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HOOD, Thomas H. Cockburn.

Notes of a Cruise in H.M.S. “Fawn” in the Western Pacific in the Year 1862.

Published: Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1863

Stock code: 97367

Price: £500

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First edition, this copy inscribed on the title page by the author to his son; “John Shapland Elliot from his very affectionate father THCH”, and with later ownership inscription of “A. M. Daubeny (granddaughter) 1942”. Loosely inserted photographic carte-de-visite of Captain Cator, captain of the ship, on whose photographs the plates are based, annotated to this effect verso. “The Fawn steamed out of Sydney harbour in May of 1862, headed for Auckland, New Zealand, which is described in the first chapter. Other sections describe visits to Norfolk, New Caledonia, Isle of Pines, Fiji, Samoa Niue, Pago Pago, and with a lengthy segment on the Pitcairn Islands. Hood provides much detail on native customs, and includes his thoughts on polygamy, cannibalism, agriculture, religion, child rearing and relations with whites. There is also an interesting account of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers of Norfolk Island. An excellent descriptive narrative touching on most of the major islands of the Western Pacific” (Hill).

Octavo (219 141 mm). Contemporary black half calf by Harrison, Pall Mall, marbled boards, red morocco label, low, narrow bands milled in gilt, lozenges gilt to the compartments, marbled edges and endpapers. Tinted lithographic frontispiece and 8 other similar plates, 4 engraved plates and one plan, 5 engraved illustrations to the text, and a folding engraved track chart. Just a little rubbed at the extremities, light browning and some foxing to the plates, but remains a very good copy, and well-presented..

Bibliography: Ferguson 10528; Hill 822

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