VOYAGES MADE IN THE YEARS 1788 AND 1789, FROM CHINA TO THE N.W. COAST OF AMERICA: WITH AN INTRODUCTORY NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE PERFORMED IN 1786, FROM BENGAL, IN THE SHIP NOOTKA. TO WHICH ARE ANNEXED, OBSERVATIONS ON THE PROBABLE EXISTENCE OF A NORTH WEST PASSAGE. AND SOME ACCOUNT OF THE TRADE BETWEEN THE NORTH WEST COAST OF AMERICA AND CHINA; AND THE LATTER COUNTRY AND GREAT BRITAIN.

London: printed at the Logographic Press, and sold by J. Walter, 1791. Second edition. 8vo. Two volumes: xii, lxxii, 363; (2), 332, (63, appendix) pp. Frontispiece portrait of the author (outer edge a little trimmed), 13 maps and plates, some folding. John Meares (c. 1756-1809) was a British naval officer and entrepreneur whose explorations along the north west coast of America and commercial interests in the fur trade nearly precipitated a war with Spain. After a disastrous voyage to Prince William Sound in 1786, Meares again solicited investors for another trip to Nootka Sound with two ships, the Iphigenia and the Felice, in 1788. The Iphigenia and two other ships Meares had outfitted were seized by Spain which claimed rights to trade along the entire coast. Meares promptly returned to Britain to plead his case for compensation; outrage in Britain led to a threat of war and Spain ultimately acceded to British demands. The Anglo-Spanish convention of 1790 guaranteed trade along the coast would be open to all nations. Howes M-469: "Pioneer voyage to this coast, supplying the chief basis to British claims to Oregon." Hill 1127 (quoting from 1126): "This important narrative ... gives a very full account of the Indian nations of Northwestern America, describing their villages, languages, manners, and customs. It also contains a separate account of the voyage of the Iphigenia Nubiana, commanded by Capt. William Douglas, which visited the Sandwich Islands as well as the Nootka Sound." Some scattered foxing, but a very good copy. Contemporary flame calf, rebacked, with the original spines laid down, original leather spine labels and gilt rules. (9769). Item #62055

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