3 December 2007
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
PARRY, Sir William Edward (1790-1855). Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla. London: John Murray, 1824.
4o (270 x 220 mm). Engraved frontispiece, 30 engraved plates and plans all by E. Finden after G. Lyon, 4 engraved folding plates of coastal profiles by J. Walker after J. Bushnan, 4 engraved folding maps by J. Walker after J. Bushnan et al., illustrations, diagrams, and letterpress tables in the text (some occasional spotting). (Light offsetting onto title and text from maps and plates.) 19th-century half calf, spine gilt (front hinge cracked, some rubbing).
FIRST EDITION. Although none of Parry's three voyages was successful, each added considerably to knowledge of the Arctic. "The immediate achievements of these voyages were the charting of hundreds of miles of coastline in the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the collecting of valuable data on Arctic natural history" (Hill). Arctic Bibliography 13142; Brunet IV:388; Hill 1312; Lowndes p.1789; Sabin 58865.
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