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THE MALASPINA EXPEDITION 1789-1794 THE JOURNAL OF THE VOYAGE OF ALEJANDRO MALASPINA 3 Volumes Hakluyt Society 2001 Hardcovers with DJ, New IN ENGLISH!
By Malaspina, Alejandro
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Madrid, Museo Naval Madrid, Hakluyt Society,  2001. 1st ed thus. More details below. Three beautiful volumes, all in mint, brand new condition. In  English! Each Volume measures 10'' x 7'' x 1 1/2'', and are hardcovers of the best quality materials, paper and fine cloth covered binding.  all beautiful with or without their dust jackets. Each Volume weighs 4 pounds each, and looks like it has never been used. Utterly flawless.  The four editors were two from Spain, and two from the UK. On the endpapers is an excellent World Map with voyages clearly indicated.

Volume 1: CADIZ TO PANAMA. 338 pp, 18 chapters, 39 full page color and b/w photos, 2 appendices, 9 sketch maps.

Volume 2: PANAMA TO THE PHILIPPINES. 511 pp, 26 chapters, 44 full page color and b/w photos, 3 appendices, 7 sketch maps.

Volume 3: MANILA TO CADIZ. 487 pp, 20 chapters, 6 appendices, 38 full page color and b/w photos, 6 sketch maps.

These are three large and heavy volumes, extra postage will be requested for Media, Priority and International Mail. The price of this set in January 2021 on Amazon is $987. Over $400 for a used set. 

The Malaspina Expedition (1789-1794) was a five-year maritime scientific exploration commanded by Alessandro Malaspina and Jos de Bustamante y Guerra. The expedition was funded by the Spanish government and originally pursued strictly scientific goals.

They were to survey and chart the islands and coasts under Spanish control or claim, visit the major settlements throughout the Pacific, and collect information on botany, zoology, ichthyology, ethnography and geography. Volume 1- Cadiz to Panama, Volume II - Panama to the Philippines and Volume III - Manila to Cadiz.

In reading about WW2 in the Pacific it is mentioned that there were no up to date maps of many of the islands. And even when there were maps, they were hundreds of years old. Perhaps some of Malaspina's maps were the ones we later used.

Naturally Wikipedia has a superb description of the expedition, so if you want to see if this explorer comparable to James Cook and Jean-Franois de Galaup, comte de La Prouse. He measured the height of Mount Saint Elias in Alaska and explored gigantic glaciers, including Malaspina Glacier, later named after him. He was himself an inspiration for Alexander von Humboldt.






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