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Spanish voyages to Tahiti and other Society Islands

BRATRING, Friedrich Wilhelm August and Pedro ESTALA.
Reisen der Spanier nach der Südsee, insbesondere nach der Insel O-Taheite.
Berlin, Friedrich Maurer, 1802. 8vo. With an engraved illustration in text and a folding engraved map. Contemporary paper-covered boards with spine label, painted over in gold on the spine and blue on the sides. XX, 238, [1], [1 blank] pp.
€ 2,750
First edition of the German translation of a work on Tahiti and other Society Islands, originally written by the Spanish writer Pedro Estala (1757-1815), and translated and enlarged by the German anthropologist Friedrich Wilhelm August Bratring (1772-1829). The main text starts with a general description of the Society Islands, followed by a more detailed description of Tahiti, with sections on the name of the island, its climate, geography, agriculture, flora, fauna, inhabitants, culture, etc. Next is a list of explorers who visited Tahiti, from Pedro Fernandes de Queirós to James Wilson. The following chapter describes some other Society Islands (Mehetia, Huahune, Moorea, Bora Bora, Tetiaroa, etc.), again followed by a list of explorers. Accounts of two Spanish voyages to Tahiti and a missionary voyage follow. Included at the end are Bratring's additions.
Slightly foxed, some marginal water stains. Binding rubbed along the extremities. Overall in good condition. Du Rietz 412.
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