VANCOUVER, Captain George. A Voyage of Discovery to the north Pacific Ocean and round the World. London: for G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798.
4 volumes; 3 volumes text, 4° (315 x 250mm.). Half-titles, engraved map and 17 plates, final 3 errata pages in vol.III (slightly browned, some leaves spotted). Atlas, 2° (565 x 140mm.). 6 engraved plates and 10 folding maps (some lightly spotted). All in original boards, printed labels on spines of text volumes (slightly soiled and bumped, neatly and sympathetically rebacked), uncut, cloth cases. FIRST EDITION. Ferguson 281; Hocken pp.29-30; Wantrup 63a; Sabin 98443; Howes V-23.
"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 ... 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" (Hill pp.303-304). In three years he accurately charted the coast of California and the Northwest for the first time. He also discovered the Strait of Georgia, circumnavigated Vancouver Island and disproved the existance 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. (4)