; 601 [1], (2, ads) + frontispiece portrait with tissue guard + facsimile letter. Bit of wear to spine ends and outer corners, yellowing to page edges, rear joints and inner hinges repaired. Volume I has a vertical crease to spine, shallow chips to front free endpaper. In all, good externally, VG internally, now tight in the bindings. Inscribed at front of Volume I "Jane Wharton, from James (?) Patteson in remembrance of August, 1854. Christmas, 1873." Laid in is a contemporary folding map of Melanesia. Note: 3 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 42079
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  • CHALMERS, James
    PIONEER LIFE AND WORK IN NEW GUINEA 1877-1894. With a map and forty-three illustrations from original sketches and photographs

    London: The Religious Tract Society, 1895. Original blue illustrated cloth stamped in gilt. pp xiv, (19), 255 + frontis. portrait with tissue guard, one map; full page illustrations in text. Nicks and small worn spot at spine tips; thin acidic endpapers yellowed, with small chips at edges, inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper tape; old rubber stamps on front endpapers of Walkerton [Ontario] Methodist Sabbath School; occasionsal soil spots in text, a few of them blue; yellowing to page edges; corner crease to tissue card and a few early leaves; else a good, sound and complete copy, now tight in the binding. "Considerable portions of this book have been printed before in WORK AND ADVENTURE IN NEW GUINEA,…

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    London: The Religious Tract Society, 1895. Original blue illustrated cloth stamped in gilt. pp xiv, (19), 255 + frontis. portrait with tissue guard, one map; full page illustrations in text. Nicks and small worn spot at spine tips; thin acidic endpapers yellowed, with small chips at edges, inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper tape; old rubber stamps on front endpapers of Walkerton [Ontario] Methodist Sabbath School; occasionsal soil spots in text, a few of them blue; yellowing to page edges; corner crease to tissue card and a few early leaves; else a good, sound and complete copy, now tight in the binding. "Considerable portions of this book have been printed before in WORK AND ADVENTURE IN NEW GUINEA, and PIONEERING IN NEW GUINEA... The new portions consist of various visits and adventures on the part of Mr. Chalmes during the last nine years, and especially the opening up of the Fly River." - Preface.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 31028
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  • MURRAY, Thomas Boyles, Rev.
    PITCAIRN: The Island, the People, and the Pastor. To Which is Added a Short Notice of the Original Settlement and Present Conditions of Norfolk Island.

    London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, no date [1860]. 12th printing (first was in 1853). 12mo, original dark green cloth stamped in blind and gilt. [2], xiv, (15)-414, [4, ads] pp. Frontispiece portrait and 16 plates (one folding) inserted, one illustration in text. Minor wear to spine tips; cracked in ner hinges neatly repaired; ink inscription to front free endpaper; a VG attractive copy. This edition adds a 10 page author preface dated 1860 and there are some textual additions since the first edition.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 12281
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  • SPRY, W.J.J.
    THE CRUISE OF HER MAJESTY'S SHIP "CHALLENGER."

    Edition: First Canadian edition

    Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1877. Octavo, original mauve pictorial bevel-edged cloth stamped in black and gilt. pp (2), xviii, 387, (1), (26, Belford catalogue) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 8 plates and one folding map; other illustrations in text. Spine sunned to tan, as usual, with frayed tips, partial vertical cloth crack neatly repaired; covers have some fading and spotting; moderate wear to outer corners; cracked rear inner hinge neatly repaired; text paper toned, as always; else a good, tight copy, text quite clean and unworn, no owner names, of this important early oceanography book.Canary Islands, St. Thomas and Bermuda, Halifax, NS., islands of the Atlantic, Cape of Good Hope, Antarctica, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, N.Z., Fiji, New Hebrides, Cape…

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    Toronto: Belford Brothers, 1877. Octavo, original mauve pictorial bevel-edged cloth stamped in black and gilt. pp (2), xviii, 387, (1), (26, Belford catalogue) + frontispiece with tissue guard and 8 plates and one folding map; other illustrations in text. Spine sunned to tan, as usual, with frayed tips, partial vertical cloth crack neatly repaired; covers have some fading and spotting; moderate wear to outer corners; cracked rear inner hinge neatly repaired; text paper toned, as always; else a good, tight copy, text quite clean and unworn, no owner names, of this important early oceanography book.Canary Islands, St. Thomas and Bermuda, Halifax, NS., islands of the Atlantic, Cape of Good Hope, Antarctica, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, N.Z., Fiji, New Hebrides, Cape York Peninsula, East Indies, Philippines, Hong Kong, New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, Yokohama, Hawaii, South America, Cape Verde, and more. Much on Australia Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 32277
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  • HENDERSON, G.C.
    THE DISCOVERERS OF THE FIJI ISLANDS: Tasman, Cook, Bligh, Wilson Bellinghausen

    Edition: First edition.

    London: John Murray, 1933. Octavo, brown cloth. pp xviii, 324, (2, ads) + 47 plates & charts (3 folding) + folding map in pouch at rear. Spine lightly sunned, else a fine, jacketless copy, no owner names. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

    Book ID: 36085
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  • SURVILLE, Jean de and Guillaume Labé (John Dunsmore, translator and editor)
    THE EXPEDITION OF THE ST JEAN-BAPTISTE TO THE PACIFIC 1769-1770. From Journals by...

    London: Hakluyt Society, 1981. Blue cloth, 310pp, plates, maps, bibliography, index. Fine copy, no owner names. Dust jacket has small tears, VG otherwise. "Jean-Francois-Marie de Surville entered the Pacific by way of the northern Philiippines, made a landfall in the Solomons, sailed to New Zealand...and crossed the southern Pacific to the coast of Peru where he met his death in an attempt to obtain help for his decimated crew." - jacket.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 29398
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  • THE PAGANS OF NORTH BORNEO. With an Introduction by C.G. Seligman, F.R.S. With 75 plates printed in two colours, 11 diagrams and two maps by RUTTER, Owen
    RUTTER, Owen
    THE PAGANS OF NORTH BORNEO. With an Introduction by C.G. Seligman, F.R.S. With 75 plates printed in two colours, 11 diagrams and two maps

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Hutchinson, 1929. Tall octavo, original red cloth. Pp 288. Large folding colour map tipped in at rear. Indexed. Private bookplate on front pastedown; slight sunning to spine and upper rear cover; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy. An account of the Murut and Dusun. Perhaps the most important work of this British convert to Islam, based on his five years' experience as a district officer for the North Borneo Company. 1.5 kg parcel

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 32834
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  • FORSTER, Johann Reinhold
    The Resolution Journal of Johann Reinhold Forster 1772-1775. Edited By Michael E. Hoare (4 Volume set)

    London: Hakluyt Society, 1982. Four volume set, complete. Octavo, blue cloth. Colour frontispiece, plates (some folded), maps (some folded). Hakluyt Society, second series, vols 152-155. A fine set, in lightly rubbed VG jackets, small tears. Journal of Cook's principal naturalist on his second voyage. 2 kg parcel.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 29510
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  • MATHEWS, Basil
    THE SHIPS OF PEACE

    Edition: First Edition

    London Missionary Society, 1919. 12mo, 18.5 cm, khaki cloth coated paper covers. pp 136 + 6 plates + double page map. 4 illustrations in text. Presentation label at front (Toronto, 1925) for a collector of funds. Bump to spine and lower inner corners; small corner crease to front cover and first few leaves; else a VG clean and unworn copy. A history of the Society's missionary ships in the Western Pacific. Note: lighter parcel, any default postage rate may be reduced.

    Condition: Binding: Softcover

    Book ID: 45377
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  • MELVILLE, Herman
    TYPEE: A Peep at Polynesian Life, During a Four Months' Residence in a Valley of the Marquesas; or, a Peel at Polynesian Life

    London: John Murray, 1847. Later issue (first was in 1846). Small octavo. pp xvi, 301, including frontispiece map. Contains at rear (pp 287-301) the sequel, "The Story of Toby". No half-title nor ads. Bound in 20th century half calf and older marbled boards, spine with blind rules and black label. Scattered minor spotting in text; soft diagonal crease to the front free (binder's) endpaper; a VG tight and unworn copy. A non-fiction account of his great youthful adventure jumping ship from an American whaler in the early 1840s, his captivity in the Marquesas, and his escape on an Australian ship. Melville's first book.

    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 47676
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  • WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS. Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture by O'BRIEN, Frederick
    O'BRIEN, Frederick
    WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS. Illustrated with Scenes from the Photoplay. A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Picture

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c1919 (for 1928). Reprint from plates of the 1919 Century edition. Photoplay edition. Octavo, red linen grain cloth lettered in black. pp xii, 450, (2, ads) + frontispiece and three double-sided plates of stills from the 1928 MGM film starring Monte Blue and Raquel Torres. Long Jan., 1933, ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper, else a fine copy. Dust jacket (colourful front panel art by Skrenda) has small chips and rubbing to tips of slightly tanned spine; rubbing and small holes to spine folds; nicks to edges of panels; front flap fold has a short tear and some rubbing; pencil drawing of palms covers the rear pastedown; else a VG copy, the front…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, c1919 (for 1928). Reprint from plates of the 1919 Century edition. Photoplay edition. Octavo, red linen grain cloth lettered in black. pp xii, 450, (2, ads) + frontispiece and three double-sided plates of stills from the 1928 MGM film starring Monte Blue and Raquel Torres. Long Jan., 1933, ink ownership inscription on front free endpaper, else a fine copy. Dust jacket (colourful front panel art by Skrenda) has small chips and rubbing to tips of slightly tanned spine; rubbing and small holes to spine folds; nicks to edges of panels; front flap fold has a short tear and some rubbing; pencil drawing of palms covers the rear pastedown; else a VG copy, the front panel showing well. This was MGM's first sound picture, and the first to use the famous lion logo. "A record of one happy year spent by the author among the simple friendly cannibals of Atuona valley, in those marvelous islands, the Marquesas."

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    Condition: Binding: Hardcover

    Book ID: 31096
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