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
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
Essays on the ‘traffic’ in human bodies in the Pacific from the 18th century until today. International scholars examine the ‘captive body’ as it is represented in a range of media from Captain Cook’s journals and Melville’s novels to popular culture and film. This book , exposes the myths surrounding the trade in heads, cannibalism, captive white women, the display of indigenous people in fairs and circuses, Australia’s stolen generations, the ‘comfort’ women and the making of the exotic/erotic body.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2001. Softback. 296 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
Biography of an early missionary to cannibal Fiji who converted the Fijian King Seru Epenisa Cakobau. He spent 18 years from 1838 and was assisted by his wife Mary and another missionary, John Hunt. THIS COPY has some stamps form a Wesleyan Sunday School, and small paper label to spine.
Charles H Kelly, London, 1893. Hardback with no dust jacket. 304 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A memoir of family tragedy and the romance of discovering pacific island heritage and family. Illustrated.
Whitcoulls Publishers, Christchurch, 1984. Hardback with dust jacket. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Diary entries from the first European Missionary family in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea. As NZ Methodist Minister, Cliff soon brought his wife and family to Nipa where they stayed for six years.
Fred and Marcia Baker/ Noreen Penny, Christchurch, 2004. Comb bound softback. 71 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A history of Pasifika arts and crafts including clothing, personal decoration and architecture. Full colour photography throughout. Melanesia and Polynesia. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Thames and Hudson, London, 2005. Hardback with dust jacket. 207 pages. SECONDHAND
Discusses the names of various Cook Islands and the etymology and history behind the, Polynesian traditional discoverers and the first European discoverers are mentioned. Appendices and bibliography. First printed in 1973, this is the revised edition.
Cook Islands Library and Museum, 1976. Softback. 102 pages. SECONDHAND
The Cadastral Survey of the Kingdom of Tonga, and the authors' experience of the Tongan way of life in 1957-8. The NZ surveyors worked with and taught locals surveying skills. Colour photography throughout.
The authors, 2013. Softback. 152 pages. SECONDHAND
The story 50,000 years in an area that covers almost 1/3 of the world -Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia- this book begins in the earliest peopling of New Guinea and ends in the formation of the modern Pacific states. First Edition
Palgrave, Basingstoke, UK, 2002. Paperback. First Edition. 304 pages. SECONDHAND