Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea to the island of Lewchew; with an account of her subsequent shipwreck…. John M'LEOD, surgeon.
Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea to the island of Lewchew; with an account of her subsequent shipwreck…

Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste…
Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea to the island of Lewchew; with an account of her subsequent shipwreck…

London: 1818.

Octavo, frontispiece and five coloured aquatint plates; a very good and large copy, edges completely uncut, in old boards.

Barron Field's copy

The second and best edition, with numerous additions and alterations. This famous account of the Amherst embassy to China also describes the voyage out, the calls in the East Indies, surveying off Korea, the visit to Okinawa, another to Manila, and the shipwreck off the coast of Sumatra and subsequent rescue from Malay pirates.

The second and best edition, with numerous additions and alterations. This famous account of the Amherst embassy to China also describes the voyage out, the calls in the East Indies, surveying off Korea, the visit to Okinawa, another to Manila, and the shipwreck off the coast of Sumatra and subsequent rescue from Malay pirates.

Second and best edition: the Alceste brought Lord Amherst to China to serve as ambassador, and specifically to negotiate the China trade, at the time a matter of dispute between China and Great Britain. M'Leod, who was surgeon on the ship, describes the voyage out, the various calls in the East Indies including touching at Batavia, surveying off Korea, the visit to Okinawa, another to Manila, and the shipwreck off the coast of Sumatra and subsequent rescue from Malay pirates. A brief but interesting interview with Napoleon at St. Helena is also included in the narrative.

This was one of the most popular travel books of its time, portraying the Far East to a much wider audience than had been reached by earlier accounts. The idyllic descriptions of Lewchew undoubtedly appealed to the romantic sensibilities of the era. Indeed, buoyed by its success, M'Leod published another work recounting his time as a slaver, A Voyage to Africa, with some Account of the Manners and Customs of the Dahomian People.

This copy belonged at one time to Barron Field who remained in Sydney until 1824, six years after publication of M'Leod's book. Judge, and poet, Field occupied a leading position in the cultural life of the early colony and had a considerable library.

Provenance: Barron Field (with his armorial bookplate).

Abbey, Travel, 559; Borba de Moraes, p. 507; Hill, 1168.

Price (AUD): $2,200.00

US$1,545.43   Other currencies

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