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Meares, John, 1756?-1809

Voyages made in the years 1788 and 1789, from China to the North West coast of America : to which are prefixed, an introductory narrative of a voyage performed in 1786, from Bengal, in the ship Nootka : observations on the probable existence of a North West Passage : and some account of the trade between the North West Coast of America and China; and the latter country and Great Britain / by John Meares, Esq.

London : Printed at the Logographic Press, and sold by J. Walter, No 169, Piccadilly, opposite Old Bond Street, MDCCXC [1790]
Physical Description:
viii, [12], xcv, [1], 372, [108] pages, ([28] leaves of plates, [4] folded) : illustrations, maps ; 30 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
F879 .M43 1790+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
William Combes assisted Meares in the compilation of this work. Cf. Abbey.
Engravings by Charles Bestland, Joseph Saunders, Robert Pollard, and John Wells; after William Beechey, T. S. Parry, John Meares, Thomas Stothard, and C. M. Metz.
A second edition, in two volumes was published in 1791.
English short title catalogue, T98966
Abbey, J.R. Travel in aquatint and lithography, 1770-1860, 594
BAC: British Art Center copy is the Abbey copy. Bound in contemporary mottled calf, rebacked. Bookplate: George Finch.
Subject Terms:
China -- Commerce -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
China -- Commerce -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Early works to 1800.
Finch, George -- Bookplate.
Great Britain -- Commerce -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Early works to 1800.
Indians of North America -- Pacific Coast.
Nootka (Ship)
Northwest Coast of North America -- Commerce -- China -- Early works to 1800.
Northwest Coast of North America -- Discovery and exploration -- British -- Early works to 1800.
Northwest Coast of North America -- Discovery and exploration -- British -- Early works to 1800.
Northwest Passage -- Early works to 1800.
Pacific Ocean -- Early works to 1800.
Vancouver Island (B.C.) -- Discovery and exploration -- British -- Early works to 1800.
Travel literature -- England -- London -- 1790.
Soft-ground etchings -- 1790.
Stipple engravings -- 1790.
Engravings -- 1790.
Aquatints -- 1790.
Combe, William, 1742-1823.
Walter, J., bookseller.
Logographic Press, printer.
Bestland, Charles, 1763-1837, engraver.
Pollard, Robert, 1755-1838, engraver.
Saunders, Joseph, 1773-1875, engraver.
Wells, John, active 18th century-19th century
Beachey, William, Sir, 1753-1839, illustrator.
Metz, C. M. (Conrad Martin), 1755-1827, illustrator.
Parry, T. S., illustrator.
Stothard, Thomas, 1755-1834, illustrator.

  • Plates: A chart of the Northern Pacific Ocean
  • Interior part of North America
  • Chart of the N.W. Coast of America and N.E. Coast of Asia
  • Sketch of Friendly Cove in Nootka Sound
  • Sketch of Port Cox in the District of Wicananish
  • A plan of Port Effingham in Berkley's Sound
  • A view of Otter Sound
  • A plan of Sea Otter Harbour and St Patricks Bay
  • A view of Port Meares
  • A sketch of Raft Cove
  • John Meares Esqr.
  • A view of the entrance of the Bocca Tigris, leading to Canton
  • View of Tiger Island, situated in the River of Bocca Tigris
  • Tianna, a Prince of Atoor, one of the Sandwich Islands
  • Views of the land on the Philipine Islands, to the Southward of Manilla
  • Wynee, a native of Owyhee, one of the Sandwich Island
  • Bashee Islands
  • Jonstones Island. Free Wills Isles. Tatee Isles. Continuation of the Tatee Isles. The new discov'd Sandwich Island
  • Lots Wife when taken for a sail. Lots Wife
  • View of the Land in 49.3N. Port Effingham. Nootka Sound
  • Callicum and Maquilla, Chiefs of Nootka Sound
  • Entrance of the Strait of John de Fuca
  • The country of New Albion
  • The launch of the North West America at Nootka Sound
  • A view of the City of Macao
  • Peak of Lantao, near the entrance of the Bocca Tigris
  • Two headed Point Island of Kodick Douglass Island
  • Land in Cooks River & Comptollers Bay. Land near Cape Douglass in Cooks River. Continuation of the view near Cape Douglass. Kays Island.

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