A Voyage Round the World; But More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America: Performed in 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. Dedicated, by Permission, to Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. By Captain George Dixon
by William Beresford (fl. 1788)
London:: Geo. Goulding,, 1789. Second Edition. Hardcover. Acceptable. SECOND EDITION. 4to. [iii]-xxix, [iii (including 1 blank, errata, and Directions to the Binder)], 360, 1-47, [1 blank] pp. Gathering D in the appendix at the end is mis-bound, but the entire Appendix is present. 15 of 22 plates present, many mis-bound out of sequence, the plates include 4 folding maps, but LACKS the folding frontispiece; the title-page is torn at the head of the gutter with repairs, paper is toned and spotted, ink spots and smudge at page 262, corner of p. 305 torn away without loss of text, pencilling on the Directions to the Binder page, corners stained on the first and last few leaves. Originally bound with half calf, marbled paper over boards, the spine was re-backed at some point, but the whole thing is now very heavily worn with boards showing through at the edges, spine is gilt titled and ruled with a black leather spine label, the front hinge is broken and is held together only by the leather spine covering, all held together with a thick clear plastic dust-jacket. Ownership blind-stamp of Theodore J. Hoover on the title-page. Also, bookplates of Hoover and The Dorling's Library (manuscript) inserted in an envelope loosely laid-in. Sold AS IS. William Beresford was a Quaker who served as supercargo aboard the 200-ton Queen Charlotte, George Dixon (1748-1795), commander. While Dixon edited, provided the introduction, the appendixes, and the maps for this volume, most of the text consists of a series of forty-nine letters written by Beresford. They make good reading and are an excellent source on the early days of fur trading in the Pacific Northwest. Beresford's text is here complete and provides a salty sea-tale for those who enjoy the genre. PROVENANCE: Theodore Jesse Hoover (1871-1955) was the brother of President Herbert Hoover. Theodore Hoover graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Geology and Mining in 1901. In 1911 Hoover entered private practice as a consulting mining and metallurgical engineer with offices in London and San Francisco. His private practice was very successful; Hoover held positions of consulting engineer, managing director, director, and president of many mining companies in America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. T. J. Hoover could have purchased any copy of any book he wanted, but instead he bought this ragged dog of a book. And now, you can own it too! REFERENCES: Hill states: "The second edition â¦ is not to be determined by internal points â¦ but must have 'second edition' printed on the title page." Hill (2nd ed.) 117 (first edition); Sabin 20364. (Inventory #: GG32215A-038)
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