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McLEOD, John.

Voyage of His Majesty's Ship Alceste, along the Coast of Corea, to the Island of Lewchew;

with an Account of her subsequent Shipwreck.

London, John Murray, 1818 Stock Code: 129164
£750.00
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Notes

Second Edition, first published the previous year. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste which carried Lord Amherst on his embassy to China. The ship was wrecked in the Strait of Gaspar, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The narrative concludes with their brief stop at St. Helena, where Lord Amherst and McLeod were introduced to Napoleon. A contemporary reviewer in the Edinburgh Review remarked on "Mr. McLeod's animated and ennobling story of the loss of the Alceste, and the deliverance of the crew... which makes us proud of our country, and puts us in good humour with our species". With a contemporary gift inscription, believed to be from Scottish geologist Robert Allan, on the first blank, "Miss Bryce, from her friend, Robert Allan, Edin. May 1830". Additionally with the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst, Lancashire chemist and bibliophile, specialising in "choice copies", to the front pastedown.

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Description

Octavo (214 x 134 mm). Contemporary tan calf by C. Murton, titles to red calf label to spine, spine elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments, single rule gilt frame to covers, floral cornerpieces in blind to covers, turn-ins rolled in blind, board edges rolled in gilt, marbled edges, brown endpapers, brown silk page marker.

Illustrations

Soft ground etched portrait of Capt. Murray Maxwell as frontispiece and 5 coloured aquatint plates.

Condition

A touch of wear to edges, boards lightly soiled, top edge dust toned, light foxing throughout, not affecting the exceptionally bright plates; a very good, handsome, copy.

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