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The reprint of this work relating to the first contacts between Sweden and New Zealand has been realized thanks to some generous support. A rare copy.

"In an entry in his diary in 1787 the Venezuelan national hero Francisco de Miranda mentions a collection of 'countless curiosities from Otahity, New Holland etc." in the museum kept by Baron Clas Alströmer on his estate in Western Sweden. These objects have now shown themselves to be identical with a collection in the Ethnographical Museum of Sweden, Stockholm.

How could a South Seas collection have come to Sweden as early as in 1787? Dr. Rydén shows that the collection was made by Sir Joseph Banks on the occasion of of Cook's first voyage. The trail leads to a fascinating series of letters from 1777-78, which give Hogarthian glimpses of the life in London, the Court, and the world of science in which Sir Joseph moved. In the background is the ever-approaching threat of war, and the letters culminate with Johan Alströmer's brilliant description of the Royal Navy at Spithead."


Stig Ryden author, published by The Ethnographical Museum of Sweden, Stockholm, 2nd edition 1965, publication No. 8, 121 pages with 32 pages of photographs at rear with fold out map, paper dust jacket with flaps..

Ex library copy with tape discolouration to paper dust jacket (per photo), large abrasion to frontis piece as well as clumsy tape repair. Interior is otherwise clean and tidy.

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