Lot 167 of 305:
1st Octavo edition of Vancouver's Voyages 1801  

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A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; In Which the Coast of North-west America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed. Undertaken by His Majesty's Command, Principally with a View to Ascertain the Existence of Any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and Performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795, in the Discovery Sloop of War, and Armed Tender Chatham, under the Command of Captain George Vancouver

Vancouver, George


John Stockdale


6 volumes. 28, [33]-410; [2], 418; [2], 435; [2], 417; [2], 454; [2], 412 + [2] ad pp. With 2 folding copper-engraved charts; 17 folding copper-engraved plates, engraved by Landseer & others after W. Alexander, most from sketches made "on the spot" by Sykes, Heddington & others. (8vo) 21.13 cm. (8¼x5"), period diced calf, modern rebacking in tan morocco, spines lettered in gilt. First Octavo Edition. First octavo edition of one of the most significant voyages of exploration aimed at the Northwest coast of North America, delineating its bays, rivers and other features with far more accuracy than had hitherto been accomplished. Streeter, describing the first edition of 1798 goes on at some length: "This narrative is one of the most important accounts of the exploration of the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, and valuable source information about Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands in the last decade of the eighteenth century. Cowan considered the account to be superior to any of its kind and the chief authority on the areas explored during this period. Cowan pp.654-5; Forbes 335; Hill, Pacific Voyages, pp.304; Howes V23; Sabin 98441; Streeter Sale 3497. Provenance: John M. McClelland, Jr.

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Edges worn, endpapers replaced; some short tears to folding charts; foxing; very good.

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