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Adventures on the Western Coast of South America, and the Interior of California:
London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans,, 1847. including a Narrative of Incidents at the Kingsmill Islands, New Ireland, New Britain, New guinea, and other Islands in the Pacific Ocean; with an Account of the Natural Productions, and the Manners and Customs, in Peace and War, of the Various Savage Tribes visited. 2 volumes in one, octavo (186 × 113 mm). Contemporary green morocco by J. Kelly, title gilt to spine, raised bands, compartments gilt with foliate arabesques within a broad panel, panelling to both covers in gilt and blind featuring an attractive palmette roll, foliate edge-roll, all edges gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, narrow brown silk page-marker. Minimal shelfwear, light toning, a very pretty copy. First edition. Account of Coulter's time on-board the Stratford whaler, captain Abijah Locke c.1833-6, the book opening with an account of a successful whale chase. A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging writer, Coulter offers an informative and highly readable narrative, Hill noting that "the early materials on California and Melanesia are of importance." Prize inscription on the bound-in original front free endpaper presenting the book to Master Herbert Kelly in 1855. Herbert would appear to be the son of the bookbinder John Kelly, which would explain why this binding is of far better quality than an average mid-nineteenth-century prize binding. A very nice copy of a far from common book.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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