Jottings during the cruise of the H.M.S. Curaçoa among The South Sea Islands in 1865.

London: Longmans, Green, 1873. First edition. Original Cloth. 1st Edition. Roy. 8vo (25.5 x 18 cm). Original green cloth binding, re-backed with original spine laid down. Collation:[v] vi- xxviii, [1] 2- 487 pp. + 2 chromo -lithograph plates (colored folding frontispiece and village hall Uji), 8 wood cut engravings, 36 in text engravings, 50 lithograph plates (41 hand colored: 21 birds, 7 shells, 8 insects and 5 fish) and folding map with outline coloring. Cloth binding has wear along hinges, more noticeable on rear hinge. The title and author are in gilt on the spine. There is a gilt vignette of canoe on cover. This is and uncut copy with all edges rough. There is foxing on verso of front endpaper, half title page and stub of folding frontispiece plate. Internal condition is very good with tissue protectors for all lithograph plates. The front pastedown has bookplates of James Clifford and Frank S. Streeter. Very Good +. Item #0000113

Ferguson notes that " the author joied the Curaçoa and left it at Sydney." In addition, Hill adds: "This voyage was especially significant for the natural history data collected ("Natural history notices' p. [353]-474). The ship sailed from Sydney under the command of Sir William Wiseman to display the British flag in the different archipelagoes of the western Pacific. Visits were made to Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, and Niue or Savage Island; Samoa, tonga, and Fiji; the New Herbrides, Santa Cruz and Solomon Islands; New Cledonia; and the Loyalty Islands." This is a fine copy in original green cloth binding from the libraries of Clifford and Streeter. (Ferguson, 7376; Hill, pp. 33-34).

Price: $3,800.00

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