Narrative of the Voyage of HMS 'Rattlesnake', commanded by the late Captain Owen Stanley .. during the years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries and Surveys in New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, etc. to which is added the Account of Mr E.B. Kennedy's Expedition for the Exploration of the Cape York Peninsula. John MACGILLIVRAY.
Narrative of the Voyage of HMS 'Rattlesnake', commanded by the late Captain Owen Stanley .. during the years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries and Surveys in New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, etc. to which is added the Account of Mr E.B. Kennedy's Expedition for the Exploration of the Cape York Peninsula

Narrative of the Voyage of HMS 'Rattlesnake', commanded by the late Captain Owen Stanley .. during the years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries and Surveys in New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, etc. to which is added the Account of Mr E.B. Kennedy's Expedition for the Exploration of the Cape York Peninsula

London, T. & W. Boone, 1852 (first issue).

Octavo, two volumes, xii, 402, 8 (publisher's advertisements) and vi, 396 (last blank), 12 (publisher's advertisements) pages with illustrations plus 13 lithographed plates (6 tinted; most plates after drawings by Thomas Henry Huxley), a large folding engraved map and the 2 advertising slips as called for.

Reinserted in the original dark blue straight-ribbed cloth, with minor restoration to the ends of the spines and early matching replacement endpapers; spines lettered in gilt, sides extensively decorated in blind; all edges uncut; cloth a little marked, scuffed and bumped, with the extremities lightly worn; spines lightly sunned; trifling signs of use and age; a very good set.

The 'Rattlesnake' expedition was an important hydrographical survey, and accordingly has a place in a collection of coastal voyages. Significantly, however, most of the second volume is given over to accounts of Edward Kennedy's tragic expedition (by Carron, Jackey-Jackey and others), as well as lengthy appendices on comparative vocabularies of Cape York and New Guinea, and natural history. Ferguson 11972; Wantrup 145.

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Price: $12,000.00

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