A COMPENDIOUS GRAMMAR OF THE FEEJEEAN LANGUAGE; WITH EXAMPLES OF NATIVE IDIOMS. [bound with:] A FEEJEEAN AND ENGLISH DICTIONARY: WITH EXAMPLES OF COMMON AND PECULIAR MODES OF EXPRESSION, AND USES OF WORDS. ALSO CONTAINING BRIEF HINTS ON NATIVE CUSTOMS, PROVERBS, THE NATIVE NAMES OF THE NATURAL PRODUCTIONS OF THE ISLANDS, NOTICES OF THE ISLANDS OF FEEJEE, AND A LIST OF THE FOREIGN WORDS INTRODUCED
by Hazlewood, David
Vewa, Feejee: Printed at the Wesleyan Mission Press, 1852. 72pp. plus two folding tables; 349,pp. Modern three-quarter morocco and cloth, raised bands. Minor scattered foxing, but generally quite clean internally. Very good. These works were printed by Edward Martin, a Frenchman who was wrecked in an American ship among the Fiji Islands in a hurricane in 1848. Printing began in the Fiji Islands in Buthainambua in 1839 and continued, in fits and starts due to native politics and wars, until it was firmly established in Viwa in 1844. The mission press was the only press in Fiji until a commercial press was established in 1868. "The most notable book printed during this time was David Hazlewood's often reprinted COMPENDIOUS GRAMMAR... and FIJIAN AND ENGLISH DICTIONARY. This was first printed in two parts in 1852 in an edition of 700..." - Lingenfelter. The NUC locates four copies (OC, RPB, IEG, NN). The NSTC adds copies at Cambridge, British Library, and Bodleian. SNOW 4550, 4551. TAYLOR, p.389. LINGENFELTER, p.65.
(Inventory #: WRCAM40586)
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