NARRATIVE OF THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. HERALD DURING THE YEARS 1845-51, UNDER THE COMMAND OF CAPTAIN HENRY KELLETT...BEING A CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF THE GLOBE, AND THREE CRUISES TO THE ARCTIC REGIONS IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
by Seemann, Berthold
London, 1853. Two volumes. xvi,322; viii,302pp., plus folding map and two tinted frontispieces. Publisher's patterned cloth, spines gilt, rebacked with original spines laid down. Moderate shelf wear, some cloth discoloration. Text somewhat toned, several 19th- century library stamps. Good. An important Pacific and Arctic voyage. Seemann was the naturalist of the Herald expedition, which made extensive surveys along the Northwest Coast and into the Bering Sea. They "explored most of the west coast of America, Galapagos, the Hawaiian Islands, Kamchatka, Bering Strait, Alaska, and the Arctic Ocean. Extensive land exploration was undertaken in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, and Mexico. In September 1846 the HERALD anchored in San Francisco Bay, and the author records a visit to Mission Dolores, at that time occupied by a party of Mormons" - Hill. "At the end of 1848 Captain Kellett was directed to join the search for Sir John Franklin, going through Bering Strait and searching the northwestern extremity of America (Alaska) and the Arctic Sea. As a result of this assignment, the 'Herald' made three separate voyages in these regions" - Lada-Mocarski. Seemann, a botanist, studied at Kew Gardens under Sir William Jackson Hooker, to whom this book is dedicated. His work on this voyage is an important accumulation of specimens from throughout the Pacific, and is the basis for his later work on the palms and flora of Fiji. Contains some material on the Eskimo language. LADA-MOCARSKI 141. HOWES S271. SABIN 78867. HILL, p.271. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3548. WICKERSHAM 6593. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 11602.
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