VANCOUVER (GEORGE) A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World, 6 vol., 1801
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VANCOUVER (GEORGE) A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World, 6 vol., 1801
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VANCOUVER (GEORGE)
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 with a View to Ascertain the Existence of any Navigable Communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and Performed in the Years 1790... 1794, and 1795... a New Edition, with Corrections, 6 vol., 2 large folding engraved maps (light offsetting, America with some short tears at folds, no loss), 17 folding engraved plates by Landseer, Pouncy and Fittler after W. Alexander, from sketches made "on the spot" by Sykes, Heddington and others (a few imprints cropped), advertisement leaf at end of volume 6, modern half calf preserving original boards, spines tooled in gilt and blind [Ferguson 339; Hill 1754; Sabin 98441], 8vo, John Stockdale, 1801

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  • A good attractive copy of the second edition of the official account of the voyage considered "the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge" (Hill). Vancouver set sail in April 1791, and the expedition took five years to accomplish. Sailing by way of Cape of Good Hope, the southwest coast of Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti and the Sandwich Islands, Vancouver reached the Pacific coast of America, and systematically explored the coastline from San Francisco to Cook's Inlet, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound, discovering the Gulf of Georgia and circumnavigating what became known as Vancouver Island. The charts of the northwest coast are amongst the earliest and most accurate of the time, and he proved beyond doubt that there was no passage between the Pacific and Hudson's Bay.

    Provenance: Gerald Holgate Selous, British diplomat in Canada between 1942 and 1945, and by descent to his grandson.
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