Journal of a voyage between China and the north-western coast of America. As contained in: The American Register, vol III., part 1, pp. 137-75.

Philadelphia: 1808. First printing of this important account (on pages 137-175) of a voyage to the Columbia River from Canton, and along the west coast of America; 8vo, pp. vii, [1], 583; recent half tan calf antique, red morocco label on spine; top of title page neatly clipped away, else fine in a nice new binding. Forbes 96: "After trading [at the Columbia River], Shaler followed the west coast of America down to Guatemala, returning to California early in 1805. The narrative has a lengthy description of the settlements in California an aspects of his commercial trading up and down that coast ... Shaler arrived in Hawaii August 19, 1805, and continued to Oahu September 1, later trading at Waimea, Kauai ... He gives a good general physical description of the islands, and comments on the religious and political structure ... This narrative is particularly important for its comments on Kamehameha, his politics and plans for territorial expansion, and the political intrigues between Kamehameha and Kaumualii in which Shaler had a part..." Howes S-324; Judd 160. Item #41953

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