London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, 1824. 8vo, 21.5cm, The First London edition. xi,,372p., complete with half title, in half tan calf, gilt ruled raised bands, gilt decorations in the panel centers, crushed crimson morocco label, marbled boards, very good to fine copy, rare.(cgc). Item #40393
Sabin 103411. Cordier. Indosinica 2426. Smith. Am Travellers Abroad, W-65. Hill 1861. Goldsmiths, II:24076."This was the first American voyage to ascend the Dong Nai River, and the crew spent a considerable amount of time in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Although much of John White's narrative is devoted to Cochin China, its inhabitants and their language, it also contains an abundance of observations on Vietnam and the Vietnamese [he] also discusses Batavia and the Philippines." -(Hill). The first edition was published the previous year in Boston, as "History of a Voyage to the China Sea", and both editions have become quite scarce. - The first detailed- account of an American's visit to Vietnam" [Robert Hopkins Miller. The United States and Vietnam 1787-1941]. Cochinchina is a historical exonym for part of Vietnam, depending on the contexts. Sometimes it referred to the whole of Vietnam, but it was commonly used to refer to the region south of the Gianh River. (Wiki). Note; Webster spells it differently.