Voyage of His Majesty’s Ship Alceste along the Coast of Corea to The Island of Lew Chew (Okinawa) with an account of her subsequent shipwreck. - John M’Leod (McLeod) 1818 - John Murray, London - Second Edition (First published in 1817) The voyage was undertaken while Lord Amherst’s embassy, which the naval expedition had brought out, was in China on its abortive mission to the imperial court at Beijing. Includes descriptions of the Ryukus (then a Chinese protectorate) and Canton (Guangzhou). McLeod, the ship’s surgeon, wrote his Narrative during his return voyage in 1817 aboard the hired ship Caesar [Lowendahl], after the Alceste struck a submerged reef off the coast of Sumatra.

The second edition, with five hand-coloured aquatint plates (as opposed to the four aquatint plates of the first edition). The illustrations include an engraved portrait of Capt. Murray Maxwell by T. Wageman and five hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. Clarke after Lieut. Dwarris and McLeod depicting
Islanders of Sir James Hall's Group, a Corean Chief and Attendants, a Lewchewan Chief and Attendants, the Garden of the Temple at Lewchew and Fort Maxwell (not in the first edition).
  In December 1815, McLeod was appointed surgeon ‘to the Alceste frigate, then fitting to carry out Lord Amherst as ambassador to China [see Maxwell, Sir Murray]. McLeod continued in her during the whole voyage, in her examination of the northern waters, her visit to Loo-Choo and Canton, and when she was wrecked near Pulo Leat on 18 Feb. 1817, returning from Batavia with the other officers and the ship's company in the hired ship Cæsar.

Appendix No.IV is a list of a few of the Lewchewan words, collected by Mr. Fisher,
which may tend to give some idea of the the sound of their language.

Provenance: John Berney Petre [1806-1882] of Westwick Hall (House), Norfolk, who is likely to have had this copy bound by George Kitton of Norwich, Norfolk. With gift inscription on half title to Petre dated 1818 ‘
The gift of a friend [illegible]’. Later ink initials CHS at the head of the title page.

References: Abbey Travel 559 (this edition). Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica 2107. Hill 1168 (this edition). Löwendahl, China Illustrata Nova 804 (this edition), 792. Lust Western Books on China 376.
(24 cm) pp. 4 [2] 323 [5].
  Contemporary binding, probably by George Kitton of Norwich, of half red goatskin (or sheepskin), marbled sides, smooth spine divided into six panels by gilt fillets, lettered in the second panel, the others tooled with a small ornament, grey-green endleaves, red sprinkled edges. There is a contemporary green oval printed label inside the front cover, which reads: "Geo. Kitton. Successor to Mr. J. Annis. Bookseller Stationer & Binder. London Lane, Norwich". Kitton is not recorded by Ramsden or Spawn and Kinsella and does not appear in the British Library Database of Bookbinders.   Condition: Very good, some light foxing, heavier to preliminary pages.   Ref: 101876   Price: HK$ 5,500