Polynesia : a popular description of the physical features, inhabitants, natural history and productions of the islands of the Pacific. With an account of their discovery, and of the progress of civilization and christianity amongst them

Author: Angas, George French, 1822-1886.
Responsibility: by George French Angas
Place: London
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Date Published: [1866]
Description: xii, 436 p., 6 plates : ill., 1 fold. map ; 17 cm.
Call Number: rgsp 919.6 A581
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Subject: Angas, George French, 1822-1886
Polynesians--Social life and customs--19th century
Polynesians--Social life and customs--19th century--Pictorial works
Polynesians--Cultural assimilation
Maori (New Zealand people)--Social life and customs--19th century
Maori (New Zealand people)--Social life and customs--19th century--Pictorial works
Natural history--Polynesia
Polynesia--Description and travel
Polynesia--Discovery and exploration
Polynesia--Pictorial works
Islands of the Pacific--Description and travel
New Zealand--Description and travel
New Zealand--Pictorial works
New Zealand--History--To 1840
Biography: Colonial artist, writer and naturalist. George French Angas's portrayals of early colonial Australia and New Zealand and their peoples, largely watercolours and lithographs, are some of the most detailed and interesting in existence, valued today for their anthropological and sociological significance as well as for their artistic merit. He also wrote many books, which include accounts of his travels and Australian and New Zealand history. Angas came out to Australia when he was still only a young man. He lived in South Australia for some time but did not stay. The RGSSA's collection includes some unique works by him, including some watercolours he sold to S.W. Silver in 1876 for thirty pounds when he was short of money, back in England. Further details of his life are available from the ADB & SA Museum (see the links)
Notes: Includes occasional engraved plates & numerous text illustrations, plus a multifolding coloured frontispiece map.
Summary: Extensive work on many subjects including legends, weapons, birds (Notornis, Moa, Aptryx, birds of Paradise), sea and land shells, method of extracting coconut oil, burial with a Moa egg; sources include Captain Fitzroy, La Perouse, Captain Wilkes, Mendana and more. Illustrations include Easter Island statues with their hats still on, boiling springs in Fiji, Mount Egmont (New Zealand), Dorey Harbour (New Guinea); Bau, the Capital of FigiOpoa, Island of Raiatea and many more. Subjects covered include Samoa, Society Islands, Tonga, Hervey or Cook Islands, Austral Islands, tatooing of the Marquseas Islanders described by Mendana as being almost white; New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Solomon Islands, Caroline Archipeligo, Kingsmill, Easter Islands, Norfolk Island, Pitcairn Island, Australia, Captain Cook, Gilbert Islands, Marshall Islands, Niue and much more.
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