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A PACIFIC BIBLIOGRAPHY
C R H Taylor
610221923
$45.00

Printed matter relating to the Native peoples of Polynesia, Melanesia and Micronesia. List of reference works in various languages, arranged by island group and subject. Originally published in 1951 this is the second edition.

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 692 pages. SECONDHAND


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VASTLY INGENIOUS The Archeology of Pacific Material Culture
Athol Anderson, Kaye Green and Foss Leach, editors
ISBN9781877372452
$59.95

Essays by various authors on Pacific material culture, past and present, with broad themes of origins, the movement of peoples and development of their technologies. A thoroughly up to date and wide ranging survey.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket. 319 pages. NEW


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LEGENDS OF MAUI
W D Westervelt
6102105
$47.50

The legends of Maui, a culture-hero and demi-god of Polynesia and of his mother Hina. Sourced from New Zealand, Hawaii and Tahiti, as well as other Polynesian islands, the legends have a remarkable uniformity. Maui is credited with creating the world of men. First published 1910, this copy is undated. THIS COPY has some foxing to closed edges

 George Robertson and Company, Melbourne, (1910). Hardback with no dust jacket. 171 pages + index and plates. SECONDHAND


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A HISTORY OF FIJI
R.A. Derrick
0098
$65.00

A chronological history of Fiji, with detailed information from 1800. School Edition in plain binding.


Government Press, Suva, 1946. Hardback with dust jacket. 250 + xxviii pages. SECONDHAND



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THE COLONY OF FIJI 1874-1924

81021173
$55.00

Government publication detailing the social, political and economic situation of the colony. With photographs and advertisements. The Third Edition.

Government Printer, Suva, 1925. Softback. 166 pages. SECONDHAND


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FIJI HANDBOOK OF THE COLONY
George Kingsley Roth
810210034
$55.00

Government publication detailing the social, political and economic situation of the colony. With a folding map, photographs and an index. The Fourth Edition.

Government Printer, Suva, 1937. Softback. 165 pages. SECONDHAND


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LEGENDS OF FIJI AND ROTUMA
Inez Hames
ISBN51022041
$30.00

With illustrations by Ruth Pook, this small book has myths and stories. Stapled into wrappers, undated but pencil note at rear mentions 1965.

Watterson and Roddick, Auckland, undated. Softback. 88 pages. SECONDHAND


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MAKOGAI - IMAGE OF HOPE
Sister Mary Stella S.M.S.M.
810250912
$30.00

A brief history of the care of Leprosy patients in Fiji, mainly on the island of Makogai.

The Pegasus Press for the Leper's Trust Board New Zealand, Christchurch, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket, 187 pages. SECONDHAND


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MAMMALS OF THE SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC AND MOLUCCAN ISLANDS
Tim Flannery
ISBN9780730104179
$85.00

Mammals from the regions to the north of and including Australia and New Zealand. Includes Papua New Guinea, Moluccas, Solomon Islands etc. Includes rats, bats, shrews and all cataloged mammalia. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Australian Museum/ Reed Books, Chatswood, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 464 pages. SECONDHAND


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PLANTS OF TONGA Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 220
T G Yuncker
510280522
$50.00

Botanical text on the plants of Tonga, divided into Fungi, Lichenes, Musci, Pteridophyta, Spermatophyta. Reprint of the original 1959 edition. THIS COPY has some minor pen underlining, and notation.

Kraus Reprint Co., New York, 1971. Softback. 283 pages. SECONDHAND


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ORCHIDS OF VANUATU
B Lewis and P Cribb illustrated by S Wickison
ISBN0947643168
$47.50

Comprehensive classification of the orchids of Vanuatu. Botanical line drawings as well as colour photographs. Classification of Genera and Species, as well as overall account of Vanuatu ecosystem. THIS COPY has a presentation inscription signed by Phil Cribb.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 1989. Softback.171 pages. SECONDHAND


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NI-VANUATU MEMORIES OF WORLD WAR II
Recorded by Margaret and Bruce Moon
ISBN0473056089
$32.50

Collected oral accounts from natives who assisted the Allied forces in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) during the Second World War.

Margaret and Bruce Moon, Diamond Harbour, 1998. Softback. 137 pages. SECONDHAND


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BEFORE VANUATU, WINIFRED ANNIE BIGGS
Annie Fraser
61025001
$47.50

Winifred was a deaconess, registered nurse, reverend and missionary for the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. This is a record of her time as Matron of Onesua High School in the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu) from 1963 to 1973. Written by her sister.

AWS Publications Ltd., Christchurch, 2003. Softback. 190 pages. SECONDHAND


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LOMAI OF LENAKEL
Frank H L Paton
71021041
$37.50

A hero in the New Hebrides. Missionary recounts his activity amongst the heathen natives of Tanna and Aniwa islands, and the help he had from Lomai. Illustrated

Fleming H Revell Company, New York, 1903. Hardback with no dust jacket. 336 pages. SECONDHAND


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CHRISTINA'S STORY
Chris Crump and Dorothy McKenzie
ISBN9780958224307
$30.00

Realities of family life on an isolated Pacific Island 1938-1956. Christina was the wife of a Presbyterian missionary in the New Hebrides, now Vanuatu. She recalls life there including the American occupation during WW2.

Ngaio Press, Wellington, 2000. Softback. 112 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE PITCAIRN ISLAND REGISTER BOOK
Edited and with an introduction by Sir Charles Lucas
ISBN1869644409
$30.00

A record kept on Pitcairn Island from 1790 to 1854 recording notable events such as births, deaths and ship's visits. Appendices include Whaleships at Pitcairn and a bibliography. Facsimile of the SPCK edition of 1929.

Kiwi Publishers, Christchurch, 2004. Softback. 181 pages. NEW


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ART IN OCEANIA, A NEW HISTORY
Edited by Peter Brunt and Nicholas Thomas
ISBN9780300190281
$95.00

Works on various aspects of Oceanic art and it's role in native culture and society. Includes New Guinea, Melanesia and New Zealnd Maori. Profusely illustrated.  THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Yale University Press, New Haven, 2012. Hardback with dust jacket. 536 pages. NEW


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THE ART OF TONGA
Keith St. Cartmail
ISBN9780908802371
$40.00

Ko e ngaahi' aati' o Tonga. The historical art and material culture of Tonga, from prehistory, through first contact, and onto post-traditional developments. Includes chapters on weapons, household implements, music and instruments, canoes, and more.

Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, 1997. Softback. 152 pages. SECONDHAND


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TAPA IN POLYNESIA
Simon Kooijman
ISBN0910240132
$95.00

The source trees, detailed treatment of the techniques of manufacture and decoration, the functions of tapa and the design patterns and design elements in use throughout the region. Illustrations.

Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, USA, 1972. Paperback. 498 pages. SECONDHAND


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PACIFIC TAPA
Roger Neich and Mick Pendergrast
ISBN9781869533458
$45.00

Presents a complete range of the art of tapa, from cloth collected by the first European voyages to contemporary examples from all over the pacific. 200 colour illustrations.

David Bateman Ltd., Auckland, 1997. Softback. 160 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE HIDDEN WORLDS OF POLYNESIA
Robert Suggs
810210621
$45.00

Account of archaeological investigations on Nuka Hiva in the Marquesa Island group that revealed evidence that challenged Heyerdahl's theory of Polynesian origins. Illustrated.

The Cressent Press, London, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 247 pages. SECONDHAND


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POLYNESIA, A POPULAR DESCRIPTION OF THE PHYSICAL FEATURES
George French Angas
510220214
$37.50

Inhabitants, Natural History, and Productions of the Islands of the Pacific. With an account of their discovery, and of the progress of Civilization and Christianity amongst them. Includes New Zealand, Papua, New Guinea, Sandwich Islands, Tonga, Samoa etc. Includes an account of missionary work in the area. Facsimile of the 1866 edition.

Capper Press, Christchurch, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 436 pages with folding map. SECONDHAND


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THE TRADING VOYAGES OF ANDREW CHEYNE 1841-1844
Dorothy Shineberg
ISBN589006894
$35.00

Record of one man's trading voyages in the western Pacific in the 1840s, one of the earliest European documents describing the Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Loyalty Islands, Ponape, Yap and Palau.

A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 351 pages. SECONDHAND


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TRAVELS IN OCEANIA Memoirs of a Whaling Ship's Doctor, 1866
Louis Thiercelin, translated and edited by Christiane Mortelier
ISBN9780908569717
$35.00

A fascinating account of two journeys made by Thiercelin to New Caledonia, Chatham Islands, New Zealand, Tahiti and Hawaii. As a whaling ship's doctor he made his first trip on the Ville de Bordeaux in 1837-41, second on the Gustave in 1861-64. He gives his recollections of a Maori account of the conquest of the Chathams, as well as his experiences in Akaroa in 1840 and 1860.

University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 1995. Softback. 350 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE RIGHT. HON. R. J. SEDDON'S VISIT TO THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS
Attributed to Eugene McCarthy
510220702
$150.00

The Right Hon. R. J. Seddon's (the Premier of New Zealand) visit to Tonga, Fiji, Savage Island, and the Cook Islands, May 1900. Attributed to McCarthy (Bagnall T709). Red cloth with gilt titling. Well illustrated with photographs. Folding map at rear. Rear endpaper has some bibliographic details. The Premier took a tour of the islands for health reasons. Speeches are reproduced in the appendices. After a few copies were issued the book was withdrawn for political reasons and reissued with 23 fewer plates. This copy is the second issue with a total of 130 plates.

Government Printer, Wellington, 1900. Hardback, no jacket as issued. 445 pages. SECONDHAND


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NIUE AND THE GREAT WAR
Margaret Pointer
ISBN9781988531236
$40.00

160 Niuean men were part of the 3rd Maori Reinforcements who served in Egypt and France. However, they had no resistance to European diseases and within 3 months had to be withdrawn to convalesce at Hornchurch. Includes Roll and Shipping list.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2018. Softback.  216 pages. NEW


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TO FIND A PATH, The Life and Times of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment
James Sinclair
ISBN0731691202
$65.00

Volume 1- Yesterday's Heroes 1885-1950. The Fiftieth Anniversary Commemorative Edition. Recalls the service of Papuan and New Guinean soldiers and Constables. Includes their role during both World Wars. This copy has small ghost from a price label to the dust jacket, and a name label to the title pages.

Boolarong Publications, Brisbane, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 310 pages. SECONDHAND


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AMONG THOSE PRESENT (1946)
Central Office of Information for the Colonial Office
81021174
$45.00

The Official Story of the Pacific Islands at War. British colonial and allied  forces in the Solomon, Gilbert, Ellice and New Hebrides islands during the Second World War. Includes Guadalcanal.

Government Printing Office, Honiara, 1946. Softback. 95 pages. SECONDHAND


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AMONG THOSE PRESENT
Central Office of Information for the Colonial Office
61023023
$37.50

The Official Story of the Pacific Islands at War. British colonial and allied  forces in the Solomon, Gilbert, Ellice and New Hebrides islands during the Second World War. Includes Guadalcanal. First printed in 1946, this is an official reprint from 1967.

Government Printing Office, Honiara, 1967. Softback. 95 pages. SECONDHAND


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STRATEGIC ATOLLS Tuvalu and the Second World War
Peter McQuarrie
ISBN0958330050
$45.00

An account of the war in what was the Ellice Islands at the time assembled from oral accounts of islanders who were involved. Illustrated. Scarce.

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 187 pages. SECONDHAND


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VAITUPU Two Years on a Remote Polynesian Atoll
John Chalkley
ISBN0953487601
$45.00

Two years teaching art and craft on an island of the Tuvalu group. An interesting account of his observations of traditional Polynesian life. THIS COPY signed by the author.

Matuku Publications, Berkhamsted, 1999. Hardback with dust jacket. 185 pages. SECONDHAND


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CONFLICT IN KIRIBATI A History of the Second World War
Peter McQuarrie
ISBN1877175218
$42.50

Documents the many dimensions of the Second World War and the struggle against the Japanese as it affected the islands of Kiribati, then the Gilbert and Ellis Islands. Illustrated.

University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 2000. Softback. 237 pages. SECONDHAND


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WHISPERS AND VANITIES Samoan Indigenous Knowledge and Religion
edited by by Tamasailau M. Suaalii-Sauni, Maualaivao Albert Wendt, Vitolia Mo'a, Naomi Fuamatu, Upolu Luma Va'ai, Reina Whaitiri and Stephen L. Filipo
ISBN9781775501602
$45.00

38 selected essays and poetry which form a critique of aspects of Samoa’s religious and cultural values. Some areas covered are colonialism, sexuality and morals, traditional cultural knowledge.

Huia Publishers, Wellington, 2014. Softback. 377 pages. NEW


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NIUE 1774-1974, 200 years of contact and change
Margaret Pointer
ISBN9781877578953
$50.00

An account of the island of Nukututaha / Niue. Illustrated with many never published historic photographs. Niue has had a surpisingly rich history of contact since Cook visited in 1774.

Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2015. Softback. 376 pages. NEW


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SALOTE Queen of Paradise
Margaret Hixon
ISBN9781877133787
$35.00
A fine illustrated biography of the famous and much loved Tongan Queen who occupied the throne from 1918 to 1965. At her death the fifteen thousand yards of black mourning cloth imported did not meet the demand.

University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2000. Softback. 239 pages. SECONDHAND

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'UTULEI MY TONGAN HOME
Patricia Ledyard
ISBN0908717075
$37.50

Story of an American who made her home in Vava'u after world war two. Illustrated.

Vava'u Press Ltd., Tonga, 1993. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND


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ADORNING THE WORLD Art of the Marquesas Islands
Eric Kjellgren with Carol Ivory
ISBN9780300107128
$37.50

A study of the highly complex decorative art of the Marquesas Islands, amongst the most accomplished in Polynesia. Essays and numerous illustrations.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005. Softback. 128 pages. SECONDHAND


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WHITE SHADOWS IN THE SOUTH SEAS
Frederick O'Brien
610221921
$47.50

A record of one year on the Marquesan Island of Hiva-oa. O'Brien lived in the village of Atuona, and gives a full account of local customs, and of Paul Gauguin's home there. Illustrated with photographs.

The Century Co., New York, 1920. Hardback with no dust jacket. 450 pages.


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ISLES OF SOLOMON
C T J Luxton
61024051
$37.50

Missionary work in the Solomon Islands from the time of Rev. Goldie in 1902. First printed in 1952.

Methodist Foreign Missionary Society of New Zealand, Auckland, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 220 pages. SECONDHAND


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NANNA'S ADVENTURES
Margaret Silverlock
61027073
$30.00

A missionary wife's adventures in the Solomon Islands. Leaving Christchurch in 1983 this is her personal account of her time in Honiara as a Baptist Missionary.

Margaret Silverlock, Rangiora. Softback. 54 pages. SECONDHAND


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AIDA, LIFE AND CEREMONY OF THE GOGODALA
A L Crawford
ISBN0909197202
$95.00

A record of the Gogodala people of Papua New Guinea, their indigenous beliefs and traditions. Supported by an impressive photographic record of artifacts, traditional architecture and crafts. This very large heavy book will incur extra shipping charges greater than standard check out rates.

Robert Brown and Associates, Bathurst, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 408 pages. SECONDHAND


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KOREWORI Magic Art from the Rain Forest
Christine Kaufmann
ISBN9780824828194
$42.50

A collection of the carved images of the creator beings of the Korewori River region of Papua New Guinea, some of them more than 200 years ago.

University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, 2003. Hardback with dust jacket. 103 pages. SECONDHAND


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LIVING SPIRITS WITH FIXED ABODES
Edited by Barry Craig
ISBN9781863332569
$95.00

Record of the Masterpieces Exhibition of Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery. Includes art and antiquities, with ethnographic material and information. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Crawford House, Adelaide, 2010. Softback. 286 pages. SECONDHAND


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DOCTOR'S WIFE IN NEW GUINEA
Margaret Spencer
8102209
$30.00

The wife of a Government Medical Officer tells of her experiences amongst the New Guinea Highlands, where she accompanied her husband on patrol on the Wahgi Valley. THIS COPY has a worn dust jacket.

Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket.189 pages. SECONDHAND


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WRECKS AND REEFS
Neil Whiting
ISBN9781862730847
$75.00

A scuba diver's guide and general history of port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and the many wrecks in the waters nearby. Many are relics of WWII, while others are wrecked ships or airplanes. With maps and colour photographs.

Robert Brown and Associates (Qld) Pty. Ltd., Queensland, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 264 pages. SECONDHAND


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TOKELAU, A HISTORICAL ETHNOGRAPHY
Judith Huntsman and Anthony Hooper
ISBN9781869401535
$47.50

IA comparative ethnographic study of Tokelau in the period around 1970. Also a narrative record of the history of the atolls. Illustrated including photographs by Marti Friedlander.

Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1996. Hardback with Dust jacket. 355 pages. SECONDHAND


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ISLAND AT THE END OF THE WORLD The Turbulent History of Easter Island
Steven Roger Fischer
ISBN9781861892829
$32.50

A social and political history of Rapanui, showing how the islanders have had to adapt to major changes in order to survive, and how intermarriage with outsiders is changing the society.

Reaktion Books, London, 2006. Softback. 304 pages. SECONDHAND


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ISLAND OF SECRETS The Discovery and Exploration of Easter Island
Jacek Machowski translated by Maurice Michael
ISBN0709148704
$37.50

A history of all the various voyages to Easter island, from the original Polynesian settlers to the Franco-Belgians in 1934. An account of the partial decipherment of the rongo-rongo text.

Robert Hale, London, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 223 pages. SECONDHAND


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OUR STOLEN SUMMER The record of a roundabout tour
Mary Stuart Boyd
51020195
$125.00

Travel book, from London, through the Suez Canal to Colombo, Australia and New Zealand and on to the Pacific Islands of Tonga, Samoa and Hawaii. 147 pages relate to NZ including gold mining, gum-fields, Rotorua, Wairoa. With 170 sketches. Minor foxing.

William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh, 1900. Hardback with no dust jacket. 392 pages. SECONDHAND


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HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF TIKOPIA
Raymond Firth
51021181
$65.00

Ethnological study of the sociological significance of traditional tales on the Polynesian island of Tikopia. The Polynesian Society Memoir No. 32.

The Polynesian Society (Inc.), Wellington, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 203 pages. SECONDHAND


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TAHITI, THE GARDEN OF THE PACIFIC
Dora Hort
61022192
$95.00

A record of a journey from San Francisco to Tahiti, with accounts of the culture of the Tahitians around 1890. Includes Tahitian cruelty to animals, cannibalism, and Pomare's Palace. Includes travel in New South Wales. Hinges are weak  and cloth is rubbed at corners and spine ends otherwise a good copy.

T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1891. Hardback with no dust jacket. 352 pages. SECONDHAND


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PACIFIC NEIGHBOURS
Ron Crocombe
ISBN9820200784
$37.50

New Zealands relations with other Pacific Islands. International relations in Oceania with reference to immigration, commerce and education and cultural exchange. Political and military relationships covered.

Centre for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 1992. Hardback with no dust jacket. 290 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE MARIST BROTHERS IN NEW ZEALAND FIJI AND SAMOA 1876-1976
Pat Gallagher
71021001
$35.00

Complete history of the Order and its schools and work in New Zealand and the Pacific.

New Zealand Marist Brothers Trust Board, tuakau, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 211 pages. SECONDHAND


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ON THE ROAD OF THE WINDS
Patrick Vinton Kirch
ISBN9780520292819
$85.00

An archaeological history of the Pacific Islands before European Contact. Details the development of indigenous Pacific cultures from origins in Asia up to the first contact in the 16th and 18th centuries. Includes the latest archaeological, linguistic, and biological discoveries. Revised and expanded edition.

University of California Press, 2017. Softback. 386 pages. NEW


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VOLCANO TOWN
R W Johnson and N A Threlfall
ISBN097926718X
$37.50

Built within a volcanic caldera, Rabaul in Papua New Guinea was sturck by the eruptions of Vulcan and Tavurvur between 1937-43. Includes a history of volcanism on the island.

Robert Brown and Associates, Bathurst, 1985. Hardback with dust jacket. 151 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE HAWAIIAN CANOE
Tommy Holmes
ISBN9780915013159
$95.00

A complete study of the Hawaiian canoe from selecting the log in the forest right through to provisioning and sailing. With the historical, cultural and technical aspects. First published in 1981. THIS COPY has a large pen gift inscription to the inside front cover but is otherwise in good condition. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.  

Editions Limited, Honolulu, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 220 pages. SECONDHAND