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    "A Scarce and Important Work"
    Broughton's Four-Year Survey
    of China and Japan

    William Robert Broughton. A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean: In which the Coast of Asia... The Island of Insu, (Commonly Known Under the Name of the Land of Jesso,) The North, South, and East Coasts of Japan, the Lieuchieux and the Adjacent Isles, as well as the Coast of Corea, Have Been Examined and Surveyed. Performed in His Majesty's Sloop Providence, and Her Tender, in the Years 1795, 1796, 1797, 1798. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies in the Strand [by A. Strahan], 1804.
    First edition. Quarto. xx, 393, [1, List of Plates] pages. Three folding maps, including frontis; and six plates (four folding). Armorial bookplate of "Thomas Philip Earl de Grey/ Wrest Park" on front pastedown. Full brown leather covered boards with gilt lettered leather label and designs on spine, board edges decorated with gilt dots and lines, blind stamped link patterned borders on turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Binding lightly crazed, rubbed, scuffed, and chipped, front board detached, and rear joint cracked. Folding maps facing title page and page 147 both with small edge tears near the inner margin, not affecting the image areas. List of Plates with holograph pencil check marks by each number and two page corrections. Some image offset from maps and plates, varying degrees of foxing and browning (heavier on plates and their adjacent pages), folding plates with light fold wear and small fold separations, light creases, few corner bends, occasional minor soiling or stains; else internally in very good condition.
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    "A scarce and important work. In 1793 Broughton was made commander of the Providence, Captain Bligh's former ship, and was sent out to the northwest coast of America to Join Captain George Vancouver (q.v.). He sailed to Rio de Janeiro, thence to Australia, Tahiti, and the Hawaiian Islands, and on to Nootka Sound on Vancouver Island. Finding that Captain Vancouver had left, Broughton sailed down the coast to Monterey, across the Pacific to the Hawaiian Islands, and on to Japan.

    "For four years he carried out a close survey of the coast of Asia and the islands of Japan. The ship was lost off Formosa, but the crew were all saved, and work continued in the tender. He arrived back in England in 1799, and, until his death, saw much further important service, for the most part in the Far East. This voyage was one of the most important ever made to the northwest coast of America. It is on this document that Great Britain based her claim to the Oregon Territory in 1846."  - [Hill, 191].

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    November, 2015
    4th-5th Wednesday-Thursday
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