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KEATE, George.
An Account of the Pelew Islands. Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals of Captain Henry Wilson, and some of his Officers, who in August 1783, were there Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company.
London: G. Nicol, 1788. London: G. Nicol,, 1788. Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals of Captain Henry Wilson, and some of his Officers, who in August 1783, were there Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company. Quarto (284 x 215 mm). Contemporary reddish-brown catspaw calf by Povey for J. Bence, both of Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire (Povey's ticket to the front pastedown), smooth spine gilt-ruled in compartments, coronet and ship tools gilt, green morocco label, bound green silk page-marker. Engraved portrait frontispiece, folding map, folding plate of coastal profiles, 14 further plates including portraits and views. With the terminal errata leaf. Mild craquelure to spine, extremities slightly rubbed, a few light scuffs to sides, part of front joint superficially cracked, inner hinges firm, mild paper disruption to margin of sig. U4, plate no. 2 closely trimmed along fore edge, part of the frame just shaved, the image unaffected, otherwise a few trivial marks only. An excellent, crisp copy. First edition of Keate's "remarkable" shipwreck narrative (NMM), in a handsome provincial binding. "In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near one of the Palau (Pelew) Islands, a previously unexplored group. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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