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, Captains Portlock and Dixon Dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks
Beautifully Bound 1789 First Edition of This North-West Exploration Classic
Portlock and Dixon set out to establish a trade in furs on the northwest coast of America on behalf of the King George's Sound Company, but their major accomplishment was the more detailed exploration and mapping of the coast and improving of Cook's charts of the region. Both had previously sailed with Cook on the third voyage. The two ships separated and sailed independently for a major part of the expedition: Portlock explored north along the Alaskan coast, Dixon proceeded south to Nootka Sound and discovered Queen Charlotte Island, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, as well as Dixon Entrance and Archipelago. The account is largely composed of forty-nine letters written by William Beresford, who acted as supercargo on board the Queen Charlotte; Dixon edited the text, provided the maps and added an introduction detailing previous voyages to the north-west coast, and two appendices, on natural history, and navigational details. The work is sometimes confused with Portlock’s account of the voyage, published the same year under the same title.
London: Published by Geo. Goulding, 1789. Hardcover. Quarto, First Edition, Half title missing, errata & directions to binder present, 352 pages plus 2 appendices: Natural History and Tables of the Route. Five folding engraved maps & 17 engraved plates (3 folding). Beautifully rebound to period, full tree calf binding with exquisite gilt tooling, gilt double panel border on boards with interior edge floral treatment, spine with five decorated gilt raised bands, Red Moroccan title label as well as green Moroccan author label in panels. Spine heavily tooled with spectacular gilt detail including edges. Refreshed marbled endpapers. Wide margined pages with light toning and typical offsetting.
Hill p. 23. Lada-Mocarski 43.
Most Presentable First Edition in Stunning Binding