Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842. Vol. III (Only)

Wilkes, Charles

Published by Lea & Blanchard, 1845
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Quarto. XV, [1], 438pp. Uncut. Original gilt and blind-stamped brown cloth with gold lettering on spine. Illustrated tailpieces. Written during four years of exploration in the Pacific, this volumes dwells mainly upon the Fijis, - that hitherto unsurveyed graveyard of Yankee whalers and Salem bêche-de-mer traders - to which the Expedition paid particular attention, and where it spent three tense and exhausting months from May to August of 1840. Drawn not only from the experiences and observations of the Expedition's officers and scientific corps, but also from those of the beachcombing Fiji whites who served as local pilots, of veteran Yankee bêche-de-mer and tortoise-shell trading captains, and of pioneering Methodist missionaries, the book does far more than simply outline the work and adventures of the Expedition in these Islands, it draws a vividly detailed, quite unparalleled picture of life in Pre-Christian Fiji. This volume is lavishly illustrated with 10 vignettes, 12 steel-engravings, and 50 woodcuts in the text. Binding rubbed along edges. Corners bumped (not affecting pages throughout). Closed tear along upper back joint. Previous owner's name on upper fly leaf. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Moderate age-toning along paper margin. Plate facing page 190 detached but present. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good condition. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Narrative of the United States Exploring ...
Publisher: Lea & Blanchard
Publication Date: 1845
Binding: Hardcover
Edition: First edition.

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