San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1958. Fine in None dust-jacket First Edition. limited to 400. San Francisco: The Book Club of California, 1958. First edition, limited to 400. with prospectus [7.75x12.5”], , xxvii,36, , tipped in Errata slip, illustrations by Henry Rusk and several facsimile of original manuscript. Brown marbled paper-covered boards with quarter bound black leather spine with gilt lettered title. In Fine condition for both book and prospectus. Item #12939
On November 30, 1813, during the War of 1812, the HMS Racoon, commanded by Captain William Black, entered the Columbia River on secret orders from the British Admiralty to seize all American property on the river and along the Oregon Territory coast. After the navigating the treacherous mouth of the river, they discovered that the American Pacific Fur company at Fort Astoria learned that a British warship was coming, sold it’s holdings to the British North West company. They had sailed halfway around the world “on a fool’s errand”.
The HMS Racoon then proceeded to Spanish San Francisco for needed repairs and then sail to Hawaii to continue to harass American shipping and interests.