PARRY, Captain William Edward (1790-1855)

PARRY, Captain William Edward (1790-1855)

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
  • Arctic Exploration with a Comprehensive Study of the Inuit people illustrated in 39 Plates, Folding Map and Charts 

    The account of Parry's second expedition, this time through Hudson Strait into Hudson Bay and beyond. The book captures the voyage in great detail as well as the aboriginal life of the Eskimos, and contains accounts of various scientific discoveries. Parry was of the opinion that the Northwest Passage could probably be reached through Hudson’s Bay. In 1821, he set out to investigate that possibility and to connect with John Franklin’s overland expedition to the Coppermine River and down to the
    Coronation Gulf. He sailed through Hudson’s Bay and Frozen Straits, explored Repulse Bay and proceeded discovering Fury and Hecla Strait. The second winter was spent at Igoolik Island off the northeast coast of the Melville Peninsula. This account of the voyage and explorations conducted contains much information regarding the characteristics and social life of the Esquimax of the region.

    London: Printed by W. Cloves for John Murray, 1824, First Edition, Quarto, 558 pages plus a vocabulary of Esquimax Words and Sentences and Names of Places, errata present as well as advertisement for “1824 Works Preparing for Publication”. A substantial work of Arctic exploration complete with 30 engraved plates 9 being aquatint plates (4 folding) and 9 maps engraved and lithographed maps, 4 being folding. Internally near fine with typical light foxing and some light toning, wide margins and boldly struck detailed engravings. Sans half- title page. Directions to the Binder for Inserting the Plates present and provides collation. Expertly rebound using “ship wreck” leather salvaged from an 18th Century ship wrecked off the English coast. Half leather binding over period marbled paper covered boards. Five raised bands with gilt ornamentation and rule. Red Moroccan title label in gilt on spine. Clean wide margined text with original untrimmed edges.

    Hill p.226, Sabin 58864

    Beautifully Bound First Edition of this Arctic Classic