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An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean

An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean
With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of their Language
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2012
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108057561

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  • In November 1806, the damaged Port-au-Prince arrived at what Captain Cook had called the Friendly Islands. William Charles Mariner (1791–1853) was among the few crew members spared by the native inhabitants. He lived there for four years. Published in 1818, this two-volume second edition offers an important early insight into Tongan customs and language. As editor John Martin (1789–1869) explains, the structure of a nation's language is vital to the consideration of its history. So successful was the first edition of 1817 - expanded upon here to include 'generally corroborative, and in a few instances somewhat corrective' information from another erstwhile inhabitant - that within months of its publication a French translation appeared; German and American editions soon followed. Volume 1 comprises Martin's extensive introduction and a narrative of Mariner's stay. Volume 2 covers diverse aspects of Tongan society and includes a detailed grammar of the language and 2,000 words of vocabulary.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108057561
    • length: 1006 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 65 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map 7 music examples
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The Port au Prince sails from Gravesend
    2. The ship departs from Tola
    3. The ship plundered by Finow's orders
    4. Disembarkation of the forces
    5. Political intrigues of Toobo Toa against Toobo Nuha
    6. Finow embarks again with all his army for Vavaoo, and arrives at Neafoo
    7. Desertion of one of Finow's wives, and the wife of the prince
    8. Arrival of Filimóëátoo at Foa
    9. Island of Hoonga
    10. Cow Mooala's narrative
    11. Arrival of a canoe from the island of Tonga, bringing a chief
    12. Finow's younger daughter falls sick
    13. Ceremony of Finow's burial
    14. The large fortress of Felletoa rebuilt. Volume 2:
    15. The king annihilates the divine chiefdom of Tooitonga
    16. Anecdote of the late king, character of the present king
    17. Rank in society
    18. Enumeration of the principal notions on which the religion of Tonga is founded
    19. Farther particulars respecting the divine chiefs
    20. Cava root ceremony
    21. The state of the healing art in these islands
    22. General observations on the principal arts and manufactures
    23. General habits of chiefs, matabooles, mooas, women and children
    A grammar of the Tonga language
    A vocabulary, Tonga and English
    A vocabulary, English and Tonga.

  • Author

    William Mariner


    John Martin

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