Relation des Îsles Pelew situées dans la partie occidentale de l'Océan
Relation des Îsles Pelew situées dans la partie occidentale de l'Océan

KEATE, George. Relation des Îsles Pelew situées dans la partie occidentale de l'Océan Pacifique.

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KEATE, George. Relation des Îsles Pelew situées dans la partie occidentale de l'Océan Pacifique. Paris, Le Jay and Maradan, 1788.

4to. Contemporary full calf, spine ornamented in gilt and with gilt-stamped lettering-piece; pp. xiv, [2], 384, aquatint portrait, engraved folding map ranging from the South China Sea and Borneo to the Carolines, and 15 mostly folding plates with tissue guards; wear to extremities but firm; several plates with marginal traces of humidity, otherwise clean and fresh.
First French edition, published in the same year as the English edition. In the same year appeared a two-volume French edition in 8vo. In 1783 the Antelope, commanded by Capt. Henry Wilson, ran onto a reef near one of the Palau Islands, a previously unexplored group, and was wrecked. The entire crew managed to get safely ashore, where they were well treated by the natives and eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreck, in which they reached Macao. They took Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, with them to England, where he made a very good impression; he unfortunately soon died of smallpox. Keate, a literary man, composed the account from journals and communications of Capt. Wilson and some of the officers. Among the crew on board the Antelope was the eminent artist Arthur William Devis, who contributed two portraits, that of the king of Pelew and of one of his wives. He had been injured during a Papuan attack prior to the ship being wrecked. Wilson returned with the first collection of Palau artifacts to reach the West, and his illustrated travelogue fitted well in with the concept of the 'noble savage'.

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