SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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SHIPLEY, Conway.
Sketches in the Pacific. The South Sea Islands.

London: Thomas McLean, 1851.
Abbey Travel 601; Not in Tooley; Ferguson 15656A; Hill (2nd ed) 1564; Kroepelien 1189; O'Reilly-Reitman 1125; Bobins 1124 & 331.
London: Thomas McLean, 1851.

Folio, a plate of facsimile signatures, and 25 lithographed plates. In original blue cloth with 1/4 red cloth spine neatly repaired, red and gilt titling to the centre of the upper board with complex borders. Bookplate of 'Norman R. Bobins' to front pastedown. Original MS letter by the author tipped in at the beginning. A beautiful copy of one of the great illustrated books of the South Pacific. SCARCE. Shipley sailed from Valparaiso on the 'Calypso' in February 1848. During the next few months, he visited Pitcairn, Tahiti, Fiji, and Samoa. He describes and illustrates each of the four places with lovely lithographs - evoking a world of paradise islands. Coloured plates in order: 1. Title page. 2. School House and Chapel, Pitcairns Island. 3. Christians House, Pitcairns Island. 4. Bounty Bay, Pitcairns Island. 5-6. Papeite Bay, Tahiti. 7. Toup Nicolas' Island, Papiete, Tahiti. 8. Papeite Bay, Tahiti. 9. Houtoua Valley, Tahiti. 10. View in the Houtoua or Fatana Valley, Tahiti. 11. Queen Ariipeas house. Huahine. 12. Coral Church at Papetoai, Eimeo. 13. Mission house, Papetoai, Eimeo. 14. Taloo Bay, Eimeo. 15. Queen Pomare's house, Papeite. 16. Anchorage of Fare. Huhuhine, Society Islands. 17. The settlement of Oaitape, Bora Bora, Society Islands. 18. 'Te ara-Brooma.' Bora Bora. 19. H.M.S. Calypso leaving Bora Bora. 20. Apia bay. Upolu, Samoan Islands. 21. Native Bridge near Vailele. Upolu, Samoan Islands. 22. Village of Letongo. Upolu, Samoan Islands. 23. The Missionary Station at Mbua. Sandalwood Bay, Feejee Islands. 24. Goro Gore. Fete Islands. 25. House of Tanoa. 'Rui Fiti.' Mbau. 26. 'Mbure' or house of a Spirit, Mbau.