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PORTLOCK, Nathaniel.

A Voyage round the World,

but more particularly to the North-West Coast of America performed in 1785,1786, 1787, and 1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, by Captains Portlock and Dixon.

Stock Code
96783
London, John Stockdale, 1789
£4,750

The principle account of the first commercial voyage to the Northwest Coast and the first English voyage to visit Hawaii after that of Captain Cook. Captain Portlock was a veteran of Cook's third voyage and was sent with Dixon to the Northwest Coast to investigate reports of the lucrative fur trade there. This volume contains a general map of the Northwest Coast and five maps of particular harbours along the coast. This survey was the most important result of the voyage. The book includes vivid descriptions of encounters with American Indians and several Indian vocabularies are given.

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Description

First edition, 4to (30 x 22.7cm.), engraved portrait frontispiece, 6 folding maps and charts, 13 plates. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt with red morocco label, plates somewhat offset onto text, S2 with short marginal repaired tear, a very handsome example.

Bibliography

Forbes 177; Hill, 239; Howes P497; Lada-Mocarski 42; Sabin 64389; Zimmer 495.

Stock ID:96783

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