London: R. Baldwin, 1778. ,vii,303,pp. Original blue boards, drab paper spine, contemporary manuscript titling on spine and front board. Light wear and soiling to binding. Contemporary ownership inscription on front fly leaf. Very minor foxing, primarily to outer leaves. Very good and in unsophisticated original condition. In a cardboard slipcase. Item #WRCAM48809
An important early compilation of South Seas voyages, assembled by John Trusler, who drew primarily on Cook's explorations. This would have been the first introduction of many readers to the English advances in exploring the Pacific. "John Trusler is described in the DNB as an eccentric divine, a literary compiler, and a medical empiric. Throughout his diverse career Trusler published many works, on subjects ranging from philosophy to farming, but he was most renowned for his HOGARTH MORALIZED and for his various condensations of famous sermons in cursive-facsimile type for use by the clergy....The [present] work contains descriptions and history of Tahiti and the Society Islands, the Friendly Islands, New Hebrides, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Australia, the Solomon Islands, New Holland, and Kamchatka. It offers lively and entertaining discussions of the customs of the inhabitants of these various Pacific islands" - Hill. A very few copies were apparently issued with a folding map, which is not present in this copy, nor was it present in the Hill copy; likewise, ESTC does not call for a map. Scarce, with only a handful of copies in ESTC. HILL 1719. ESTC T107078.