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Sailing the globe: visiting the Sandwich Islands and California

Viaggio intorno al globo principalmente alla California ed alle Isole Sandwich negli anni 1826, 1827, 1828 e 1829.
Turin, Fontana, 1841. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 4 wood engraved plates, including views of Oahu and Monterey . Contemporary purple/brown half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. XVI, 296; 592 pp.
€ 1,950
First edition of the translation into Italian of "a rare and important work by the captain of a French trading vessel, particularly important for its detailed examination of California during the last phase of its Spanish period." "This is an important edition ... It includes for the first time, in book form, an essay by Dr. Paolo Emilio Botta ... Observations on the inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands and California. His Hawaiian observations are on page 339-359, followed by an Italian-Hawaiian vocabulary (pp. 360-365), and a list of Hawaiian numerals on page 366. Botta's observations on California (also new to this edition) are on pages 367-389" (Forbes).
It is an account of a circumnavigation in the years 1826-1829 by Auguste Duhaut-Cilly, a French navigator and trader. Duhaut sailed extensively in the Pacific. He traded along the Californian coast and spent several months in the Hawaiian Islands, where King Kamehameha III dined with him aboard ship.
With bookplate on paste-downs. Some marginal foxing, otherwise in very good condition. Binding slightly rubbed along the extremities, but otherwise also very good. Butler 83; Forbes 1260, cf. 882; Hill 500; Judd 57; Sabin 21165.
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