London, South Kensington
22 November 2002
HALL, Basil (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° (269 x 205mm.). Half title, 6 engraved maps and charts, one plain and 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates. (Occasional light spotting and offsetting). Contemporary half calf. (Joints and head of spine splitting, rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. 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. 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.
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