Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1845. Five text volumes plus atlas volume. Plates and maps. Half title in each text volume. Imperial octavo. Original gilt cloth. Cloth worn at corners, spine ends, and along hinges. Early ownership signature on titlepage of each volume. Scattered foxing, occasional offsetting. Minor splits at cross-folds of maps in atlas volume, but with no loss. A very good set. Item #WRCAM38365
This is the first regularly available trade edition of the narrative of the expedition, preceded only by the extremely rare official edition and the further printing of 150 copies made for gifts. The Wilkes Expedition was the first United States scientific expedition by sea, working mainly in the Pacific Ocean. Wilkes sailed along the Antarctic continent and throughout the islands of the South Pacific, visited the Hawaiian Islands in 1840, and explored the northwest coast of America in 1841. The expedition was made up of a number of notable American scientists, and their botanical, natural history, and geological findings are included. HOWES W414, "aa." STREETER SALE 3324. TWENEY 89, 83. HILL 1867. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 17646. HASKELL 2B. SABIN 103994. FORBES 1574. ROSOVE ANTARCTIC 353. FERGUSON 4209. COWAN, p.683.