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02 Mar 2017 16:30 GMT

Captain George COGGESHALL (1784-1861)

Voyages to Various Parts of the World

inscribed copy, includes privateering during the war of 1812

Published: Appleton, New York, 1851

Edition: First Edition

Reserve: $150


Estimate: $300-500

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Voyages to Various Parts of the World.

New York: Appleton, 1851. Octavo. Pp. [1-]213[-214] + 2 pp ads, engraved portrait  frontispiece,  4 tinted lithographed plates. (Spotted and old dampstaining). Original red/brown cloth, covers blocked in gilt, the spine in gilt and blind (faded, chipped , bumped).

Provenance: Captain George Parker Upshur (1799-1852, U.S.N., presentation inscription “Captain Upshur will please / accept this volume from / his old friend the / Author / Brooklyn, Sept the 2d 1851”, by descent to his nephew); Rear-Admiral John Henry Upshur (1823-1917, U.S.N., book-label).

Inscribed presentation copy of the first edition of this popular work: quite rare thus.“George Coggeshall was the son of William and Eunice (Mallett) Coggeshall. His father was a shipmaster, and young George followed him to sea as a cabin boy in 1799 on a voyage to Cadiz. He was given his first command in 1809 and was the captain of two privateers in the War of 1812. After the war Coggeshall became a captain of merchant vessels.” (NYHS).

The present work covers his sea-faring career: most of the voyages undertaken were between North and South America. Includes one notable voyage in 1821-1822, in the schooner ‘Sea Serpent’ between New York & Callao Peru.

Captain George Parker Upshur (8 March 1799 — 3 November 1852) "was an officer in the United States Navy and the brother of Abel P. Upshur. Born in Northampton county, Virginia, Upshur entered the United States Navy as midshipman, April 23, 1818; was promoted to lieutenant, March 3, 1827, and served in the USS Lexington, on the Brazil station, 1832–34, against the pirates infesting the Falkland Islands. He commanded the brig USS Truxtun on her first cruise in the Mediterranean in 1843-44, and from 1844 until 1847 served in the receiving ship at Norfolk, Virginia. He was commissioned commander, February 27, 1847, and from that year until 1850 was superintendent of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. On July 13, 1852, he took command of the sloop-of-war USS Levant, at Norfolk. Levant joined the United States squadron in the Mediterranean, and Upshur died on board his ship, in the harbor of Spezia, Italy, November 3, 1852." (wikipedia)

Rear-Admiral John Henry Upshur (5 December 1823 – 30 May 1917) "was an admiral in the United States Navy who served during the Mexican-American War and the American Civil War. Upshur—born John Henry Nottingham in Northampton County, Virginia December 5, 1823 changed his name at the request of his mother to her maiden name Upshur gratifying her wish, as the Upshur family was conspicuous in naval annals. He was appointed a midshipman on 4 November 1841 and initially served at sea with the Mediterranean Squadron. During the war with Mexico, Upshur was assigned to St. Mary's as that brig participated in operations against Tampico. He also served ashore with the naval battery during the attacks against Vera Cruz in March 1847. In the years preceding the Civil War, Upshur carried out assignments in the Mediterranean, the West Indian, and the African Squadrons. He also performed brief tours of duty at the Naval Academy and at the Washington Navy Yard as an ordnance officer. From 1853 to 1856, Upshur served in Supply during Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's expeditions to Japan which opened that nation to the west.

During the Civil War, Upshur was assigned to the North Atlantic blockading squadron, and participated in the capture of the Southern forts at Hatteras Inlet 1861 which opened the North Carolina sounds to Union forces. He was executive officer of Wabash during the expedition which wrested Port Royal, South Carolina, from Confederate hands. Upshur also commanded four boats in Commander C. R. P Rodgers's expedition in the inland coast waters in the vicinity of Port Royal and Beaufort, South Carolina Later on, he served in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in charge of the steamer USS Flambeau during operations against Charleston. He returned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in time for the abortive joint expedition against Fort Fisher late in December 1864. He was also in the expedition which finally carried the Southern works guarding Wilmington in mid-January 1865.

After the Civil War, Upshur served in a succession of sea and shore billets, promoted to commander, 25 July 1866, and given the USS Frolic, on the Mediterranean station, in 1865-1867. Promoted to captain, 31 January 1872, he served as a member of the board of inspectors in 1877-'80. He had a leave of absence, during which he visited Europe, in 1880, and upon his return was a member of the board of examiners. Ending his service as commander of the Pacific Squadron from 1882 to 1885. Rear Admiral Upshur retired on 1 June 1885 and died in Washington, D.C." (wikipedia)

Hill P57. See W. Teller ‘Five Sea Captains’ (2015).

  • Binding Condition: damaged
  • Overall Condition: acceptable, see provenance
  • Size: 9 x 5 3/4in; 228 x 146mm

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