An ‘excellent authority for the early days of fur trading on the northwest coast’ (Streeter).
Captains Portlock and Dixon were well prepared for this voyage: they were with Captain Cook on his Third Voyage and had seen the ‘inexhaustible mine of wealth’ in fur trading on the northwest coast. Dixon made important maps of the coast and many significant discoveries including Queen Charlotte Island, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, and Dixon Entrance and Archipelago. The work is primarily an epistolary narrative, being a series of forty-nine letters signed ‘W.B.’ or, William Beresford, super-cargo aboard the Queen Charlotte, but edited by Dixon who added the introduction, the appendix, and the maps. In addition to the letters there are important appendices relating to aspects of natural history and ship’s logs.
First edition. 4to, xxix, , 360, 47,  pp., half-title, large folding engraved map (a little creased, small repair to fold), 6 folding charts and 15 plates (one folding), including views, natural history subjects and music, complete errata and directions to the binder leaf,contemporary tree calf, red morocco label, corners bumped, lightly rubbed, p193 with tear into text repaired (no loss), a very good copy.
Lada-Mocarski 43; Sabin 20364; Hill 118.
Stock ID: 98382