14 December 2000
ROBSON, Joseph. An Account of Six Years Residence in Hudson's-Bay. London: J. Payne et al, 1752.
8o (197 x 125 mm). Engraved folding plan and two engraved folding maps. (Some light browning.) Contemporary speckled calf, red morocco lettering piece (hinges slightly rubbed).
Provenance: Apsley Cherry-Garrard (1886-1959), Antarctic explorer (inscription on front free endpaper: "This copy was in Lamere House sold by me in 1947 and now destroyed. Apsley Cherry Garrard. 1953.")
FIRST EDITION OF "ONE OF THE EARLIEST, AND CERTAINLY THE FULLEST, OF WORKS THAT HAD HITHERTO BEEN PUBLISHED ON THE HUDSON BAY TERRITORY" (Hill). "Because the Company's strictly observed policy was neither to allow public access to its factors' journals nor to welcome any visitors to the bay's shores, the only first hand description published and circulated about the HBC's activities in the first half of the eighteenth century was that of an early corporate renegade: Joseph Robson..." (Peter C. Newman, Empire of the Bay, 2000, p.128). Owned by the great Antarctic explorer Cherry-Garrard, whose own polar exploits with Robert Falcon Scott have become legendary. Field 1312; Hill pp.257-8; Lande 1418; Sabin 72259; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 217.
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