Adventures in the Pacific; with observations on the natural productions, manners and customs of the natives of the various islands; together with remarks on missionaries, British and other residents, etc. etc.
Author: Coulter, John Year: 1845 Edition: First edition Publisher: Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company Category: Australia & Pacific Price: € 950.-
Dublin, William Curry, Jun. and Company. Longmans, Brown, and Co. London Fraser and Co. Edinburgh
1845, 1st ed., x, (1), 290 pp. Later half calf over marbled boards with gilt morocco label, all edges marbled. Contents slightly foxed and occasionally very lightly stained. Ex Bibliotheca Didina et Pinguina (Bubb Kuyper; their sales nr. 41, November 2004, lot nr. 1604).
This is the first edition of this book. A sequel was published in London in 1847 (Adventures on the Western Coast of South America and the Interior of California, etc., Sabin 17143).
The book contains chapters on the Falkland Islands, Chile, Juan Fernández Island, the Galápagos Islands, the Marquesas, the Tuamotu Archipelago and Tahiti. the author also gives an account on whaling, including his personal experience of killing a whale (p.68ff). Overall a very good copy of this scarce true first edition.