BEECHEY, Frederick William (1796-1856). Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with The Polar Expeditions: performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831.
2 volumes, 4° (277 x 225mm). 3 engraved maps, 2 folding, and 23 engraved, lithographed or woodcut plates, errata slip in Vol. II. Contemporary French dark green half morocco gilt, with the gilt cipher of the King of Belgium laid on to spines.
A FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. KING OF BELGUIM'S COPY. The Admiralty relief voyage to Point Barrow, Alaska was meant to meet Sir John Franklin's overland expedition on its westward progress through the North-West Passage, although the two missed their rendezvous by a mere 160 miles. Yet Beechey's account is one of the most valuable of modern voyages and relates visits to Pitcairn Island, the Tuamotus, Tahiti, Alaska, and the coasts of China and California, with an important account of Monterey and San Francisco. In the Arctic he charted the coastline from Cape Prince of Wales to Point Barrow, and on Pitcairn Island he interviewed John Adams, last surviving mutineer of the 'Bounty.' Hill, p. 19. Arctic Bibliography 1227.