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Account of a Voyage of Discovery
, 1818 1818. First Edition . (KOREA) (CHINA) (JAPAN—RYUKYU ISLANDS) HALL, Basil. Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea, and the Great Loo-Choo Island… and a Vocabulary of the Loo-Choo Language by H.J. Clifford. London: John Murray, 1818. Quarto, contemporary three-quarter brown calf, marbled boards. $5500.First edition of this expedition to the East China and Yellow Seas, with eight lovely hand-colored aquatints by William Havell, two black-and-white engravings and five charts and maps (three folding), in contemporary calf and marbled boards.Scottish-born Basil Hall entered the British navy in 1801, and in 1815 “was appointed to the Lyra and ordered to China where, in consort with the Alceste, he accompanied Lord Amherst’s embassy” (Howgego). The expedition “explored the relatively little-known East China Sea and the Yellow Sea. Visits were made to Korea and the Ryukyu Archipelago. Korea had been sketchily explored by the Europeans, but it was not until the Alceste and Lyra expedition in 1816-17, under Captains Murray Maxwell and Basil Hall, that detailed information was obtained about the Ryukyus. On the homeward passage, the Alceste was wrecked in Gaspar Strait off Sumatra” (Hill). “Hall brought the Lyra back to England in October 1817 and during the return voyage interviewed Napoleon at St. Helena” (Howgego). Hall later traveled to the Pacific coast of North America, the Galápagos Islands and South America. The hand-colored aquatints were drawn by William Havell, protégé of Turner, and depict scenic views as well as chiefs and priests encountered on the journey. Bound without half title. Abbey Travel 558. Hill 749. Howgego H3. Early owner signatures on title page. Old bookseller ticket tipped to front free endpaper.Only slight scattered foxing and offsetting, occasionally affecting plates; minor edge-wear and rubbing to marbled covers, expert repair to front joint. A beautifully illustrated, handsomely bound copy in extremely good condition.
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