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Specimens of Native Paper from Tongo [sic] and Fiji

[clippings of annotated catalogue entries and notes regarding Tapa]

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HUNT (John, Missionary to Sydney and S.S. Islands) Original Portrait in Oils, 8 by 9 1/2 ins., on canvas in original frame, £12 10s about 1840

John Hunt was born at Hykeham Moor, near Lincoln, 1812. In 1838 he married Hannah Summers, and on April 29th that year he sailed for Sydney as a missionary to the Tonga and Fiji Islands. He stayed in Sydney some months and preached continually, and many inducements were offered him to stay in Australia. On October 25th, 1838, however, he sailed for Fiji. He applied himself to the study of the language, and translated the New Testament into the native language, and, what is equally notable, printed the same with a press and type imported from Sydney, He later entertained the idea of translating the Old Testament but his early death in 4 Oct. 1848 cut short his labours. Bernard Halliday, Leicester. Cat. 91 1927


The Life of John Hunt, Missionary to the Cannibals. By George Stringer Rowe. London. 1859.

Life of John Hunt, Missionary to above Cannibals, by G.S. Rowe, p. 8vo, or. cl., nice, £6s 6d 1866. J. Sack. [unclear: Eld.] No. 438 1927.

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i, King Richard's Road, Leicester, England.

Australia - continued.

159Polynesian Tapas Cloth, made from bark of tree beaten out thin into a paper, and very beautifully decorated with native designs, a fine and perfect piece, about 8 feet x 4 feet, £4 4s. Purchased by advertiser at the sale of the Stamford Institute, June 1st, 1910, where it has been since the foundation in 1836. It is probably one brought home in the " Blonde" from Otaheite.
160------A smaller specimen, about 2 feet square, £2 2s. Both are guaranteed genuine old specimens.
161Pritchard (J. C.) Researches into the Physical History of Mankind. Numerous fine coloured plates, 2 vols., 8vo., beautifully bound in full polished blue calf extra, fine copy, 25s. 1826
162Romilly (H. H.) Letters from the Western Pacific and Mashonaland, 1878-1891, plates. 8vo., cloth, 5s. 6d. 1893
163Specimens of Native Paper, or Tapas Cloth, manufactured by the Natives of the Tonga and Fiji Islands. Mostly decorated with native designs, 12 large actual specimens, with printed title selected and sent home by Rev. J. Hunt, 1847. Folio size, in new half morocco VERY RARE, £4 4S. 1847 Purchased from the Hunt family. Probably the only copies ever offered for sale.
164Stavorinus (Admiral J. S.) Voyages to the East Indies, translated by S. H. Wilcocke, comprising an accurate account of the Possessions of the Dutch in India and at the Cape of Good Hope. Maps, 3 vols., 8vo., beautifully bound in full polished tree calf gilt fine copy, 50s. 1798 The Cape, Batavia, Samarang, Macasser, Amboyna, Surat, Coast of Malabar, Bantan, Bengal, Borneo, etc.
164A------ Another Copy, binding not so fine, 42s.
165Stokes (J. L.) Discoveries in Australia in 1837-43; also Capt. Owen Stanley's Visits to the Islands in the Arafura Sea. Plates, 2 vols., 8voM half calf uncut, cheap ex-library copy, 18s. 1846
166Stuart (Martinus) De Mensch zoo als hij voorkomt op den bekenden Aardbol. bescreeven door M. Stuart afgebeeld door Jacques Kupyer (Australia, Nieu-Holland. America, Nortonshaai. Prinz Willemshai, Noord Indianen, Groeland. Labrador, Vrienden-eilanden, Nieuw-Caledonie, Marquisen-eilanden, Nieuwe-Hebriden. Nieuw Zeeland, Pelew-eilanden, Admiralitsito-eilanden. Van Dieman's Land. Africa, etc.). With 44 most beautiful coloured plates of the Natives, etc., by J. Kupyer, 6 vols., 8vo., very rare, half polished calf, £3 10s. Amsterdam, 1807 Very rare. Not in British Museum. The engravings are quite exquisite.
167Stuart (Capt. C.) Two Expeditions into the Interior of S. Australia in 1829-31, and the Colony of N.S. Wales. Plates, 2 vols.: 8vo., half calf, binding broken, cheap ex-library copy, 10s. 1833
168Terry (C.) New Zealand : its advantages and prospects as a British Colony. Plates, 8vo., new cloth, 15s. page break Bernard Halliday, Catalogue 82, Australia-continued.
169Thompson (Charles) of the Transport Ship " James and Rebecca" [9.73], 1808 Letters of Administration of his estate, on vellum, ios.
170Transportation of W. Muir. Letter of Lady M. Elgin to Mr. Dundas, Sec. of State on behalf of Mr. Muir on the Hulk at Woolwich under Sentence of Transportation, 21 Dec, 1793. Letter from Mr. Hay who went to see Muir on the Hulk but found him unrepentant and boasted of what he had done. He had been visited by Lord Lauderdale, Mr. Sheridan, Mr. Grey, etc., etc., from which it may be presumed his offence was political. Dec. 21, 1793. The 2 Letters, 42s.
171Tuckey (J. H.) Account of a Voyage to establish a Colony at Port Philip in Bass's Strait on the Coast of N.S. Wales, in H.M.S. Calcutta. 8vo., new half calf\ uncut (library stamp on title), £4 ios. 1805
172Very Fine Map of the Islands of New Zealand from the Admiralty Surveys of the English and French Marine, and of the Officers of the New Zealand Company, compiled by James Wild, 1843. Size of map about 48 x 34 inches, mounted on linen and folding into 8vo. cloth case, 15s. 1843
173Wentworth (W. C.) Description of the Colony of New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land. 8vo., new cloth, uncut, 18s. 6d. 1819
175Austria.-Stirling-Maxwell (Sir W.) Don John of Austria, passages from the History of the XVIth Century, 1547-1578. 2 vols., thick roy. 8vo., original cloth, 21s. 1883
176Autograph Prices Current.-A Complete Alphabetical Record of all Autograph Letters, Documents, and Manuscripts, sold by auction in London, and price of each lot and name of purchaser. Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4, roy. 8vo., cloth, 21s. each 1914-18
177Autographs.-Catalogue of the Valuable Collection of Historical MSS. and Autograph Letters of Francis Moore, sold by auction Ap. 28th-May 3, 1856, with a very large number of facsimiles. 8vo., cloth, with prices and purchasers names added, 21s. 1856 A magnificent collection equal in quality, but not extent, to the Morrison collection. The autograph of Richard III. which sold in Morrison sale for about /120 here realised £35.
178Autographs.-British Autography. A collection of Facsimiles of the Handwriting of Royal and Illustrious Personages, with their authentic portraits. 3 vols., 4to., russia gilt, £3 15s. /. Thane, circa 1780 This beautiful work consists of the autographs, reproduced in exact facsimile, with portraits where possible, of over 250 celebrities, whose autographs are valuable on account of their scarcity or interest ; with a short biographical memoir to each. It should prove of the utmost value to collectors, in enabling them to establish the authenticity of specimens. 20
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1928 [unclear: Wagg] Bros Cal. 491. Aus & S. Seas.

item 414. [unclear: puts] this Hunt book at £10 [unclear: 10]

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Specimens of Cloth called TAPA, made by macerating & beating out the back of the paper mulberry.

Materials for the scanty clothing worn by the Fijians are readily supplied by a variety of plants, foremost among which stands the MALO, or Paper Mulberry, a middle-sized tree, with rough tri-lobed leaves, cultivated all over Fiji. The manufacture of native cloth is entirely left to women of places not inhabited by great chiefs, probably because the noise caused by the beating out of cloth is disliked by couthly ears. The rhythm of tapa-beating imparts, therefore, as tho. roughly a country air to a place in Fiji as that of threshing corn does to European villages. The MASI tree is propagated by cuttings, & grown about two or three feet apart, in plantations resembling nurseries. For the purpose of making cloth, it is not allowed to become higher than about twelve feet, & about one inch in diameter. The bark, taken off in as long strips as possible, is steeped in water, scraped with a conch shell, & then macerated. In this state it is placed on a log of wood, and beaten with a mallet (IKE), three sides of which have longitudinal grooves, & the fourth a plain surface. Two strips of TAPA are always beaten into one with the view of strengthing the fibres - an alteration increasing the width of the cloth at the expense of it's length. It is easy to join page break pieces together, the sap of the fibres being slightly glutinous; & in order to make the junction as perfect & durable as possible, a paste is prepared of arrowroot, or a glue of the viscid berries of the TOU. Pieces of native cloth, intended for mosquito curtains & screens, have been seen which were nearly 100 feet long & 30 broad. Most of the cloth worn is pure white, being bleached in the sun, as we bleach linen, but printed TAPA is also, though not so frequently seen, whilst that used for curtains is always coloured. The mode of printing the patterns is by means of raised forms of little strips of bamboo, on which the colour is placed, & the tops pressed; indeed the fundamental principle is the same as that of our printing books. the little strips of bamboo standing in the place of our types. The chief dye employed is the juice of the LAVEI, & the pattern, though rudely executed, often displays much taste.

The leaves of shrubs & ferns were also used to imprint patterns on TAPA cloth.