London: John Stockdale, 1801. 'A New Edition, with corrections, illustrated with nineteen views and charts.'. Complete in 6 volumes (lacking chart in Volume I titled "Chart shewing Part of the Coast of N.W. America"). 8vo. 410; 418; 435; 417; 454; 412 pp. Large folding chart; 17 fold out engraved plates. three-quarter black leather over marbled boards; gilt decoration & lettering to spines. Faint residual from bookplate removal inside front board in each volume; minor wear to extremities; lacking 1 chart; else a uniformly near fine set. Item #19278
Captain George Vancouver (1757 – 1798) was a British officer of the Royal Navy best known for his 1791–95 expedition, which explored and charted North America's northwestern Pacific Coast regions, including the coasts of what are now the American states of Alaska, Washington, and Oregon, as well as the province of British Columbia in Canada. He also explored the Hawaiian Islands and the southwest coast of Australia. "Most of the 3 years occupied was spent on the California and Northwest Coasts which were first accurately charted. Of all the modern exploring voyages to the Pacific, Vancouver's was one of the most important." (Hill 1754; Howes V23).