SHIPLEY, Conway. Sketches in the Pacific. The South Sea Islands. London: Published by T. Mclean, 1851. Folio (425 x 331 mm). Hand-colored lithographic title-page, plate of facsimile signatures and 25 lithographic plates by and after Shipley, 14 hand-colored. (Some occasional foxing, mostly in the margins.) Publisher's blue moiré cloth, front cover with title gilt-lettered in central cartouche, red cloth spine, gilt-lettered on spine (spine somewhat frayed along joints, neat repairs at ends, inner hinges reinforced.
FIRST EDITION, WITH AN ALS BY THE AUTHOR tipped to the front flyleaf, 3 ½ pages, 8vo. Responding to a Mr. Bork, Shipley extensively discusses the plates for the book, and the incorrect order in which they have been bound in his copy. Shipley provides a list of the correct plate order, and draws a small sketch at the bottom of the first page to represent one of the images. Abbey Travel 601 ("Most of the material for this work was obtained on visits to various mission stations in the Pacific.") Abbey Travel 601; Ferguson 15656a. A FINE COPY OF THIS VERY SCARCE NEW ZEALAND VIEW BOOK.