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    Mortimer's Observations and Remarks
    in a Christian Kalthoeber Binding

    George Mortimer. Observations and Remarks Made During a Voyage to the Islands of Teneriffe, Amsterdam, Maria's Islands Near Van Diemen's Land; Otaheite, Sandwich Islands; Owhyhee, the Fox Islands on the North West Coast of America, Tinian, and from Thence to Canton, in the Brig Mercury, Commanded by John Henry Cox, Esq. Illustrated with A Sketch of the Island of Amsterdam, A Plan of Oyster Harbour at the Maria Islands, with Some Views of the Land; A Curious Medal; and a Club Accurately Engraved. London: Printed for the Author; and sold by T. Cadell, J. Robinson, and J. Sewell, 1791. First edition. Quarto. viii, [8, List of Subscribers], 71, [1, Notes]. Two maps and one plate. Bound by Christian Kalthoeber (1775-1817). Full brown calf with gilt geometrical borders, rebacked, new leather spine with gilt titles, devices, and decorations, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed, scuffed, and lightly soiled, corners bumped, small surface leather losses in corners with a larger chip in the upper right corner of the front cover, leather crazed along the inside borders near the spine; front hinge lightly cracked, few holograph notes and C. Kalthoeber's binders label on verso of front free endpaper, small tears and minor paper loss in the upper margins of leaves D3 and D4 not affecting text. Leaf F3 has a nine inch vertical crease with clean and diminishing impressions on many of the surrounding leaves. Image offset from maps and plates. Foxing, heavier on maps and plates and adjacent pages, as well as on gathering "I". Occasional smudges. Nonetheless an attractive copy in very good condition.
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    "The introduction to this volume states innocently that this voyage, commanded by Captain Cox, was undertaken 'from motives of curiosity' and that the North American fur trade was its 'ultimate object.' It is now known that the Mercury was transformed into the Gustave III once at sea, flying the Swedish flag and under orders from Sweden to attack Russian settlements on the Northwest coast of America as part of the war between Sweden and Russia in 1788-1790. Cox had received a commission in the Swedish navy in order to legitimate his enterprise, and the Swedish king was to receive ten percent of any profits garnered from the expedition. In spite of his assignment, however, when Cox came upon the few starving Russians he found in the region, he provided them with supplies rather than attacking them, and then left for Canton. The text contains references to Captain Bligh, who had left Tahiti on the Bounty about fifteen days before Mortimer's arrival there. The relation of the Russian establishment at Unalaska is most interesting, as is an account of the collecting of sealskins and oil on Amsterdam Island. The work appeared in both London and Dublin in 1791. Georg Forster's translation of Mortimer's account in Forster's collection of voyages to the Northwest coast (q.v.) published in Berlin, also in 1791." - [Hill, 1192].

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