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This 1967 edition by Auckland War Memorial Museum director emeritus Gilbert Archery is packed with 184 detailed artworks depicting items from the museum’s ethnology division, which are primarily concentrated on New Zealand Maori and the Pacific Islands and are the country’s premier collections in these fields.

This is a review of a 1949 second edition by E. W. Gifford in American Anthropologist on October 23, 2009:

“South Sea Folk (Handbook of Maori and Oceanic Ethnology). GILBERT ARCHEY. (71 pp., 12 plates, 184 text-figures. Second edition. Auckland, New Zealand, 1949.)
This useful, profusely illustrated, museum guide book bears on the cover the subtitle of “Auckland Museum Handbook of Oceanic Ethnology.” It was written by the Director of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. With its 184 text-figures and 12 plates it bears out the adage that one good picture is worth 10,000 words. The book admirably serves its purpose as a museum guide and also affords the reader a succinct picture of the various cultures of the Oceanian areas of New Zealand, tropical Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia. An introductory section (pp. 3-5) discusses the Maori and his kin. As befits a New Zealand institution nearly half the book (pp. 5-37) is devoted to the Maori. Then follows a page (38) on the Moriori of the Chatham Islands. The remainder of the work is devoted to tropical Oceania and two pages of Conclusion. The author quite properly orients his museum visitors as to the physical and cultural relationships of the various Oceanian groups.”

South Sea Folk: Auckland Museum Handbook of Oceanic Ethnology by Gilbert Archery is a 1967 third edition.

It is a 74-page 19x24.5cm stapled card soft cover in great condition with 184 detailed text drawings and seven plates.

The only blemish are some very light age marks on the cover edges.

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