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WILKES, CHARLES. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition. 14 folding maps, 64 plates, numerous text illustrations. 6 volumes, including the atlas. Imperial 8vo, publisher's gilt pictorial cloth, minor wear, brown rather than the usual black; first frontispiece detached, moderate foxing, closed tears and wear to the 5 atlas maps; uncut, one of 1000; pencil signature of G.H. Thompson on front free endpapers. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1845
regular first trade edition. "The first United States scientific expedition by sea"--Howes W414 ("aa"). The six vessels under Wilkes's command surveyed thousands of miles of Pacific coast from 1838 to 1842, and made important natural history observations. Covers South America, the coast of Antarctica, the South Pacific, Hawaii, California, Manila, Singapore, and more. Ferguson 4209; Forbes, Hawaii 1574; Haskell 2B and 17B (atlas); Hill 1867.
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