Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood." From 1844 to 1848…. Fred WALPOLE.
Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood." From 1844 to 1848…
Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood." From 1844 to 1848…
Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood." From 1844 to 1848…

Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood."…
Four Years in the Pacific in Her Majesty's Ship "Collingwood." From 1844 to 1848…

London: Richard Bentley, 1849.

Two volumes, each with frontispiece and half-title, 24 textual illustrations; a handsome set in half blue morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spines banded and gilt.

An attractive set of the first edition of this lively account of the Pacific at mid-century.

An attractive set of the first edition of this lively account of the Pacific at mid-century.

Walpole served on HMS Collingwood, the flagship of Rear Admiral Sir George Seymour and the first British ship-of-the-line to enter the Pacific Ocean via Cape Horn since the voyage of Lord Anson in 1741. 'Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Juan Fernández, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Mexico, California, the Hawaiian Islands, and Samoa were visited. The Collingwood arrived at Monterey a few days after the American flag had been raised there by John Drake Stoat' (Hill).

A lengthy note in Forbes testifies to the book's importance to Hawaii. The Collingwood anchored at Byron Bay, Hilo in August 1846. There is a good description of Hilo and the vicinity, and a particularly fine description of the author's trek to see the volcano of Kilauea. Otherwise, there is an account of an official audience at the palace and the king's visit to the Collingwood in Honolulu. Many of his observations on native life and mores was based on the opportunity for first hand description, the result of a fall which led to him convalescing in a place with a view of the Valley of Nuuanu.

A second edition was published in 1850, and an English-language reprint in Paris the same year.

Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 1757; Hill, 1815; O'Reilly-Reitman, 1093; Sabin, 101142.

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