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    Frederick William Beechey. Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering Strait to Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions... in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1831. First edition. One work in two quarto volumes. xxi, [3], 392: vii, [1], [393]-742 pages, lacks two pages of publisher's advertisements at the end of volume two. Twenty-three illustrated plates, two folding maps, and one chart. Bound in later half straight-grain morocco over marbled paper covered boards with matching marbled edges and endpapers, reading ribbons, gilt rules on boards, eight raised spine bands, gilt titles and rules, blind stamped decorations and gilt animal device in compartments. Bookplate of Louis E. Goodman on both front pastedowns, illustrated with a nautical theme. Bindings rubbed, scuffed, and lightly scratched; small holograph bookseller's notes on versos of first volume's free endpapers, small dots marking each entry on the "Directions to the Binder" page in both books, image offset from maps and plates, foxing and some browning (heavier on plates and maps), occasional smudges or soiling; otherwise a nice set in very good condition.
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    "The so-called Admiralty edition, issued in a quarto format, preceding the octavo edition of the same year. Beechey's book is one of the most valuable of modern voyages and relates extensive visits to Pitcairn Island, Easter Island, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, the Mangareva (Gambier) Islands, and Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, and the coast of California.

    "...Beechey's work provides an important account of Monterey and San Francisco before the American conquest and gives his impressions of the missionaries in San Francisco. Blossom Rock in San Francisco Bay is named for his ship. Beechey also describes the Eskimos of the north. At Pitcairn Island, Beechey met with John Adams, last survivor of the mutiny on the Bounty, who gave Beechey a lengthy account." - [Hill, 93].

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