VANCOUVER (GEORGE) A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World, 4 vol. (including Atlas), 1798
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VANCOUVER (GEORGE) A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World, 4 vol. (including Atlas), 1798
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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, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795, 4 vol. including atlas, first edition, 34 engraved plates, charts and maps (of which 16 in the atlas, some spotting), text volumes with half-titles and "Scottowe Hall Library" bookplate, later calf preserving earlier spines (3 covers detached), atlas later half calf, preserved in cloth book boxes [Ferguson 339; Forbes 335; Hill 1753; Howes V23; Lada-Mocarski 55; Sabin 98444], 4to and folio, G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798

Footnotes

  • FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT VOYAGES EVER MADE IN THE INTERESTS OF GEOGRAPHICAL KNOWLEDGE" (Hill).

    Vancouver, having served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages, was made commander of this important expedition which was to be both diplomatic and exploratory. He was to reclaim British rights from the Spanish, and examine the coast south of 60° in search of a passage to the Atlantic. Vancouver sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, and having discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood, and on to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the northwest coast of America. Over three seasons the coast of California was surveyed, with visits to San Francisco, San Diego and other Spanish settlements. Explorations were made in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Strait of Georgia discovered and a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island during which it was confirmed there was no passage between the Pacific and Hudson's Bay. Almost all the names given by Vancouver on the north-west coast of America have survived. Vancouver died in 1798, aged forty, and his Voyage was finished and edited by his brother John in the same year.
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