Item NART4 -  John S. Jenkins, 1850.  “Voyage of the U.S. Exploring Squadron …”

A very scarce book, the full title of this calf bound volume is “Voyage of the U.S. Exploring Squadron commanded by Captain Charles Wilkes of the United States Navy, In 18383, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842: together with explorations and discoveries made by Admiral D’Urville, Captain Ross, etc etc.”  Of course the expedition led by Charles Wilkes was an historical intrusion by the United States into the Pacific and Southern Oceans.  This book summarizes most of the expedition’s findings and includes great descriptions of the peoples and places in the Pacific that had little contact with Americans, other than Whalers, up to this time.  The  book’s calf binding is well rubbed on the edges and spines, but the pages are tight, and beyond some foxing in the first few pages they are bright and clean.  It is a great nautical book.  Published in Auburn, NY by James M. Alden.  This appears to be a first edition, with later printings dated 1854.  Good+  


Price -    $350.00

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