The Voyage of the Peacock – A Journal by Benajah Ticknor, Naval Surgeon. Edited by Nan Powell Hodges.
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, 1991. 16 cm x 23.5 cm. 366 pages. Illustrated with maps and full-page reproductions of drawngs. Frontispiece illustrated with a portrait of Benajah Ticknor. One further black and white illustration of a ‘Street in Canton’ by Thomas Allom, 1843. Maps drawn by Corinna Campbell. Original Hardcover with dustjacket. Very fine, close to new condition with only minor signs of external wear.
A first-hand eyewitness account by a naval surgeon of a top-secret diplomatic mission to the Far East in 1832 by an American sloop of war ‘The Peacock’. The pragmatic observations from his journal reveal a committed attempt to understand cultures through a systematic collection of data and challenge contemporary ideas of travel accounts in his day. He comments on dress, food, architecture, religion, commerce and agriculture as well as medicine (with a casebook account on the treatment of cholera).
Chapters include: Boston to Port Praya / Buenos Ayres / Canton / Mozambique to New York / etc.