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Lot 5

5. [COOK: BIBLIOGRAPHY & SUPPORTING MATERIAL]. DU REITZ, Rolf. Bibliotheca Polynesiana: A Catalogue of Some of the Books in the Polynesiana Collection Formed by the Late Bjarne Kroepelien and Now in the Oslo University Library. Oslo: Heirs of Kroepelien, 1969. lxviii, [4], 455 pp., photographic frontispiece (portrait of Kroepelien), text printed in red and black. 4to, original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt, title stamped in gilt letters within red field on upper cover. Very fine, with prospectus/order form laid in.
     First edition. Limited to 800 copies, of which 500 were for sale. This comprehensive collection sought “to bring together as many editions, impressions, issues and states as possible of each book or pamphlet in any way relating to, or printed in, French Polynesia. The Kroepelien collection is to a Pacific student what, for example, the Waller collection in Uppsala is to a student of the history of medicine” (introduction). Du Reitz’s introduction is a minor classic in the ongoing discussions of the difference between a descriptive bibliography and a catalogue. ($200-400)

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