15 July 2005
BASIL HALL (1788-1844)
Account of a Voyage of Dicovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island. London: John Murray, 1818. 4° (267 x 209mm). One plain and 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates, 7 engraved plates, including maps and charts. (Without half-title, occasional spotting). Contemporary red half morocco, (lightly rubbed), modern morocco backed cloth box. Provenance: George O'Brien Wyndham, third earl of Egremont (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. THE PETWORTH COPY. Captain Hall sailed in the 'Lyra', and the ships having landed the embassy (of Lord Amherst) in China, he went on to explore the little-known East-China and Yellow Seas, together with the 'Alceste'. The appendix includes material left out of the second edition: charts, nautical and scientific notices, and a vocabulary of the Loochoo language. On the return journey Hall had an interview at St. Helena with Napoleon, who had known his father, Sir James Hall, when a boy at school at Brienne. It was with Captain Hall that Sir Walter Scott sailed on his voyage in search of health just before his death. Abbey Travel 558; Brunet III, 21; Cordier 3009.
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