VANCOUVER, GEORGE. 1758-1798.
A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World; in which the Coast of North-West America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed ... principally to ascertain the existence of any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793 and 1795, in the Discovery Sloop of War and Armed Tender Chatham. London: G.G. and J. Robinson and J. Edwards, 1798. 3 text volumes (only, with a facsimile edition of the Atlas folio). Illustrated with 18 engraved plates, including one map. 4to (296 x 225 mm). Old calf. Some foxing to plates and facing pages, 3 plates at end of vol. 2 with corner stain; vol. 3 rebacked with original spine laid down, front cover of vol. 1 detached, other covers starting; very good. * With: A facsimile of the atlas volume to this edition, Charts to Vancouver. Reproduced by the Replika Process by Percy Lund Humphries from an original in the possession of Henry Stevens of London. 16 maps and views, mostly folding. Folio. Boards. Corners bumped, some tears and darkening to spine.
. "This narrative is one of the most important accounts of the exploration of the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand, and valuable source information about Tahiti and the Hawaiian Islands in the last decade of the eighteenth century. Cowan considered the account to be superior to any of its kind and the chief authority on the areas explored during this period. Vancouver was an extraordinarily capable explorer, having sailed with Cook on the second and third voyages (1772-4, 1776-80) and served under Rodney and Alan Gardner. It was Gardner who recommended him for a voyage in search for a northwest passage to the Great Lakes
Vancouver died on May 10, 1798, his brother John completing the task of preparing and editing the narrative. Among the important features of the narrative are the engraved views ... of the Mission of San Carlos and the Presidio of Monterey, probably the first published views of California. It is possible that the artist sailing with La Perouse, who visited Monterey in 1786, drew a sketch of the Mission, but no views of California scenery appear in the La Perouse atlas" (Streeter). Howes is of the opinion that "of all modern exploring voyages to the Pacific those of Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver were the most important." Cowan p.654-5; Hill, Pacific Voyages
, pp.304; Howes V23; Streeter Sale 3497; Zamorano Eighty