Edinburgh. 1816. 288pp. plus folding frontispiece map. Original blue paper-covered boards, rebacked in linen, original label laid down. Moderate wear to corners, light soiling and ink drops on boards. Internally clean. Very good. Untrimmed. In a brown cloth clamshell case, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM59035
The scarce first edition of this valuable account of Campbell's voyage to Japan and China, with much useful information on Hawaii and Alaska. While in China, Campbell joined the crew of the American ship Eclipse, sailing out of Boston and captained by Joseph O'Cain (called "O'Kean" in the text here). He departed China and went on to Japan and Kamchatka, and thence to Alaska, where the Eclipse was shipwrecked in 1807. Campbell gives an important and early description of Alaska. He wintered at the Russian base at Kodiak in 1808, where he met Baranov, who happened to be there at the time, and gives a valuable description of life on Kodiak. After his shipwreck on Kodiak, both of Campbell's feet froze, and they were eventually amputated. "Campbell's description of Kodiak is particularly valuable" - Lada Mocarski.
After the amputation Campbell was sent to Hawaii to rehabilitate and became friendly with King Kamehameha I, for whom he made sails. "Campbell's account of his stay in Hawaii...is of the greatest importance, being the first narrative from the viewpoint of a resident rather than as a visitor....The author lived among the chiefs and then with Isaac Davis, and he identifies some of the earliest foreign residents of the islands, a number of whom were Botany Bay men. His keen firsthand observations on the social structure and agricultural practices of Hawaiians are of great importance" - Forbes.
A twenty-five-page appendix contains a Hawaiian vocabulary, and an additional three pages contain Hawaiian phrases useful to seamen. The map is a rather detailed chart of the Northwest Coast, showing the "Track of the Eclipse's Long Boat from Sannack to Kodiak 1807." After his time in Hawaii, Campbell spent two years in various businesses in Rio de Janeiro, also discussed in this narrative. This account of his adventures, edited by James Smith, was published in an attempt to benefit Campbell. HOWES C88, "aa." LADA-MOCARSKI 71. HILL 244. SABIN 10210. FORBES 448. WICKERSHAM 6544. STREETER SALE 2418. TOURVILLE, p.91. BORBA DE MORAES, p.148. RICKS, p.56 (1819 ed). JUDD 30.