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Mountains in the Clouds
Ruhen, Olaf,
Rigby, Adelaide, 1963. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Poor/Good. First Edition. 240 pages, list of illustrations. Illustrated endpapers, showing a map of New Guinea and its environs. Text is illustrated with numerous black and white photographs. Blue coloured boards with gilt writing on spine. The corners of book are bumped and rubbed and shelf wear is evident to the bottom edges of book. Head and heel of spine are bumped and soft. The front and back panel have mildew residue. The internal pages are brown. Photographic/illustrated dustwrapper, photograph of a New Guinea Highlander overlaying an illustrated painting of New Guinea village, black & white writing front panel and red and black on spine. Corners of the dustwrapper are rubbed, as are the fore edges. Chipping has occurred to the top and bottom dustwrapper edge, particularly on spine. There has been some staining to the dustwrapper, on the verso, along all creases. Grubby marks to the back panel. Olaf Ruhen travelled through, then, Papua and Australian New Guinea during the early 1960s, travelling through some of the remotest areas, meeting tribes who did not know that white men existed and pondered the islands' history. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Quantity Available: 1. Category: Travel & Places; Sociology ; Anthropology ; History -- Papua New Guinea; Inventory No: 0100838. Poor
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100838  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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New Guinea
Joyce, Roger,
Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1960. First Edition
 Softcover (Stiff Boards) Softcover (Stiff Boards). Good Condition/No Dust Jacket. First Edition. 32 pp. Text is illustrated with 2 full-page maps and 10 illustrations. Photographic front cover overlaying a map of Australia and New Guinea, with bone coloured background and purple writing on front panel. Corners are scuffed and there is rubbing along the front spine and there are dirty marks on front and back panel. Previous owners name on title page, along with ex library stamps on the front page and back page. Bookseller's stamp on title page. A small book about the discovery and exploration of New Guinea. Part of the Australian Explorer's series. Size: 12mo (standard paperback). Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Exploration ; History -- Papua New Guinea; Inventory No: 0101110. This book is light, and postage will be reduced to $8.00 for shipment within Australia. . Good Condition
Price: $11.20 (AUD)
Book Number: 0101110  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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New Guinea on the Threshold; Aspects of Social, Political and Economic Development
Fisk, E. K. [editor],
Australian National University Press, Canberra, 1966. First Edition
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Good. First Edition. XX, 292 pp., last two blank, foreword by Sir John Crawford, acknowledgements, notes on contributors, abbreviations, it is in text, list of illustrations, references and index. Illustrated endpapers, showing map of New Guinea. Text illustrated by either black and white photographs or maps. Black boards with gilt writing on spine. Photographic dustwrapper, showing a New Guniea Highlander in traditional garb, with pale brown background with black and white writing on front panel and spine. "In this book a group of experts, who have made a special study of Papua and New Guinea, examine and the present situation in the Territory from the point of view of their own specialities, and consider what this boards for the future.". Corners are rubbed and shelf wear evident on bottom edges of book. Loss of colour to the top edge and bottom edge of the front panel and bottom edge of the back. There is bumping to the head and heel of the spine. Dust marks to the top back edge. The remains of a booksellers sticker on the ffep., along with previous owners name. Dustwrapper is very creased along both the top and bottom dustwrapper edges. Some chipping along top and bottom edges as well with a 1" tear on bottom front fold over crease. Other tears are also on the bottom edge of the dustwrapper. Basically the dustwrapper is shabby. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Politics & Government ; Anthropology ; Social History ; History -- Papua New Guinea; Inventory No: 0100700. Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100700  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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Tamate-- A King; James Chalmers New Guinea 1877 -- 1901
Langmore, Diane,
ISBN: 0522840795
Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, 1974. First Edition
 Hardcover Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. First Edition. IX, 170pp., last blank, preface by author acknowledgements, abbreviations, notes, bibliography, list of illustrations and index. The text is illustrated with 17 black and white photographs and one double page map. Bottle green boards with gilt writing on spine. Minor rubbing to the corners has occurred and there is shelf wear evident to the bottom edges of the book. Dust marks to the top paper edge. Photographic dustwrapper, green background and black and white writing on front panel and spine. The dustwrapper is rubbed and faded and there is rubbing to the corners. There has been sun fading to the spine and to the first 1/4" of the back panel. A scholarly biography of a Scots missionary in nineteenth century Papua New Guinea. "Chalmers played a central role in the history of New Guinea at particularly crucial time and much of the history of exploration, first contact, and imposition of European culture, religion and government is reflected in his career.". Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Biography & Autobiography; New Guinea; Religion -- Christianity; 19th Century ; History -- Papua New Guinea. ISBN: 0522840795. ISBN/EAN: 9780522840797. Inventory No: 0100553. Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0100553  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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The Papuan Achievement
Lett, Lewis,
Melbourne University Press in Association with Oxford University Press, Melbourne and London, 1944. Reprint
 Hardcover (Original Cloth) Hardcover (Original Cloth). Very Good Condition/Good. Illustrator: Photographic. Reprint. 295 g.; XIV, prefaced by author, prefaced to the second edition, list of illustrations and index. Black-and-white photographic frontispiece of Mr. Justice Murray in 1912. The text is illustrated with 17 black and white photographs and one foldout map at the rear of the book showing the territory of Papua in 1938. Gray coloured boards with green titles to the backstrip. A little rubbing to the book corners and to the head and to the heel of the backstrip. Foxing and browning to the text block edges. Light browning and offset tanning to the endpapers and like age training to the internal text. Original bookseller's sticker to the lower right-hand corner of the front paste-down. Plain text dustwrapper with white and green background and white and green titles to the front panel and white titles to the backstrip. Rubbing and chipping to the dustwrapper corners and to the head and to the heel of the backstrip. The white of the background has become yellow, foxed and shows quite marked handling. A little rubbing to the dustwrapper edges and a small tear to the top edge of the rear dustwrapper panel and the results of insect activity can be seen to the top and bottom edges of the front dustwrapper panel. There is a 1.5 " tear to the lower right-hand corner of the rear dustwrapper panel. Clipping of the dustwrapper, front fold over, lower right-hand corner. The clipping is done in a square, rather than rectangular manner. The author gives the rationale as for Australia taking Papua as a protectorate in 1907. Also given development, to time of books' publication, religion/sorcery of the native Papuans, education and exploration. Second Edition. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. We are happy to provide pictures of this book on request Illustrator: Photographic. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Exploration ; History -- Papua New Guinea; Inventory No: 0106956. Very Good Condition
Price: $17.60 (AUD)
Book Number: 0106956  Bookseller: Syber's Books
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