• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    CARTWRIGHT, George (1739-1819). A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a residence of nearly sixteen years on the Coast of Labrador. Newark: printed and sold by Allin & Ridge, also sold by C. G. J. & J. Robinson and J. Stockdale of London, 1792.

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    CARTWRIGHT, George (1739-1819). A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a residence of nearly sixteen years on the Coast of Labrador. Newark: printed and sold by Allin & Ridge, also sold by C. G. J. & J. Robinson and J. Stockdale of London, 1792.

    3 volumes, 4o (293 x 229 mm). Engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by T.Medland after W.Hilton, 3 charts on 2 folding engraved plates, 6 pp. subscribers' list in vol.I, 8 pp. glossary of Canadian words (repeated in each volume), vol. III with 14 page "Labrador: A Poetical Epistle." (Lacking initial blank leaves to each volume, frontispiece lightly spotted.) Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines gilt with red and black morocco lettering-pieces, crowned gilt cypher "L" at head of each spine (first volume rebacked with old spine laid down, joints of second volume splitting). Provenance: Marquis of Lansdowne, subscriber (gilt cypher on spine); The Rt. Hon. Viscount Eccles (his sale Christie's New York, 18 November 1983, lot 56).

    FIRST EDITION, SUBSCRIBER'S COPY. George Cartwright, after early military service as aide-de-camp to the Marquis of Granby, was sent to Labrador by Bristol merchants to trade with the Inuit. The present account describes six journeys he made to both Labrador and Newfoundland: hunting, trapping and trading. On one of his return trips to England, in December 1772, Cartwright brought with him an Inuit family of two brothers, their wives and a five year old child. Tragically, all but one of the women died of small-pox before they could return to Labrador. Cartwright eventually retired to Marnham Hall, his estate in Nottinghamshire, where he lived on until 1819. Sabin 11150. (3)


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