14 December 2000
PARRY, William Edward. Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. London: John Murray, 1824.
4o (270 x 215 mm). 8 engraved folding charts and 31 engraved plans and plates after Lyon. (Some scattered spotting and light offsetting, but generally clean, folding charts somewhat creased.) Contemporary half calf gilt, marbled boards (rubbed, inner hinges reinforced).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY PARRY TO A MEMBER OF HIS CREW on the title-page: "Lieut. J. Bushnan B.N. With the Author's best regards." John Bushnan is listed on p. ii of Parry's introduction as Assistant Surveyor on board the Fury. Parry's three voyages in search of a Northwest Passage spanned 1819-20, 1821-23 anmd 1824-25. Parry chose Bushnan as his Assistant Surveyor on the second voyage, and Bushnan was to join Franklin on his journey to the mouth of the Mackenzie River, but Bushnan died prematurely. Franklin wrote of him: "Lieut. Bushnan, who had served under Captains Ross and Parry, was appointed to accompany me but, long before the party was to leave England, I had to lament the death of that excellent young officer." Arctic Bibliography 13145; Field 1184 ("in truth a splendid treatise on aboriginal life"); Hill p.226; NMM 836; Sabin 58864.
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