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A supplement to the account of the Pelew Islands... ; compiled from the journals of the Panther and the Endeavour, two vessels sent by the Honourable East India Company to those islands in the year 1790; and from the oral communications of Captain H. Wilson
London: printed for Captain Henry Wilson, 1803. Quarto, with five engraved plates, uncut, some toning; a very handsome copy in recent half calf by Bayntun-Riviere, a small tear to the front board. The rare supplement. Very scarce work on the Palau Islands (originally known as the Pelew Islands). The work is known for its handsome engravings after sketches by Captain Henry Wilson himself. Ferguson notes that the ninth chapter describes the visit of the vessels to New Guinea and the death of Surgeon Nicholson, before touching the coast of New Holland en route to Timor. This was written as a companion piece to George Keate's much reprinted Account of the Pelew Islands. It originally appeared as a supplement to the fifth edition, but a few copies are known to have been available separately for owners of the earlier editions to bind or shelve together. As the Hill catalogue notes, 'separately issued copies of Hockin in contemporary bindings are extraordinarily rare'. The Supplement contains narratives of the activities of the Panther and the Endeavour, East India Company ships which spent over a year in the Palau Islands, and surveyed the coasts of New Guinea and China. The two ships had been sent to the region to convey the sad news of the death of Prince Lee Boo to his father Abba Thule, King of the Palau Islands. To palliate the news, the ships also carried gifts of cattle and produce, and the voyage not only established friendly relationships with the inhabitants, but was engaged in teaching them the rudiments of Western agriculture. Importantly, this work also includes a valuable "Vocabulary of the Pelew Language". The Reverend Hockin, like Keate before him, was employed to edit and improve the original manuscripts.
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