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Keate's account of the Shipwreck of the Antelope in Pelew  

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An Account of the Pelew Islands, Situated in the Western Part of the Pacific Ocean. Composed from the Journals and Communications of Captain Henry Wilson, and Some of his Officers, who, in August 1783, Were There Shipwrecked, in the Antelope...

Keate, George


Manning & Loring



264 pp. (12mo) 17x10 cm (6¾x4") period tree calf, red leather spine label.

Early American edition of this account of shipwreck, adventure, and discovery in the South Seas. Although the Pelew Islands had been sighted by the Spaniards, the shipwreck of the East India Company's packet near one of the islands brought about the first exploration of the group by Europeans. The crew eventually managed to build a small vessel from the wreckage, in this they reached Macao, taking with them Prince Lee Boo, one of King Abba Thulle's sons, who made a good impression in London but soon died of smallpox. Cox II, pp.302-303; Hill p.160.

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Binding a bit rubbed, front free endpaper lacking; rear endpaper and flyleaf loose; foxing throughout; very good.

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