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LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS.  THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART., Alpers, Antony.
1 Alpers, Antony. LEGENDS OF THE SOUTH SEAS. THE WORLD OF THE POLYNESIANS SEEN THROUGH THEIR MYTHS AND LEGENDS, POETRY AND ART.
London John Murray 1970 719519098 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
416 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Blue/green cloth boards with gold lettering/decoration on spine, gold decoration on front board. Map endpapers, b&w photographs and reproductions. "Antony Alpers has tried to discard all preconceived ideas and re-enter the world of the Polynesians as it was before Cook's arrival in 1769. By reconstructing their legends, myths, folktales and poetry in an immediate and convincing style he has let them speak for themselves. And in a long introduction that is a masterly compression of the Polynesians' whole way of life he cuts away our illusions and leaves us not only face to face with the islanders but with the way they saw themselves and the jewelled archipelagos in which they lived and sailed." Contains a preface, introduction and note on pronunciation and spelling, followed by groups of legends under the following headings: The Creation; The Heroes; Seven Ages in Thirteen Chants; The Marquesas, and Mangareva; Easter Island; Hawaiian Islands; Tongan Group; Samoa; Atolls and Outliers; New Zealand and the Chathams; 'From Darkness to Light'. These are followed by 'Notes on the Text and Illustrations', 'References' and 'Glossary and Index'. Very light edge wear, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has slight edge browning, light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine, one small edge tear. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE POLYNESIANS., Andersen, Johannes C.
2 Andersen, Johannes C. MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF THE POLYNESIANS.
Rutland, Vermont Charles E. Tuttle 1986 0804804141 / 9780804804141 Second Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good Richard Wallwork. 
514 pp, large 8vo (9" H). Red cloth with black title block/gold lettering. 16 colour plates, 44 b&w photographs, 13 line drawings, fold-out map at rear. Contents: Publisher's Foreword; Preface; List of Illustrations; Note on Proper Names; Polynesia and Its People; 'Koropanga and Rukutia; Kelea and Kalamakua; Uenuku; Fairies and Taniwha; The Tawhaki Cycle; Maui' (Maui-tikitiki-a-Taranga); Hina', Sister of Maui'; Pele the Fire-goddess; The Spirit Worlds; Io, Tangaroa, and Creation; The Areoi Society and the Hula Dance; Religious Observances; Authorities; Other Books of Hawaiian Interest; Glossary and Index. Small label removal mark on front pastedown. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Slipcase has light to moderate rubbing/soiling, two corner bumps, light to moderate edge wear, sticker removal mark on front panel. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
ROUND THE WORLD., Butler, Frank Hedges.
3 Butler, Frank Hedges. ROUND THE WORLD.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1924 First Edition Hard Cover Good- No Jacket 
269 pp + 2 pp publisher's advertising, 9" H. Red cloth with gilt lettering & decoration on spine and front board. Illustrated with numerous b&w photographs (collated). The author was the founder of the Royal Aero Club (1901) and the first Hon. Treasurer of the Royal Automobile Club (1897) and wrote two previous books - "Fifty Years of Travel by Land, Water and Air" and "Through Lapland with Skis and Reindeer". Chaper headings for "Round the World": The Voyage Out; From America to Hawaii; Pictures of the Pacific Islands; A Visit to Japan; Japanese Entertainment and the Drama; Korea and the Inland Sea; Through China to Hong-Kong; A Taste of the Jungle; Home Matters; From London to Brazil; The Falkland Isles; The Tip of South America; The Lands of the Incas; The Panama Canal; Cuba: How Tobacco is Grown; The National Game of Pelota; Florida Modernized; The Paradise of Fishermen; In the Track of the Ancient Voyagers; How We Lost Java; The Industries and Resources of Java; Travelling in Java; A Palace Ceremony; The Borobudur Temple; Java: Town and Country; The Island of Bali; The Ritual of Cremation; From Bali to Australia and New Zealand through Torres Straits and the Great Barrier Reef; Maori Land; The South Sea Islands; Back to Civilization; Appendices: Suggestions for an EmpireTourist Bureau; By Air to Lausanne; Index. Very light browning on free endpapers, previous owner's name in ink and faint erased pencil writing marks on front free endpaper, small edge tear on page leaf 259/260 - archivally taped, light browning to edges of text block, very light soiling on top of text block, light edge wear, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine with two tiny tears at top, one small corner bump, scattered small water stains and a few light stains on front board with some color loss - plus a tiny water stain on rear board. 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
4 Darwin, Charles. Introduction by Richard Dawkins. THE ESSENTIAL DARWIN. 4 VOLUMES IN SLIPCASE: A NATURALIST'S VOYAGE / ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES / THE EXPRESSION OF THE EMOTIONS / THE DESCENT OF MAN.
London Folio Society 1990 Hard Cover Very Good 
395 pp, 298 pp, 258 pp, 592 pp, 10" H. 4 volumes in dark green slipcase with gold lettering/profile of Darwin on side panels. Bound in dark green buckram with gold banding, brown leather labels with gold lettering on spine - gold borders, lettering and Darwin profile on front boards. Dark brown endpapers, top edges dark green. B&w illustrations. 'A Naturalist's Voyage' has a tiny faint dent/scuff on rear board. 'The Descent of Man' has small bump at top corner of front board and top of front hinge. 'The Expression of the Emotions' has wrinkle at bottom of spine. Slipcase has a small bump at one top front and rear corner, very light rubbing. The gold lettering on spine labels is all complete - scan does not show it well. 
Price: 130.00 USD
 
 
COCONUT ISLAND OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH SEAS., Gibbings, Robert.
5 Gibbings, Robert. COCONUT ISLAND OR THE ADVENTURES OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE SOUTH SEAS.
J.M. Dent & Sons, Letchworth, 1953, reprint (second impression of the revised text). 
245 pp, 7 3/8" H, hard cover in dust jacket. Map endpapers, approx. 80 b&w woodblock prints by Robert Gibbings. "Patrick and Penelope set sail with their artist uncle on a cargo vessel bound for Jamaica and Panama, on their way to Tahiti. Their u ncle is on the look-out for a scientist friend of his, who is studying fish somewhere in those parts. On arrival in Tahiti he finds that his friend is on a small island some three days' sail from there, so they all embark again, this time i n a s c h o oner, in hopes of reaching him. But a storm blows up. The skipper decides to put his unusual passengers ashore on the south end of the island before the gale increases, and Uncle John starts to row through a gap in the reef in one of t h e s hi p' s bo ats. 'Great waves were surging through the pass....the receding current caught the boat and carried it as though it had been a cork....then, a moment's horror - over and over and over....' The children are washed up on the b eac h, an d ca n s ee no tr ace of their uncle. Patrick and Penelope have to lead the life of real castaways, befriended by a native who discovers them, and who initiates them into the art of catching coconut crabs, pearl diving, building a hous e, and al l m an er of t hin gs gene rally necessary to salvation on a 'desert island' in the tropics...." Faint waterstains on top of textblock, heavy color fading to top half of fore-edge of both boards - due to dampness, slight fadind at botto m e dge o f fr ont boa rd, ligh t to mo derat e edge rubbing, light wrinling at top/bottom of spine, minor foxing mark on fore-edge of textblock. Dust jacket is clipped at both corners of front flap; partial old label on front flap; chips and tea rs ( some w ith c reas es) at t op/bot tom o f sp ine an d flap-folds; light to moderate edge wear; light browning, moderate browning on spine, flap-folds and top edge of flaps; small watermarks on spine; a few dye marks on inside top edge. Good-/F air 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
6 McCall, Fiona and Howard, Paul. ALL IN THE SAME BOAT: FAMILY CRUISING AROUND THE ATLANTIC & STILL IN THE SAME BOAT. 2 VOLUME SET.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1988 0771054378 / 9780771054372 First Editions Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
248 pp, 339 pp, 9 1/4" H - 2 volumes, both first editions. Map endpapers, b&w and colour photographs. "Every sailor's dream cruise: how a Canadian family (including Peter, 4, and Penny, 6) built a boat in their backyard and sailed it to Africa, South America and Panama on their way around the world." "Still in the Same Boat" published 1990 (ISBN 0771054408) continues the adventure "From Panama across the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and home to Canada." "All in the Same Boat" has three tiny corner bumps, light wrinkling at top of front hinge and at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. "Still in the Same Boat" has light wrinkling at bottom of spine and one tiny corner bump. Dust jackat has minor edge wrinkling - mainly at bottom of spine, minor rubbing. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
FIRST APPROACHES TO THE NORTHWEST COAST., Pethick, Derek.
7 Pethick, Derek. FIRST APPROACHES TO THE NORTHWEST COAST.
Vancouver J.J. Douglas 1976 0888940564 / 9780888940568 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good- 
232 pp, 9 1/4" H. Illustration section on green stock at front of book, map. "An ocean-going ship built of copper-sheathed mahogany. A trans-Siberian expedition that builds gallows every 20 miles. A circumnavigator who starts his working life as an apprentice to a Scottish grocer. Of the marvels and quirks of Europe's 18th-century forays to the northwest coast, few signs remain on Canada's Pacific shores. Yet before 1792, twenty-nine voyages reached land between what is now the California-Oregon border and the Bering Sea. Each of these voyages permanently altered the balance of power among European courts - as well as setting the tone of relations between the native peoples and the 'mau mau'l ney': those who came 'floating on the water without land'. Derek Pethick captures the political significance of each voyage while conveying the important details that make the men, their failures and accomplishments, come alive: for instance, the journal entry showing how the crew of the fated second Bering expedition, marooned on a desolate northern island, still debated whether they might lighten their misery by playing cards or whether this behaviour would be at variance with the tsar's orders." Faint erased pencil marks at top of front free endpaper, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has moderate edge wear/wrinkling, a few very small chips, several edge tears with old tape repairs on inside top edge, light rubbing/soiling, small surface paper loss on spine, small light water stain on inside bottom edge. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
PANDORA'S LAST VOYAGE., Rawson, Geoffrey.
8 Rawson, Geoffrey. PANDORA'S LAST VOYAGE.
Longmans, London, 1963, first edition. 
165 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "In 1791, H.M.S. Pandora was sent to the Pacific to find the notorious Bounty and bring the mutineers back to justice in England. Though Pandora never found the object of her mi ssion and failed to apprehend the main party on Pitcairn Island, she eventually rounded up those of the mutineers who had elected to stay on Tahiti. These had to face Pandora's brutal Captain Edwards, and some were inexcusably lost, drowned i n t h e i r manacles when Pandora ran on to a reef. The wreck was succeeded by a hazardous and astonishing passage in open boats to safety - to trial and possible death. Contemporary documents form the basis of (this) rousing account of the voy ag e, of P an do ra's crew and of her prisoners; of the Bounty midshipman George Stewart who married a beautiful Tahitian and whose romance was celebrated by Byron; of Mary Bryant, the girl convict from Botany Bay; and of the aimiable people of th e ' Isl a nd Par adi ses ' to whom the coming of ships' crews to the South Seas brought little but sorrow and degradation. Set against a background of perilous reefs and uncharted tropical seas, their story has all the power of history, and the pac e an d ex ci tme nt o f ad vent ure." Minor bump at top of spine, previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel , lig ht brow ning at bo ttom edge of flaps. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
9 Robertson, George. Edited and with introduction by Oliver Warner. AN ACCOUNT OF THE DISCOVERY OF TAHITI, FROM THE JOURNAL OF GEORGE ROBERTSON, MASTER OF H.M.S. DOLPHIN.
London Folio Society 1992 Reissue Hard Cover Fine Robert Gibbings. 
127 pp, 8vo (9"H). Bound in quarter dark red cloth, yellow paper boards with repeat pattern in dark red by Robert Gibbings; dark red endpapers. Yellow slipcase. 10 wood-engravings of various sizes, including the frontispiece map of Tahiti and the title-page vignette. "For this impression the wood-engravings were printed lithograpically from good pulls, rather than from the poor impressions found in the earlier printings." "The text was drawn from a volume published by the Hakluyt Society in 1948, with the addition of extracts from diaries kept by others aboard H.M.S. Dolphin between 19 June and 27 July 1767." In publisher's original shrinkwrap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WHO SANK SURCOUF?  THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PRIDE OF THE FRENCH NAVY., Rusbridger, James.
10 Rusbridger, James. WHO SANK SURCOUF? THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PRIDE OF THE FRENCH NAVY.
Century, London, 1991. 
209 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0712639756 B&w illustrations. "At 3pm on the afternoon of 12 February 1942, the French Submarine 'Surcouf', then the largest submarine in service with any navy, sailed from Bermuda bou nd for Tahiti via the Panama Canal. On board were 129 French officers and men, and three members of a Royal Navy liaison team. From the moment she left Bermuda, 'Surcouf' was never seen again. Not a single scrap of wreckage, body, or anyth i n g r e m otely connected with this giant vessel was ever found. (She) simply disappeared. On the night of 2 July, 1941 'Surcouf', docked in Devenport, was forcibly taken over by the Royal Navy in an operation that resulted in three deaths and ma ny i n ju ri es . A motley collection of Breton fishermen were press-ganged into geting 'Surcouf' seaworthy again. Too slow and cumbersome to serve in home waters, (she) was sent off to Canada to escort convoys across the Atlantic, but almost im med iat el y r epo rts circulated that 'Surcouf' had sunk some of the ships in the first convoy she was guarding. When the British liaison officer warned his superiors 'Surcouf' was a menace and should not be kept in service, he was accused of cow ardi ce a nd repl aced by Sub Lieutenant Roger Burney, a young, naive officer who had enjoyed a long homosexual relationship with the singer Peter Pears and the composer Benjamin Britten, and was later to have 'War Requiem' dedicated to his me mory. Aft er ta kin g par t in the unauthorised seizure of the Vichy-held islands of St Pierre and Miquelon in December 1941, which greatly angered Roosevelt and embarrassed Churchill, 'Surcouf' was ordered to sail for Tahiti. Burney warned the A dmiral ty tha t (her ) cr ew wer e unr elia ble, and that they were openly talking about mutinying and defecting either to France or Martinique. However, the Admiralty insisted 'Surcouf' sail - it was never seen again. The vanishing of 'Surcouf' b ecame o ne of t he most cont roversi al aff airs to sour relations between the Allies with accusations that it had been deliberately sunk by the British or American navy." Light browning to pages, browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling a t bottom of spin e. Dust jacke t has mi nor edg e wri nkling at op/bottom of spine and flap-folds. Very Good/Very Good 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
FROM HUDSON BAY TO BOTANY BAY: THE LOST FRIGATES OF LAPEROUSE., Shelton, Russell C.  Preface by Robin Inglis.  Foreword by Admiral Maurice de Brossard.
11 Shelton, Russell C. Preface by Robin Inglis. Foreword by Admiral Maurice de Brossard. FROM HUDSON BAY TO BOTANY BAY: THE LOST FRIGATES OF LAPEROUSE.
Toronto NC Press 1987 1550210106 / 9781550210101 First Edition Hard Cover Good Very Good 
228 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w photographs, reproductions, maps. "(R)ecounts the global voyage, and the efforts to uncover the fate, of a hero of 18th century Pacific exploration long familiar with Australians and Europeans, but little known in North America. Count Jean Francois de Galaup, de La Perouse, (now called Laperouse) had a distinguished naval career, serving in the West Indies, Mauritius, the Indian Ocean and North America. He defeated the British off Louisbourg and captured forts York and Prince of Wales on Hudson Bay. His scientific expedition in 1785 rivaled, in popular interest, the space voyages of today. The expedition rounded Cape Horn, sailed north to Chile, Easter Island, and Hawaii, and then explored and charted the coast of today's Alaska and British Columbia. They made their way south to San Francisco before sailing across the Pacific to Macao, the Philippines, Korea and Japan. They charted the Tartary Coast and the Kamchatka Peninsula, the farthest outpost of the Russian Empire. Turning south again, they made for Botany Bay via Samoa. On March 10, 1788, the Boussole and Astrolabe headed north and disappeared. Despite several search parties, it was not until 1827 that evidence of one of the wrecks was discovered by an Irish sea captain named Peter Dillon. It was only in 1962 that Reece Discombe, an expert in underwater salvage, found the flagship. Archaeological teams from Australia, France and Vanuatu continue to probe the wrecks to this day." Old tape residue marks at top/bottom edges of free endpapers, small bump at bottom of spine, tiny dents on top & bottom edges of boards - soiling also on bottom edges, small bump to top corner of boards. Dust jacket has minor edge wear, one very small tear archivally taped, light edge wrinkling - most at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 


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