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An Open Path; Christian Missionaries 1515-1914
Beeching, Jack,
ISBN: 0915520532
Ross-Erickson Inc, Santa Barbara, California, 1982. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good/Good. First Edition. 325pp., list of maps, bibliography and index. Maps used to illustrate text are in black and white. Blue boards with gilt titles on spine. Minor rubbing has occurred to the corners, and the head and the heel of the spine are bumped. Previous owners name on the ffep. Illustrated dustwrapper by a painting by Malcolm Ross. White titles on the front cover and black titles on the spine. There has been a little rubbing to the dustwrapper and there are some minor chips to the head of the spine. ".....depicts the missionaries as neither benevolent saviours of savage souls nor fanatics ignorantly responsible for the destruction of indigenous culture. The best of these people were brave men under stress in the human predicament. The worst were hypocrites and parties to mass murder. Beeching's investigation of the adventures, explorations, the passions and the errors of missionaries are convincingly set down and the reader is left for himself to judge whether missionary emerges as a hero, villain, or fool.". Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History ; Pacific; Religion -- Christianity; ISBN: 0915520532. ISBN/EAN: 9780915520534. Inventory No: 0100346. Good
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100346  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Ancient Hawaiian Civilization. a series of lectures delivered at the Kamehemeha Schools
HANDY, E. S. Craighill, and Kenneth P. Emory, Edwin H. Bryan, Peter H. Buck, John H. Wise and Others,
ISBN: 0804800235
Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, Japan, 1976. Reprint
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Reprint. 336 pages, with index and glossary, illustrated dust jacket. The top edge of the text block is spotted, the back strip section of the dust jacket has faded. . These lectures were by a group of scientists on the staff of the Bishop Museum and others who discussed such topics as: race; government; feasts and holidays; houses and villages; food; fiberwork; language; music; carving; warfare; navigation; medicine; nature; and other subjects. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Pacific; Hawaii; ISBN: 0804800235. ISBN/EAN: 9780804800235. Inventory No: 0211053. Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0211053  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Fishes of Polynesia
BAGNIS, Raymond, MAZELLIER, Philippe, BENNETT, Jack & CHRISTIAN, Erwin.,
Lansdowne Press, Melbourne, 1974. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. 368 pages, photographic end pages, with 1 map and hundreds of colour illustrations. Title page: Hoa / Chameleon Sea Bass. Endpages: Tahitian fisherman casting his net; Cloth cover. Lettering on front cover and spine The fishes of French Polynesia (names in Latin, Tahitian (Mao'hi) & English). The fish are grouped either in taxonomic families or by biological and morphological affinities which exceed the criteria normally used to define a family. The general behaviour, eating habits, biological characters, as well as local methods of spearing or fishing each species, have received much attention. Besides the Tahitian names for each species, the names used in other archipelagoes is also given. The occasional recipe adds interest to the book. :-) the colour photographic illustrated dustwrapper has a 0.5 in. tear at the top left of the front panel, with associated creasing and chipping across the top of the backstrip and the top left of the panel. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Natural History & Resources; Pacific; Polynesia - Micronesia - Melanesia; Inventory No: 0208662. THIS BOOK WILL INCUR EXTRA POST OUTSIDE OF AUSTRALIA, BECAUSE IT IS OVER 1 Kg WITHOUT PACKAGING, PLEASE ENQUIRE BEFORE ORDERING. Very Good Condition
Price: $39.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0208662  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Hell and Paradise; the Norfolk Bounty Pitcairn Saga
Clarke, Peter,
ISBN: 0670815217
Viking, Ringwood, Victoria, 1986. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. First Edition. 189 pp., front endpaper map of Norfolk Island, the rear endpaper map of Pitcairn Island, bibliography, index. Illustrated with colour photographs, drawings, black and white drawings, maps, facsimiles. Colour illustrated dustwrapper. Separated by many thousands of miles, Pitcairn Island and Norfolk Island sharing common history, of mutiny and rebellion, a legacy of Hell on a scale unique in history, interspersed with spells of Paradise which few mortals have experienced. there is no damage to describe. Signed by the author on the front end page Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Pacific; Pitcairn Island; ISBN: 0670815217. ISBN/EAN: 9780670815210. Inventory No: 0272580. This book weighs over 1 Kg packed and extra postal costs will be asked for when shipping outside Australia.. Very Good Condition
Price: $22.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 0272580  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Long Day's Journey in to War; December 7, 1941
Weintraub, Stanley,
ISBN: 0525933441
Truman Talley Books /Dutton, New York, 1991. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. XIV, 706 pages, list of maps, sources and strategies, acknowledgements and index. The text is illustrated with three pages of maps at the beginning of the text and 16 pages of black-and-white photographs between pages 354 and 355. 1/4 black coloured cloth backstrip with silver titles. 3/4 blue/gray coloured boards. Bumping and slight discolouration to the backstrip edges and minor rubbing to the book corners. There has been fading to the extreme edges of the book panels and browning of the text block edges. Plain text dustwrapper with gray coloured titles to the front panel and backstrip. A little rubbing and creasing to the dustwrapper edges and rubbing to the dustwrapper panels. Black-and-white photograph of the author to the rear fold over panel flap. " Long Day's Journey into War captures the whirlwind events sweeping the world on the calendar day that may be the most momentous of the twentieth century. ' A day that will live in infamy' was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's characterisation of the un-quiet Sunday that was, on the western half of the globe, December 7, 1941. In this riveting re-creation, the vast, world wide scope of the major turning point of the World War II comes to unforgettable life." -- from the front fold over panel blurb. The attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History ; Politics ; Military History -- World War II; Pacific; History -- America. ISBN: 0525933441. ISBN/EAN: 9780525933441. Inventory No: 0107890. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 1KG WITHOUT PACKING AND EXTRA POST WILL BE REQUIRED FOR SHIPMENT OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR COSTS BEFORE YOU ORDER, THANK YOU. Good
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0107890  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Nareau's Nation; A Portrait of the Gilbert Islands
Whincup, Tony,
ISBN: 0905743164
Stacey International, London, 1979. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good/Good. Illustrator: Tony Whincup-- Photographer. First Edition. 228 pp., foreword by Leremia Tabai, Chief Minister, preface by author, acknowledgements, futher reading, maps. Pale coffee coloured endpapers. Photographic title page. Within book there are black and white and colored photographs taken by Tony Whincup. Dark brown boards with gilt writing on spine. Very minor rubbing to the corners of book & dust marks to the top paper edge. Photographic dustwrapper, showing a native canoe, with dark brown writing on front panel and spine. Minor rubbing to the corners and front edge of the dustwrapper and some creasing along the top and bottom edges of the dustwrapper. A necklace of 33 islands covering several thousand miles Pacific Ocean and incorporating The Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati), the Phoenix, the Line Islands and Banaba form one of the worlds' new nations. This is a photographic essay of this nation. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Illustrator: Tony Whincup-- Photographer. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Photography; Pacific; ISBN: 0905743164. ISBN/EAN: 9780905743165. Inventory No: 0100800. Good
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100800  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Fatal Impact; The Invasion of the South Pacific 1767 -- 1840
Moorehead, Alan,
ISBN: 0140027734
Penguin, London, 1979. reprint
 Softcover Softcover. Good/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Photographic. reprint. list of illustrations, appendix, selected bibliography and index. 25 illustrations, and 5 black and white maps and drawings by H. J. Blackman. " "The history of the South Pacific region since the discovery by Europeans have been one of disaster, corruption and annihilation. "...and, ironically, in each case it was Cook, one of the greatest and certainly the most humane explorer of his day, who was to cause the fatal impact.". -- from the front fold over panel blurb, of the hardcover dustjacket. Size: 12mo (standard paperback). 283 pages. A very clean secondhand copy, with no damage apart from age toning of the page edges. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Exploration ; Pacific; History -- Pacific ; Pacific; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 0140027734. ISBN/EAN: 9780140027730. Inventory No: 0246179. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good
Price: $5.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0246179  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Fatal Impact; The Invasion of the South Pacific 1767 -- 1840
Moorehead, Alan,
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1966. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. First Edition. list of illustrations, appendix, selected bibliography and index. 25 illustrations, and 5 black and white maps and drawings by H. J. Blackman. " "The history of the South Pacific region since the discovery by Europeans have been one of disaster, corruption and annihilation. "...and, ironically, in each case it was Cook, one of the greatest and certainly the most humane explorer of his day, who was to cause the fatal impact.". -- from the front fold over panel blurb, of the hardcover dustjacket. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 283 pages. Dust Jacket price-clipped. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Exploration ; Pacific; History -- Pacific ; Inventory No: 0246178. Good
Price: $26.40 (AUD)
Book Number: 0246178  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Fatal Impact; The Invasion of the South Pacific 1767 -- 1840
Moorehead, Alan ,
ISBN: 0241016908
Hamish Hamilton, London, 1969. Reissued, 1st thus
 Hardcover (Laminated Illustrated boards) Hardcover (Laminated Illustrated boards). Very Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. Illustrator: Photographic. Reissued, 1st thus. published as part of the Heron series, abridged by Lucy Moorehead. The book is subtitled "junior edition" and is illustrated with a map double page, 6 pages of black-and-white plates, a single page map, and some line drawings. With a clean copy, no damage of note. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 283 pages. A very clean secondhand copy, with no damage apart from age toning of the page edges. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Exploration ; Pacific; History -- Pacific ; Pacific; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 0241016908. ISBN/EAN: 9780241016909. Inventory No: 0248919. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Very Good Condition
Price: $8.80 (AUD)
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The Inseparable Grief; Margaret Cargill of Fiji
Dickson, Mora,
ISBN: 0234777117
Denis Dobson, London, 1976. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good/Good. First Edition. 400 g.; (5), 6-174, (2) pages, acknowledgements, bibliography and index. At the beginning of the text is a map, double paged, showing Fiji and its environs. Blue/green coloured boards with gilt titles to the backstrip. A little bumping to the backstrip edges and to the book corners. Fading to the top book edges and there is browning and foxing to the top text block edge. Browning to the other text block edges and age toning to the internal text. Staining can be seen to the top right-hand corner of the free front end paper and a half title page. Illustrated dustwrapper with white and green coloured background and black titles to the front panel and backstrip. Rubbing to the dustwrapper panels and creasing to the dustwrapper edgings. Sunning to the backstrip. Staining to the top right-hand corner of the front panel. There is a small nick to the top edge of the front dustwrapper panel. The biography of Margaret Cargill, and her husband, and of their missionary work in the true "cannibal Islands", Fiji in the 19th century. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; Pacific; Religion -- Christianity; History -- Pacific ; ISBN: 0234777117. ISBN/EAN: 9780234777114. Inventory No: 0111531. Good
Price: $35.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0111531  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Last Bastion
Williamson, Kristin,
ISBN: 0701818476
Lansdowne Press, Sydney, 1984. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Various. First Edition. 264 pp., 59 black and white illustrations, two maps. Based on the TV series written by David Williamson and Denis Whitburn. The story of the three years through which Australia was in the frontline of the Pacific war. " We are the last bastion between the Japanese and the west coast of America. If you let us fall, America itself is in danger". This appeal, broadcast by Australia's Prime Minister John Curtin to the United States in 1942, signalled the greatest crisis in Australia's history. Apart from the previous owner's name on the first page which has been scribbled over, there is no damage to describe. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Various. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Pacific; Military History -- Australia; Military History; ISBN: 0701818476. ISBN/EAN: 9780701818470. Inventory No: 0255344. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0255344  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Last Bastion
Williamson, Kristin,
ISBN: 0701818476
Lansdowne Press, Sydney, 1984. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Very Good. Illustrator: Various. First Edition. 264 pp., 59 black and white illustrations, two maps. Based on the TV series written by David Williamson and Denis Whitburn. The story of the three years through which Australia was in the frontline of the Pacific war. " We are the last bastion between the Japanese and the west coast of America. If you let us fall, America itself is in danger". This appeal, broadcast by Australia's Prime Minister John Curtin to the United States in 1942, signalled the greatest crisis in Australia's history. there is no damage to the book or the dustjacket. Size: 4to 9" - 12" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Various. Quantity Available: 1. Category: History; Pacific; Military History -- Australia; Military History; ISBN: 0701818476. ISBN/EAN: 9780701818470. Inventory No: 0241800. Very Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
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Tungi of the Big Reef (Pacific Book)
Rose, Lyndon,
Jacaranda Press, Brisbane, 1964. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Good Condition/Poor. First Edition. Illustrated title page, and black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout, illustrator not credited. Illustrated boards with dark brown and white coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. Illustrated dustwrapper, same illustration is for underlying board, with white and dark brown coloured titles to the front panel and back strip. A novel set in the Pacific Island Samoa and the adventures of a young boy Tungi. Softening and rubbing of the back strip edges, with rubbing of the top book corners and lower book edges. Browning to the text block edges and pages. Some handling marks to the end pages. Chipping of the dustwrapper corners and back strip edges. Sunning and rubbing of the dustwrapper with some staining to the rear panel noticeable. To the verso of the dustwrapper the staining is much more visible please see photograph. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 102, [2] pages.. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Children; Pacific; fiction -- adolescent; Inventory No: 0100827. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good Condition
Price: $13.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100827  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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