London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley... 1831. Two volumes. [iii]-xxi,,392pp. plus fourteen plates and three maps (two folding); [iii]-vii,,-742,pp. plus nine plates. No half titles. Quarto. Modern three-quarter calf and amrbled boards, spines gilt, leather labels. Modern bookplate on front pastedowns, light foxing, some toning to plates, "Macclesfield Subscription Library" in ink on each titlepage. Very good. Item #WRCAM22617G
The Macclesfield Subscription Library copy of the coveted "Admiralty" edition, printed on large paper. Beechey's expedition went to Bering Strait and beyond to meet and assist the Franklin and Parry parties, whom Beechey expected to arrive from the East. The expedition was based at Kotzebue Sound. Franklin's team arrived within fifty leagues of Beechey's encampment, but was forced by weather to return. This work is "one of the most valuable of modern voyages" (Hill), and incorporates accounts of visits to Pitcairn Island, Tahiti, Alaska, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, and the coast of California. On Pitcairn Island, Beechey met John Adams, the last survivor of the Bounty mutiny. Beechey gives an important account of Monterey and San Francisco before the American conquest, with much on the missionaries in California. Considerable botanical information gathered during the voyage was separately published by W.J. Hooker. The narrative of the trip provides a background to where and when the plants were collected. The maps are a chart of the Pacific showing the route of Beechey's ship, and a map of the northwest coast of Alaska. Contains a "Vocabulary of Words of the Western Esquimaux." The collation given in Streeter calls for only seven plates in the second part, due to his counting the three fossil plates as one, but there are actually three fossil plates (see the note in Lada-Mocarski). HILL 93. SMITH 704. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 328. LADA-MOCARSKI 95. WICKERSHAM 6541. ZAMORANO 80, 4. STREETER SALE 3517. TPL 1476. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE I, p.164. SABIN 4347. COWAN, p.42. ROCQ 5621. HOWES B309, "b." FORBES 772. REESE, BEST OF THE WEST 57.