Item #5000429 The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise. Where we went, and what we saw: being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River. Alexander Wylly HABERSHAM.
The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise. Where we went, and what we saw: being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River.
The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise. Where we went, and what we saw: being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River.
The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise. Where we went, and what we saw: being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River.

The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise…
The North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition; or, My Last Cruise. Where we went, and what we saw: being an account of visits to the Malay and Loo-Choo Islands, the coasts of China, Formosa, Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, and the mouth of the Amoor River.

Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott... Trübner, 1857.

Octavo, with 30 attractive plates; library bookplate and blind-stamp on title, a few spots but generally a very good copy in original brown decorated cloth, spine ornately gilt, a little rubbed at extremities.

The United States North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition

Scarce first edition, reprinted the following year, of this narrative of the United States North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition of 1853-6. Habersham - who later became a tea and coffee merchant - was still a naval officer when he wrote this quite personal account of the expedition. It proved popular, and was reprinted a number of times under two variant titles. Habersham has much to say about Japanese and Chinese customs and ways of life, discoursing on business in Japan, bathing habits, even the value of American brass buttons in Japan. He describes an attack by pirates in Shanghai and the setting free of two Chinese convicts. Of interest is his description of the Ainu people.

Scarce first edition, reprinted the following year, of this narrative of the United States North Pacific Surveying and Exploring Expedition of 1853-6. Habersham - who later became a tea and coffee merchant - was still a naval officer when he wrote this quite personal account of the expedition. It proved popular, and was reprinted a number of times under two variant titles. Habersham has much to say about Japanese and Chinese customs and ways of life, discoursing on business in Japan, bathing habits, even the value of American brass buttons in Japan. He describes an attack by pirates in Shanghai and the setting free of two Chinese convicts. Of interest is his description of the Ainu people.

Under the command of Cadwallader Ringgold, the expedition was charged with verifying and expanding existing chartings of the North Pacific and "to lift the veil that hung between civilisation and the customs and habits of isolated tribes and nations". The five vessels sailed for Asia via the Cape of Good Hope and Batavia visiting Malaysia, China, Japan, Formosa, and Kamchatka and Siberia. With the "nude bathing plate" which depicts the interior of a Japanese bath house with men & women bathing communally; the plate is sometimes excised, and removed from later editions, but is here present (opposite p. 242).

Provenance: The Baltimore Mercantile Library Association (bookplate, and blindstamp on title)

Cordier, 516; Hill, 740; Sabin, 29466.

Condition Report: One persistent small spot in about twenty leaves; slight wear to corners and to head and tail of spine but good in the original cloth, stitching a little loose.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00

US$1,456.46   Other currencies

Ref: #5000429

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