[KS] Re: Alceste

Henny Savenije adam&eve at henny-savenije.demon.nl
Sun Dec 31 19:22:11 EST 2000

Dear Andrea

I found on the web in a British rare bookstore the following:

>.---- 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) ---- John Murray, 
> London, 1818. 22x14cm, half morocco, marbled bds, spine
>           gilt, viii + 323pp, b&w frontis, 5 coloured aquatints, app. 2nd 
> ed. Famous travel account. Rubbing to extremities, spine label
>           chipped but still legible, foxing and spotting to fore-edges, 
> but still a good copy overall. Rare. £350.00

On another

>Abbey Travel 537; Cordier 74; Hill I, 7; Bastin & Brommer 134. Abel was 
>naturalist on the Amherst mission to China. His extensive collection of 
>natural history specimens was almost entirely lost in the shipwreck of the 
>"Alceste". On the voyage home aboard the "Caesar", Abel visited the Cape 
>Colony. Also included are interesting accounts of visits to Madeira, Rio 
>de Janeiro, Batavia, Macao, Manila, and of St. Helena and Napoleon.

On yet another

>68     HALL, Basil. Account of a voyage of discovery to the West Coast of 
>Corea, and the great Loo-Choo island; with an appendix, containing charts, 
>and various hydrographical and scientific notices. And a vocabulary of the 
>Loo-Choo language, by H.J. CLIFFORD. London, John Murray, 1818. 4to. 19th 
>century half calf, spine gilt. With 5 maps (2 folding), and 10 aquatint 
>plates (8 hand-coloured). XV,(1),222,CXXX,(72) pp. 5.250,-
>First edition. - Narrative of the expedition of Lord Amherst's embassy to 
>China on the frigates Alceste
>HALL continued and Lyra under Captain Murray Maxwell and Captain Basil 
>Hall (1788-1844) in the years 1816-1817. They explored the hitherto 
>little-known East China Sea and the Yellow
>Sea, and visited Korea and the Ryuku Archipelago.

The price 5.250,-- is in guilder

On yet another

>ASIA. Rutland, Vermont. 1963. Charles E. Tuttle. Reprint of 1817 orig. Ed. 
>XXVII, (6), 288 PP plus 3 folded maps & 5 full-page b/w plates. Fp: 
>Portrait of Capt. Maxwell. Eps: Track of the voyage of the "Alceste" then 
>the "Caesar". Decorated cloth cover, pict. dw. As new cond. 22 x 13.5. 
>John M'Leod was the surgeon on this 46 gun frigate. The voyage to the 
>Yellow Sea, the coast of Korea, the islands of Lewchew (Okinawa), her 
>shipwreck in the Straits of Gaspar near Java. Encounter with Napoleon at 
>St. Helena. Ref
># 16719 .....A$65

This seems to be the most reasonable price you can find this one on:

Unless you really want an original, but to me 375 U$ doesn't seem to be
expensive if the bookstore is specialized in old books. I have been 
collecting old books in the past, and the prices in specialized
ARE expensive

At 08:49 PM 12/31/00, you wrote:

>Dear all,
>I have found a copy of the book written around 1816 about the voyage of
>the ship "Alceste" to Korea, etc (4-5 illustrations, a map and around
>300 pp. of text).
>Since I am not a specialist of that age, could you tell me if the
>aforementioned book is now very rare to find (or not), and maybe give to
>me a approx. evaluation (in dollars) of it? (I think that the bookstore
>that has is asking too much of it: $375)
>G. Andrea Campana
>Dottore di Ricerca
>Storia delle Relazioni Internazionali
>via Guido Banti 20/a
>50139 Firenze (Italia)
>Tel +39/055/4377455
>ancampana at libero.it

Henny (Lee Hae Kang)

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