A Voyage Round The World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America; performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. Captain George DIXON.
A Voyage Round The World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America; performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.
A Voyage Round The World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America; performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.
A Voyage Round The World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America; performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.

A Voyage Round the World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America…
A Voyage Round The World; but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America; performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart.

London: George Goulding, 1789.

Quarto, with 23 engraved maps and plates (nine of them folding); the seven natural history plates coloured (one crab plate trimmed to plate mark and extended); an excellent clean copy, with the half-title, in an old Bayntun binding of half dark purple crushed morocco, gilt.

The de luxe form of Dixon's book with Lewin's natural history plates in original colour

First edition: an excellent copy of the preferred but very scarce issue on thick and large paper (the margins trimmed to a more standard size by the binder) with the seven natural history plates by Lewin in special colouring. The number of copies published of this de luxe issue was certainly small, and has at various times been described as 'a small number', 'a few', and fifty, while the Hill catalogue speaks of its 'considerable scarcity and value'. It is certainly scarce on the market.

First edition: an excellent copy of the preferred but very scarce issue on thick and large paper (the margins trimmed to a more standard size by the binder) with the seven natural history plates by Lewin in special colouring. The number of copies published of this de luxe issue was certainly small, and has at various times been described as 'a small number', 'a few', and fifty, while the Hill catalogue speaks of its 'considerable scarcity and value'. It is certainly scarce on the market.

Dixon's account of his voyage in the Queen Charlotte is dedicated to Joseph Banks, and is a companion to Portlock's account of the same voyage; both men had voyaged with Cook, Dixon as armourer of the Discovery. 'Dixon's voyage is important as a supplement to Captain Cook and for its contributions to the natural history of the Pacific Northwest… The work previously done by Cook along the northwest coast of America was mapped more definitely by Dixon, who discovered the Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, and Dixon Entrance and Archipelago while continuing down the coast and trading with the Indians' (Hill). Dixon and Portlock together as far as Prince William Sound, Dixon then following the coast making a series of landfalls. He discovered and closely observed Queen Charlotte's Island, and entered Dixon's Straits, before ultimately arriving at Nootka where he joined both Portlock and Meares. The book is 'an excellent authority for the early days of fur trading on the northwest coast…' (Streeter).

The Queen Charlotte made visits to Hawaii in 1786 and 1787, trading at Oahu and Kauai. The book also includes a long account of commercial transactions at Canton. Though often catalogued as the work of William Beresford, whose letters to a friend signed W.B. form the basis of the work, Dixon added substantially to the text and edited the whole.

'Hawaii One Hundred', 8; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 161; Hill, 117; Judd, 53; Kroepelien, 300 (German edition only); Lada-Mocarski, 43; Wagner, I, p. 207 etc., II, 732-735.

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