KEATE, George (1729-1797). An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the western part of the Pacific Ocean. London: G. Nicol, 1788. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece and 3 further portraits, 12 engraved plates and maps, of which 3 folding. (First folding map with tiny chip and a few marginal tears expertly repaired, occasional faint offsetting.) [Bound with:] HOCKIN, Rev. John Pearce. A Supplement to the Account of the Pelew Islands. London: by W. Bulmer for Captain Henry Wilson, 1803. Half-title. 5 engraved plates. (Faint browning.) Together 2 works in one vol., 4° (288 x 229 mm). Early 19th-century calf, covers with frames composed of a triple gilt fillet enclosing a foliate scroll tool with palmettes, gilt turn-ins, marbled-endpapers (expertly rebacked with gilt spine tooled to match covers). Provenance: John Winter Crowfoot (19th-century engraved armorial bookplate) – extensive notes on Keate to verso of title in a 19th-century hand – Canterbury Public Library (faint stamps to Supplement plates and *I4r).
FIRST EDITIONS. Hockin's Supplement was originally published as part of the 5th edition, but was also made available separately for owners of earlier editions. 'In 1783, the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. 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 good impression' (Hill). Lee Boo later tragically died of smallpox in England. Cox II, 302; Hill 907.