Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1863. ix,,268pp. plus folding map and twenty illustrations, including nine tinted lithographs. Frontis. Half title. Contemporary brown pebbled cloth, gilt-lettered spine. Slight wear to extremities, half of rear cover faded and bubbled, front free endpaper lacking. Minor foxing, contemporary pencil annotations on list of illustrations, else internally bright and clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM30378
A charming and descriptive narrative of a tour of most of the major islands of the western Pacific, including Aukland, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Fiji, Samoa, Norfolk, and the Isle of Pines, with a lengthy segment on the Pitcairn Islands. Hood writes extensively on the habits of the numerous native peoples he encountered, including thoughts on anthropology, polygamy, cannibalism, religion, child rearing, and relations with whites. "An informative work, with an interesting description of the Bounty mutineers' descendants at Norfolk Island. Scarce" - Angus & Robertson. FERGUSON 10528. TAYLOR, pp.213,261. HOLMES, p.50. ANGUS & ROBERTSON, INGLETON COLLECTION 6567. AUSTRALASIAN BIBLIOGRAPHY, p.188.