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Vancouver's Voyages: A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY To the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World

Vancouver's Voyages: A VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY To the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World


4 volumes (including atlas Vol. of plates and maps), folio (22 x 17 inches). Text: 3 quarto vols. (10 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches) [xxix],[1],[viii],432;[viii],504;[viii],505,[iii]pp. 1 engraved chart, 17 engraved plates (4 double-page), after J. Sykes. Atlas:10 folding engraved charts, 6 engraved plates of coastal profiles. That is to say, eighteen engraved plates, one of which is a map, in the text volumes. Ten folding maps and six plates of profiles in the atlas volume. Volume I with 7 engraved plates, volume II with 4 plates and one sea chart, volume III with 6 plates after W. Alexander by J. Landseer, J. Fittler and others.

Bound in recent tree calf bindings. The text vols. are in full period tree calf, and full gilt spines with traditional antique spot marble paper ends’. The atlas bound in half marbled calf with full gilt spine, marbled paper sides matching the marbled end papers in the text vols. The antique spot marble paper, originally a German marbled paper, became popular in England in the late 1700s and was associated with many calf and sheep bindings of this period. Tree calf was a new process and fashionable at the time. Tree calf bindings do not date back earlier than the 1770’s, as it would have been an expensive endeavour at the time. Tree calf binding was only practiced by two binders at this point, as the process takes time to perfect.

Vancouver served on Cook's second and third voyages. On the present expedition, he was meant to examine the Northwest coast of North America in order to reclaim Britain's rights to land following the Nootka Convention, and to search for a possible passage to the Atlantic. "This voyage became one of the most important ever made in the interests of geographical knowledge. Vancouver sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he discovered King George's Sound and Cape Hood, then to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the northwest coast of America. In three seasons’ work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California; visited San Francisco and San Diego; 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." (Hill).

"This is one of the most important voyages for the history and the cartography of the northwest coast. Escorting Vancouver was the battleship Chatham this was important as of the situation in Nootka Sound and the reservations they had as to the Spanish conflict. Vancouver was a young midshipman on Cook’s voyage after Cook had spent several weeks at sea in search of the southern hemisphere. He had ordered the ship to be turned around to head back to Hawaii. At this point, Vancouver ran the length of the ship and out on to the bow-spit, reaching out and looking back at the crew he shouted, “I am the furthest man South!” A Beautifully Presented set inside and out!
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