Wilson, James. A Missionary Voyage to the Southern Pacific Ocean, Performed in the Years 1796, 1797, 1798, in the Ship Duff, Commanded by Captain James Wilson. Compiled from Journals of the Officers and the Missionaries, and Illustrated with Maps, Charts and Views. London: T. Chapman, 1799. 4o. marquilla, 6 h. + 395 + C p. + 4 h. (List of subscribers).
Includes seven folded maps and illustrations by William Wilson. Worn covers. Hardcover, spine bound in leather.
Official chronicle of the first missionary trip to the islands of the South Pacific: Tahiti, Tongo, Fiji, the Gambler Islands, among others. The English ship "Duff" first sailed in 1796 towards the South Pacific with approximately 40 missionaries onboard. The first English mission was afterwards established in Tahiti.
This work describes numerous discoveries made on the islands, including the Tuamoto archipielago, the islands of Ongea and Fulanga, Vanua Mbalavu, and the atolls of Satawal, Lamotrek, Elato, Ifalik, and Woleal in the western Carolinas before finally settling in Macao. A new group of islands, the Duff Group, was discovered among the islands of Santa Cruz.
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