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BELCHER, Captain Sir Edward.

Narrative of a voyage round the world,

performed in Her Majesty's Ship Sulphur, during the years 1836-1842 including details of the naval operations in China, from Dec. 1840, to Nov. 1841. Published under the authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.

Stock Code
96756
London, Henry Colburn, 1843
£2,250

'An important surveying voyage to the Pacific' (Forbes).

Edward Belcher (1799-1877) took over command of HMS Sulphur when the previous captain, Frederick Beechey fell ill at Valparaiso, Chile.
The intention of the voyage was exploratory, to survey the Pacific coast of North and South America and the Pacific basin. 'The various harbours along the coast of California and northwest to Alaska were surveyed, and a month's journey in open boats was made up the Sacramento River from San Francisco Bay. The Hawaiian Islands, the Marquesas, the Society Islands, the Tonga Islands, the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, etc., were visited' (Hill). On the same voyage, the Sulphur was also engaged in the First Opium War.

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Description

Two volumes, 8vo., xxxviii, [ii], 387; viii, 474 pp., 3 folding maps in pocket of volume 1, 19 lithographed plates, 16pp. advertisements at end of vol.1, original blue cloth gilt, light spotting, repair to vol.1 title, slightly rubbed, spines sunned.

Bibliography

Forbes 1377; Hill 102; Sabin 4390.

Stock ID:96756

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