"...The First American Book on the
    Northwest Coast ... Also Probably the
    First American Book on Hawaii..."

    Captain James Cook. John Ledyard. A Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, and in Quest of a North-West Passage, between Asia & America; Performed in the Years 1776, 1777, 1778, and 1779. Illustrated with a Chart, shewing the Tracts of the Ships employed in this Expedition. Hartford: Nathaniel Patten, 1783. First edition. Small quarto. [7], 8-208 pages. Lacking folding frontispiece map, missing in most copies, a facsimile of which is loosely laid in the back. Leaf N1 missing upper corner and last leaf Bb4 missing lower corner, both with loss to text and restored in facsimile. Bound in full calf, old rebacking, gilt title refreshed on spine. Binding heavily rubbed and crazed with chips and surface leather loss, corners bumped; small holograph pencil bookseller's notes on front pastedown, pages toned, soiling, foxing and spots of browning, few corner chips, bends, and creases; otherwise in good condition.
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    "This is not only the first American book on the Northwest coast, but also probably the first American book on Hawaii." - [Streeter, 3477].

    "While on a visit to England, this adventurous American enlisted as a corporal of marines under Captain Cook, who was then about to sail on his third voyage. Upon returning to the United States, Ledyard wrote this account, which is now exceedingly rare. Ledyard is an important figure in the history of American contacts in the South Seas. Not only was he the first New Englander in the Pacific, but he went there under the great Captain Cook, and was with him when Hawaii was discovered. Ledyard visualized in the minutest detail how the northwest coast-China trade should be carried out, and his ideas and enthusiasm undoubtedly influenced the eventual development of that important trade. Ledyard's narrative includes a detailed account of the death of Cook, distinguished by its evident authenticity. Only a few copies still have the map." - [Hill, 991].

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    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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