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An account of the Pelew Islands
Basel: printed by J.J. Tourneisen, 1789. Octavo; faint stain in margin of title and first few leaves, otherwise a very good copy in a finely preserved contemporary binding of speckled polished sheep, red label. Continental edition. Scarce continental edition of one of the most popular eighteenth-century books on the Pacific, first published in London the previous year. 'In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, was wrecked on a reef near Palau (Pelew) Island, 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. George Keate was the author of numerous books of poetry, history, and letters, who counted Captain Wilson as well as Voltaire among his friends. He composed this relation from the journals and communications of Captain Wilson and some of his officers. The Account was extremely popular, and in 1788 and 1789 four editions were printed in London.' (Hill) The publisher Tourneisen issued several such books of Pacific and voyaging interest: in 1788, for instance, they produced the first continental edition of the Reverend Andrew Kippis' biography of Captain Cook.
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