14 December 2000
THE PROPERTY OF A NORHTEAST COLLECTOR
ELLIS, Henry (1721-1806). A Voyage to Hudson's Bay, by the Dobbs Galley and California, In the Years 1746 and 1747, For Discovering a North West Passage. London: H. Whitridge, 1748.
8o (197 x 125 mm). Engraved map and 9 engraved plates. (Some browning and light foxing, some marginal worming.) Contemporary calf (worn, hinges reinforced with glue).
Provenance: Samuel Enderby (1756-1829), merchant and supplier (bookplate and inscription, see below) -- Captain John Ross (Enderby's inscription) -- Col. Albert Tracy (U.S. Army, inscription on endpaper).
FIRST EDITION, WITH AN IMPORTANT ARCTIC PROVENANCE. Samuel Enderby was of the London merchant family that fitted out three Antarctic voyages from 1809-1830. The name Enderby Land was given in 1831 to a tract of Antarctica by its discoverer, John Biscoe, a navigator employed by the company. Enderby notes on the front pastedown: "This Book was lent by S.E. [himself] to Captn. Ross of the Isabella on his Voyage of Discovery into Baffin's Bay in 1818." Enderby also records a quote from Cabot on the verso of the front free endpaper. The first part of Ellis's work is a synopsis of twenty-three English voyages of discovery to the Northwest Passage. The second part describes the voyage of Captains Moor and Smith which proved the nonexistence of the Northwest Passage from Hudson's Bay, a discovery which led to the rapid decline of British interest in the search. Not until 1816 was interest revived. Ross's first journey into the arctic regions aboard the ships Isabella and Alexander resulted from this revival. Hill p.261; Lande 1161; NMM 798; Sabin 22312; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 207. A FINE ASSOCIATION VOLUME.
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