14 December 2000
[DRAGE, Theodore Swain of Theodore SWINDRAGE, attributed]. An Account of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage by Hudson's Streights, to the Western and Southern Ocean of America. London: Jolliffe, Corbett and Clarke, 1748-49.
2 volumes bound in one, 8o (197 x 123 mm). 6 engraved folding maps and 4 engraved plates. (Some occasional pale spotting and soiling.) Contemporary calf (spine a bit cracked and faded, some wear at extremities).
FIRST EDITION. A rare account of the North West Committee's expedition of 1746-47. Arthur Dobbs was not satisfied with the results of the Admiralty expedition lead by Christopher Middleton (1741-42) and sent William Moor and Francis Smith in the Dobbs and the California to re-examine Wager Bay. The expedition overwintered at the Hudson Bay Company's York factory. The author was first identified as Theodore Swaine Drage by John R. Forster and also credited him as author of The Great Probability of a Northwest Passage. A convincing case that he and Charles Swaine (commander of the Argo) are the same man is made by E.S. Dodge. NMM 799; Sabin 20808 (calling for only 5 maps); Staton & Tremaine/TPL 206. RARE.
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