9 May 2002
[Theodore Swaine DRAGE(?)].
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. Performed in the year 1746 and 1747, in the Ship California, Capt. Francis Smith, Commander. By the Clerk of the California. London: Joliffe, Corbett and Clarke, 1748-1749. 2 volumes, 8° (212 x 132mm). 6 folding engraved maps, 4 engraved plates. (Tears and repairs to five of the folding maps, some browning.) 19th-century red half morocco gilt, t.e.g. (extremities scuffed).
First edition of this account (ascribed to both Drage and Charles Swaine) of an expedition organised by Arthur Dobbs and others to prove his assertions that Christopher Middleton had colluded with the Hudson Bay Company to prevent the discovery of the North-West passage. Two vessels took part: the California commanded by Francis Smith and the Dobbs commanded by Middleton's former second in command, William Moor. JCB III I.872; Sabin 20808; Staton & Tremaine 206. (2)
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