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The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago: Papuans [1853]

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The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago: Papuans [1853]

by Earl, George Windsor

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London: Hippolyte Bailliere. 1853. 1st ed., 8vo., pp xiv, 239, four sepia plates (of which three are coloured): [Native of Dourga Strait, New Guinea; Interview with Natives of Dourga Strait; Outanata; Ahetas], one b&w folding plate [North Australia Males & Females and New Guinea Males & Females], two folding maps (one in facsimile: [Seats of the Papuan Race (closed tears); New Guinea 1843 (facsimile)] bookplate of D'Arcy Ryan, professionally restored with original publisher's cloth laid over new, faint gilt title to spine, contents clean, very good condition. George Windsor Earl (1813-1865) arrived in Western Australia in 1830. He returned to England and became involved in a scheme to colonise the North of Australia, leaving for Port Essington in 1838, but by 1845 the hardships and lack of success of the North Australia Expedition had exhausted him. He made a later venture to the region, promoting cotton and trade, with a similar result. This work, The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago: Papuans, was the first in a projected series, further volumes on 'Malayu-Polynesians', Australians, and Moluccans were never realised. Amongst the sources for the material was information Earl obtained from interviews with Owen Stanley and Dumont d'Urville. Earl provides here, iimportant anthropological observations on the natives of New Guinea, as well as the North Australian Aborigines: chapter XII is devoted to Melville Island, Port Essington and North Australia. Included is a folding plate with illustrations of the different typologies of heads of Papuans and North Australians. The hand-coloured lithographs were based on drawings done on the spot by the Dutch artists Van Oort and Van Raalten. This copy is from the library of the Anthropologist D'Arcy Ryan and author of a number of important works relating to New Guinea 1st edition. Boards.


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The Native Races of the Indian Archipelago: Papuans [1853]
Earl, George Windsor
Van Oort and Van Raalten (artists)
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1st edition
Hippolyte Bailliere
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Aborigines, Anthropology, Australia, Borneo, Malaya, New Guinea, Papua New Guinea

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