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1 Wilkes, Charles Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842 - 5 Volumes
Philadelphia, PA Lea and Blanchard 1845 Reprint Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket Illustrations & Maps 
5 volumes, vol I: lvi, 434 pp, 2 maps; vol II: xi, 476 pp, 1 map; vol III: xi, 438 pp, 1 map; vol IV: xiii, 539 pp, 3 maps; vol v: xii, 558 pp, 4 maps, brown cloth covered boards w/dark brown tipped on leather labels w/gilt lettering. A U.S. government-sponsored maritime exploring expedition sailed from Norfolk, Virginia under the command of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes on the 18th of August 1838. In 1838, the United States Exploring Expedition (as it was named) set sail under the command of a vain and fractious New York aristocrat named Charles Wilkes.The ships: Vincennes, Porpoise, Peacock, Relief, Sea Gull, and the Flying Fish with only the Vincennes and Porpoise making the entire journey. They were to sail south, exploring the Atlantic, pass through Cape Horn, explore Antarctica, visit the Sandwich Islands and the American Northwest, cross the Pacific and Indian Oceans, round the Cape of Good Hope and return at last to New York. All this took five years to complete. Wilkes a strict disciplinarian, was often in conflict with both his superiors and his subordinates was known as the "stormy Petrel" of the Navy. When he was back in New York, then he and his officers raised court martial charges against one another. He spent nineteen years writing up the material collected on the trip. The book has been professionally rebound in brown cloth. Haskell #3 "edition - 3000 cc's This edition is printed from the sterotype plates of the Imperial octavo edition (No. 2B) This edition appeared without the atlas. Howes W414, Sabin 103994. 
Price: 2082.50 USD
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