New York: G.P. Putnam & Co., 1856.
Hardcover. Very good. Complete set of five large octavo volumes (pp lx, 434; xv, 476; xv, 438; xvi, 539; xv, 558) with all 13 maps and 64 engraved plates. Original blind-stamped cloth with eagle emblem in gilt on upper boards. Spines toned, some edgewear and small tears to cloth, one volume skillfully rebacked. Internally all volumes very clean (no foxing) and sound. Early ownership signature of F.A. Wentworth, Philadelphia, in each volume; otherwise unmarked. The first American naval exploring expedition to the South Seas. Hill (1866): "The aims of the expedition were to survey unfamiliar ocean regions and make scientific discoveries...Aboard [the six] vessels were naturalists, botanists, artists, and others with specialized training in scientific exploration, in addition to the officers and sailors. The chief fields of exploation were the coast of the Antarctic continent, the islands of the Pacific Ocean, and the American northwest coast. In total, some 280 islands in the Pacific and adjacent waters and 800 miled of streams and coasts in the Oregon country were charted."