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Beechey, Frederick William, 1796-1856

Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Beering's strait : to co-operate with the polar expeditions : performed in His Majesty's ship Blossom, under the command of Captain F.W. Beechey, R.N. F.R.S., F.R.A.S., and F.R.G.S in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28 : published by authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty : in two parts.

Additional Title(s):

Spine title, on publisher's printed labels: Beechey's voyage to the Pacific

Voyage to the Pacific

London : Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, MDCCCXXXI [1831]
London : Printed by Thomas Davison, Whitefriars
Physical Description:
2 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
G650 1825 B44+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Engravings by Edward Finden; after Beechey and W. Smyth. Maps engraved by J.&C. Walker. Some lithographs printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel.
Paged continuously: pt. I: xxi, [1] p., 1 l., 392 p.; pt. II: vii, [1], [393]-742 pages. 23 plates and 3 maps (2 folded, including frontispiece)
Sabin, J. Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 4347
BEIN: Imperfect: half-titles wanting.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in publisher's brown boards, with printed spine labels. Tipped in at end of volume 1: New works published by Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. London, January 1831. 16 pages ; 23 cm. Errata slip tipped into volume 2.
Frederick William Beechey describes his voyage in 1825-1828 to the Bering Strait, where he was to meet the explorers Sir John Franklin and Sir Edward Parry if they succeeded in finding the North-West Passage. Volume 1 records Beechey's outward journey, including visits to Pitcairn Island, where he met the last surviving Bounty mutineer and documented his story; Tahiti, and Hawai'i, and his first season exploring the Bering Strait. Volume 2 follows the expedition from California via China to its second Arctic summer, and includes a vocabulary of Eskimo words, notes on harbours and navigation, and a description of the northern lights.
Subject Terms:
Arctic regions.
Bering Sea.
Bering Strait.
Blossom (Ship)
California -- Description and travel.
Pacific Ocean.
San Francisco (Calif.) -- Description and travel.
Scientific expeditions.
Voyages and travels -- Pacific Area.
Engravings -- 1831.
Lithographs -- 1831.
Steel engravings -- 1831.
Publisher's catalogs.
Errata slips (Printing)
Colburn, Henry, -1855, publisher.
Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871, publisher.
Davison, Thomas, printer.
Finden, Edward Francis, 1791-1857, engraver.
Hullmandel, Charles Joseph, 1789-1850, lithographer.
J. & C. Walker (Firm), engraver.
Smyth, William, 1800-1877, illustrator.

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