1985 Fiji Museum Historic Reprint: 'Narrative of Wilkes US Exploring Expedition'
1985 Fiji Museum Historic Reprint: 'Narrative of Wilkes US Exploring Expedition' "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842 By Charles Wilkes, U.S.N – Commander of the Expedition, Member of the Philosophical Society" -Reprint of Volume 3 of the 5 volume 1845 Lea & Blanchard set Fiji Museum, Suva; 1985 – Limited printing of 1000 Softcover, 438 pages. Includes great illustrations of the native cultures encountered. -Chronicles the expedition’s activities on Tonga, Fiji and Hawaii. Taken from the back cover: "This third volume dwells mainly upon the Fijis, - that hitherto unsurveyed graveyard of Yankee whalers and Salem beche-de-mer trading ships – to which the Expedition was directed to pay particular attention, and where it spent three tense, harrowing months from May to August of 1840. Drawn not only from the experiences and observations of the Expedition’s officers and scientific corps, but also veteran Yankee beche-de-mer and tortoise-shell trading captains, and of pioneering Methodist missionaries, the book does far more than simply outline the work and adventures of the Expedition in these islands, it drawing a vividly detailed, quite unparalleled picture of life in pre-Christian Fiji." Included is a 35” x 25" Chart of the Viti Group or Feejee Islands map which was originally issued in a separate folio, in MINT, absolutely pristine condition with its enclosing envelope. Looks fantastic framed!