Byron's Journal of his Circumnavigation, 1764-1766
Publisher: Hakluyt Society
lxxxii+230 pages with frontispiece and 4 other figures, 14 maps (some folding, appendix and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in publisher's original blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt pictorial of the ship Victoria to cover with original jacket. Edited by Robert E Gallagher. Appendix by Helen Wallis on the Patagonian giants. Second Series, volume 122. First edition.
In 1764 the John Byron was commissioned by the Admiralty to sail to the South Atlantic to search for Pepyss Island and the Southern Continent. He was then to continue into the Pacific itself and look for a possible North-west passage. Although he rediscovered the Falkland Islands, it was after the French had done so under Bougainville, and he made no attempt to search for a North-west passage at all, but sailed straight on round the world, making no discoveries of any importance. The journal which Byron Kept during his voyage has been edited and annotated Gallagher. In his "Introduction" he describes earlier voyages of a similar nature and sketches in the background to this voyage. He assesses Byron's achievement and considers why he disobeyed his orders. Apart from the Journal, the Admiralty"s "Secret Instructions" to Byron are also printed here, as well as Byron's letter to the Admiralty explaining why he was sailing straight on.
Frontispiece loose. Jacket soiled, spine sunned and lightly chipped at spine head closed tear. A very good copy in like jacket.
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