Henry Wilson - Relation des îles Pelew - 1793

Henry Wilson - Relation des îles Pelew - 1793
Travels, Navy, Ships - Quantity: 2 - tipped in plates

Illustrated with numerous plates, some of which are very large and folded.
Large folding map.
The text tells, with the help of a good illustrative apparatus, the shipwreck of Captain Wilson and his crew off the islands of Palau. The book was a great success, probably because the testimony gave shape to the myth of the good savage that then raged in Europe.

The Palau Archipelago is located east of the Philippines, north of Indonesia and Micronesia; Captain George Wilson and his crew, serving the East India Company, shipwrecked on the nearby island of Palau in 1783.
The book tells how they were received by the natives and their king and how they lived, until they managed to build a ship to get to Macau.

Georges Keate, using the captain's diaries, reconstructed the account of the Antelope's journey to Macau. The introduction is a bibliographical search for the existence of these islands. The book reports on the customs of the inhabitants.

Two volumes, half leather binding with plates covered with eighteenth-century paper with small flowers. Portrait of the author engraved in copper on the frontispiece, large folded map and numerous plates engraved in copper, some folded and others on full page. Coeval leather, title on a label on the spine decorated in gold (some scratches and small defects). PP. 280 and 272.
Chadenat, 1632. Hill, p. 160. Howgego, W 41.

Two volumes, portrait of Captain Wilson, engraved by Mme Massard. 2 portraits, that of Prince Lee Boo, burin by Mlle Jouan, and that of Ludee, one of Abba Thulle's wives, engraved by Madame de Gouy. The work includes, at the end, a French-Palauan vocabulary.

George Keate - Report on the Pelew Islands, located in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, based on the journals and communications of Captain Henry Wilson and his officers, who in 1783, in August, shipwrecked with the ship Antelope.

Marelibrorum, sold in 2018 for EUR 920.

Full title:
Relation des îles Pelew, situées dans la partie occidentale de l'Océan Pacifique, composée sur les journeaux et les communications du Capitaine Henri Wilson, et de ses Officiers, qui en août mil-sept-cent-quatre-vingt-trois, y ont fait naufrage sur l'Antelope, paquebot de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales.
Chez Maradan, A Paris 1793.

Lot details
Number of Books
Navy, Ships, Travels
Author/ Illustrator
Henry Wilson
Book Title
Relation des îles Pelew
Publication year oldest item
Illustrated Edition
Original language
Chez Maradan, A Paris 1793
Binding/ Material
Half leather
tipped in plates
Number of pages
213×142 mm
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