Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise. Steen BILLE.
Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise.
Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise.
Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise.
Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise.

Beretning om Corvetten Galathea's Reise.

Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-1851.

Three volumes, octavo, tinted lithographs; uncut in the original quarter purple cloth with printed labels, brown boards.

The first Danish circumnavigation

Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission was the exploration '(with the idea of establishing a colony) of the Nicobar Islands; encouraging and wherever possible forming trade agreements with foreign governments; and scientific exploration and discovery'. Bille's book describes the various visits made: of particular interest are the expedition's calls in the East Indies; at Singapore, Pulo Penang and Java; at Macao, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Canton; Hawaii and Tahiti; and in South America.

Scarce official account of the first Danish circumnavigation. The Galathea made her voyage between 1845 and 1847. Forbes notes that the purpose of the mission was the exploration '(with the idea of establishing a colony) of the Nicobar Islands; encouraging and wherever possible forming trade agreements with foreign governments; and scientific exploration and discovery'. Bille's book describes the various visits made: of particular interest are the expedition's calls in the East Indies; at Singapore, Pulo Penang and Java; at Macao, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Canton; Hawaii and Tahiti; and in South America.

The Hawaiian section spreads to most of three chapters. Though much of Bille's narrative centres on the modern political history of the islands, he also reports his audience with the king and queen, provides an insightful description of Honolulu and even details its social life. The plates are lithograph reproductions of Paul Plum's drawings. Three of them concern Hawaii - one of them a fine portrait of Kamehameha III and his queen. Forbes details the significance of this publication in some depth.

Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 1723.

Price (AUD): $2,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #3302735

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