A Voyage Round the World, from 1806 to 1812; in Which Japan, Kamschatka, the Aleutian Islands and the Sandwich Islands Were Visited… With an Account of the Present State of the Sandwich Islands, and a Vocabulary of Their Language..
Duke & Browne, ( 1822), Charleston, SC
12 mo. (5)-220 pp. b/w folding map colored in outline.
Third American edition. This is a fascinating and, in my opinion, under-appreciated account of a journey to China and Japan, and along the coast of Alaska. “Of great value is his description of the Hawaiian Islands. Campbell became close to Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii, and became the kings sailmaker. He built the first loom in those islands. After a shipwreck, Campbell had both his feet frozen… American imprints of this date, relating to Pacific voyages, are rare. – Hill 245. Campbells description of Kodiak is particularly valuable. – Lada Mocarski 71. Probably the earliest printing of a Hawaiian vocabulary in America. The American edition contains information not found in the Edinburgh edition. – Forbes 461. See also Hunnewell p. 29. Huntress 184C. Judd 30. This Charleston edition is scarce, Worldcat showing only eight libraries holding copies. Bound in functional but gaudy half morocco like substance over blue boards, with eye-popping gold decoration and spine lettering. (Why do people do that?)