First Edition of C.S. Stewart's A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States' Ship Vincennes
A Visit to the South Seas, in the United States’ Ship Vincennes, During the Years 1829 and 1830; With Scenes in Brazil, Peru, Manilla, the Cape of Good Hope, and St. Helena.
Item Number: 85952
New York: John P. Haven, 1831.
First edition of this narrative by C.S. Stewart. Octavo, finely bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles to the spine, black morocco spine labels. Bookplates, in very good condition.
"This was essentially a diplomatic mission and was marked by great cordiality on both sides . In a lively and sympathetic manner Stewart records many changes in Hawaii since his departure as a missionary in October 1825. This narrative is of particular importance for its comments on many of the ruling chiefs with whom Stewart had become acquainted during this first residence . Stewart's acute observations on native life and customs and his description of the changes at court and advances in business conditions and society in general make this a valuable account" (American Imprints 9297; Hill, p. 283; Forbes 798)