An Account of the Pelew Islands, situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean, composed from the journals and communications of Captain Henry Wilson, who, in August 1783, were there shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a packet belonging to the Honourable East India Company

KEATE George


Publisher: London, G. Nicol, 1789. 3rd edition
Description: Engraved portrait frontis., folding chart & 15 engraved plates. 4to. Bound in calf, rebacked & recornered. Some foxing on plates, small corner clipped from title & dedication leaf. Else very good

This account of shipwreck and rescue by exotic `noble savages’ captured the imagination of Eighteenth century Britain. The Antelope’s crew were among the first westerners to make contact with Micronesian peoples. The boy Prince Lee Boo accompanied Captain Wilson back to London, where he died of smallpox. Hill 907

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