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Illustrated edition of Beechey's famous Pacific voyage, including an Eskimo vocabulary

BEECHEY, Frederick William.
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,, ... in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28.
London, Henry Colburn & Richard Bentley (back of the title-page in vol. 2: printed by Thomas Davison), 1831. 2 volumes. Large 8vo. With 3 lithographed maps (2 large folding), 20 engraved plates (mostly views), 3 two-page folding plates of fossils and 1 engraved illustration in the text. Contemporary half green morocco, marbled edges. XXVI, [1], [1 blank], 472; IV, 330, [1], 331-452 pp.
€ 1,250
First octavo edition of Beechey's account of his celebrated Pacific voyage, which was preceded by a quarto edition in the same year. It "is one of the most valuable of modern voyages and relates extensive visits to Pitcairn Island, Easter Island, the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society Islands, the Mangareva (Gambier) Islands, and Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, and the coast of California" (Hill).
Frederick William Beechey (1796-1856), English naval officer and hydrographer, was appointed to command the Blossom and to sail to the Bering Strait to assist Edward Parry and John Franklin in their third attempt to find a northwest passage. In the winter and spring of 1826-1827 he visited California, Hawaii, Macao, the Ryukyu Islands (Japan) and the Philippines. The account also includes valuable descriptions of San Francisco and Monterey before the American conquest, with many details regarding the mission among the indigenous Americans.
The plates include a portrait of John Adams, several portraits of indigenous Alaskans (Eskimos), views of the Pictairn Islands, Gambier Islands and Ryukyu Islands (Loo Choo), and several illustrations of fossils.
The account concludes with an extensive appendix, including a vocabulary of the language of the western Alaskan Eskimos (mixing Inuit and Yupik forms), which Beechey presents with a modest introduction, indicating where the words were found and noting both relations and differences between the eastern and western languages.
Binding slightly rubbed (especially the marbled sides), corners slightly bumped. With a small tear in the first large folding map. Otherwise in good condition. Forbes 772; Hill 93; Howes B309; Howgego, 1800-1850, B22; Judd 16; O'Reilly & Reitman 849; Sabin 4347; cf. Alt Japan Kat. 180 (German edition); not in Abbey, Travel; Cordier, Japonica.
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