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    "This Voyage Became One of the Most Important Ever Made in the Interests of Geographical Knowledge"

    George Vancouver. [John Vancouver, editor]. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and Round the World; in which the Coast of North-West America has been Carefully Examined and Accurately Surveyed ....and Performed in the Years 1790, 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, and 1795... In Three Volumes. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson and J. Edwards, 1798. Three quarto text volumes and one quarto atlas volume, all uniformly bound. Half-titles in volumes one and two. Half-title of volume three removed and used (with blanked out number) as half-title for fourth volume. [6], xxix, [9], 432; [6], 504; [6], 505, [3, Errata] pages; fourth volume with thirty-four engraved maps and plates, seventeen of which are folding. Contemporary half calf over marbled paper covered boards with gilt rules, four raised spine bands with gilt titles, rules, and floral devices in compartments, speckled edges. Boards rubbed, scuffed, and lightly soiled, bleedthrough along rules from leather beneath marbled paper, spine leather cracked, losses at spine ends, cracked joints and hinges, front board of volume one coming loose, volume two backstrip loss affecting title, volume four backstrip loss to upper and lower compartments, title piece coming loose; volume one tear in the inner margin of it's "A List of the Plates" leaf, not affecting text; volume two tear to the lower margin of leaf Mm2 with old paper repair, partially repaired tear across text of leaf Qq4, small paper lifts on last page 504; volume three tears and small paper loss in lower margin of leaf Qq4, not affecting text; fourth volume's folding maps have additional folds [see extended description], fold and edge wear, fold and cross fold separations, some tears, few old paper repairs on versos, each plate and map with small holograph pencil numbers corresponding to plate list, image offset from maps and plates. All volumes with foxing and some browning, creases, light edge wear, corner bends, some soiling and stains; still in very good condition.
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    The Atlas was originally issued as a folio volume. The maps and charts in this volume have been folded additional times to accommodate a quarto format.

    "Most of the three years occupied was spent on the California and Northwest coasts which were now first accurately charted. Of all modern exploring voyages to the Pacific those of Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver were the most important." - [Howe, V 23].

    "George Vancouver, who had served on Captain Cook's second and third voyages, was made commander of a grand-scale expedition to reclaim Britain's rights, resulting from the Nootka Convention, at Nootka Sound; to thoroughly examine the coast south of 60° in order to find a possible passage to the Atlantic; and to learn what establishments had been founded by other powers. This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. ...

    "In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California; visited San Francisco, San Diego (one of the folded charts, dated 1798, depicts the port of San Diego), and other Spanish settlements in Alta California; settled the necessary formalities with the Spanish at Nootka; investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca; discovered the Strait of Georgia; circumnavigated Vancouver Island; and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific and Hudson Bay. Vancouver died before the narrative was finished; his brother John, assisted by Captain Peter Puget, edited and published the complete record." - [Hill, 1753].

    Sabin, 98443. Strathern, 582

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    November, 2015
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