26 September 2002
EDMUND FANNING (1769-1841)
Voyages round the World; with selected sketches of Voyages to the South Seas, North and South Pacific Oceans, China, etc. performed under the command and agency of the author. New York: Sleight & van Norden for Collins & Hannay, 1833. 8° (230 x 145mm.). Lithographic frontispiece and 4 plates (2 folding). (Some spotting). Original boards (re-backed to style, modern paper-label).
FIRST EDITION. 'Captain Fanning of Stonington, Connecticut, sailed for the South Seas in 1792, on a voyage for sealskins, and during the next twenty-five years made voyages to the Pacific and around the world, visiting Australia, the desolate lands of South Georgia and the islanders of Fiji, Tonga, and the Marquesas. He discovered several islands, including one which still bears his name... [The present work also includes] an account of the first American naval exploring expedition to the southern hemisphere, 1829-30,... commanded by Benjamin Pendleton' (Hill). Rosove notes that 'Fanning did not visit the Antarctic himself: his accounts were related by his captains.' Conrad p.35; Hill p.100; Rosove 119.A1 ('Scarce'); Sabin 23780; Spence 454.
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