THE HISTORY OF THE TAHITIAN MISSION 1799-1830. WRITTEN BY JOHN DAVIES, MISSIONARY TO THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS. WITH SUPPLEMENTARY PAPERS FROM THE CORRESPONDENCE OF THE MISSIONARIES.

Newbury, C. W.


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Cambridge, The Hakluyt Society, 1st.ed., 1961. Liv + 392 pp., frontis (fldg.) + 20 other plates & maps (3 fldg.) + a chart (fldg.) in rear pocket. D.j., 23 x 15cm. Unopened. Nr.FINE. In the wake of Cook and other navigators who opened up the Pacific, came missionaries, traders, and finally administrators. Among these pioneers was the Welshman John Davies (1772-1855) who spent over fifty years on Tahiti and neighbouring islands. He witnessed the rise of the Pomare dynasty, conversion of pagan natives to Christianity, reaction to attempts at theocratic government, and the gradual encroachment of alien commerce and European rule. Davies was a keen observer and his manuscript history is presented here – edited, annotated and supplemented by the writings of others. His story begins in 1800 with the voyage of the ROYAL ADMIRAL to the South Seas. LIFE IN POLYNESIA IN THE WAKE OF CAPTAIN COOK.


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