London: George Goulding, 1789. Second Edition. Leather bound. 8 5/8 X 11 Inches. 360 PP + 47 PP Appendix. Very Good. Item #2775
“Good reading and...an excellent authority for the early days of fur trading on the northwest coast” (Streeter).
Stated "Second Edition" copy with ALL 22 folding maps and illustrations intact. Recent leather rebacking over period leather boards. Hand-tooled dentelle board edges. AEG. Retains title-page and often missing half title-page. This copy also retains the original "Instructions to the Binder" page detailing the placement of the maps and illustrations. The binder of this particular copy chose to ignore the suggested placements, but all of the illustrations are in fact bound in in locations chosen by the binder. A binding rebellion if you will... Occasional foxing and offsetting to boards and pages. A very nice copy in a strong binding. Boards are a bit scuffed as shown.
George Dixon (1748 – 11 November 1795) was an English sea captain, explorer, and maritime fur trader. He served under Captain Cook in his third voyage, on HMS Resolution, as armourer. In the course of the voyage he learned about the commercial possibilities along the North West Coast of America. History has not served Dixon well; for he is the least known of those who served and or were taught by Captain Cook and is only rarely mentioned in history books. When he is mentioned, he is relegated to a minor figure, overshadowed by the more dramatic figures of Cook and William Bligh, another officer on Cook's ill-fated third trip.
This book represents an account of the voyage undertaken by Captains Portlock and Dixon to the northwest coast of North America to collect fur.