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Charles Wilkes — Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842



Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842 Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition During the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, and 1842



Lea & Blanchard, Philadelphia, 1845. 6 volumes. 5 text volumes. Large 8vo., (11 x 7 inches). Half-titles. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Wilkes, 9 folding maps, 63 engraved plates, and numerous engravings and vignettes throughout (some spotting, lightly browned). Atlas volume. Large 8vo., (11 x 7 inches). Four (of five) large folding lithographic maps, the "Chart of the World " with contemporary hand-color (lacking "Map of the Oregon Territory", browned, one or two short marginal tears). Original brown publisher's cloth, gilt (some extremities scuffed with minor loss). Provenance: 19th-century ink library stamp of Julius F. Hutawa (fl. 1832-1872), fine American lithographer, on each title-page. Third edition. First published by Sherman in a very limited issue in 1844, and then in another quarto edition of about 1000 copies by Lea and Blanchard in 1845. With the RARE publisher's prospectus of 8 leaves (six of text) and one plate (soiled and stained). Wilke's celebrated expedition explored extensively the coast of South America, the South Seas, Antarctica, California and the Northwest, the Philippines and the East Indies. Sabin 103994; Howes W-414.
 

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