Item #36970 Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the N.W. Coast of America: with An Introductory Narrative of A Voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the Ship Nootka. To which are annexed, Observations on the Probable Existence of A North West Passage. And some account of the Trade between the North West Coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain. John MEARES.
Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the N.W. Coast of America: with An Introductory Narrative of A Voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the Ship Nootka. To which are annexed, Observations on the Probable Existence of A North West Passage. And some account of the Trade between the North West Coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain.

Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789, from China to the N.W. Coast of America: with An Introductory Narrative of A Voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the Ship Nootka. To which are annexed, Observations on the Probable Existence of A North West Passage. And some account of the Trade between the North West Coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain.

London: Printed at the Topographic Press and sold by J. Walter. 1791. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo., 21.5cm, (second edition), in two volumes, lxxii,363 & 332,[64],[7]p., with engraved frontis portrait, 3 engraved plates (1 folding) and 7 folding engraved maps, rebound in full dark brown calf, raised blind ruled bands, small blind decorations in the panels, gilt titles, blind stamped decorated borders on the upper covers, marbled endpapers, heavily foxed and acid, (surely not many copies could have survived), a very good copy in attractive contemporary style fine binding. (cgc) The Rare Second Edition, first 8vo edition. This edition not in Gaff, T.P.L., Lande, Strathern 364,I. Calls for 9 maps and 4 plates, however the only other reference I can find refers to a total of 9 maps and plates or less. Meares commanded the Felice Adventurer and Iphigenia, Captain Douglas, on a trading voyage for the Associated Merchants. The seizure of his ships by the Spanish at Nootka led to an international crisis, eventually resolved by the Nootka Convention of 1790. His exaggerated claims concerning his exploits and hardships were strongly attacked by George Dixon. The account of voyages was edited by William Combe from Mearer's papers, ref. D.N.B. The appendices contain the official instructions for the voyage, and various documents concerning the seizure, including Meares's Memorial to the House of Commons which was also published separately. The British based their claim to Oregon in large measure on Meares' voyage to and exploration of the Northwest Coast. cf. Graff 2734. Howes M469. Lada-Mocarski 46, cf. Lande 1346. Sabin 47260. Smith 6690. Streeter 6:3491. Cf. T.P.L. 612. Following this there were editions in French in 1792 & 1794; in German, 1796; in Italian, 2 printings in 1796 and 1 in 1797; in Russian 1797; in Swedish, in 1797. Item #36970

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