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WEST, Thomas, Rev.

Ten years in south-central Polynesia : being reminiscences of a personal mission to the Friendly Islands and their dependencies.

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London : James Nisbet & Co., 1865. Octavo, original blind blocked green cloth over boards (rubbed), spine with gilt lettering and ornament, hinges cracked, verso of frontispiece with presentation inscription ‘Presented to Master Percy Lone for diligence in collecting for Wesleyan Missions, Christmas 1871’, and beneath it a later ownership inscription dated 1957; frontispiece lithographed portrait of ‘George Tubou, King of the Friendly Islands’, pp xv, 500; folding map ‘Chart of Tonga or the Friendly Islands’ with active volcanoes hand coloured (tape repair at gutter), double-page map ‘Harbour of Vavau’; pp 439-500 comprise an Appendix with I. Preliminary remarks on the Tonguese language and II.Grammar; contents clean and bright throughout.

Wesleyan Missionary Thomas West’s account of his long sojourn in the Tongan Islands, from 1845-1855. West made the first translation of the entire Bible into Tongan. His narrative includes descriptions of Sydney and Auckland, which he visited on the voyage out, and Fiji, which he visited on the return home.

Bagnall 5985.