1968 Reprint
Beechey Expedition Narrative

Beechey, F.W.:
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Berring's Strait, To Cooperate with the Polar Expeditions: Performed in His Majesty's Ship Blossom, under the Command of Captain F.W. Beechey, F.W..

London, Colburn and Bentley & Amsterdan, 1831, two volumes. Volume I: xxii, 472 pages, 13 plates (engraved), 1 double-page copper engraved map, 1 fold-out copper engraved map. Volume II: Lv, 452 pages, 10 (engraved) plates (6 of which are fold-out), 1 fold-out copper engraved map. Blue and white cloth cover. Beechey was attempting to discover a North-West passage. After explorations in Arctic and Alaskan regions, he sailed to the Pacific and discovered several Pacific Islands, visited Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands, and cruised along the Chinese coast. The Narrative contains an extensive account of the expedition's visit to Okinawa. This is in Chapter V and it spans pages 139 through 227. The expedition remained in Okinawa, "Loo Choo," from May 11 to May 25, 1827. The stay on Okinawa provides interesting commentary on the people and how they lived. Original two volumes are rare books which retail for $1,500-$3,000 and up in Good condition. Reprint:

1968, N. Israel, Amsterdam - Da Capo Press, New York, two volumes (6 x 8.5 in - 8vo - small).

Cover of 1968 Reprint edition

 
Natives of Loo Choo (page 165)

 
Departure of a Loo Choo Junk
with Tribute to Pekin (page 170)

 

There are four illustrations pertaining to Okinawa in the Narrative.

The Narrative contains an extensive account of the expedition's visit to Okinawa. This is in Chapter V and it spans pages 139 through 227. The expedition remained in Okinawa, "Loo Choo," from May 11 to May 25, 1827. The stay on Okinawa provides interesting commentary on the people and how they lived.

 


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