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Exploration & Travel Author: Keate, George. Title: Relation des Iles de Pelew situees dans la Partie occidentale de l’Ocean Pacifique, Composee sur les journaux et les communications du Capitaine Henri Wilson, et de quelques-uns de ses Officiers, qui, en aout mil sept cent quarte-vingt-trois, y ont fait naufrage sur l’Antelope, paquebot de la Compagnie des Indies orientales. Impressum: Paris: Le Jay / Maradan, 1788. 1 edition.Subject(s): EXPLORATION, SHIPWRECK, PACIFIC, ISLANDSDimensions ca. 13 x 19.5 cm. (ca. 5.1 x 7.7 inch). 8vo.Collation: [iv], 282. [iv], 274, [vi] pp.With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Cpt. Wilson, a folding map of the Palau islands and Chinese sea, and 12 folding engraved plates and 3 engraved portaits of indigenous population. Engraved by: Gouy, A.M. de. Tardieu, P.F.. Jouan, S.. After: Devis, A.W.. Russell, I. (frontispiece). Kent, Ms.This, the first French edition, appeared in the same year as the first English edition. This translation is attributed to Mirabeau.Bibliography: Cox II, 303. Brunet III, col. 647. Hill 160.Keate’s account of the wreck of the Antelope, just off the coast of the previously unexplored Palau Islands (in the Pacific Ocean). The stranded crew was cordially received by the local inhabitants, and the chief even sent his son Lee Boo over to England on the return journey. Sadly, Boo died of smallpox after five months of attracting much attention in England. Keate compiled this account from the journals of Capt. Wilson and other crew members.2 volumes uniform modern (20th. century) half morocco over marbled boards, 5 raised bands to the spine, gilt-lettered title and volume tickets in two of the compartments, a gilt fleuron in the remaining compartments, gilt ruling above and below the raised bands.Cover condition: Near fine, the leather a little stained.Inside condition: Good: page edges faintly foxed and age-discoloured. Volume 2 with a dampstain to the top margin throughout (affecting text and plates).Biography: George Keate (1729-1797) was an English poet and author. He was educated by Rev. Richard Wooddeson of Kingston upon Thames. Although he studied law, was called to the bar and was appointed Master of the Bench of his Inn of Court, he never actually practised law. He was a poet, naturalist, antiquary and artist, and was one of the founding members of the Society of Artists. He left the Society to become a member of the Royal Academy in 1768. He was later made Fellow of the Royal Society. SHIPPING DISCLAIMER: We offer a standard shipment fee for any international destination (shipment by registered mail through our local postal service) of 15 euro for packages up to 1 kg. For heavier items our cost is often higher causing a surcharge up to 8 euro per kg. We will contact you to arrange for this surcharge.
Keywords: ANTIQUE BOOK-EXPLORATION, SHIPWRECK-RELATION DES ILES DE PELEW-KEATE