London. 1853. vi,,488pp. plus seven lithographic plates (four in color) including frontispiece, and folding map. Numerous woodcuts. Tipped-in errata slip. Modern three-quarter gilt morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, leather label. Very good. Item #WRCAM19070
"Captain Erskine, in 1849, sailed from Russell, New Zealand, and reached Niue or Savage Island. He visited Manua, Tutuila, and Upolu of the Samoan Islands. Next, Vavau, Lifuka, and Tongatabu were visited, then Fiji, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia, and Port Jackson" - Hill. Erskine includes vivid descriptions of the Pacific islanders he encountered. The color plates depict "Girls and Man of Uea - Loyalty Islands"; "Maunca, Chief of Tutuila, Samoan Islands" and "Thakombau, Tui Viti, Chief of Feegee"; "Man of Tana, New Hebrides" and "Chief of Vate, New Hebrides"; "Inferior Chief of New Caledonia" and "Naisilini, Chief of Mare, Loyalty Islands." The map shows the route of the H.M.S. Havannah in the western Pacific. HILL 568. ABBEY TRAVEL 602.