A Louis Becke Bibliography

George Louise Becke [1855-1913], better known as Louis Becke, was a short-story writer and novelist prominent in the 1890s. He was a frequent traveller to the South Pacific islands, and his experiences are reflected in his many works. His time in the Pacific includes a stay on Beru (Kiribati) in the 1880's, where he was shipwrecked, as well as time in the Marshalls and further afield in the company of Bully Hayes.


A First Fleet Family: a hitherto unpublished narrative of certain remarkable adventures complied from the papers of Sergeant William Dew of the Marines / by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
	1896.  London, T. Fisher Unwin (Unwin's colonial library)
		xvi, 271 pp, 1 folded leaf of maps, 20 cm
	1896.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		xvi, 271 pp, 1 folded leaf of maps, 21 cm
	1896.  New York, Macmillan and Co.
		xviii, 272 pp, 14 leaves of plates, ill, map (fold.), 20 cm

Admiral Phillip: the Founding of New South Wales / by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
	1899.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, Builders of Great Britain
		336 pp, ill, 20 cm

Adventures of a Supercargo, The
	1905.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		295 pp, 20 cm
	1906.  (1925 printing).  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		285 pp, 20 cm

Adventures of Elizabeth Morey, The / [second part]
	1905.  Sydney
		3 columns: ill, 8 x 107 cm, Clipping from "Success", Nov. 15th, 1905

Adventures of Louis Blake, The
	[1909?]  London,  T. Werner Laurie
		307 pp, 19 cm
	1913.  London, T. Werner Laurie Ltd.
		iv, 307 pp, 20 cm
	1913.  London, T. Werner Laurie Ltd.
		307 pp, 19 cm
	[1914?]  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott
		307 pp
	[1914]  Sydney, N.S.W. Bookstall
		307 pp, 18 cm

Breachley, Black Sheep
	1902.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		vi, 300 pp, 19 cm
	1902.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		vi, 300 pp, 20 cm
	1902.  Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott
		vi, 300 pp, 20 cm

Bully Hayes, Buccaneer, and other stories / with a portrait and six illustrations by Norman Lindsay [1879-1969] (Hayes, William Henry, -- 1829-1877)
	1913.  Sydney, N.S.W. Bookstall, Bookstall series
		170 pp, ill, port, 19 cm
	1918.  Sydney, N.S.W. Bookstall, Bookstall series
		3rd ed., 166 pp, ill, port, 19 cm
	1923.  Sydney, N.S.W. Bookstall Co. (Bookstall series, 6)
		5th ed., 166 pp, ill, 19 cm

By Reef and Palm / with an introduction by the Earl of Pembroke
Challis the doubter.--"'tis in the blood."--The Revenge of Macy O'Shea.--The rangers of the Tia Kau.--Pallou's Taloi.--A basket of breadfruit.--Enderby's courtship.--Long Charley's good little wife.--The methodical Mr. Burr of Majuru.--A truly great man.--The doctor's wife.--The fate of the "Alida".--The Chilean bluejacket.--Brantley of Vahitahi.
	1894.  London, T. Fisher Unwin (Autonym library)
		3rd ed., 220 pp, 18 cm
	1895.  Philadelphia, Lippincott
		1 v.
	1896.  London, T. Fisher Unwin (Autonym library)
		220 pp, 19x10 cm
	1955.  London, Angus and Robertson
		187 pp, 19 cm

By Reef and Palm and The Ebbing of the Tide
	[1894?]  Toronto, Thomas Allen
		396 pp, 19 cm
	1924.  London, T. Unwin Fisher
		396 pp
	[1924]  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott (reprint)
		396 pp, green cloth, 8vo, uniform edition

By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and other stories
	1901.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		vi, 250 pp, 19 cm
	1901.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		v, 250, 14 pp, 20 cm
	1901. New York, New Amsterdam Book Company
		250 pp, 19 cm

Chinkie's Flat and other stories
"Chinkie's flat."--John Frewen, south sea whaler.--A memory of the southern seas.--Some south sea notes.--"Luck."--Bull-dogs of the sea.--"Revenge."--Saunderson and the dynamite.--The stealing of Sa Luia.
	1904.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		336 pp, 20 cm

Ebbing of the Tide, The: South Sea Stories
"Luliban of the pool."--Ninia.--Baldwin's Louisé.--At a kava-drinking.--Mrs. Liardet: A south sea trading episode.--Kennedy the boatsteerer.--A dead loss.-- Hickson: a half-caste.--A boating party of two.--"The best asset in a fool's estate."--Deschard of Oneaka.--Nell of Mulliner's Camp.--Auriki Reef.--At the ebbing of the tide.--The fallacies of Hilliard.--A tale of a mask.--The cook of the "Spreetoo santoo."--Lupton's guest: a memory of the eastern Pacific.--In Nouméa.--The feast at Pentecost.--An honour to the service.
	[1895/6]  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		292 pp
	1896.  Philadelphia, Lippincott
		292 pp, 20 cm
	1905.  London, T. Fisher Unwin (Unwin's Colonial Library)
		vi, 292 pp, 24cm
	1910.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		4th ed., 292 pp, 19 cm
	[1910]  London, T. Fisher Unwin, (Adelphi library No.17)

Edward Barry, South Sea Pearler
	1900.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		viii, 246 pp, 20 cm
	1924.  Boston, L.C. Page (reprint)
		(A Romance of the South Seas)
		305 pp, frontis, 3 ill, blue cloth, 8vo
	[1924]  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		253 pp, 20 cm
	[192-?]  Toronto, Ontario, Thomas Allen
		253 pp, 19 cm

Helen Adair
	1903.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		 [1st ed.], 288 pp, 19 cm
	1903.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		iv, 276 pp, 20cm
	1903.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott Co.
		288 pp, 19 cm
	[19--]  London, George Bell, The York Library
		276 pp, 18 cm
	1906.  London, George Bell
		276 pp, 19 cm
	1924.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		288 pp

His Native Wife
	1895.  Sydney, Alexander Lindsay, Australander Library No. 1
		192 pp, 16 cm
	[1896]  London, T. Fisher Unwin, Century Library
		202 pp, 18 cm
	1897.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott, Lotos Library
		frontis, 3 plates, 202 pp, tan cloth, 16mo, portrait of Becke tipped in
               Jalasco Brig, The The Jalasco brig.--"Hope."--Collison's treasure
               trove.--Fighting whales.
	1902.  London, Anthony Treherne
		299 pp, 8 leaves of plates, ill, 20 cm
	1913.  London, Gibbings
		2nd ed., 285 pp, 3 leaves of plates, ill, 19 cm

Letters, 1902
	1902.  Manuscript.  Seventy letters written by Becke to his wife Elizabeth,
              from Jamaica in 1902. He describes his travels in the West Indies,
              discusses news of his children's progress at school, speaks of a
              man named Hoggart, of Colonel Kitchener, of the American United Fruit
              Co., and of his work on a novel published in London by Unwin the
              following year under the title Helen Adair.
              (Manuscript reference no: NLA MS 4659. Available for reference. Not for
              loan.)

Mutineer: a Romance of Pitcairn Island, The / by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery [1861-1922]
	1898.  Sydney, Angus & Robertson, colonial ed.
		viii, 298 pp, 18 cm
	1898.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		viii, 298 pp,  21 cm
	1898.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		viii, 298 pp,  20 cm
	1898.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott
		viii, 298 pp,  22 cm

Mystery of Laughlin Islands, The / by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
	1896.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		94, 18 pp, ill, 18 cm
	1896.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		 [v], 94 pp, ill, 17cm

Naval Pioneers of Australia, The / by Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
	1899.  London, J. Murray, Murray's imperial library
		x, 313 pp, ill, 19 cm

'Neath Austral Skies
	1909.  London, John Milne
		vi, 315 pp, 20 cm
	1909.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott
		315 pp, 20 cm
	[1970]  Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press
		220 pp, 21 cm  Reprint of the 1895 ed.

Notes From My South Sea Log
	1905.  London, T. Werner Laurie
		frontis, fld map, vi, 352 pp, ill, cloth, 8vo, 19 cm
	1905.  London, T. Werner Laurie
		352 pp, [1] leaf of plate, folded map, port, 20 cm
	[1926]  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott (reprint)
		256 pp, green cloth, 8vo, 20 cm,  illus, uniform edition

Old Convict Days (by Derrincourt, William, 1819-1913) / ed. by LouisBecke.
	1899.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		xvi, 338 pp, 20 cm
	1900.  New York, New Amsterdam Book Co.
		xvi, 338 pp, 20 cm
	1975.  Harmondsworth, Eng., Penguin, (Penguin colonial facsimiles)
		Facsimile of the 1899 ed.
	1975.  Ringwood, Vic., Penguin Books Australia (Penguin colonial facsimiles)
		xvi, 338 pp, 20 cm  (pbk.)
		Facsim. of 1st ed. New York: Amsterdam Book Company; London:
		T. Fisher Unwin, 1899.  (Includes editor's note on page before facsim.
               of original t.p. Becke uses spelling Derricourt, alias
               Day; editor of facsim. spells Derrincourt) Pacific Tales
	[1896]  NY, New Amsterdam Book Co.
		frontis, 323 pp, green cloth, 8vo
	[1896?]  Philadelphia, . J.B. Lippincott
		323 pp, 19 cm
	1897.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		323 pp
	1897.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		viii, 323 pp, front, port, 21 cm
	[1897]  New York, New Amsterdam Book Co.
		[iv], 21, 3-323 pp, port, 21 cm
	[1898]  Stockholm, F. & G. Beijers Bokforlags Aktiebolag
		Hvita man och bruna kvinnor: berattelser fran soderhafsoarne
		af Louis Becke med forfattarens tillstand fran engelskan ofversatta af
               Hans Cavallin. 179 pp, 19 cm , Swedish translation from English.
               Selection of short stories about the Pacific from Pacific Tales
	1906.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		port.
	1987.  London; New York, KPI, Pacific Basin Books, Distributed by Routledge &
               Kegan Paul introduction by Kaori O'Connor, xiii, 323 pp, 24 cm  (pbk)

Pacific Tales
	1896.  Philadelphia, J.P. Lippincott


Pearl Divers of Roncador Reef and other stories, The
The pearl divers of Roncador Reef.--Jim Trollope and myself.--For the benefit of sailors' kids.--The "Manurua" and the "Marguerite."--A "blackbirding" incident.- -A strange rencontre.--Crowley and Drake, Limited.--Nerida, the maid of Suwarrow.--My South Sea gardens.--A prospecting party in North Queensland.--A quick vengeance.
	1908.  London, J. Clarke
		285 pp, 1 leaf of plates, ill, 20 cm

Ridan the Devil, and other stories
Ridan the devil.--A memory of "the system."--A North Pacific lagoon island.-- Bilger, of Sydney.--The vision of Milli the slave.--Denison gets a berth ash re.-- Addie Ransom.--In a native village.-- Maurice Kinane.--The "killers" of Twofold Bay.-- Denison's second berth ashore.--A fish drive on a Micronesian atoll.--Bobaran.-- Sea fishing in Australia.--An adventure in the New Hebrides.-- The south sea bubble of Charles du Breil.--The white wife and the brown "woman."--With hook and line on an Austral river.--The wreck of the "Leonora."--An old colonial mutiny.--A boating adventure in the Carolines.--A Christmas Eve in the Far South Seas.
	1899.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		vii, 330 pp, 21 cm

Rodman the Boatsteerer, and other stories
	1898.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		vii, 331 pp, 20 cm

Settlers of Karossa Creek and other stories of Australian Bush Life, The / with three illustrations by J. Finnemore.
The settlers of Karossa Creek. -- Bella of Barina. --"Sonny."
	[1907]  London, Religious Tract Society
		239 pp, 3 leaves of plates, ill, 20 cm
	[1912]  Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Co
		239 pp, 3 leaves of plates, ill, 20 cm

Sketches from Normandy
	1906.  London, T. Werner Laurie, Laurie's Colonial library
		frontispiece by W. Dacre Adams, 250 pp, front, 1 ill, 20 cm

South Sea Supercargo / A Selection. Edited with an introduction by A. Grove Day.
A dead loss.--The obstinancy of Mrs. Tatton.--Mrs. Maclaggan's Billy.--Reo, the fisherman.-- Billy Maclaggan and the Fiji ram.--Chester's cross.--Leasse.--The shadows of the dead.--Collier, the blackbirder.--Denison gets a berth ashore.--Denison's second berth ashore.-- Dension gets another ship.--A question of precedence.--A point of theology on Majuro.--A bar of common soap.--The strange white woman of Majuro.--The awful duel on Utuan.--Dr. Ludwig Schwalbe, South Sea savant.--Saunderson and the dynamite.--Saunderson and the devilfish.--Denison gives a supper party.--Denison gets even with Saunderson.
	1967.  Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press
		194 pp, 25 cm
	[1967?]  Brisbane, Jacaranda
		194 pp, 25 cm

Strange Adventure of James Shervinton, and other stories, The
	1902.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		viii, 312 pp, ill, 24 leaves of plates

Südsee: Geschichten aus Ozeanien / [von] Louis Becke; [Aus dem englischen übertragen von Kapitan Carl Hang]
	1969.  Hamburg [Germany], Verlag die Brigantine [Luise F. Dulk]
		306 pp, 17 cm

Tapu of Banderah, The / by L.Becke and Walter Jeffrey
	1901.  London, C. Arthur Pearson, (1st London ed.)
		315 pp, green cloth, 8vo, 15 stories
	1901.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott
		vii, 315 pp,  21 cm

Tessa; The Trader's Wife
	1901.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		231 pp, 19 cm

Tom Gerrard
	1904.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		292 pp, 1 leaf of plates, port, 20 cm
	1905.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
	 	iv, 292 pp, front, port, 19 cm
	1905.  London, George Bell (Bell's Indian and colonial library)
		292 pp, ill, 19 cm

Tom Wallis: a Tale of the South Seas / with eleven illustrations by Lancelot Speed
	[1900?]  London, Religious Tract Society
		pls.
	[1906]  London, The Leisure Hour Library Office
		144 pp, ill, 22 cm
	[191-?]  London, Religious Tract Society
		7th impression, 319 pp, 2 leaves of plates, col. ill, 20 cm

Under Tropic Skies
Alvord's luck.--Gun-running in the South Seas.--The awful duel on Utuan.-- "Dulce est desipere in loco."--Olmsted's adventure.--The pearlers.--The kidnapping of Sandy Costello.--"Kusis."--The traitor.--"Rima."--The supercargo.--Billy Maclaggan and the Fiji ram.--Larsen and the saw-fish.--The comrades.--Ayesse of Manga Reva.--The story of the "Latella."--Trincomalee.--Lida.--The recruiters.
	1905.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		312 pp, 19 cm
	[1920s]  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott
		320 pp, green cloth, 8vo, uniform edition
	[1970]  Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press
		320 pp, 21 cm, Reprint of the 1905 ed.

Wild Life in Southern Seas
	1897.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		2nd. ed., 369 pp, 21 cm
	1897.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, colonial ed.
		369 pp, 20 cm
	1898.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		viii, 369 pp, 21 cm
	1898.  New York, New Amsterdam Book Co.
		viii, 369 pp, 21 cm

Yorke the Adventurer, and other stories
Yorke the adventurer.--The colonial mortuary bard.--"'Reo," the fisherman.--The black bream of Australia.--"Martin of Nitendi."--The river of dreams.--"Old Mary."--Five-Head Creek.--Fish drugging in the Pacific.--John Corwell, sailor and miner.--Poisonous fish of the Pacific islands
	1901.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		iv, 238 pp, 20 cm
	1901.  London, T. Fisher Unwin, Unwin's Colonial Library, colonial ed.
		iv, 238 pp, 19 cm
	1925.  London, T. Fisher Unwin
		254 pp,  19 cm
	1925.  Philadelphia, J.B. Lippencott (reprint)
		254 pp, green cloth, 8vo, uniform edition
	1972.  Freeport, N.Y., Books for Libraries Press
		254 pp, 21 cm

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