ELLIS, Henry (1721-1806)

ELLIS, Henry (1721-1806)

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Voyage to Hudson's Bay, by the "Dobbs Gallery" and "California", In the Years 1746 and 1747, For Discovering a North West Passage; With an Accurate Survey of the Coast, and a Short Natural History of the Country. Together With a Fair View of the Facts and Arguments from Which the Future Finding of Such a Passage is Rendered

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  • Voyage to Hudson's Bay, by the "Dobbs Gallery" and "California", In the Years 1746 and 1747, For Discovering a North West Passage; With an Accurate Survey of the Coast, and a Short Natural History of the Country. Together With a Fair View of the Facts and Arguments from Which the Future Finding of Such a Passage is Rendered

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    As a teenager Ellis left his irascible father in Monaghan County, Ireland to take to the sea. Gifted with intelligence and ability, Ellis learned the science of navigation and the art of map making and at the age of twenty-five was offered the position of scientific observer on a ship bound for Hudson’s Bay in search for the Northwest Passage. This book about the voyage and his maps earned him an audience with Frederick, Prince of Wales; the patronage of Lord Halifax, president of the Board of Trade; and membership in the prestigious Royal Society. He went to sea again as the Captain of the trading vessel Earl of Halifax and carried out a series of experiments for members of the Royal Society.

     

    "The first part contains a synopsis of twenty-three English voyages to discover the North-West Passage made by Frobisher, Cabot, Weymouth, Hudson, James and others; besides a history of the rise of the Hudson's Bay Company, and the discovery attempted from New England. The second part gives an account of a voyage under Captains Moor and Francis Smith, financed by private subscription, with Dobbs the leading subscriber; the author, also a subscriber, was hydrographer, surveyor, and mineralogist on the expedition, which proved, finally, the non-existence of a North-West Passage from Hudson's Bay. The work included many valuable observations on tides, on the vagaries of the compass, and on the customs of the Eskimos, a race then practically unknown."  Hill 540

     

     London: Printed for H. Whitridge, 1748. Octavo, First Edition with 9 engraved plates (5 are folding). Fantastic large folding engraved map. 336pp. beautifully rebound in period full calf, boards have picture frame with embellishments in blind, Spine has 5 raised bands with 6 compartments heavily decorated in gilt floral motif. Two compartments have red and green Moroccan leather title and author labels. Refreshed endpapers.

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