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A Narrative of the Briton's Voyage,

SHILLIBEER Lieut. J. (1817.)

£2200.00  [First Edition]

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to Pitcairn's Island; including an interesting sketch of the state of the Brazils and of Spanish South America. First edition. 16 engraved plates, one in bisque, several folding. 8vo. Contemporary quarter calf, uncut, small repair to title page. viii, 179pp. Taunton, printed for the author,

The rare first edition. Although the title page asks for 18 illustrations, only 16 etchings are listed in the direction to binders and Shillibeer adds a note that 16 is complete.

The illustrations are etchings made by the author they include a folding panorama of Rio. Upon reaching Rio, Shillibeer was "ordered into the Pacific to search for the American frigate Essex, then threatening British whalers" (Hill). The Marquesas, Juan Fernandez and the Galapagos were also visited during the cruise. At Pitcairn Island, Shillibeer met John Adams, the last surviving Bounty mutineer and describes the descendants of the crew, giving a charming portrait of Friday Christian. Borba, p796; Hill, 1563.

Stock Code: 216128