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Account of Cook's third voyage, recounting Kamschatka; docking in Macao harbor; in "The American Mercury"
Hartford, CT: Barlow and Babcock, 1785. Ephemera. Nice copy overall. A single issue of The American Mercury, Vol. I - Numb. 28 for January 17, 1785. The lead article on page one is for Cook's last Voyage, by W. Ellis. Ellis was a member of the crew and released his version of the voyage unofficially. The Admiralty and Sir Joseph Banks were not pleased and Banks admonished Ellis in January 1792. The book was published in 1783. There are about 3 column inches recounting some of the conditions in Kamtschatka, how the language is Russian, their summer customs. The next 23 column inches recount sailing to China, where they anchor in Macau harbor, seeking supplies, and the various machinations of receiving permissions, trading with the Chinese (principally alcohol it seems), and the newly declared war between England and France. Pages 2 & 3 include ship sailings and arrivals, as wells an article by Richard Price "On the Means of promoting human Improvement and Happiness in the United States. On Public Debts." Page 4 includes an article "Anecdotes of Mons. Souffrien, sent us by a gentleman who was a long time prisoner on board his ship.", and advertisement for other publications, including Jedidiah Morse's "Geography Made Easy". There a small loss in the center (at the intersection of two period folds) and small stain in upper margin. 10 1/2 x 17", 4pp.
      [Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints]
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