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WOOD, C.F. - A Yachting Cruise in the South Seas.

London, Henry S. King 1875. Octavo half morocco (scuffed); 221pp, 6 autotype photo plates. Ex-parliamentary library copy with their gilt crest on front board and incorporated into the spine, no other markings. Scattered foxing but certainly a good enough copy. ¶ First edition and the more desirable issue. Copies were issued with or without the photo plates and naturally enough those with are harder to find. Wood had a darkroom installed in his schooner and accompanied by photographer George Smith set off to record the 'primitive condition' of the Polynesians before their destruction by 'speculative, money-grasping Europeans'. His opinion of the natives is not high ('self satisfied, lotus eating Polynesians, whose character is as plastic as clay') but it's not as sour as his view of 'civilization', particularly the Wesleyan missionaries.
AUD 200.00 [Appr.: EURO 124.25 US$ 145.74 | £UK 111.75 | JP¥ 16414] Book number 7145

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