Alphonse L. Pinart (1852-1911), anthropologist and linguist,
had established himself as a tireless documenter
of native North America, before turning his sights on the Pacific.
Rapa Nui, in particular, held him in thrall, and his diary
of the 1877 expedition aboard the Seignelay documents the
island during its most depopulated and depressed period. As a
linguist, he was also interested in rongorongo, and attempted
a collection of reproductions of the available texts.
"Early Speculations on Rapanui: Thomas Croft to Alphonse Pinart, 1876,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 18
, Article 17.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol18/iss1/17