Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom…. Captain F. W. BEECHEY.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom…

Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait…
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom…

London: Henry Colburn, 1831.

Two volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double-page map, 23 plates (including four double-page); bound without the half-titles and advertisement leaf found in some copies, but with the rare errata slip called for by Forbes and Hill (at start of second volume); contemporary polished olive calf gilt, spines gilt in compartments between raised bands with double labels.

The 'Admiralty' issue in larger format

First edition of 'one of the most valuable of modern voyages' (Sabin). This is a particularly handsome set of the full-size ("Admiralty" issue) quarto first edition on larger paper, scarce today with the reduced octavo version of the same year more often seen. HMS Blossom was commissioned as a relief expedition to Bering Strait to meet Parry and Franklin on their search for a Northwest passage, and to explore the areas of the Pacific on her route.

First edition of 'one of the most valuable of modern voyages' (Sabin). This is a particularly handsome set of the full-size ("Admiralty" issue) quarto first edition on larger paper, scarce today with the reduced octavo version of the same year more often seen. HMS Blossom was commissioned as a relief expedition to Bering Strait to meet Parry and Franklin on their search for a Northwest passage, and to explore the areas of the Pacific on her route.

The ship visited Easter Island, the Mangarevas (on which Beechey was the first European to land), sailed through the Tuamotus, reached Tahiti and made two significant stops in Hawaii. Beechey gives an especially good description of life in Hawaii in narrating his second visit, the significance of which is discussed in full by David Forbes in the Hawaiian National Bibliography.

At Kamchatka Beechey learned of Parry's return, and spent July to October in Kotzebue Sound, tragically missing Franklin near Point Barrow, Alaska, by just fifty leagues. The next year he continued his exploration of the Arctic, entering Kotzebue Sound from the west. Additionally his book gives good accounts of his stops at San Francisco, Monterey, and Okinawa.

Beechey also describes his important visit to Pitcairn Island, and publishes the detailed description of the mutiny on the Bounty that was told to him by John Adams, the last of the survivors. The fine engravings include two views of Pitcairn, one of California, and five of Okinawa.

Ferguson, 1418; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 772; Hill, 93; Judd, 16; Lada-Mocarski, 95; O'Reilly-Reitman, 849; Zamorano, 'Eighty', 4.

Price (AUD): $9,000.00  other currencies Ref: #4303376

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