14 June 2006
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PHIPPS, Constantine John (1744-1792). A Voyage Toward the North Pole Undertaken by His Majesty's Command 1773. London: Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols for J. Nourse, 1774.
4o (284 x 223 mm). 12 engraved folding plates, 3 engraved folding maps and 11 letterpress folding tables. (First map loose, some very pale occasional spotting, a few short tears.) Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt (some minor rubbing). Provenance: Mrs. Howe (presentation inscription); Westport House (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY of the future Lord Mulgrave's "important addition to early nautical science in the polar regions..." INSCRIBED BY PHIPPS on the half-title: "To the Honble Mrs. Howe from Her most obedient Servant The Author." The Phipps-Lutwidge voyage aboard Racehorse and Carcass is perhaps better remembered for the presence of young Horatio Nelson, as midshipman aboard the Carcass, and his encounter with a polar bear" (Hill). This is the official account of the voyage, as against that published in the same year by F. Newbery by a member of the expedition. They reached 80o 48'N but were then blocked by ice. Hill p.207; NMM 805; Sabin 62572.
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