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HALL (Captain Basil). Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Islands; with an Appendix, containing Charts, and various Hydrographical and Scientific notices. By Captain Basil Hall and a Vocabulary of the Loo-Choo Language, by H. J. Clifford.1818

London: John Murray, First edition, 4to (295 x 225 mm), xv, [1], 222, cxxx, [72] + 2pp., advert leaf, with half-title, 9 aquatint plates (8 hand-coloured), 5 engraved maps (of which 2 are folding), and an engraved plate of 'Wollaston's Dip Sector' instrument, some light offsetting from plates, orig. boards, corners rubbed, rebacked with original spine and printed label laid-down, printed label of R. Millikens, Grafton Street, Dublin on upper cover, uncut, a very good copy. "This expedition took Lord Amherst's embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until this 1816-7 expedition of the Alceste and Lyra, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra. Captain Hall served in the Royal Navy from 1802-23 and achieved the rank of post-captain. He saw extensive duty on the Pacific coast of America, and continued his travels as a private citizen. He wrote many other books about his travels and experiences."—Hill. Abbey Travel, 558; Löwendahl, 802; Hill, 749; Tooley, 241.

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