Item #5000388 Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the great Loo-Choo Island…. Basil HALL.
Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the great Loo-Choo Island…
Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the great Loo-Choo Island…

Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea…
Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the great Loo-Choo Island…

London: John Murray, 1818.

Quarto, with eight coloured aquatint plates, six maps and charts (two folding);in an attractive contemporary binding of half calf, spine panelled and lettered in gilt between raised bands.

The Amherst embassy and an early account of Korea

First edition of one of the earliest accounts of Korea by a European. Hall captained the sloop Lyra which, with the Alceste, brought the Amherst Embassy to China. Hall made a voyage to Korea and to the island of Loo-Choo (present day Okinawa). "Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until the Alceste and Lyra expedition of 1816-17, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus" (Hill).

First edition of one of the earliest accounts of Korea by a European. Hall captained the sloop Lyra which, with the Alceste, brought the Amherst Embassy to China. Hall made a voyage to Korea and to the island of Loo-Choo (present day Okinawa). "Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until the Alceste and Lyra expedition of 1816-17, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus" (Hill).

The substantial appendices, which run to more than 200 pages (cxxx + [72] pp), include charts, tables of observations, a meteorological journal, an abstract of the Lyra's voyage, a geological memorandum, and a glossary and vocabulary of English & Okinawan words, alphabetically arranged with notes & references to the sentences in the second part.

Provenance: Sir William Bagge (1st Baronet, 1810-1880, British parliamentarian and cricketer; with his armorial bookplate).

Abbey, Travel, 558; Cordier, Sinica, 3009 & Japonica, 469; Hill, 749; NMM Library Catalogue, 523; Tooley, 241.

Condition Report: A very good copy. Some offsetting of text to some of the charts in the appendix, and occasional very light offset from text to coloured plates.

Price (AUD): $5,250.00

US$3,384.51   Other currencies

Ref: #5000388

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