New York: Collins & Hannay, 1833.
First edition. With 5 lithographed plates (2 folding). xii, 499 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Later 3/4 navy morocco, spine lettered in gilt with gilt nautical devices in panels, t.e.g. Scattered staining (heavy in a few spots), folding plates backed, otherwise very good Howes F 27; Sabin 23780; Hill Collection p. 101; Ferguson, p. 83. Item #313538
The memoirs of one of America’s greatest explorers, containing the account of the first naval expedition to the southern hemisphere sponsored by the U.S. government. The author gives accounts of adventures in Australia, and includes tales of the rescue of the Rev. William Pascoe Crook, a missionary; of sealing in the South Seas and off the coasts of New Holland; of a journey to King George's Sound; and tales of Simeon Lord of Sydney and his sealing and sandalwood ventures. Fanning, originally of Stonington, Connecticut, in May 1792 embarked on his first voyage to the South Seas. In the ensuing twenty-five years, he made voyages to the Pacific and around the world, visiting China, Australia, South Georgia, Fiji and the Marquesas, and discovered several previously-unknown islands as well as the island which bears his name (which lies 1200 miles south of Hawaii). The voyages to the South Seas and China which Fanning either commanded or directed during his lifetime totalled upwards of seventy!
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