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Title: AN ACCOUNT OF THE PELEW ISLANDS, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed From the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and Some of His Officers, Who, in August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet Belonging to the Honourable East India Company.
Description: Printed for Captain Wilson, 1789. 3rd Ed. 4to. xxvii + [i] + 378pp. Port. frontis., folding map, 15 plates. Signature Bb2 with marginal loss, some very light browning, early signature J. G. W. to head of t.p. and with a seal of the same to front f.e.p., marbled, inner gilt dentelles, contemporary tree calf with gilt tooled border, minor wear with sl. rubbed corners, intricate gilt tooled spine with gilt tooled ‘Three Sails Packet Ship’ to 5 compartments, with two gilt lettered labels, loss across tail of spine, some cracking to firm joints. ¶ In August 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Wilson, ran aground near one of the Pelew islands and was wrecked. These hitherto unexplored islands were investigated by Wilson and his crew, who managed to escape safely to shore. The islanders treated them well, and when, by means of a small vessel built from the wreck, they left the islands for Macao, they took with them Prince Le Boo, or Libu, one of the king's sons. Wilson brought him to England, where he created a very good impression, but unfortunately he later died of smallpox. (European Vision and the South Pacific, pp. 136-7). 'a splendid yarn of danger and adventure in the South Seas and the most thoroughgoing and elaborate presentation of the noble savage in the literature of the South Seas'


Price: GBP 600.00 = appr. US$ 856.79 Seller: Francis Edwards Booksellers
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