5 December 2017
EDGE-PARTINGTON, James (1854-1930), and HEAPE, Charles (b.1848). An Album of the Weapons, Tools, Ornaments, Articles of Dress of the Natives of the Pacific Islands. First [– Second; – Third] series. Manchester: privately published, 1890, 1895, 1898.
The first edition of this important survey of Pacific Islands artifacts, complete in all three volumes, and as issued in the original boxes. Edge-Partington, a British anthropologist and authority on Pacific ethnology, based his drawings on his own collection and that of the British Museum. Heape was also a collector, and both men ultimately donated their vast holdings to museums in England, Australia, and New Zealand. The first and second series were limited to 150 copies, the third to 175 copies; all three are signed by both authors.
Three volumes, oblong quartos (404 x 200mm). First series: 391 lithographed plates; second series: 238 lithographed plates; third series: 225 lithographed plates (first series: 3 preliminary leaves comprising the index adhered together, occasional light toning or finger-soiling to margins, browning to last plate; third series: some browning to title and final leaf). Original green boxes, paper labels (first series: box worn; second and third series: light soiling and wear).
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