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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 432

    VANCOUVER, Captain George. Voyage de Découvertes, a l'Océan Pacifique du Nord, et autour du Monde. Translated by P.H. Henry. Paris: L'Imprimerie de la République, An VIII [1799-1800].

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    VANCOUVER, Captain George. Voyage de Découvertes, a l'Océan Pacifique du Nord, et autour du Monde. Translated by P.H. Henry. Paris: L'Imprimerie de la République, An VIII [1799-1800].

    4 volumes, 3 volumes text and atlas, 4° and 2° (309 x 235 mm and 648 x 493 mm). Text with half-titles, engraved map and 17 plates (vol. 2: small burn hole to Vv3 affecting a few letters, worming at end to Mmm1-Ttt2). Atlas volume with printed title and index, 16 engraved maps and profiles, 10 double-page (small repair to blank inner margin of plate 16). Original pink paper covered boards, uncut and partially unopened (spines evenly faded, some rubbing and light wear to edges, atlas with early rebacked). Provenance: Bibliotheque des Morges, 1802 (inscription on front paste down of atlas); V. Sanchez (ownership signature on half-titles of text volumes).

    FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH, OF ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT GEOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS EVER UNDERTAKEN. Vancouver's Voyage ranks among the most important in exploration literature. Vancouver had served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages and was made commander of a large-scale expedition to re-establish British rights in the Pacific. The Nootka Convention established that the expedition would examine and chart the coast south to 60o in search of a passage to the Atlantic. "This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge" (Hill). Beginning from England in 1791 and sailing round Australia, Vancouver discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood. In three seasons, Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego, met with the Spanish at Nootka, investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca, discovered the Strait of Georgia, circumnavigated Vancouver Island and disproved the existence of a passage between the Pacific and Hudson's Bay. Vancouver died en route. Ferguson 320b; Sabin 98441; See Hill 1753 (English edition); Lada-Mocarski 55.


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