Voyages Round the World; with Selected Sketches of Voyages to the South Seas, North and South Pacific Oceans, China, Etc. ... Together with the Report of the Commander of the First American Exploring Expedition ... in the Brigs Seraph and Annawan, to the Southern Hemisphere. New York: Collins and Hannay, 1833. xii, -499 pp. 5 lithographed plates (2 folding). 8vo (224 x 137 mm). Modern quarter morocco. Some foxing.
First edition. Fanning first visited the South Seas in 1797, and during the next 25 years captained or directed more than 70 voyages in the Pacific and around the world, visiting China, Australia, Fiji, Tonga, the Philippines, the Falklands, the Marquesas, and South Georgia. Among the islands he discovered in 1798 are Fanning Island and Palmyra, which was claimed by the Hawaiian Government in 1862. In 1829 he was instrumental in sending out the first American naval exploring expedition, and he was greatly responsible for Congress's authorizing of the Wilkes Expedition. Ferguson 1643; Forbes 839; Hill 581; Howes F-27; Sabin 23780.