BRENCHLEY, J.L.

Jottings during the cruise of H.M.S. Curaçoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865.

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London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Large 8vo (255 x 175 mm). pp. xxviii, 487, with 1 folded coloured frontispiece, 58 plates of which 42 handcoloured and 1 folding coloured map and numerous figures in the text. Contemporary black morocco, gilt lettered spine (joints splitting).

This voyage was especially significant for the natural history data collected

Julius Lucius Brenchley, English explorer, was born 30 november 1816 in Maidstone. 'This voyage was especially significant for the natural history data collected. The ship sailed from Sydney under command of Sir William Wiseman to display the British flag in the different archipelagoes of the western Pacific. Vistits were made to Lord Howe Islands, Norfolk Islands, and Niue or Savage Island; Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji; the New Hebrides, Santa Cruz, and Solomon Islands; New Caledonia, and the Loyality Islands' (Hill p. 33). The first section of the book describes the history, anthropology etc. of the trip, the second section from page 351 descibes the natural history of the region. The first part pp. 353-394, with 21 fine handcoloured plates by J. Smith covers birds by G.R.Gray. Followed by a section on reptiles by A. Günther pp. 395-407, with 4 plates, and a section on fishes by A. Günther pp. 409-430, with 10 (5 handcoloured), a section on shells pp. 431-454, with 7 coloured plates, and insects pp. 455-474, with 8 coloured plates. 'The section on birds was prepared on the basis of material collected by Brenchley during the cruise of the fregatte 'Curaçoa', in the western Pacific. Only birds new to science or particularly rare are noted' (Anker 185). A rare work.

Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Henry Anson and former owner`s stamp on title.

Henze I, p. 349; Hill p. 33.