Beechey: Captain Frederick William (1796-1856)
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Bering’s Strait, to Co-Operate with the Polar Expeditions:
Performed in His Majesty’s Ship Blossom in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Bering’s Strait, to Co-Operate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty’s Ship Blossom in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28
“Beechey was the Commander of the First Foreign Expedition to visit California after the Formation of the Mexican Republic, and thus His Observations, Notable for Their Lack of Political and Social Commentary, are Most Valuable” (Mathes)
“Very Attractive Copy of this Desirable Work with Early Descriptions of San Francisco Bay in Addition to Polar Material.” (Hill)
Beechey’s narrative contains valuable information on Alaska, San Francisco Bay, the state of the Presidio and Mission in San Francisco. Beechey carefully surveyed the Pacific Coast and was commissioned to rendezvous with Captain Franklin who was proceeding westward along the northern coast of Canada in an attempt to find the North-West Passage. The two groups came within 150 miles of one another almost completing the survey of the coastline. Details of the Bounty mutiny taken from the narrative of John Adams, the last surviving mutineer on Pitcairn Island are also documented.
London: Richard Bentley, 1831, Two Volumes, Octavo, 472, 452 pages. Near Fine original publisher’s blue cloth lettered in gilt. One double page map (front is in Vol. 1) and 2 large folding maps, Four double page plates and 19 additional plates, complete. Repaired tear to frontispiece map. Some light foxing to preliminaries. Text and plates near Fine. Provenance: Tasteful bookplate G.N. Ingleton.
Zamorano 80: Number 4.
An Exceptionally Clean First Octavo Edition in Original Blue Cloth Binding