In 1836 M.G.L. Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième Partie du Monde was published by Firmin Didot Frères in Paris, France.
The prints of Tonga which follow are from this classic three-volume work.
The images below are details. To view the complete engravings, click on the thumbnails.
a Tongan chief aboard ship with French officers
early 19th century Tongan canoes on a reef
Tongans battling European explorers
theft of a French boat by the Tongans
Tongan men preparing an earth oven (umu)
athletes, boxing and fighting with sticks
Tongan female athletes boxing
a formal Tongan kava ceremony
nocturnal music and dance, Tonga
Tongan village Nomuka Island, Haapai Islands
an enclosure behind Tongan village houses
fortifications of Mafanga, Tonga
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