Fanning, Edmund. VOYAGES ROUND THE WORLD; with Selected Sketches of Voyages to the South Seas, North and South Pacific Oceans, China, Etc., performed under the Command and Agency of the Author. Also, Information Relating to Important Late Discoveries; between the Years 1792 and 1832 together with the Report of the Commander of the First American Exploring Expedition, Patronised by the United States Government, in the Brigs Seraph and Annawan, to the Southern Hemisphere. By Edmund Fanning. New York: Collins & Hannay. M DCCC XXXIII. Med. 8vo, First Edition; pp. [ii](binder's blank), xii, -500(last blank), (binder's blank); 2 folding & 3 full-page lithographs; original brown papered boards with green linen spine and printed paper label; (very neatly rebacked, with the original backstrip and label preserved; a little scattered light foxing & a single small dark stain (6 mm) to extreme upper margin of three leaves & one plate; these blemishes however all essentially trivial); an unusually fine, very clean copy, especially the plates which are in excellent state, the paper nice and crisp throughout; an exceptional copy in original condition of a book usually found in very foxed and browned state; preserved in a well-made leather-backed cloth folding box; very rare. New York; Collins & Hannay; 1833.
***Hill, pages 100-101 (Hill 2, No. 581); Ferguson 1643; Spence 454; Renard 518. An interesting copy, with the inscription 'Deposited May 11. 1833' at head of title-page and Library of Congress duplicate stamp and number (1582) in pink ink on verso (but no other markings anywhere apart from the intriguing - date? - 2-14-32 in similar pink ink on pastedown); and from the library of Frederick Ellis of Shaw Island, with his bookplate on pastedown and signature on free endpaper. Full of interest, this is an important work giving Fanning's experiences in several voyages to the Pacific and round the world. Fanning discovered several previously unknown islands and was instrumental in sending out the expedition under Captains Palmer & Pendleton in 1829. In addition his petition to Congress and other personal efforts were largely responsible for the Act of May 14, 1836 authorizing the United States Exploring Expedition under Charles Wilkes. Fanning visited China, Fiji, Tonga, the Marquesas, King Georges Sound and the desolate island of South Georgia, and the work contains detailed accounts of sealing around the Australian coast and elsewhere in the South Seas. Amongst other material of Australian interest, Fanning gives an account of his rescue from the Marquesas of the missionary Rev. William Pascoe Crook, and an account of the Sydney trader Simeon Lord and his sandalwood and sealing ventures. #13069
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