Paris. Chez F. Buisson, Libraire. . 8vo, (8's), 19.cm, in Three volumes and Atlas. First French Edition, xxiv,391 & 386 & 371,(1)pp., plus tall4to Atlas, 29cm, containing 28 engraved plates and maps (5 double-page & 5 folding)., in the riginal half-roan and paper-over boards, expertly rebacked with original spines laid down, bindings match, some slight wear but tight and secure, some occasional dust soil or spotting in the atlas but the plate are all strong clear strikes, an attractive complete antique set (cgc). Item #40966
Strathern 364:iii. Howes M-469. Sabin 47262. Wickersham 6595a. Cox II, p 29. Cf Hill. 1126. T he first edition was published in London in 1790, and several editions in several languages were published subsequent to this one. The information which came out of Meares' work formed the basis, in great measure, for the claims of the British to the territory of Oregon. While anchored off Nootka, Meares' ships were seized by the Spaniards. England objected most violently and, in the wake of the treaty which settled the dispute, Spain relinquished all claims to territory north of California. The work also describes in some detail the Indians of the Northwest Coast - their customs, manners and way of life. "Pioneer English Voyage to this coast, supplying the chief basis to British Claims to Oregon. Spanish pretensions to territory beyond California were relinquished in the treaty following England's remonstrance over the seizure of Meare's ships, anchored off Nootka". (Howes AA).