Boston: Printed by E.G. House, for the Author, 1817. 598,pp. plus two engraved plates (including frontispiece portrait) and engraved folding map. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, leather label. Moderately foxed throughout. Contemporary ownership signature of Edmund Fanning on rear fly leaf. A near fine copy, with an excellent provenance, in original condition. Item #WRCAM3785C
One of the major printed accounts of world voyages for its time, and the source book for Melville's BENITO CERINO. Delano recounts his travels between 1790 and 1810, encompassing visits to the Palau, Hawaiian, and Galapagos islands; Manila, Canton, and Macao; New Guinea, Australia, and the East Indies; and Chile and Peru. Includes detailed accounts of whaling and seal hunting, observations of the inhabitants indigenous to Delano's stopping points, etc. This copy bears the ownership inscription of Edmund Fanning, a native of Connecticut who set sail in 1792 for the South Seas in search of seal skins. During the following twenty-five years he made voyages around the world and to the Pacific, visiting Australia, south Georgia, Fiji, Tonga, and the Marquesas. He discovered a number of islands, one of which still bears his name, and wrote several well-known books on his Pacific voyages. An excellent association. HOWES D233. SABIN 19349. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 40635. HILL 463. RICH, pp.92-93. FORBES 463. NAYLOR 64.