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MARINER, William and John MARTIN (editor).
An account of the natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean. With an original grammar and vocabulary of their language.London, John Murray, 1818. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece portrait of Mariner by Bragg after Mouchet, and a folding engraved map of the Tonga Islands. 19th-century half calf.
LIV [of LVI, lacking half-title], 444; [2], 344, [148] pp.Second enlarged edition of an account containing an elaborate dictionary and grammar of the Tonga language as well as several songs. Volume two, moreover, includes some interesting notes on James Cook, who had named the Tonga Islands the Friendly Islands in remembrance of the friendly reception accorded to him and his crew. With inscription on endpapers and title-pages; volume 1 lacking half-title; spines chafed. Very good set with the armorial bookplate of the Tennant family on front pastedown.l Forbes 487; Hill 1076; Kroepelien 819; cf. Howgego, 1800-1850, M14.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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