MILNER, Reverend John, and Oswald W. BRIERLY. The Cruise of HMS Galatea, Captain HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, in 1867-1868. London, W. H. Allen, 1869.
8vo. Original blue cloth, decorated and lettered in gilt; pp. xii, 487, 24 (advertisements); original laid-down oval photo portrait as frontispiece and 11 tinted and chromolithographic plates, a few black and white illustrations in the text (one on a plate), large folding map at rear (repairs to folds); light marking to cloth, front hinge strengthened, here and there a little spotted, plates with humidity spot to upper outer corners, never affecting printed surface; a good copy in the rarely seen original publisher's cloth binding; bookplate Frederick E. Ellis, Shaw Island, inside front cover.
First edition of this account of the circumnavigation, including a visit to the British colonies in Australia, New Zealand, India and Hong Kong, conducted by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh (1844-1900) in 1867 and 1868. Eight of the twelve chapters are devoted to Australia, thirty pages are on Tristan da Cunha.- The number of plates seems to vary a bit from copy to copy and the publishers did not include a list of illustrations.
Provenance: Frederic E. Ellis (1917-2010, 'the Father of Shaw Island') was a noted American philanthropist, philosopher, and island conservationist who loved sailing. He crossed the Atlantic four times.