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
London: Geo. Goulding, 1789.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. large 4to, xxix, 360, 47 pp + 17 engraved plates, 5 folding maps and charts. Contemporary calf boards (rubbed through at corners), rebacked with new spine, original marbled endpapers retained. Armorial bookplate of John Bridge on front pastedown, Bridge's name and 1827 date written at head of title page, along with "This book belonged to H.R.H. the Duke of York." We believe this is the John Bridge of the firm Rundell and Bridge, jewelers to the royal family. A few plates and one chart with foxing, but overall a very clean copy. Hill 117: "Dixon’s voyage is important as a supplement to Captain Cook and for its contributions to the natural history of the Pacific Northwest. The purpose of the expedition was to establish a trade in furs in North America, but the itinerary also included the Isle of Guernsey, Cape Verde Islands, Falkland Islands, Cape Horn, Sandwich Islands (three times), Cook’s River, King George’s Sound, Prince William Sound, Macao, Canton, and St. Helena. The voyage was sent out by the King George's Sound Company, which owned both the King George, commanded by expedition leader Nathaniel Portlock, as well as the Queen Charlotte. The two ships sailed independently of one another for part of the expedition. Both Portlock and Dixon had served on Cook's third voyage. The work previously done by Cook along the northwest coast of America was mapped more definitely by Dixon, who discovered the Queen Charlotte Islands, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, and Dixon Entrance and Archipelago while continuing down the coast and trading with the Indians. The accounts of this expedition relate largely to the geography, ethnology, and natural history of the American coast from Nootka Sound northwest." Streeter Sale VI 3484, Howes D-365, Wickersham 6574, Sabin 20364, Smith 779, Lada -Mocarski 43.