[GOODENOUGH, V.H., editor]. Journal of Commodore Goodenough…During his Last Command as Senior Officer on the Australian Station 1873-1875. Edited, with a Memoir, by his Widow. Henry S. King & Co., 1876.
8vo. Original decorated navy blue cloth, gilt; pp. xii, 369, 48 (ads.); portrait, 3 maps inc. two large folding maps in rear pocket, 14 illustrations; some foxing of preliminaries otherwise a very good copy with the bookplate of William Wickham.
First edition. James Graham Goodenough (1830-1876) entered the navy in 1844. He served in the Far East until his appointment to the Australian Station. He had instructions to proceed to Fiji, where he was to decide upon the suitability of the islands for annexation to the British Crown. The book contains much about Goodenough's travels among the islands of the Western Pacific aboard the Pearl and also relates details of his time in Australia and Tasmania. Goodenough died when struck by a poisoned arrow on landing in the Santa Cruz islands.