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Coulter, John
ADVENTURES IN THE PACIFIC; WITH OBSERVATIONS ON THE NATURAL PRODUCTIONS, MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE NATIVES OF THE VARIOUS ISLANDS; TOGETHER WITH REMARKS ON MISSIONARIES, BRITISH AND OTHER RESIDENTS, etc. etc.
Dublin: William Curry, Jun. and Company, 1845. x [i.e. xi],290pp. plus 32pp. of advertisements. Original publisher's blindstamped green cloth, rebacked with modern blue buckram retaining original gilt spine label. Boards rubbed, spotted and soiled, and a bit faded. Corners bumped, cloth scraped off upper corner of front board. Paper along rear hinge split, but hinge still strong. Light foxing throughout, occasional fingerprint stains. Good. The first Dublin edition of Coulter's account of his experiences in the Pacific on the English whaler Stratford between 1832 and 1836, issued the same year (and with the same pagination) as the London edition. The book includes descriptions of the Falkland Islands, Chile, Juan Fernandez Island, the Galapagos, the Marquesas, and Tahiti. Of particular interest is his time on the Marquesas, which included dressing as a native and being tattooed to the extent of his "complete appearance as a native." The author also describes preparations for sperm whaling and his first experience killing a whale. Coulter's sequel, ADVENTURES ON THE WESTERN COAST OF SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE INTERIOR OF CALIFORNIA, was issued in 1847. HILL 385 (London ed). HOWES C802. SABIN 17142. FORSTER 30.
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]
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