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    Reference 2668 (847)
    Category Arctic;
    Author Parry, Capt.W.E
    Publishing Information London: John Murray, 1821 and 1824.
    Description THREE TITLES BOUND INTO 2 VOLUMES - WILL SELL JOURNAL OF A VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF THE NORTH-WEST PASSAGE 1819-20 WITH APPENDIX SEPARATELY FOR £550.00Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the years 1819-20, in his Majesty's ships Hecla and Griper. With an appendix, containing the scientific and other observations: The Second Edition: London: John Murray, 1821. xxix, folding chart, 310pp, clxxix appendix, illustrated 20 charts and plates as called for, (Plate XIII as frontispiece rather than facing page 97) Leather covers with paper label to spine. Front cover detached, armorial owners bookplate on verso front cover, price in ink on title page, repair to chart of baffins bay, this chart has also been poorly folded. Age toning, foxing to pages as expected. Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1821-22-23 in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla, under the Orders of Captain William Edward Parry, R. N., F. R. S. and Commander of the Expedition. 1st Edition: 1st Edition, Rebound in blue cloth covers with gilt titling to spine, all edges trimmed, xxx, 571, eratta, 4 fold-out charts and 4 numbered fold-out views "Appearances of Lands" bound at rear, 31 plates [inc. frontis], 5 of which are maps. Presentation Copy to W H Hooper (Purser on the Hecla) SIGNED "Wm H Hooper Esq with the Author's Kind Regards on the title page, This title has then been gifted and signed by W H Hooper on the fly leaf "J.P. Welsford Esq with the affectionate Regards of Wm H Hooper" also The North Georgia Gazette, and Winter Chronicle is also signed on the title page "S L Hodges - from her friend W H Hooper Purser of the Hecla in ….Expedition - now of the ?? 1821" (Unfortunately the pages of the gazette have been cut down to fit with the volume and as such part of this signature and inscription is missing). "Through the long arctic winter, Parry did everything possible to keep his crew occupied. There was constant activity, plays were acted at the 'Royal Arctic Theatre' and Sabine edited a periodical journal, The North Georgia Gazette, and Winter Chronicle" . This periodical was afterwards published by John Murray, and is bound in with this journal. ON THE FIRST VOYAGE Parry was given command of the Hecla and Griper for his first expedition of 1819. Parry sailed up Baffin Bay and through Lancaster Sound and Barrow Strait to the south side of Melville Island, encountering much less heavy ice than anticipated. The expedition over-wintered at Winter Harbour, on the south side of Melville Island. Freeze-up delayed Parry until August of 1820, but he was still able to continue west to Dundas Peninsula and south to Banks Island before turning to head home to England. Parry's voyage was to be recognized as one of the most important in the history of Arctic exploration: he proved that Lancaster Sound opened a passage to the west, he charted a vast area of the unknown Arctic, and proved that it was possible to spend the winter north of the Arctic Circle without being in grave danger. He was also the first to reach 110 degrees west longitude, which earned him and his crew a cash reward of £5,000. [AB 13145]. The Journal, based on Parry's reports, appeared in 1821, after the rights had been bought by the publisher John Murray for the stunning amount of a 1000 guineas. In the same year this second, corrected, edition was published, followed by German, Dutch and French translations. ON THE SECOND VOYAGE " Sent by the Admiralty to search for a passage along the west coast of Foxe Basin, Parry sailed north of Southampton Island instead of south, the route preferred by previous navigators, and thus became the first to sail through Frozen Strait and confirmed Middleton's discovery of Repulse Bay. In late Aug. having found no passage through Repulse Bay, he explored the coast northward, sailing as far as Ross Bay. In Feb. 1822, Eskimos visited the ships' winter quarters on Winter Island and spent much of the winter in the expedition's company, enabling Parry and his men to make detailed observations on their customs and language. After leaving their winter quarters, they explored farther north equiped with Eskimo maps (ESKIMAUX CHART No 1, No 2 & No 3, facing p. 197, 198 and 252) and found the entrance to Fury and Hecla Strait. Ice prevented their passing through it, but overland journeys confirmed that it led westward to a sea. Parry returned to winter quarters and attempted to sail through Fury and Hecla Strait the following summer. Unsuccessful in this attempt, and fearing scurvy, he then returned home. Sabin 58864.
    Price £3000.00
    Keywords qpolarq, Arctic, North Pole S1-Arc
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