An Account of the Natives of the Tonga Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean 2 Volume Set: With an Original Grammar and Vocabulary of Their Language (Ca
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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.
Volume 1: Preface; Introduction; 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 Filimoeatoo 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.
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