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BEECHEY (Captain F. W.). Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to Co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, Under the Command of Captain F.W. Beechey, R.N., F.R.S. &c. In the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28.1831

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, First 8vo edition, 2 vols., 8vo (220 x 140 mm), xxvi, [2], 472; iv, 452pp., without half-title to vol. I, 3 charts (of which 2 are folding), 23 engraved and lithographed plates, marbled endpapers, cont. full calf, covers with a blind and gilt border, spine bands ruled in gilt, contrasting title and volume number red morocco labels, custom-made box, a nice clean set in a nice contemporary binding. "Beechey's book is one of the most valuable of modern voyages and relates to extensive visits to Pitcairn Island, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands and Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, and the coast of California. His book provides an important account of Monterey and San Francisco before the American conquest and gives his impressions of the missionaries of San Francisco. Beechey describes the Eskimos of the north and relates his meeting with John Adams, last survivor of the mutiny on the Bounty, who gave Beechey a lengthy account".—Hill. This octavo edition was issued in the same year as the quarto first edition. Ferguson, 1419; Hill, 93.

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