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PORTER, David (1780-1843)
Journal of a Cruise made to the Pacific Ocean, by Captain David Porter, in the United States frigate Essex, in the years 1812, 1813, and 1814 [with:] A Voyage in the South Seas, in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814 [with:] Adventures and Achievements of Americans
Bradford and Inskeep, Philadelphia, 1815. (8 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches). vi, [2], 263; [1], 169pp. Stipple engraved portrait frontispiece, engraved folding map, 12 engraved maps and plates. Contemporary three-quarter red morocco, marbled paper boards, spine in five compartments with raised bands, spine titles and decoration stamped in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Very rare first edition of the first American naval expedition to the Pacific Ocean, complete with all maps and plates. The rare first edition of this important narrative is believed to have been suppressed and when found is nearly always lacking the map which is present here. Porter, without authorization, took the Essex around the Cape, and was the only American commander to sail against the British in the Pacific Ocean during the War of 1812. He inflicted much damage on British shipping and whaling enterprises and showed the flag along the coast and in the islands, although the government never followed up on his annexation of Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas. Illustrations include portraits of islanders, breadfruit, etc. Howes P484; Hill 1371; Sabin 64218; Forbes 447; Shaw & Shoemaker 35674. [with:] PORTER, Captain David. A Voyage in the South Seas, in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814. London: Sir Richard Phillips & Co., 1823. 8vo (8 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches). [2], 126pp. With folding map of the Galapagos Islands and 2 engraved plates. The first London (fourth overall) edition of Porter's Journal, this version significantly abridged -- the anti-British portions having been -- and including the running titles from Sir R … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Donald A. Heald Rare Books (ABAA) [New York, NY, U.S.A.]

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