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George Keate
1789 AN ACCOUNT OF THE PELEW ISLANDS, Journal of Shipwreck Capt Henry Wilson
London: Printed for Captain Wilson, 1789. See photos for condition description. Pictures are of the actual item(s) you will receive. 1789 AN ACCOUNT OF THE PELEW ISLANDS, Journal of Shipwreck Capt Henry Wilson Complete. Quarto: 11 3/4" x 9 5/8" x 1 1/2" thick. Original tissue guards present. All illustrations, including Folding maps and plates present (17). Bound in publisher's original leather binding. Stipple engraved portrait frontispiece of Wilson by James Heath after John Russell and 16 plates (including large folding map, 3 portraits, 4 views, 7 of artifacts, one plan). Third edition, published a year after the first; Keate adds a note to the introduction, commenting on the public's favourable reaction and that the book's main attraction is its portrait of Lee Boo, "[which] unequivocally proves, that a picture of Human Nature, distinguished only by virtuous simplicity, hath been able, in an age of the most polished refinement, to attract so much the attention of the Public". "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 to England, where he made a very good impression. Unhappily, in spite of all precautions, he soon died of smallpox [Keate's] Account was extremely popular, and in 1788 and 1789 four editions were printed … [Click Below for Full Description]
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