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An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands In The South Pacific Ocean With An Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language Compiled And Arranged From The Extensive Communications of Mr William Mariner Several Years Resident In Those Islands

By William Mariner; John Martin (ed.)

1827

Constable and Co. : Edinburgh

6" by 3.5"

(2) [xxxiv] 340; [vii] (1) 234pp. [cviii]

 

 

 

DETAILS

An uncommon two volume work regarding The Tonga Islands, complete with a fascinating fold out map of the area.

Uncommon. The third edition of the work. Collated complete with a folding map and engraved title page to volume one and an engraved title page and an engraved specimen of the songs and music of the Tonga people facing page two hundred and twenty. Part of the publishing serial, 'Constable's Miscellany', established by Archibald Constable. The series contains a variety of less expensive contemporary non-fiction books meant for a popular audience. The set is number XIII in the series but is a complete work in these two volumes. John Martin was a British meteorologist and physician, best known for his work regarding the Polynesian archipelago of Tonga. In this fascinating work, Martin edits the memoirs of William Mariner, an Englishman who lived in Tonga for four years between 1806 and 1810. The work is considered one of the leading sources of information regarding life in Tonga before its influence by European culture through colonialism and includes reference to their music, history and language. A fascinating account of life in Tonga before colonialism, complete with a detailed map of the island.

CONDITION

In uniform half calf bindings with marbled boards. Externally a trifle rubbed. Front board to volume two is detached but present with the front board to volume one held by one cord only and may detach with further handling. Rear hinges are also strained. Contemporary ink inscription to front free endpaper of both volumes. Loss to the head and tail of the spine of both volumes. Internally firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean with age toning and the odd spot, heavier to the extremities. Evidence of worming to the final thirty leaves and rear pastedown of volume two. Professional repair to folding map.

Overall Condition: Good Only

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