London: John Murray, 1818. 2nd Printing. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7. Fair. Item #8356
Two volumes complete.Square Tight text blocks. Clean interior. Large folding map of the Tonga Islands intact. All boards present but three of four detached. This set is in need of a re-back. Moderate rubbing and wear to boards, spine and edges. A beautiful interior of this uncommon set at a SPECTACULAR PRICE, due to the work needed. Two volumes, large folding map, engraved frontispiece of Mariner in Tongan dress, three leaves of native music; Second edition of Martin's important account of William Mariner's four years in Tonga between 1806 and 1810.Martin's account of Tonga - Cook's "Friendly Isles" - was first published in London in 1817, this second revised edition was issued the following year and contains a large folding map of the Tongan archipelago not present in the first edition. This detailed and finely engraved map shows outlying reefs and notes the exact point where Mariner was wrecked off the island of Lefooga (present day Lifuka in the Haapa'i group).The work is based on the life of William Mariner, who sailed on the Port au Prince, a privateer which attacked Spanish vessels in the Pacific.