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MARTIN, John
An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands
London,: John Murray, 1818.. Two volumes, octavo, large folding map, engraved frontispiece of Mariner in Tongan dress, three leaves of native music; an unusually fine and pleasing set in contemporary handsome green half calf, spine gilt with red labels, matching marbled boards, endpapers and page-edges. The uncommon second edition of Martin's important account of William Mariner's four years in Tonga between 1806 and 1810.Martin's account of Tonga - Cook's "Friendly Isles" - was first published in London in 1817, this second revised edition was issued the following year and contains a large folding map of the Tongan archipelago not present in the first edition. This detailed and finely engraved map shows outlying reefs and notes the exact point where Mariner was wrecked off the island of Lefooga (present day Lifuka in the Haapa'i group).The work is based on the life of William Mariner, who sailed on the Port au Prince, a privateer which attacked Spanish vessels in the Pacific. They landed at the Hapai Islands in Tonga in 1806, were attacked after a quarrel, and the ship was burnt and destroyed. Adopted by a Tongan chief, and given the name of chief's dead son, he spent four years learning the language and customs of Tonga until, in 1810, he hitched a passage home on an English boat. His account of life on Tonga, prepared for the press by John Martin, is 'considered the best report of Tongan life and culture before the arrival of Christianity' (Hill).There is a significant passage in the Mariner/Martin account relating to the voyage of the Bounty when Mariner visits the grav … [Click Below for Full Description]
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