Item #4106320 A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804; in which the Author visited the principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the English settlements of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island. John TURNBULL.
A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804; in which the Author visited the principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the English settlements of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island.

A Voyage Round the World…
A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, and 1804; in which the Author visited the principal Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and the English settlements of Port Jackson and Norfolk Island.

London: Richard Phillips, 1805.

Three volumes, duodecimo, bound together in attractive contemporary tree calf, spine gilt with crimson label, a fine copy.

Early trading in New South Wales

First edition of a historically significant account of trading between New South Wales ports and the greater Pacific. Turnbull's book was the first serious account of commerce and trade originating from New South Wales. It was an influential book in promoting the idea of Australia as a venue for commercial success. A second edition was published eight years later as a single large volume. Turnbull established new entrepreneurial trade networks between Hawaii, Tahiti, and other islands of the Polynesian south Pacific.

First edition of a historically significant account of trading between New South Wales ports and the greater Pacific. Turnbull's book was the first serious account of commerce and trade originating from New South Wales. It was an influential book in promoting the idea of Australia as a venue for commercial success. A second edition was published eight years later as a single large volume. Turnbull established new entrepreneurial trade networks between Hawaii, Tahiti, and other islands of the Polynesian south Pacific.

Turnbull and his partner Byers, envious of the profits being made by American traders, fitted out the Margaret for a speculative trading venture. They arrived in Sydney from the Cape of Good Hope in February 1801, and Turnbull gives a long description of the town, and the trading activities and agricultural prospects of the colony. They made similar stays in Tahiti and Hawaii (where they learned of Kamehameha's planned invasion of Kauai). Turnbull set up a business in Tahiti curing hogs with salt obtained in Hawaii. He is also remembered for the discovery of three islands in the Tuamotus.

Turnbull was a canny observer and writes lucidly, accordingly his book gives an excellent insight into commerce, politics and social conditions of Tahiti and Hawaii at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Tahitian society is well described, and over two chapters (pp. 57-88) concern Hawaii. Interpersonal relations with the high chief Tamahama are of some interest, Turnbull clearly held him in high esteem: 'No one better understands his interest than this ambitious chief: no one better knows how to improve an original idea. The favours of Vancouver, and his other European benefactors, would have been thrown away on any other savage; but Tamahama possesses a genius above his situation." Political rivalry, desertion, rogue beachcombers, and numerous other contingencies made trade both exciting and profitable for the likes of Turnbull.

However, this is by no means a narrow commercial narrative, it includes acute insights into Polynesian society at a time of radical change. For example, Turnbull informs us that 'the Sandwich Islands are extremely well peopled, all circumstances of their nature and fertility being considered: and the women, according to Mr. Young's account, are said to be more numerous than the men; whereas in Otaheite the women are not reckoned to amount to more than one tenth the part of the population.'

Ferguson, 421; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 367; 'Hawaii One Hundred', 16n; Hill, 1725; Hocken, p. 36; Judd, 176; Kroepelien, 1302; O'Reilly-Reitman, 708; Wantrup, pp. 116-117.

Condition Report: Joints a little worn.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,356.61   Other currencies

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