Journal of William Lockerby, Hakluyt Society

Journal of William Lockerby, Hakluyt Society

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Thurn, Sir Everard Im and Wharton, Leonard C. (Editors).  ~  The Journal of William Lockerby. Sandalwood Trader in the Fijian Islands During the years 1808-1809: With an Introduction & Other Papers Connected with the Earliest European Visitors to the Islands. 


London, Printed for The Hakluyt Society, 1925 


Hakluyt Society, Second Series. No LII. Issued for 1922. 8vo [218 x 140 mm]; Pp. cxi, [1] blank, 250, [2]. 3 plates including frontispiece, 3 folded maps in rear pocket. All complete as called for. The frontispiece is captioned 'Fijians Visiting H.M.S Providence, Capt. Bligh [1792]'. Publishers blue cloth with blind stamped ruling and decoration with gilt device to upper and lower boards, and gilt  lettering to spine. Bookplate to front pastedown. Minor rubbing along  spine edges and corners. Top corners slightly bumped. Very faint signs of label removed from bottom of spine. Front free endpaper has small loss to top corner, a couple of small tears along fore edge, and signs of removed labels. Half title with faint 'Withdrawn from Stock' printed stamp, and small University embossed stamp to bottom edge. Some very faint foxing to plate margins, and overall to the smaller map (Sandal Wood Trade), otherwise a very good  clean sound and bright looking copy. . 


Till the end of the 18th century very little was known of the Fijian Islands except from scanty reports from a few seaman exploring uncharted waters of the South Western pacific. It was during the first 10 to 15 years of the 19th century that British and American ships visited part of the coast of one of the larger Fijian Islands for the sake of the sandalwood which grew there abundantly. (intro). Therefore William Lockerby's journal was an important account of that time. There are also details of Samuel Paterson's Narrative  of the wreck of the 'Eliza' in 1808. The Journal of the Missionaries put ashore from the 'Hibernia' on an inlet in the Fiji group in 1809, and Captain Richard Siddon's Experience in the Fiji in 1809-1815. 


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