14 June 2006
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[VANCOUVER, George (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 ... and performed in the years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson and J. Edwards, 1798.]
Atlas volume only, 2o (535 x 430 mm). 16 engraved maps and charts (each backed with linen, spotting and soiling). 19th-century half morocco (rubbed).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION OF ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT GEOGRAPHICAL SURVEYS EVER UNDERTAKEN. Vancouver's Voyage ranks among the most important in exploration literature. Vancouver had served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages and was made commander of a large-scale expedition to reestablish British rights. The Nootka Convention established that the expedition would examine and chart the coast south to 60o in search of a passage to the Atlantic. "This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge" (Hill). Beginning from England in 1791 and sailing round Australia, Vancouver discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood. In three seasons, Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego, met 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 a passage between the Pacific and Hudson's Bay. Vancouver died en route. The present work was published by his brother John with the assistance of Captain Peter Puget. "This is one of the most important voyages for the history and the cartography of the northwest coast in general and of Alaska in particular" (Lada-Mocarski). Hill pp.303-4; Howes V23; Lada-Mocarski 55; Lande 1495; NMM 142; Sabin 98443; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 688; Wagner, vol I, pp.239-50.
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