The Quest and Occupation of Tahiti by Emissaries of Spain during the Years 1772-1776. Told in Despatches and other Contemporary Document Volume III
Publisher: Hakluyt Society
xlix+271 pages with frontispiece, illustrations, folding map at the rear, bibliography and index. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial representation of the ship Victoria to the cover. Translated into English and Compiled, with Notes and an Introduction, by Bolton Glanvill Corney. Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Second Series, Number 43. Volume III of the three volume set. First edition.
In the foregoing passages of this history mention now and again occurs of one Maximo Rodriguez, a youth of Spanish nationality, who having served with particular credit as a foot-soldier or marine in the frigate Aguila throughout her voyage to Tahiti and back, in 1772-3, was selected by the Viceroy of Peru to return in the quality of Interpreter with the expedition which his Excellency subsequently dispatched in the same vessel to the same destination. His diary, contained herein, is for the most part a document of simple domestic interests; but it retains historical value, unique of its kind, though its importance was much greater at the time it was written, when the voyages of Captains Cook, Wallis and Bougainville had scarcely yet come to light.
Corners bumped, unread with many pages uncut, closed tear to page xlix else a very good copy.
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