London: R. Ackermann, Repository of Arts, Strand, . 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. Two volumes in one. 12mo. xvi, 320; [ii], 325 pp. 26 hand-colored plates. 19th century brown blindstamp ribbed clothw with gilt decoration to front board; gilt lettering to spine; yellow endpapers; AEG. Professionally restored with original spine laid down; corner tips missing else a very good copy. Item #17576
Issued as part of the series 'The World in Miniature,' in these volumes Shoberl sets for the character, manners, habits, and costumes of the South Sea Islands. Sections are devoted to the Friendly Islands (tonga), Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), Marquesas, Easter Island, Society Islands (Tahiti), Fiji, New Zealand, Radak (Marshall Islands), Caroline Islands, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, and Pitcairn Island (with details of the Bounty and the Pandora). The illustrations are due to Lieutenant Gardiner for the natives of the Marquesas or in many other instances to Choris draughtsman with Kotzebue. (Forbes 589; Hill 1566; Sabin 80556).