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The Journal of William Lockerby, Sandalwood Trader in the Fijian Islands during the Years 1808-1809: With an Introduction and Other Papers connected with the Earliest European Visitors to the Islands [Second Series, No. LII]

Im Thurn, Sir Everard; Leonard C. Wharton (Edited by)

Published by Kraus Reprint Limited, Nendeln (Liechtenstein), 1967
Condition: g+ to vg Soft cover

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Quarto. XXVII, [1], 421, [1]pp. Original blue cloth, with gold lettering and blind ruling on spine. Frontispiece. Until the end of the eighteenth century very little was known of the Fijian islands except from the scanty reports of the few seamen who in exploring the uncharted waters of the South Western Pacific had sighted, and even in very rare cases touched at, one or other of the smaller outlying islands. During the first ten or fifteen years of the following century, however, many British and American ships visited one part of the coast of one of the larger Fijian Islands, for the sake of the sandalwood which accidentally had been found to grow there abundantly. This fascinating volume is a transcription of William Lockerby's manuscript. The author was 25 years old when he sailed from his home town in command of the brig "Active" on June 5, 1810. Preceeding by way of the Cape of Good Hope, Bourbon, Tasmania, Sydney, New Zealand and Tonga, he arrived in Fiji where he traded for sandalwood. The first section of the Journal consists of sailing directions followed by an English-Fijian vocabulary. The second section is an account of the various Fijian chiefs with whom Lockerby did business. The additional documents include Samuel Patterson's account of the wreck of the Eliza (1808); the journal of the missionaries from the Hibernia (1809); Captain Richard Siddon's experiences in Fiji in 1809-15; and extracts from periodical publications (1804-15). This volume is complete with its full-page plates and two folded maps at rear. Minor age-toning to spine. Binding in overall good+ to very good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39259

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Title: The Journal of William Lockerby, Sandalwood ...

Publisher: Kraus Reprint Limited, Nendeln (Liechtenstein)

Publication Date: 1967

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Edition: Reprint

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