Item #5000527 Address, on the subject of a surveying and exploring expedition to the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, delivered in the Hall of Representatives... with Correspondence and Documents. Jeremiah N. REYNOLDS.

Address, on the subject of a surveying and exploring expedition to the Pacific Ocean and South Seas…
Address, on the subject of a surveying and exploring expedition to the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, delivered in the Hall of Representatives... with Correspondence and Documents.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1836.

Octavo, old binder's cloth, endpapers renewed, an earlier leather label laid down on spine.

Making the case for what would be the Wilkes expedition

Very scarce. Reynolds began lobbying for a US government-sponsored expedition to the South Sea and the Antarctic in 1827, a campaign that ultimately resulted in the great Wilkes expedition. In addition to its summary of Pacific exploration with commentary, this extensive address includes Reynolds's correspondence with various scientists, and a letter from Thomas Jefferson to explorer Meriweather Lewis on western exploration. "The needs of the whale and seal fisheries are noted, with citations from the experiences of leading masters. The remainder of the volume is devoted to Reynolds's own voyage to the Pacific on the vessel Peacock" (Hill).

Very scarce. Reynolds began lobbying for a US government-sponsored expedition to the South Sea and the Antarctic in 1827, a campaign that ultimately resulted in the great Wilkes expedition. In addition to its summary of Pacific exploration with commentary, this extensive address includes Reynolds's correspondence with various scientists, and a letter from Thomas Jefferson to explorer Meriweather Lewis on western exploration. "The needs of the whale and seal fisheries are noted, with citations from the experiences of leading masters. The remainder of the volume is devoted to Reynolds's own voyage to the Pacific on the vessel Peacock" (Hill).

Michael Rosove has noted (private correspondence) that "Reynolds's "Address..." is, in my opinion, perhaps the most important publications (along with Wilkes's own "Synopsis") of the entire U.S. Exploring Expedition publications aside from the primary narrative and scientific reports. The Address in particular is exceptionally erudite and well written, a pleasure to read, and it is, quite simply, historic".

Provenance: Rodney Davidson (Melbourne collector, with bookplate).

Forbes, 1023; Haskell, 203; Hill, 2, 1444; not in Renard; Rosove, 351-2.A1; Sabin 70430

Condition Report: Early staining (the first ten leaves particularly affected) and some spotting throughout due to poor paper (as is usual with American books of this period).

Price (AUD): $945.00

US$632.62   Other currencies

Ref: #5000527

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