Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to Co-Operate with the Polar Expeditions ... in the Years 1825, 26, 27, 28. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832
8vo (9 1/2 x 5 3/4 in.; 242 x 146 mm). 26 pages of publisher's advertisements at the end. Some spotting, chiefly marginal, 9 leaves browned, light text browning elsewhere, edges roughly opened, long tear to upper margin of p. 369 affecting 9 lines of text, some dampstaining in final quire. Modern morocco boards and uniform endpapers, calf spinelettered gilt, black morocco lettering piece.
Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibiliography 2:803; Hill (2004) 94
First American edition of "one of the most valuable of modern voyages" (Hill). The text follows that of the London edition but omits the scientific papers and reports.
In 1825 Beechey made landfall at Pitcairn Island, the final asylum of the Bounty mutineers, where he met the last survivor of the mutiny—John Adams—who for the first time provided an extensive account of the event and the fate of the mutineers on the island. While he was there, Beechey officiated at the marriage of Adams to his fifth consort.
In the course of his voyage, Beechey discovered several Pacific islands and also made extensive visits to the Tuamotu Archipelago, the Society islands, Tahiti, Hawaii, Macao, Okinawa, Alaska, and the California coast. He provides important accounts of Monterey and San Francisco before American annexation as well as his impressions of the missionaries.
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