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* DIXON, Captain George (1748-1795) and Nathaniel PORTLOCK (1748-1817). A Voyage Round the World; but More Particularly to the North-West Coast of America:... 1785...1788, in the King George and Queen Charlotte, Captains Portlock and Dixon. London: J. Stockdale for George Goulding, 1789.
4to (262 x 199 mm). With 5 engraved folding maps, 17 engraved plates (3 folding). (A few plates with minor dampstaining, one or two with repairs on verso.) Contemporary tree calf gilt (joints skillfully restored).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS ACCOUNT OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, a voyage undertaken by the newly-formed King George's Sound Company to establish a fur trade between the northwest American coast and China. With Dixon as Captain of the Queen Charlotte and Nathaniel Portlock as captain of the King George, the expedition sailed to Prince William Sound where the two ships then parted. Dixon continued down the coast, discovered Queen Charlotte Island, Port Mulgrave, Norfolk Bay, and Dixon Archipelago, and made three stops in Hawaii for the purpose of trading and acquiring provisions. The ship subsequently stopped at Canton to trade and finally returned to Dover in September 1788. The text of Dixon's voyage is by William Beresford, the supercargo aboard the Queen Charlotte, written in the form of letters to a friend in London, but edited by Dixon who added the introduction, the appendix, and the maps. Cox II: 27-28; Forbes:161; Hill 117; Howes D-365; Lada-Mocarski 43; Sabin 20364; Streeter VI: 3484; Wickersham 6574.