Item #25592 Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the. George KEATE.

Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the

Item #25592

KEATE, George. 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, and Some of His Officers, Who, in August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, in the Antelope, a Packet Belonging to the Honourable East India Company. London: Printed for G. Nicol, 1788. 1st ed. 4to. Frontis. portr. folding map. plan. 14 plates, three of them portrs. xxvii, (1), 378, (1)pp. Orig. calf boards, rebacked in later calf; some rubbing to extremities but overall a very good copy, internally fine, in a morocco-backed slipcase. Hill, p. 160. "In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Captain Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox. Keate, a literary man, composed the relation from the journals and communications of Captain Wilson and some of his officers." Pages 365-78 contain a vocabulary of the Pelew language.

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