SEA OF GLORY: America's Voyage of Discovery, the U.S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.
Edition: First printing.
New York: The Viking Press, (2003.) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of one of the largest voyages of discovery in the history of the world and the last such all-sail convoy. Under the Command of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, and despite losing two ships and 71 men, the expedition -which included botanists, geologists, biologists and mapmakers - logged 87,000 miles, discovered a new Southern continent which Wilkes named Antarctica, surveyed 280 Pacific islands and created 180 charts and collected thousands of specimens which eventually became the foundation of the Smithsonian Institution. Solidly researched and a fascinating story. Illustrated with drawings and maps, Notes, selected bibliography, index. 452 pp. ISBN: 0-67003231X.
Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.