Voyage of the United States frigate Potomac, under the command of John Downes, during the circumnavigation of the globe in the years 1831-34; including a particular account of the engagement at Quallah-Battoo, on the coast of Sumatra with all the official documents relating to the same. N. Reynolds, eremiah.
Voyage of the United States frigate Potomac, under the command of John Downes, during the circumnavigation of the globe in the years 1831-34; including a particular account of the engagement at Quallah-Battoo, on the coast of Sumatra with all the official documents relating to the same
Voyage of the United States frigate Potomac, under the command of John Downes, during the circumnavigation of the globe in the years 1831-34; including a particular account of the engagement at Quallah-Battoo, on the coast of Sumatra with all the official documents relating to the same
Voyage of the United States frigate Potomac, under the command of John Downes, during the circumnavigation of the globe in the years 1831-34; including a particular account of the engagement at Quallah-Battoo, on the coast of Sumatra with all the official documents relating to the same

By the author of Mocha Dick

Voyage of the United States frigate Potomac, under the command of John Downes, during the circumnavigation of the globe in the years 1831-34; including a particular account of the engagement at Quallah-Battoo, on the coast of Sumatra with all the official documents relating to the same

New York: Harper & Brothers, No. 82 Cliff-Street, 1835. First edition, 8vo, pp. [2], x, [1], 12-560, [2] ads, 30 (ads); engraved frontispiece and 9 plates (5 folding, 2 of them vertical panoramas); original terracotta textured cloth, gilt-stamped spine; a touch of fading and spotting on the covers, and the frontispiece miscreased, othewise this is a very good, sound copy, and better than most. "In 1832 ... [Reynolds] was in Valparaiso. The man-of-war Potomac arrived in port; he went aboard for a visit and was invited to join the crew as a private secretary to Commodore Downes. In view of an uneasy situation created by the ship's attack on the Malays of Sumatra, Reynolds was directed to prepare an official report delineating all the facts and circumstances. Chapters 1-17 are transcribed by Reynolds from the journal of his predessor, N. K. G. Oliver; chapters 18-23 are gathered from the reports of various crew members; chapters 24-30 are Reynolds's own observations, after the departure from Valparaiso." Throughout, Reynolds dutifully describes the various ports-of-call made during the voyage, including the Cape Verde Islands, Rio de Janeiro, Capetown, Sumatra, Java, Batavia, Canton, Macao, Hawaii, Tahiti, the Falkland Islands, Lima, and the Galapagos, among others. Four years after this publication, and three years before the famed Wilkes expedition (for which Reynolds was largely responsible), the author wrote a short article for Knickerbocker Magazine entitled "Mocha Dick, or the White Whale of the Pacific," which Melville, a dozen years later, would rework into a book "broiled in hell-fire." Hill (2004),1443; Sabin 70434. Item #58040

Price: $750.00

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