20 WEBB, ARTHUR J. The History of Fiji, Illustrated 195


Description: WEBB, ARTHUR J. The History of Fiji, Illustrated... with an Appendix by F.P. Winter.
Sydney, John Sands, 1885, First Edition, 4to, (305 x 265 mm)publisher’s half morocco, rebacked, upper cover gilt lettered "Besse & Black's Illustrated History of Fiji" within a decorative frame, with 36 ALBUMEN PRINTS, mounted one per page on card recto and verso (image 182 x 222mm.), text within red printed border, letterpress descriptions of photographs tipped-in as issued. £5,000.00
RARE. Illustrated with 36 extraordinary "Photographic Views of Fiji", comprising views of scenery, buildings and Fijian inhabitants in Suva, Levuka, Bau, Rewa, and an image of Rokos (the highest rank Chiefs).
Includes an appendix, written by a resident barrister, entitled "Fiji as a country for Europeans to settle in", providing trading statistics and notes on climate but concluding "A person thinking of settling in Fiji must not expect to find an earthly paradise... amusements of any kind are scarce, and there are no local topics of interest".
Ferguson 18276
Technique: Price: £5,000
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  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum