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Book Number 610 
Author Vancouver, George (1758-1798) 
Title Voyage de decouvertes, a l’ocean Pacifique du nord, et autour du monde Dans lequel la cote Nord-Ouest de l’Amerique .. 
Date 1800 
Publisher De L’Imprimerie de la Republique An VIII 
Place of Publication Paris 
Edition First French 
Volume Information
Cover All in original pink textured paper boards with green leather spine labels. 
Illustration 18 engraved plates of Indians and views in the text volumes. 
Size 4to 
Condition Atlas volume lacking. Institutional stamps on title pages, endpapers and plate versos, otherwise a very good set 
Pagination Xii, 491; [I], 516; [I], 562 pp. 
Reference Hayes 85-93 ; Sabin 98441; Cowan 655 
Translation Info  
Notes Three 4to volumes [George Vancouver (1758-1798) served as an officer in the second and third voyages of James Cook (1772-4, 1776-80) and as a seasoned sailor and established surveyor was placed in command of an expedition to the Northwest Coast to determine England’s rights under the Nootka Sound convention of 1790. He left the British Isles in 1791 and sailed via Cape of Good Hope to Australia, where he made a survey of the southwest coast and New Zealand, to Tahiti and Hawaii. In April 1792, Vancouver left Hawaii and sailed to the Californian coast. He reached the Northwest Coast in 1792 and spent two years surveying the coastline, resulting in the most correct maps of the Northwest made up to that time. Vancouver’s explorations on the northwest coast included the Port of San Francisco, New Albio, Nootka Sound, and the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Among the important points of the book are the engraved views in volume II of the Mission of San Carlos and the Presidio of Monterey, probably the first published views of California. Lada-Mocarski: “One of the most important voyages for the history and the cartography of the northwest coast in general and of Alaska in particular”. The work is superior to any of its kind, and constitutes the chief source of authority of that period (Cowan). Hayes(91): “No other man under analogous conditions has given to the world a detailed survey of equal excellence of so many miles of intricate coast”. Hayes 85-93; Hill 303-4; Lada-Mocarski 55; Sabin 98441; Tweney 89, 78 (ref); Cowan 655; Wagner Northwest Coast I 239-50; Howes V23 (“b”). 
Price (US$) 2750  
Short Description Book Pacific General; Book Americas U.S. South & West; 
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