A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, 1796-1798.

Wilson, James, Captain.

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Very good in good d.j. Cloth 8vo. No date [ca 1968]. Introduction by Irmgard Moschner. Facsimile reprint of the 1799 London edition. Wilson's voyage in the "Duff," financed by the London Missionary Society, marked the beginning of missionary activities in the Pacific. Workers were landed on Tahiti, Tongatabu, and on the Marquesas, where the Mangareva group was discovered. xix;c;420pp. Biblio. 7 fld maps, 7 fld plates. > DJ Good | > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-07096

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TAHITI]. WILSON, William (Comp.) & WILSON, Captain James.
Published by Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, No. 151, Fleet Street,, London: (1799)
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Book Description Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, No. 151, Fleet Street,, London:, 1799. Thick 4to. 9.5 x 11.2 in. [12], c, 420 pp., plus 12 pp. subscriber's list. With large folding frontisp. map of the South Pacific (expert repairs to closed tear at gutter margin, old repairs to folds, minor soiling), 6 maps (4 folding), 6 engraved plates (2 misbound). Recent brown half-calf over marbled boards, renewed endpapers, raised bands on spine, gilt ruling, black morocco & gilt spine label (minor soot soiling to fore-edges of textblock, occasional dustsoiling to margins of leaves, including title, occasional spotting), stilla VG bright copy. First edition of this informative work detailing the first British missionary voyage to the South Pacific upon the HMS Duff, compiled by William Wilson from his own journals, those of Captain Wilson, and of other missionaries on the voyage. The ship under the command of Capt. John Wilson, carried 37 artisans and pastors of the London Missionary Society, and their families who were resettled in the South Pacific on the islands of Tahiti, Tonga, and the Marquesas from 1796-98. During his voyages aboard the Duff, Capt. Wilson discovered the archipelago of Mangareva, which he named Gambier in honor of the British admiral sponsoring the expedition. The mission would prove successful primarily through the efforts of Peter Hagerstein, a Swede who was a deserter from the HMS Daedalus in Captain Vancouver's exploring expedition and by 1797 had become a significant warrior and absorbed into Tahitian society. He was able to explain the political intrigue in Tahiti, interpreted for the missionaries, and also warned them when the Tahitians plotted to attack them. The HMS Duff was captured later in Feb., 1799 by a French privateer making this the last voyage that the ship flew the missionary flag of three doves carrying an olive branch. See: Hill, 1894-95; Cox, II, 307; Ian Campbell, "Gone Native" in Polynesia: Captivity Narratives and Experiences fron the South Pacific, pp. 33-34, 162. Seller Inventory # 52991

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Captain James Wilson.
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Book Description T. Chapman, 1799. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Quarto [ 8 X 10 inches ], full patterned leather, gilt title and decorations on spine, marbled end papers; c, 375 pages plus 7 pages of subscribers, 7 folding maps, 6 full page plates, this is a beautiful edition. Seller Inventory # 5585

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Wilson, Captain James, author; Wilson, William, drawings; James Morrison
Published by T. Chapman, publisher; T. Gillet, printer, Salisbury-Square, c. 1799 (1799)
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Book Description T. Chapman, publisher; T. Gillet, printer, Salisbury-Square, c. 1799, 1799. Edition : Second Edition., Expertly rebacked contemporary full calf preserving mottled calf boards gilt dentelled borders flanked by single and double filleted ruling; spine with five raised bands, compartments with central gilt marine motifs and gilt lettered title on red morocco label on two; all edges uncut. , Captain James Wilson (1760?1814), commanded the British ship Duff, which the London Missionary Society contracted in 1797 to convey a team of missionariesto their posts in Tahiti, Tonga, and the Marquesas Islands. Wilson surveyed locations of numerous islands in the Pacific, including Vanua Balavu, Fulaga and Ogea Levu in Fiji, Mangareva in the Gambier Islands, Pukarua in the Tuamotus, and Satawal, Elato, and Lamotrek, in the Caroline Islands. Three years after the establishment of the British mission in Tahiti, the directors of the Society appointed a committee to consider a suitable memorial for presentation to Wilson for his services in helping to establish the first mission in the South Seas. He published an account of his voyage: A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean in 1799.?This voyage was undertaken by the London Missionary Society for the purpose of establishing a mission in Tahiti. A settlement of twenty-five persons was formed. The king of the Islands befriended them, but they met with continual difficulties from the civil wars, and finally had to flee to Australia, returning, however, in 1815 to Tahiti? [Includes] many valuable details regarding Tahiti, the Fiji Islands, the Marquesas, etc. A new group of islands was found among the Santa Cruslands and named the Duff Group? The account is of extraordinary interest for its fresh and sometimes nave viewpoint, and for its descriptions of customs passed over by the nautical and geographical explorer.? (Cox II:307). ?Almost certainly two printers were employed by Chapman in order to speed up the job of publishing this quarto. This edition printed by Gillet is sometimes called the second edition; however, the terms ?coarse-paper,? ?small-paper,? or ?laid paper edition? would be more correct. One may refer to them as the Gosnell edition and the Gillet edition. The text in both printings is the same, but the list of subscribers in each is completely different, the Gosnell edition having twelve pages, and the Gillet edition having only seven, which are not alphabetized. A careful study of these lists gives the distinct impression that the Gosnell edition is the earlier and the more expensive volume. As in the Gosnell edition, the Advertisement to this edition also states: ?The body of the journal is the composition of Mr. William Wilson, from the captain?s papers, his own, and the missionaries? reports.?? (Hill 1895) ?The anonymous editor of this book was Dr. Thomas Haweis, one of the founders of the London Missionary Society. The long ?preliminary discourse? was anonymously written by Samuel Greatheed, using the then-unpublished narrative of James Morrison, one of the pardoned ?Bounty? mutineers. Morrison?s manuscript was also the source for the extensive appendix on Tahiti. Indeed, William Wilson and James Morrison may be called co-authors of this book.? (Hill 1894), Size : Large quarto (285x220)., Complete with 13 plates, maps and chart, all detailing the geography and scenery of South Pacific islands. All plates and maps are present but in an order differing from the book?s table of plates. , References : National Maritime Museum I:632; Hill 1894-95; Cox II:307., P: title, bl., dedication (2), Advert., bl., list of prints, bl., contents (4), 1-312, Append. 313-395, bl., subscribers? names (7), bl., preliminary discourse i-lxxxvii, bl., letter of instructions lxxxix-c. A fine and handsome example with plates and text clean and crisp. Seller Inventory # B5768

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DUFF VOYAGE] WILSON, Captain James; HAWEIS, Thomas, editor
Published by Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, London (1799)
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Book Description Printed by S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, London, 1799. Quarto, with six plates and seven maps (most folding), list of subscribers, errata leaf, library markings but a fine tall copy in modern red half calf by Sangorski. First edition, an attractive copy of the Chapman edition of the Duff voyage. This is the full official account of the first missionary voyage to the South Pacific. The Duff set out for Tahiti in 1796, but visited many island groups, including particularly Tonga and the Marquesas. A new group of islands, the "Duff Group", was discovered among the Santa Cruz Islands. The maps here include a large chart of the Fiji Islands as well as charts of Tongataboo, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas, Tahiti and the Duff Group; the plates include an engraved view of Rio de Janeiro. Wilson is identified as the author of the main body of the work in the Advertisement, which explains that he put it together from the captain's papers as well as his own, and from the missionaries' reports. The Hill catalogue notes that 'the long "preliminary discourse" was anonymously written by Samuel Greatheed, using the then-unpublished narrative of James Morrison, one of the pardoned Bounty mutineers. Morrison's manuscript was also the source for the extensive appendix on Tahiti. Indeed, William Wilson and James Morrison may be called co-authors of this book.'.According to the map expert Dorothy F. Prescott, 'the Wilson book contained a map that actually used the words "Greater Australia" - taking in Captain Cook's map of the south and east coasts of Van Diemens Land. this map would have influenced Matthew Flinders.'. Flinders is traditionally said to have been the first to use the term "Australia" in a voyage context: the Duff account appeared about fifteen years earlier.There is much of Australian interest in the account of the voyage including a mention of escaped Botany Bay convicts, and the flight of several missionaries from Tonga, where three were killed, to Sydney. Some of the missionaries made their homes in Sydney and founded families later to become important in Australian history. Two of the maps with wear at folds, contemporary manuscript corrections throughout, some offsetting, library stamp of "Devon & Exeter Institution" on title-page verso and final page of text. Seller Inventory # 4106065

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