Lot 38
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Belcher, Sir Edward

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  • Narrative of a Voyage Round the World, performed in Her Majesty’s Ship Sulphur, during the years 1836-1842, including details of the naval operations in China, from Dec. 1840, to Nov. 1841. London: Henry Colburn, 1843
  • Paper
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, 8vo (235 x 142mm.), 3 folding maps in pocket of volume 1, 19 lithographed plates, 16pp. advertisements at end of vol.1, original blue-green ribbed cloth, yellow endpapers, light spotting, repair to vol.1 title, slightly rubbed, spines sunned


P. Allan Fraser, inscriptions partially removed from titles


Hill (2004) 102; Sabin 4390

Catalogue Note

Edward Belcher (1799-1877) took over command of HMS Sulphur when the previous captain, Frederick Beechey fell ill at Valparaiso, Chile.

The intention of the voyage was exploratory, to survey the Pacific coast of North and South America and the Pacific basin. “The various harbours along the coast of California and northwest to Alaska were surveyed, and a month’s journey in open boats was made up the Sacramento River from San Francisco Bay. The Hawaiian Islands, the Marquesas, the Society Islands, the Tonga Islands, the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, etc., were visited” (Hill). On the same voyage, the Sulphur was also engaged in the First Opium War.