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United States exploring expedition.
During the years 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842.
Under the command of Charles Wilkes, U.S.N. ...

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Related Names: Wilkes, Charles 1798-1877.
Language(s): English
Published: Philadelphia, Printed by C. Sherman, 1844-74.
Subjects: Scientific expeditions, 1838-1842.
Note: Vol. 10, Text, has imprint: New York, G.P. Putnam; London, Putnam's American agency [n.d.]
Vol. 8 was first published as Mammalia and ornithology, by Titian R. Peale ... Philadelphia, Printed by C. Sherman, 1848. This volume was later suppressed, and replaced by the one by John Cassin.
Volumes of unfinished plates--some of them in proof before lettering--are found, without t.-p. or other printed matter. The Library of Congress has two such volumes: one of 71 pl. (4 col.) from the atlases to Botany, and one of 32 col. pl., 28 of which belong to the unpublished v. 21-22, Ichthyology, and 4 to v. 12, Mollusca and shells.
By the same act, the edition was limited to 100 copies. Mr. Wilkes, however, secured copyright on his Narrative of the expedition, under which privilege he published several editions of that part of the reports. Later, also, the authors themselves, or publishers who might be willing to undertake it, were allowed to issue an additional 150 copies of the various reports, and under this arrangement, from 100 to 150 copies of most of the volumes were published in addition to the 100 copies provided for by the government. The oficial edition however was 100 copies only.
Half-title: United States exploring expedition. By authority of Congress.
Atlas accompanying v. 1-5: 32.5 x 24 cm.; v. 23: 68.5 x 54.5 cm.
Published under act of Congress of Aug. 26, 1842, which provided: "That there shall be published ... an account of the discoveries made by the Exploring expedition under the command of Lieutenant Wilkes ... which account shall be ... published in a form similar to the voyage of the Astrolabe, lately published by the government of France."
Physical Description: v. in illus., plates, ports., maps, plans, tables, diagrs. 32.5 x 24 cm. and atlas v. 56.5 x 37 cm.
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