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SHIPLEY, Conway.

Sketches in the Pacific ...

Stock Code
98358
London, McLean, 1851
£25,000

The finest early views of the Pitcairn settlement, along with hauntingly beautiful views of other islands. A work that evokes the paradise of the South Seas. The work is scarce and rarely appears for sale.

Shipley, a twenty-four year old naval officer, set out from Valparaiso in 1848 aboard the Calypso, visiting Pitcairn, Tahiti, Samoa, and Fiji. The original Shipley watercolours of Pitcairn are now in the State Library of New South Wales.

'Lieutenant Shipley's sketches have a good deal to recommend them. They present us with many picturesque combinations; The letterpress, narrative and descriptive may be consulted with profit and amusement; especially the account of the small colony on Pitcairn's Island, descended from the mutineers of the Bounty' (The Spectator, 1 March 1851).

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Description

First edition. Folio (42 x 32.5 cm), [6], 36pp., tinted lithograph title with vignette, two lithograph leaves containing dedication, list of plates and facsimile signatures, 25 tinted lithographs, original red cloth-backed decorative blue cloth gilt, spine neatly laid down, light soiling to covers, text pages 1 & 27 lightly foxed, plates clean and fresh with the occasional marginal spot, a fine copy.

Bibliography

Abbey (Travel) 601; Ferguson 15656a; Hill (2004) 1564.

Stock ID:98358

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