• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 332

    WILSON, William. A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, Performed in the Years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff...Compiled from Journals of the Officers and the Missionaries... London: S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.

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    WILSON, William. A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, Performed in the Years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff...Compiled from Journals of the Officers and the Missionaries... London: S. Gosnell for T. Chapman, 1799.

    4o (265 x 210 mm). 6 engraved plates and 7 engraved folding maps and charts (some spotting and staining, chart of Fiji Islands with a few small tears at folds). Contemporary half calf (rebacked preserving original spine, some rubbing and wear at corners). Provenance: Edinburgh Association of Theological Students (note in ink on pastedown); Edinburgh University, Missionary Association Library (bookplate and duplicate stamp).

    FIRST EDITION of the London Missionary Society's voyage for the purpose of establishing a mission at Tahiti. Setting out from London in 1796, the Duff was the first missionary vessel to sail the Pacific Ocean. After 208 days, the ship reached Tahiti where a settlement of 25 people was established. Although they were befriended by King Pomare I the missionaries met with numerous difficulties on the island including civil war and were finally forced to flee to Australia. Apart from its missionary interest, this work is valuable for its descriptions of Tahiti, the Fiji Islands, and Tonga, along with occasional references to Australia. Cox II:307; Ferguson 301; Hill 1894; Sabin 49480.


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