Adventures on the Western Coast of South America,
and the interior of California: including a Narrative of Incidents at the Kingsmill Islands, New Ireland, New Britain, New guinea, and other Islands in the Pacific Ocean; with an Account of the Natural Productions, and the Manners and Customs, in Peace and War, of the Various Savage Tribes visited.London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1847 Stock Code: 146439
First edition of this account of Coulter's time onboard the Stratford whaler, the book opening with a dramatic account of a successful whale chase. This copy in the original cloth in notably attractive condition.
A ship's surgeon, "little seems to be known of Coulter beyond his personal narratives" (Howgego). A keen observer, and an engaging writer, Coulter offers an informative and highly readable narrative, Hill noting that "the early materials on California and Melanesia are of importance". This work is a sequel to his 1845 account Adventures in the Pacific.
2 volumes, octavo. Original blue straight-grain cloth by Westleys & Clark, titles to spines in gilt, geometric design blocked in blind to spines and as frames to covers, plain endpapers.
With the half-titles.
Binder's ticket to rear pastedown of vol. I, library stamp of Étrépigny, France, to front free endpapers. Spines faintly toned, rubbing to extremities, cloth bright, top edges a little dusty, contents clean; an uncommonly lovely copy in very good condition.
Forbes 1633; Hill 386; Howes C802; Howgego, II, C51; Sabin 17143.
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