Item #5000379 History of the Otaheitean Islands, from their first discovery to the present time: including an account of the institutions, government, manners, customs, religion, & ceremonies, of the people inhabiting the Society, the Friendly Islands and the Marquesas: with an historical sketch of the Sandwich Islands. To which is added An account of a mission to the Pacific Ocean in the years 1796, 97, 98. TAHITI, HISTORY.

History of the Otaheitean Islands, from their first discovery…
History of the Otaheitean Islands, from their first discovery to the present time: including an account of the institutions, government, manners, customs, religion, & ceremonies, of the people inhabiting the Society, the Friendly Islands and the Marquesas: with an historical sketch of the Sandwich Islands. To which is added An account of a mission to the Pacific Ocean in the years 1796, 97, 98.

Edinburgh: T. Maccliesh and Co., for Ogle and Aikman, Edinburgh; M. Ogle, Glasgow; and R. Ogle, London, 1800.

Duodecimo, with an engraved view (Matavai Bay) as frontispiece, with the half-title; original marbled sheep, neatly respined and original red leather label laid down.

Hawaii and Tahiti at the turn of the century

Important early compendium of information on Tahiti and Hawaii at the close of the eighteenth century. Despite its rarity Forbes, who points out the substantial Hawaiian significance of the book, was able to identify two states with the introduction either corrected (as called for in the instructions to the binder on p. viii) or uncorrected. This is example of the normal, corrected state.

Important early compendium of information on Tahiti and Hawaii at the close of the eighteenth century. Despite its rarity Forbes, who points out the substantial Hawaiian significance of the book, was able to identify two states with the introduction either corrected (as called for in the instructions to the binder on p. viii) or uncorrected. This is example of the normal, corrected state.

As Ferguson points out the book is of Australian interest too as the section at the end on the voyage of the Duff and the Mission to the Pacific "records the departure of the missionaries in the Nautilus for Port Jackson."

Although fairly well held in libraries – Forbes records a dozen copies, mainly in Hawaii and the US – it is rare on the market: the last complete copy that we have identified as being publicly sold was that at Swann Galleries 2 May 2005 (US$ 1495, wrongly reported by ABPC as $130!).

Provenance: H. Maxwell (old signature on title crossed through).

Ferguson, 306; Forbes, 316; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

Price (AUD): $3,400.00

US$2,236.55   Other currencies

Ref: #5000379