MOURELLE DE LA RUA, FRANCISCO ANTONIO. 1750-1820.

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Lot 3084
MOURELLE DE LA RUA, FRANCISCO ANTONIO. 1750-1820.

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MOURELLE DE LA RUA, FRANCISCO ANTONIO. 1750-1820.
Journal of a Voyage in 1775 to Explore the Coast of America, northward of California…. [London: J. Nichols], 1781. [469]-534 pp. Engraved map. Extracted from Daines Barrington’s Miscellanies. Modern quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Wormholes in lower margin, longer towards end affecting a few letters and map; finely bound.

Possibly the first appearance of this account, translated into English from a Spanish manuscript. This "is the only contemporary source in English of this important voyage fitted out by the Viceroy of Mexico to explore the northwest coast of America. Mourelle served as secretary to viceroy Conde de Revillagigedo and later wrote another relating to the voyage of the frigate Princessa to the Pacific Ocean. His account was used by Captain James Cook on his third voyage" (Hill). Howes records a separate edition of Mourelle's account but in "only a few copies" and of uncertain priority over this issue. See Hill 13; Howes M-438.
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