Vancouver, Captain George. 1758-1798. Voyages de Decourvertes, a l'Ocean Pacifique du Nord et autour du Monde. Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, an VIII [1799-1800].

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Vancouver, Captain George. 1758-1798.
Voyages de Decourvertes, a l'Ocean Pacifique du Nord et autour du Monde. Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, an VIII [1799-1800].

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Vancouver, Captain George. 1758-1798.
Voyages de Decourvertes, a l'Ocean Pacifique du Nord et autour du Monde. Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, an VIII [1799-1800].
4 volumes, including atlas volume. 4to and folio. Text vols 280 x 220 mm, atlas 650 x 410 mm. Text with half-titles, titles all inscribed in Spanish by the Commander General de Indias, engraved map and 17 folding engraved plates, the plates slightly browned, early leaves of text in volume 2 restored at lower margins not affecting text. Atlas with half-title, and 16 engraved maps and profiles, the 10 maps double-page. Slight restoration to the lower margins of first 4 leaves. text bound in contemporary French half roan, with red morocco spine labels, boards rubbed and marked, the non-matching atlas bound in 20th century speckled calf, covers paneled in gilt, bound to 18th century style.

FIRST FRENCH EDITION OF VANCOUVER'S FIVE YEAR VOYAGE UP THE AMERICAN NORTH WEST COAST. Hill states "this voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge." Vancouver began by surveying the coastline of California. He visited San Francisco and San Diego, and met the Spanish at Nootka further north. Apart from meticulously detailed charts of the complex coastline, he also proved that there was no passage from the Pacific to Hudson's Bay, and spent time charting accurately the south west coasts of Australia and the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). Unfortunately his life was cut short at 40, and he died 3 years after his return to England in 1798, presumably from a condition developed on his long voyage. Forbes 324; Lada-Mocarski 55; Sabin 98441; see Hill 1753.
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