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STEWART, C. S.

A Visit to the South Seas,

in the United States' Ship Vincennes, during the Years 1829 and 1830; including Scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla, the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832 Stock Code: 115104
£575.00
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First English and first illustrated edition; the New York edition of the preceding year was unillustrated. A very pretty set of an important work on Hawaii: "Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (Forbes).



"The first volume relates to Rio de Janeiro, the Cape Horn passage, Valparaiso, and Callao and Lima. Volume two tells of Tahiti, Hawaii, Macao, Canton, Manila, the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena. Stewart sailed on the Guerrière as well as the Vincennes" (Hill). Stewart, was a missionary in Hawaii during the years 1823-1825, and had, in 1828, published an account of his life in the Islands during those years, and in 1829 transferred to the Vincennes as chaplain, arriving at Honolulu in 1829. "This was essentially a diplomatic visit and was marked by great cordiality on both sides. Stewart describes Captain Finch's reception by the kings and chiefs, on which occasion Finch presented a highly complimentary letter to the king from Samuel L. Southard, Secretary of the Navy (on behalf of the President), and distributed a number of fine presents to the chiefs" (Forbes).











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Description

2 volumes, octavo (187 x 120 mm). Contemporary calf, spines with three low, broad raised bands, each decorated with five gilt fillets closed by foliate finials, dark red twin labels, elaborate scrolling foliate decoration to compartments, sides with border of gilt French fillets enclosing a broad ornamental panel in gilt and blind, gilt foliate edge roll and turn-ins, gilt edges, Spanish pattern marbled enedpapers.

Illustrations

Lithograph frontispieces on india paper, printed by Charles Hullmandel, and one similar plate.

Condition

Contemporary ownership signature of Campbell to vol. I title page. Spines toned, extremities just a little rubbed, covers lightly mottled, light foxing to endpapers, front inner hinge of vol. I cracked but firm. A very good set.

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