GEORGE VANCOUVER (1757-1798)
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 at 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. London: G.G. and J.Robinson and J.Edwards, 1798. 4 volumes (text: 3 vols, 4° [301 x 230mm.]; atlas vol. large 2° [540 x 405mm.]. Text: 17 engraved plates, 1 engraved chart. (Half-titles lacking, plates and map spotted); Atlas: 10 folding engraved maps, 6 engraved coastal profiles. (Small clean tears to six maps, maps generally browned, plates spotted.) Contemporary half-calf (text: rebacked to style; atlas vol. rebacked and cornered).
Doddington Library (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF 'ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT [VOYAGES] EVER MADE IN THE INTERESTS OF GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE' (Hill) WITH VERY RARE ATLAS VOLUME. 'Vancouver, who had served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages, was made commander of a grand-scale expedition to reclaim Britain's rights, resulting from the Nootka Convention, at Nootka Sound, to examine thoroughly the coast south of 60° in order to find a possible passage to the Atlantic, and to learn what establishments had been founded by other powers. This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. Vancouver sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood, then to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the northwest coast of America. In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, settled the necessary formalities 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 any passage between the Pacific and Hudson Bay. Before the narrative was finished, Vancouver died; his brother John, assisted by Captain Peter Puget, published the complete record' (Hill). Hill p.304; Howes V-23; Sabin 98443; Spence 1221. (4)