Moresby, Captain John. DISCOVERIES & SURVEYS IN NEW GUINEA AND THE D'ENTRECASTEAUX ISLANDS. A Cruise In Polynesia And Visits To The Pearl Shelling Stations In Torres Straits Of H.M.S. Basilisk. London, 1876, John Murray, First U.K. Edition. Xx, 327 pp, plus 20 pp adverts, 3 maps in text, plus 1 folding colour facsimile map at rear, frontispiece and 3 full-page plates. This is an important historical work describing Captain Moresby's journey in H.M.S. Basilisk along the unknown coasts of New Guinea. He accurately charted and surveyed the area, discovering Port Moresby harbour, now the capital of Papua New Guinea. His reports also included China Strait and Milne Bay, and led to the annexation of British New Guinea. Original blue cloth over beveled boards, gilt vignettes on the upper board and spine; rebacked with the original (faded) spine laid down. Bumped top corners, a few bumps and nicks, otherwise a clean copy internally, quite scarce. No DJ, decorative boards, with beautiful gilt vignette - raising the English Colours, with natives and palms on front board, overall VG.