1799 1ed Missionary Voyages to South Sea Pacific TAHITI Duff Fiji MAPS Brazil

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A rare, first edition account of the first missionary voyage to the South Pacific. ‘The Duff’ set sail for Tahiti in 1796 but stopped at various other islands including Tonga and the Marquesas. This collection of islands is often referred to as ‘The Duff Group’, which was discovered amongst the Santa Cruz islands. The work was written by a collection of hands including William Wilson, Samuel Greatheed, James Morrison, and others.

 

The ‘Hill Catalogue’ says of this work,

The voyage of the Duff was undertaken for the purpose of establishing a mission in Tahiti, and a settlement of 25 persons was formed. [Due to civil wars] they were forced to flee to Australia, though they returned in 1815. Apart from the missionary interest of this account, the voyagers made many important discoveries of islands…A new group of islands, the Duff Group, was discovered among the Santa Cruz islands. On the outward voyage, the expedition visited Rio de Janiero. The narrative is fresh, though sometimes naive, and provides a glimpse of everyday life on the islands that the mariner or naturalist didn’t consider worth reporting.”

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1799 1ed Missionary Voyages to South Sea Pacific TAHITI Duff Fiji MAPS Brazil

 

A rare, first edition account of the first missionary voyage to the South Pacific. ‘The Duff’ set sail for Tahiti in 1796 but stopped at various other islands including Tonga and the Marquesas. This collection of islands is often referred to as ‘The Duff Group’, which was discovered amongst the Santa Cruz islands. The work was written by a collection of hands including William Wilson, Samuel Greatheed, James Morrison, and others.

 

The ‘Hill Catalogue’ says of this work,

The voyage of the Duff was undertaken for the purpose of establishing a mission in Tahiti, and a settlement of 25 persons was formed. [Due to civil wars] they were forced to flee to Australia, though they returned in 1815. Apart from the missionary interest of this account, the voyagers made many important discoveries of islands…A new group of islands, the Duff Group, was discovered among the Santa Cruz islands. On the outward voyage, the expedition visited Rio de Janiero. The narrative is fresh, though sometimes naive, and provides a glimpse of everyday life on the islands that the mariner or naturalist didn’t consider worth reporting.”

 

Item number: #917

Price: $1750

 

London Missionary Society

 

A Missionary voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, performed in the years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff, commanded by Captain James Wilson : Compiled from journals of the officers and the missionaries and illustrated with maps, charts, and views, drawn by Mr. William Wilson, and engraved by the most eminent artists. With a preliminary discourse on the geography and history of the South Sea Islands; and an appendix, including details never before published, of the natural and civil state of Otaheite; by a committee appointed for the purpose by the directors of the Missionary Society. Published for the benefit of the society.

 

London : Printed for T. Chapman, No. 151, Fleet-Street, By T. Gillet, Salisbury-Square, 1799. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation complete with all pages: [12], c, 395, [9]
    • Illustrated with 6 plates and 7 maps (6 folding)
      • Fiji Islands, charts of Tongataboo
      • Gambier Islands
      • The Marquesas
      • Tahiti and the Duff Group
      • View of Rio de Janeiro
    • Binding: tight and secure leather binding
    • References: Hill, Pacific Voyages, 1894; Sabin 49480
      • Sabin: “on large paper…included in Cavendish Pelham’s The World, or, the Present State of the Universe.”
    • Language: English
    • Size: ~10.5in X 8.5in (27cm x 21.5cm)

 

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917

Category

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

London Missionary Society

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete