London. John Murray. 1820. Third edition. Stock ID #158342
Folding map, frontispiece portrait and 5 hand-coloured aquatints, 334pp, appendices. Rebound in modern half leather binding, lacks preliminary leaves prior to frontispiece, frontispiece and title page a little foxed, little light browning map, two small closed tears margin of map, newspaper clipping of the Nemesis and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank letterhead with a prior owner's name and chop tipped in front free endpaper, overall a good clean copy. 28 x 13.5cm. Hill p.189. The author, John M'Leod joined Captain Maxwell's crew of the Alceste as ship's surgeon. Captain Maxwell had been charged with taking Lord Amherst to China in his role as Ambassador. John M'Leod stayed with the Alceste during its exploration of the area known today as The Ryukyu Islands (at that time known as the Lewchew Islands). He was also present when the ship hit a rock in the Java Sea in February 1817 and they were attacked by pirates.
The appendices include a report on the out-come of the court martial of Captain Maxwell and his officers on their return to England following the loss of the Alceste; A chronological list of the Kings of Lewchew, from the End of the Twelth Century to the Beginning of the last; Names and Situation of the Lewchewan Islands, according to the same authority; Lewchewan Words as collected by Mr Fisher; Lewchewan Numerals. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158342).