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. William Wilson.
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.
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.
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.

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.

London: Printed by S. Gosnell, for T. Chapman, 1799. First Edition. Hardcover. "The London Missionary Society was founded in 1795, mainly to send missions to Polynesia. The voyage of the Duff was undertaken for the purpose of establishing a mission in Tahiti, and a settlement of twenty-five persons was formed. Though the king of the island befriended them, they met with continual difficulties because of the civil wars, and were finally forced to flea to Australia, though they returned in 1815. Apart from the missionary interest of this account, the voyagers made many important discoveries of islands, including Timoe, Mangareva, and Pukarua in the Tuamoto Archipelago; Ongea and Fulanga Islands; Vanua Mbalavu, and Satawal, Lamotrek, Elato, Ifalik, and Woleai atolls in the Western Carolines, before putting in at Macao. A new group of islands, named the Duff Group, was discovered among the Santa Cruz Islands. On the outward voyage, the expedition visited Rio de Janeiro. The narrative is fresh, although sometimes naive, and provides a glimpse of everyday life on the islands that the mariner or naturalist didn't consider worth reporting" (Hill Collection 1894). Quarto: 6 p.l., c, 420 p. with [12] p. List of Subscribers, 7 maps (5 folding), and 6 plates. Modern leather binding, with the previous spine label laid down and new endpapers inserted. Typical offsetting from the plates, with occasional marginal staining a few plates. The contents are otherwise clean and bright. Some light sun fading along the spine; otherwise very good. Very good. Item #74342

Price: $750.00

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