London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. First Edition. Item #001240F
FIRST EDITION, Large-Paper "Admiralty Issue" of Beechey's most famous voyage. Precedes The Octavo Edition published the same year. Two parts in one volume. 23 engraved or aquatint plates, three maps (two folding); errata. Lacking half-titles, some spotting and browning to plates, some offsetting, small section of fore-margin of title-page excised and repaired. Contemporary half calf gilt, marbled boards. (Rebacked, perserving original spine and end papers.
"One of the most valuable of modern voyages, containing a most interesting visit to Pitcairn Island, The Coast of California", SABIN 4347. Beechey met one of the last survivors of The Mutiny on The Bounty, John Adams and transmits his lengthy account along with a portrait. He also describes The Eskimos, San Francisco and Montery.
THE ADMIRALTY ISSUE IS THE SCARCEST AND BEST EDITION IN LARGER FORMAT, WITH BETTER PLATES AND ADDED TEXT NOT IN THE OCTAVO EDITION.
PROVENANCE: Bassett Jones (1877-1960, American Polar Collector (Bookplate).
PROVENANCE: STEVE FOSSETT, American Business man, Record setting aviator, Sailor and Adventurer. First man to navigate the earth in a balloon. (Bookplate).
Arctic Bibliography 1227; Forbes 772; Hill 93; Howe's B-309; LADA-Mocarski 95; Sabin 4347; Tourville 467; Wickersham 6541;Zamorano 4.