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Book Number 3650 
Author Basil Hall 
Title Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loo-Choo Island; with an Appendix, Containing Charts, and Various Hydrographical and Scientific Notices. / By Captain Basil Hall, Royal Navy, F.R.S. Lond. & Edin. Member of the Asiatic Society of Calcutta, of the Literary Society of Bombay, and of the Society of Arts and Sciences at Batavia. / And a Vocabulary of the Loo-Choo Language, by H. J. Clifford, Esq. Lieutenant Royal Navy. 
Date c. 1818. 
Publisher John Murray 
Place of Publication London 
Edition  
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary ½ marble calf with marble boards, flat spine in six compartments of triple gilt lines, gilt calf label on two, endpapers marbled.  
Illustration Complete with 15 plates, including 10 engravings (8 of which have original colouring) and 5 maps (2 folding). 
Size 4to. 
Condition A very good to fine copy, text and plates are clean and crisp. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. (4), half-title, printer’s imprint, blank, frontis, title, blank, preface vii-xi, blank, contents xii-xv, list of plates, 1-222, (2), appendix, blank, iii-cxxx, vocabulary of Loo-Choo (72), (4). 
Reference Cordier I:469-70; Abbey Travel II:558; Hill 749. 
Translation Info  
Notes Armorial bookplate of Charles Barclay, as well as an inscription and ex-libris stamp on the front endpapers. Contains the narrative, as well as the various appendices and an extensive vocabulary section. “This expedition took Lord Amherst’s embassy to China and explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by Europeans, but it was not until this 1816-17 expedition of the Alceste and Lyra, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra. Captain Hall served in the Royal Navy from 1802-1823 and achieved the rank of post-captain. He saw extensive duty on the Pacific coast of America, and continued his travels as a private citizen” (Hill).  
Price (US$) 3750  
Short Description Book Asia Far East Japan, Korea; Book Voyages General; Book Plate Books Colour; 
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