The China Pilot.
King, John W.
Hydrographic Office, Admiralty, ( 1864), London
8vo, 23 cm. xi, (1) 661 pp.
Comprising the coasts of China, Korea, and Manchuria ; the Sea of Japan, the gulfs of Tartary and Amur and the Sea of Okhotska ; also the Babuyan, Bashi, Formosa, Meiaco-Sima, Lu-Chu, Mariana, Bonin, Japan, Saghalin, and Kuril Islands. With short lexicons of Chinese and Japanese words “of frequent occurrence in charts and sailing directions.” Navigational routes and hazards described in detail, with information on soundings, currents, prevailing weather in different seasons, and other factors of importance to navigators. Aside from directions, a good bit of history is presented, as King cites examples of earlier vessels and their difficulties in various harbors and channels. This is an early edition, and quite scarce in the trade. Bound as issued in textured yellow cloth with gold title on cover and backstrip. Sewing weak but holding. With several clippings from the Kobe Japan “Herald” relating the adventures of “Captain William Wallace Frost of the tea-clipper St. David,” whose copy this apparently was.