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VANCOUVER, Captain George.

A voyage of discovery to the North Pacific Ocean, and round the world;

in which the coast of north-west America has been carefully examined and accurately surveyed... principally with a view to ascertain the existence of any navigable communication between the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans; and performed in the yea

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London, Robinson and Edwards, 1798

First edition of one of the most difficult geographical surveys ever undertaken, and 'one of the most important voyages for the history and the cartography of the northwest coast in general and of Alaska in particular' (Lada-Mocarski). Vancouver's voyage ranks among the most important in exploration literature.

George Vancouver (1757-1798) had gained valuable experience on Cook's second and third voyages. He sailed by way of the Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he discovered King George's sound and Cape Hood, then to New Zealand, Hawaii, and the north-west coast of America. In three seasons' work Vancouver surveyed the coast of California, visited San Francisco and San Diego and other Spanish settlements in Alta California … investigated the Strait of Juan de Fuca, discovered the Strait of Georgia, circumnavigated Vancouver Island, and disproved the existence of any passage between the Pacific and Hudson Bay.

'Of all the men who served under Cook,

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First edition. 4 vols comprising 3 vols 4to text, 1 volume atlas folio, 34 engraved plates and maps (17 engraved views and one map in text vols, atlas with 10 maps and 6 coastal profiles, all folding); text volumes modern tree calf gilt preserving old labels, atlas modern half calf to match, some browning to text.


Hill 1753; Howes V23; Lada-Mocarski 55; Sabin 98443; NMM Voyages & Travel, 142; Streeter sale VI: 3497.

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