12mo., pp. vi, 178; with an engraved title page, an engraved frontispiece and 5 engraved plates; a very good copy bound without the 3 leaves of advertisements in contemporary half calf and marbled boards; morocco label.
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The earliest of several undated editions, priority not firmly established – a popular juvenile abridgement of George Keate’s An Account of the Pelew Islands (1788). Roscoe notes that the edition dated 1789 is probably the first; it includes the frontispiece portrait of Lee Boo but no further plates. Roscoe lists at least four different undated editions but notes that they exhibit ‘worn and reworked states of the engraved frontispiece’, and plates ‘so worn as to give mere ghosts of impression.’ Here all the plates are in fine, strong impressions.
Keate’s Account was the best eighteenth-century work on the Palau islands and on Prince Lee Boo, brought to London by Captain Henry Wilson and educated as an Englishman. The prince was introduced to fashionable life, dressed in Western clothes, and converted to Christianity. Tragically, he died of smallpox after only five months in England. His fate was remembered by Coleridge in ‘To a Young Lady with a Poem on the French Revolution’:
My soul amid the pensive twilight gloom
Mourned with the breeze, O, Lee Boo! o’er thy tomb
Roscoe J170 (3A).
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