Jottings during the Cruise of H.M.S. ``Curaçoa'' among the South Sea Islands in 1865. London: Longmans, Green, 1873
In 8s (10 x 7 in.; 178 255 mm). 51 lithographed natural history plates after J. Smit, G. H. Ford, and A. G. Butler (19 handcolored, 32 plain), one chromolithographed plate, partially handcolored, 8 wood-engraved plates and 37 wood-engraved text illustrations, engraved folding map of the South Sea Islands partially colored; folding plate foxed and offsetting to title-page, plates 5 and 18 foxed, 11 colorplates (pl. 28–30, 34, 36–37, and 46–50) offset to adjacent text leaves, preliminaries lightly foxed, withal a bright, fresh copy. Publisher's green fine sand grain cloth ruled in blind, gilt emblem on upper cover, spine lettered gilt, brown coated endpapers; corners bumped, joints rubbed with one short tear to upper joint, lower cover abraded and stained, hinges cracked, one bookplate removed on front pastedown to accommodate another.
First edition. The Curaçoa sailed from Sydney under the command of Sir William Wiseman "for the purpose of displaying the British flag in the different archipelagoes of the Western Pacific" (preface); the ship called at Lord Howe Island, Norfolk Island, Savage Island, Somoa, Tonga, Fiji, the new Hebrides, Santa Cruz, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and the Loyalty Islands.
The voyage was most significant for the natural history researches it supported. The section on birds was written by George Riobert Gray and was limited to species either new or rare to science; it is illustrated by twenty-one plates, all handcolored, after Smit. The other natural history plates comprise reptiles, fish, shells, insects, and butterflies.
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