New York. 1853. 371,pp. Seventeen plates (fourteen of them within the pagination). Frontis. Original publisher's cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Light soiling to boards, minor wear at extremities. Contemporary owner's inscription on fly leaf. Text lightly foxed. Very good. Item #WRCAM40036
Second edition, after the first of the previous year. "Colvocoresses, a naval officer, saw extensive service throughout the world, including taking part in the overland expedition of the Wilkes expedition in 1841 from Vancouver Island to San Francisco. He was mysteriously murdered in Bridgeport, Connecticut, thirty years later" - Hill. His account, based on a journal he kept during his travels, is a most readable overview of the people, scenery, and events encountered by the Wilkes expedition. Illustrated with many nice engravings of west coast scenes, whales, icebergs, the Hawaiian palm tree, the "Puebla of Los Angeles," and many natural history subjects. This second edition contains only seventeen plates, whereas the very rare first edition contains nineteen. One of the plates that has been excluded from this edition would comprise pages 319 and 320, which accounts for the lack of those page numbers in this edition (the text is complete). Several of the plates in this edition are also printed on "brownish parchment-like paper" as noted by Rosove. This is one of the rarest Wilkes expedition narratives. HASKELL 115. HOWES C635. HILL 347 (another ed). SABIN 14907. COWAN, p.138. SPENCE 310. RADER 878. BORBA DE MORAES, p.194. FORBES 1854 (another ed). ROSOVE ANTARCTIC 74.B1.