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James Calvert., George Stringer Rowe [ed].
Fiji and the Fijians. / Vol. I. The Islands and Their Inhabitants. By Thomas Williams, Late Missionary in Fiji. / Vol. II. Mission History. By James Calvert, Late Missionary in Fiji. / Edited by George Stringer Rowe
London, Alexander Heylin, 1858.
FIRST EDITION. Two Volumes. Recent ½ burgundy morocco with blind borders and marble boards, spine in six compartments of raised bands and gilt floral motifs, gilt text on two and four, endpapers renewed. Complete with 13 plates (including folding map) and a profusion of in-text woodcuts; while the majority of the plates are wood-engravings, there are three hand-coloured plates, including the frontispiece. 8vo. Aside from a short tear to the folding chart of Fiji in the first volume, and minor damp staining to the upper margin of the “Nambekavu” plate in the second volume (not affecting image), this book is in very good condition; text and plates are generally clean and crisp.
Pagination: Volume 1. (2), blank, frontis, half-title, blank, title, printer’s imprint, preface v-vi, contents vii-x, list of illustrations, blank, 1-266, printer’s imprint, blank, (4); Volume 2. (4), half-title, blank, blank, frontis, title, printer’s imprint, preface, blank, contents, list of illustrations, 1-435, printer’s imprint, advertisements, blank, (4). This is a brief account of both the history of the island of Fiji and its inhabitants, and of the Christian missions undertaken there. Hill comments that this work is “one of the outstanding works on Fiji”. He continues, remarking that: “Reverend Thomas Williams, of Adelaide, Australia, lived as a Wesleyan missionary in Fiji for thirteen years. Reverend James Calvert, considered the ‘father’ of the Fiji missions, worked there for seventeen years. The preface to the first volume gives a few guidelines to the pronunciation of the Fijian language. The book contains information on the origins of the natives, their warlike tendencies, industrial produce, manners, customs, religion, and language. The enormity of the task attempted and accomplished in Fiji is a tribute to the persistent endeavours of the various missionary societies at work in the South Seas".

Coloured plates in order:

Volume 1.

1. Frontispiece. Thakombau, Vu-Ni-Valu, King of Mbau Fiji.
2. Heads of Chiefs in Full Dress.
3. Modes of Painting the Face.

Volume 2.

No coloured plates.

Abbey Travel 603; Hill 1885.
Hand coloured plates
Australasia, Travel/Scenery
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