Item #5000365 Histoire des Naturels des Iles Tonga ou Des Amis, situées dans l'Océan Pacifique, depuis leur découverte par le Captain Cook… Traduite de l'Anglois par A.-J.-B. Def…. MARINER, John MARTIN.
Histoire des Naturels des Iles Tonga ou Des Amis, situées dans l'Océan Pacifique, depuis leur découverte par le Captain Cook… Traduite de l'Anglois par A.-J.-B. Def…

Histoire des Naturels des Iles Tonga ou Des Amis…
Histoire des Naturels des Iles Tonga ou Des Amis, situées dans l'Océan Pacifique, depuis leur découverte par le Captain Cook… Traduite de l'Anglois par A.-J.-B. Def…

Paris: Gide fils et Nicolle, 1817.

Two volumes, octavo, very good in contemporary calf, rebacked.

The French edition of Martin's important account

Scarce: the first French edition of Martin's important account of William Mariner's four years in Tonga between 1806 and 1810. Not recorded by Ferguson (although copies are in fact held in the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia), and no copy in the catalogues of the Hill and the Kroepelien collections. The Ferguson addenda does however note the English version (684aa: "the first volume includes a short account of Botany Bay given by a Tongan chief and his wife; also references to Cook and Bligh and the grave of Bounty seaman, John Norton, whose death is also described…").

Scarce: the first French edition of Martin's important account of William Mariner's four years in Tonga between 1806 and 1810. Not recorded by Ferguson (although copies are in fact held in the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia), and no copy in the catalogues of the Hill and the Kroepelien collections. The Ferguson addenda does however note the English version (684aa: "the first volume includes a short account of Botany Bay given by a Tongan chief and his wife; also references to Cook and Bligh and the grave of Bounty seaman, John Norton, whose death is also described…").

This translation was by Auguste-Jean-Baptiste Defauconpret (who also prepared the first French edition of the first voyage of Sir John Franklin for the same publisher in 1824). This French edition of Martin was the only one of several translations and editions published the same year as the original.

Mariner was a young British sailor on the Port au Prince, a whaler which sailed in 1805, but spent much of her time attacking Spanish shipping. In the spring of 1806 she captured two ships, the brig Santa Isidora and the corbeta Santa Maria, both of which were then sent to Port Jackson to be sold. The Port au Prince visited Hawaii in late 1806, then sailed with a number of Hawaiian crew. At Tonga the crew mutinied, and most were massacred by the natives, but Mariner came under the protection of the King and lived there as his adopted son for four years. Mariner's story was cited by Byron as one of the two sources for his poem The Island, or Christian and his Comrades, a romantic narrative of the Bounty mutiny. The work includes a grammar and a Tongan-English dictionary, with a further important appendix "on the surgical skills of the Tonga people", with references to similar practices in Hawaii. This is one of the earliest accounts of indigenous medical practices in the Pacific.

John Martin, Mariner's ghost-writer, was a physician and meteorologist of some note.4 stipple portraits, 3 folding & 7 single sheet engraved charts, 7 engraved views, 6 of which are aquatints (4 of these folding), and 7 aquatint coastal profiles (4 of these folding)

Provenance: Frank Hobill Cole (1863–1934, significant Australian collector, with his bookplate).

Forbes, "Hawaiian National Bibliography", 468. Not in Ferguson; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

Price (AUD): $1,450.00

US$937.56   Other currencies

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