Mebold’s Welt-Gemälde Gallerie. oceanien. 1., 2. und 3.

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Mebold’s Welt-Gemälde Gallerie. oceanien. 1., 2. und 3.


Travel description of the three volumes "Welt-Gemälde-Gallerie oder Geschichte und Beschreibung aller Länder und Völker, ihrer Religionen, Sitten, Gebräuche u. s. w.". With many pictorial representations of locations of important places, old and new monuments, costumes, implements, art objects, various other objects and maps. Altogether 244 illustrations and one folding map. Oceania. Volume 1. The Malay Lands and Micronesia on 352 pages. Overview of illustrations (sheets 1-84) and two folding maps (Oceania and Malesia). Oceania. Volume 2. Polynesia on 524 pages. Overview of illustrations (sheets 85-170) and a folding map of Polynesia and Micronesia. Oceania. Third volume. Posynesia (conclusion). Melanesia. New Holland on 650 pages. Including index from the first to the third volume, overview of the illustrations of the first, second and third volume (sheets 171-244) and a folding map of Melanesia. Partly views browned. Very decorative cover.


c. 1840


Schweizerbart E. (1826-)

E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung was founded by Emanuel Schweizerbart in 1826 to publish a historical work. After a short time, the program was transformed to focus on the publication of scientific journals, textbooks, textbooks and scientific monographs, mainly in the fields of earth sciences, environmental sciences, aquatic ecology, anthropology, medicine, zoology and plant sciences.Gebr. Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung was founded by J. Nicolovius in Königsberg, Prussia in 1790. Gebr. Borntraeger has an active publishing program in earth, plant and environmental sciences. Later the publishing house moved to Berlin until 1968 when it became a sister publishing house of E. Schweizerbart and moved its business operations to Stuttgart.

Historical Description

New Zealand was discovered by Polynesians around the end of the 13th century, or at the latest in the first half of the 14th century, and was settled in several waves of immigration. The descendants of the first immigrants founded the Māori culture. The first Māori to reach the land found no mammals. To feed themselves, they first hunted the moa, a flightless bird remotely similar to the African ostrich. The first European to set eyes on New Zealand was the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman. His mission was to find the "Great Southern Land" because valuable raw materials were suspected there. On his voyage, in 1642, he discovered a "great high land" on the South Island, today's West Coast region. He was not sure and suspected that he had discovered another piece of Staten Landt coast. When he went to Golden Bay in what is now the Tasman region to explore the land up close, he had his first bloody encounter with the "aborigines" in which four Dutch sailors were killed. The "discoverer of New Zealand" never set foot on New Zealand soil. A year later, when an expedition under Hendrik Brouwer determined that the coastal strip found by Tasman did not belong to Staten Landt, the country was named Nova Zeelandia (Latin) or Nieuw Zeeland (Dutch), in reference to Australia, which had been called Nova Hollandia or Nieuw Holland. Like Tasman, the British captain James Cook was to find a suspected southern continent. In 1769, Cook's ship Endeavour, coming from Tahiti, encountered New Zealand at the southwestern point of the bay called Poverty Bay. After first hostile encounters, but then also successful approaches with Māori, Cook first circumnavigated the North Island and, after a longer stay in the Marlborough Sounds, the South Island and was thus able to prove that New Zealand was islands and not part of a continent. Cook and the scientists accompanying him began to map the country thoroughly, they explored flora and fauna extensively and gathered information about the Māori. Only a few weeks after Cook, Jean François Marie de Surville also reached the islands. In the following years, mainly whalers, sealers and later missionaries migrated to New Zealand. These maintained pronounced contacts with the Māori. The two parties engaged in lively trade with each other, and some Europeans also lived together with the Māori.

Place of Publication Stuttgart
Dimensions (cm)21,5 x 14,5 cm
ConditionBinding in hardcover with leather embossed in gold
TechniqueFeather Lithography


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