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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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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis ISLM p.d. 910.9 W682e (Text) 2139-3756 General Federal documents Available -

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  • Physical Description: 19 volumes in 21 : illustrations, portraits, maps, plans ; 33 x 24 cm + 10 atlases
  • Publisher: Philadelphia : Printed by C. Sherman, 1844-1874.

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General Note:
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."
By the same act, the edition was limited to 100 copies.
The publication was never completed. Five volumes are unpublished: v. 18 Botany, by Asa Gray; v. 19, Geographical distribution of animals and plants, by Charles Pickering; v. 21-22, Ichthyology, by Louis Agassiz; v. 24, Physics, by Charles Wilkes.
Vol. 19 was partly printed, and left in sheets.
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 pl., 28 of which belong to the unpublished v. 21-11, Icthyology, and 4 to v. 12, Mollusca and shells.
Vol. 8 was originally 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.
Formatted Contents Note:
1. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition, vol. 1 -- 5 -- [5 atlas]. Atlas of the narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition -- 6. Ethnography and Philology -- 7. Zoophytes -- [7 atlas]. Zoophytes atlas -- 8. Mammalia and ornithology -- [8 atlas]. Mamalia and ornithology atlas -- 9. Races of man -- 10. Geology -- [10 atlas]. Geology atlas -- 11. Meteorology -- 12. Mollusca and shells -- [12 atlas]. Mollusca and shells atlas -- 13. Crustacea pt. 1 -- 14. Crustacea pt. 2 -- [13 & 14 atlas] Crustacea atlas -- 15. Botany, Phanerogamia -- [15 atlas] Botany, Phanerogamia atlas -- 16. Botany Cryptogami -- [16 atlas] Botany, Cryptogami atlas -- 17. Botany, Cryptogami -- 19. The geographical distribution of animals and plants pt. 1 -- 19. The geographical distribution of animals and plants pt. 2 -- 20. Herpetology -- [20 atlas] Herpetology atlas -- [12 & 21 & 22 atlas] Ichthyology and Conchology atlas -- 23. Hydrography -- [23 atlas]. Hydrography atlas (in 2 vol.).
Subject: Scientific expeditions.
Pacific Ocean.
Antarctica.
Northwest Coast of North America.

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