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OWEN, Captain William Fitzwilliam (1774-1857). - [Heaton Bowstead ROBINSON (editor)]. Narrative of Voyages to explore the shores of Africa, Arabia and Madagascar; performed in H.M. Ships Leven and Barracouta, under the direction of Captain W.F. Owen. London: Samuel Bentley for Richard Bentley, 1833.
2 volumes, 8° (224 x 142mm). 24pp. small format publisher's catalogue at front of vol.I. 5 lithographic plates by Hammerton, printed by Charles Hullmandel, 4 large folding engraved charts, 5 wood-engraved illustrations. (Plates spotted.) Original paper-covered boards, paper label to backstrips, uncut (small splits to joints of vol.II). Provenance: Henry Villiers Stuart (Lord Stuart de Decies, 1803-1874, Dromana House, Waterford, Ireland, signature in both volumes).
FIRST EDITION IN VERY FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION. Oates, a hydrographer of the first order, is chiefly known for his highly accurate surveys, many of which formed the basis of the charts that were used well into the twentieth century, in addition Mendelssohn notes that this work 'contains a large amount of varied information respecting many portions of Africa in the first quarter of the nineteenth century.' Mendelssohn II,p.133. (2)
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