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Voyage in the South Seas in the years 1812, 1813 and 1814 with particular details of the Gallipagos and Washington Islands, A
London: Published by Sir Richard Phillips & Co., Bride-Court, Bridge-Street, 1823. Three-Quarter Calf. Near Fine. Slim 8vo: [2],126pp, with three copper-engraved plates (one folding), folding map of the Galapagos Islands, and woodcut of a tortoise in the text. Recent period-style three-quarter calf, spine in six compartments between raised bands decorated in gilt and blind, brown leather lettering piece gilt, marbled paper-covered boards, end papers renewed, edges untrimmed. An excellent, wide-margined copy, text and plates generally clean and bright. Provenance: small bookseller's ticket ("Haymes & Sons Bookdealers") to front paste down. Scarce: WorldCat locates just one copy worldwide. Sabin 64220. Hill 1374.& & First English Edition, following the Philadelphia (1815) and New York (1822) printings, with anti-British passages expunged. As commander of the frigate USS Essex in the War of 1812, Porter achieved fame by capturing the first British warship of the conflic as well as several merchantmen. In February 1813 he sailed the Essex around Cape Horn and cruised the Pacific, warring on British whaler, capturing twelve and taking 360 prisoners. His fleet spent the final months of 1813 regrouping in the Marquises Islands, which he claimed for the United States and renamed the Madison Islands, in honor of President James Madison.&
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