Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions […] in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28. Frederick William BEECHEY.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions […] in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions […] in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28.

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 […] in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831.

Two volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double page map, and 23 plates, all but four of which are engraved, the others lithographed; with the additional half-page errata slip in vol. 1; an excellent and large copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in the original plain grey boards, spines and labels renewed; the front covers boldly titled in ink capital letters; remnants of similarly hand-lettered spines preserved at the back of each volume.

Miss Giffard's copy in original boards, boldly lettered

First edition of 'one of the most valuable of modern voyages' (Sabin). 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, Pitcairn Island, and the Mangarevas (where Beechey was the first European to land), sailed through the Tuamotus, reached Tahiti and made a stop in Hawaii. At Kamchatka Beechey learned of Parry's return, and spent July to October in Kotzebue Sound, tragically missing Franklin near Point Barrow, Alaska, by fifty leagues. The next year he continued his exploration of the Arctic, entering Kotzebue Sound from the west. His book gives especially good accounts of his visits to San Francisco, Monterey, Honolulu, and Okinawa.

First edition of 'one of the most valuable of modern voyages' (Sabin). 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, Pitcairn Island, and the Mangarevas (where Beechey was the first European to land), sailed through the Tuamotus, reached Tahiti and made a stop in Hawaii. At Kamchatka Beechey learned of Parry's return, and spent July to October in Kotzebue Sound, tragically missing Franklin near Point Barrow, Alaska, by fifty leagues. The next year he continued his exploration of the Arctic, entering Kotzebue Sound from the west. His book gives especially good accounts of his visits to San Francisco, Monterey, Honolulu, and Okinawa.

Forbes has discussed the book at length in the Hawaiian National Bibliography with respect to the two important visits that the expedition made to Hawaii in 1826 and 1827, an important time in the history of the islands, and falling either side of the signing of the treaty of alliance between Hawaii and the United States.

Beechey 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. This is one of the most important accounts of the mutiny and the fate of the mutineers, and this version of the history of the mutiny and events on Pitcairn is enlivened by two fine engraved views of the island by Captain Beechey himself, as well as the very famous portrait of Adams aged 65, from an original sketch by Richard Beechey. There are also many other views, including one of California, and five of Okinawa.

This is the so-called "Admiralty" quarto edition, which preceded the lesser octavo edition of the same year. This splendid copy was originally owned by an important woman collector (see Charlotte Priddle, Eliza Giffard and Her Books, 1797-2015: The Legacies of a Regency Library, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2017), pp. 153-170). Miss Giffard was a subscriber to a number of voyage books that solicited subscriptions, including Watkin Tench's First Fleet books. Tench's patron was William Watkins Wynne, Giffard's near neighbour at Nerquis (now Nercwys) near Mold in Flintshire, Wales.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Ferguson, 1418; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 772; 'Hawaii One Hundred', 43; Hill, 93; Hocken, p. 49; Judd, 16; Lada-Mocarski, 95; O'Reilly-Reitman, 849; Zamorano, 'Eighty', 4.

Price (AUD): $12,850.00  other currencies Ref: #4505119

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