Item #5000448 An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Great South Sea. Composed from the Journals of Capt. Henry Wilson and his Officers; Who, in August, 1783, Were There Ship-Wrecked in the Antelope Packet. George KEATE.
An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Great South Sea. Composed from the Journals of Capt. Henry Wilson and his Officers; Who, in August, 1783, Were There Ship-Wrecked in the Antelope Packet.

An Account of the Pelew Islands…
An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Great South Sea. Composed from the Journals of Capt. Henry Wilson and his Officers; Who, in August, 1783, Were There Ship-Wrecked in the Antelope Packet.

Stanford (State of New York): Printed by Daniel Lawrence, for John Tiebout, 1802.

16mo., 132, iv pp.; original quarter leather and plain boards, rubbed; a few spots and stains, but in fine unsophisticated condition.

Published by a Quaker printer in upstate New York

An unusual American voyage imprint, and - like other such voyage printings of the period - seldom seen on the market. The small rural town of Stanford, in Dutchess County, upstate New York, might seem a strange place for a Quaker printer to produce an edition of a classic memoir of the South Pacific. Douglas McMurtrie has noted in his History of Printing, "Particularly interesting is the press of Stanford, a Quaker community in Dutchess County, where Daniel Lawrence began to print in 1802. In this year he printed the American Spelling Book by Asa Rhoads, Memoirs of John Roberts and An Account of the Pelew Islands. Other titles show an equally interesting variety of material."

An unusual American voyage imprint, and - like other such voyage printings of the period - seldom seen on the market. The small rural town of Stanford, in Dutchess County, upstate New York, might seem a strange place for a Quaker printer to produce an edition of a classic memoir of the South Pacific. Douglas McMurtrie has noted in his History of Printing, "Particularly interesting is the press of Stanford, a Quaker community in Dutchess County, where Daniel Lawrence began to print in 1802. In this year he printed the American Spelling Book by Asa Rhoads, Memoirs of John Roberts and An Account of the Pelew Islands. Other titles show an equally interesting variety of material."

Keate's was one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London in 1788. In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, wrecked on a reef near one of the previously unexplored Palau (Pelew) Islands. The entire crew made it to shore where they were well treated by the local inhabitants. They fashioned a small boat from the wreck, on which they sailed to Macao, taking with them Prince Lee Boo, the son of King Abba Thule. They took hi with them to England where as happened several times in the voyage period with visitors from the south seas he was widely feted but, lacking any immunity, succumbed to smallpox.

This account did much to reinforce the idea of the noble savage, but was also the main source for early knowledge of the Micronesian islands of Palau. The author, George Keate, was a friend of Captain Wilson and based his narrative on the journals and communications of Wilson and some of his officers, producing one of the most popular voyage accounts of his day. This unusual edition, a testament to the work's popularity, is of some rarity.not in the catalogue of the Hill collection

Not in the catalogue of the Hill collection. See A. Day Bradley, "Daniel Lawrence, Quaker Printer of Burlington, Philadelphia, and Stanford, N.Y.", Quaker History 65, no. 2 (1976): pp. 100-102.

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