Author: Captain F.W. Beechey. Introduction by Edith M. Coulter
Publisher: The Grabhorn Press for the Book Club of California
Description: Hardcover. 74 pages. Limited edition of 350 copies.
Condition: Covers show some soiling, especially along the spine. Corners are bumped.
Dust Jacket: None as published.
Contents: Frederick William Beechey (17 February 1796 - 29 November 1856) was an English naval officer and geographer. He was the son of Sir William Beechey, RA., and was born in London.
In 1806 he entered the Royal Navy, and saw active service during the wars with France and America.
In 1825, Beechey was appointed to command the HMS Blossom. His task was to explore the Bering Strait in concert with Franklin and Parry operating from the east.
This narrative concerns itself with the time the author spent in San Francisco and Monterey harbors, together with observations made by three of his officers on an overland journey from Yerba Buena to Monterey, the then capital of Upper California.
Illustrated with four water-colors from William Smyth who accompanied the author on HM Blossom.