1799 A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific
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This voyage was sponsored by the Missionary Society of London, and this account was compiled by William Wilson from his own journals and from those of Captain James Wilson and other missionaries on the voyage.
This vessel, 'Duff', was the very first to sail the Pacific Ocean. It reached Tahiti after 208 days where seventeen missionaries remained, before the boat carried on to Tonga, the Marquesas, the Fiji and Caroline Groups, to Canton.
With the bookplate of Arthur Kelly, Kelly to the front pastedown.
Illustrated, with 7 maps and 6 plates. Collated, complete. Borba de Moraes II pp. 378-9; ESTC reference no T87461.
This is the preferred Gosnell edition of this publication, which has priority over the 'T Chapman... by T Gillet' imprint. The Chapman printing has a different setting and is on smaller paper. This Gosnell's edition has the plates 'J Landseer direxit.' as called for.
A very smart copy of this superior edition.
In a full tree calf binding. Rebacked, with the original boards preserved and the original spine laid down. Bookplate to the front pastedown, Arthur Kelly Kelly. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright. Closed tears to the central intersection of folds to the large General Map and to the map of the FeeJee Islands. Spots to the general map. Otherwise, the occasional light spots to pages.
Very Good Indeed
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