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BROUGHTON, William Robert.

A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean:

in which the Coast of Asia, from the Lat. of 35° north to the Lat. of 52° north, the Island of Insu, (commonly known under the Name of the Land of Jesso,) the north, south, and east Coasts of Japan, the Lieuchieux and the adjacent Isles, as well a

Stock Code
97339
London, Cadell & Davies, 1804
£18,000

Very rare first edition on large paper of one of the most important voyages made to the north-west coast of America, supplementing Vancouver's achievements.

In 1791 Broughton had sailed with Vancouver and explored the mouth of the Columbia River in the Chatham. Two years later he returned to the North-West in Bligh's old ship, the Providence, to rejoin Vancouver at Nootka Sound for further surveys. However, having sailed via Rio de Janeiro, Australia, Tahiti, and the Hawaiian Islands, he failed to find Vancouver at Nootka and continued South to Monterrey before heading across the Pacific.

The importance of Broughton's work lies not only in his surveying work (Britain based her 1846 claims to the Oregon Territory on these) but also in his notices of Japan and of Russian interests in Asia. The maps all pertain to his charting of the Sea of Japan, Formosa, and the Ryukyu Islands while the

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Description

First edition. 4to., xx, 393, [1](list of plates), [2](ads)pp., 3 folding engraved maps, 4 folding & 2 other engraved plates, all expertly mounted on linen. Fine 20th-century polished calf by Zaehnsdorf, gilt-ruled edges to boards, spine richly gilt in compartments with red lettering and date labels, some light toning, with wide margins and uncut edges.

Bibliography

Forbes 352; Cordier (Japonica), 457; Ferguson 389; Hill 191; Lada-Mocarski 59; Sabin 8423.

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