Paris, 1802. Six volumes, including atlas with seventeen plates and nine maps (eight folding). Contemporary tree calf, gilt morocco label. Contemporary bookplate on front pastedown of first volume. Light scattered foxing. Very good plus. Second French edition of Capt. George Vancouver's voyage and exploration of the northwestern Pacific coast. Vancouver, who served as a midshipman on the voyages of Cook, was placed in command of an expedition to the Northwest Coast to determine England's rights under the Nootka Sound convention of 1790. The ships of the expedition reached the Northwest Coast in 1792 and spent two years in surveying the coastline, resulting in the most precise maps of the Northwest made up to that time, or for many years thereafter. Vancouver remained on the coast until 1794 and returned to England in 1795. The expedition visited Hawaii several times as well. He spent the rest of his life preparing his material for publication, although he did not live to see it, dying in 1798 at the age of forty. This is the most important British voyage to the West Coast after Cook, and a basic early California and Northwest Coast work, as well as being one of the primary early Hawaii books. SABIN 98442. HOWES V23, "aa." HILL 1753 (ref). TPL 688 (ref). (Inventory #: WRCAM50607)
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