• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 339

    PARRY, Sir William Edward (1790-1855). Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. London: William Clowes for John Murray, 1821.

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    PARRY, Sir William Edward (1790-1855). Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. London: William Clowes for John Murray, 1821.

    4o (272 x 215 mm). 6 engraved maps by J. Walker after John Bushnan et al. (4 folding, one with folding tipped-on extension flap), 9 aquatint plates by W. Westall after E.W. Beechey and H.P. Hoppner, and 5 etched plates by J. Clark after Beechey. Illustrations, diagrams, and letterpress tables in the text, one table folding. Errata slip tipped-in at beginning. (Some offsetting and light staining, a few tears to folds.) Contemporary boards (rebacked, some wear to corners). Provenance: H.W. Irinder (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION. Parry had sailed to the Arctic under Sir John Ross. "In the spring of 1819, Parry was appointed to the command of this expedition..." (Hill). He was the first to reach longitude 110o West, and discovered Melville Island and others of the Parry Isands. Arctic Bibliography 13145; Brunet IV:387; Hill 1311; Lowndes p.1789; Sabin 58860.


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