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Journal for 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 under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S, and Commander of the Expeditio

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Journal for 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 under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S, and Commander of the Expeditio

by Parry, William Edward

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London: John Murray, 1821. Second edition (pp. xxix, 310, clxxix). Quarto (28 cm) in modern three-quarter dark brown morocco over complimentary marbled boards, gilt titles to spine, red and black morocco labels, five raised bands, tissue guards; twenty plates as called for, including several folding charts, views, and plans; also various tables, journals, and lunar observations, crew lists, Admiralty orders, etc.  This and our copy of Parry’s Journal of the second voyage do not, strictly, comprise a set as the second volume is slightly larger (by about 1.5 cm). More properly they might be described as ‘companion volumes’ in matching bindings. Save for a very few with minor, unobtrusive damp stains, the plates accompanying the text of the first Journal are clean, bright, and, undamaged. This is the report of the first of Parry’s several voyages of discovery into the northern seas in search of a Northwest Passage. The ODNB says, in part, “... early in 1819 Parry (still only a lieutenant) was appointed to the sturdy bomb-vessel the Hecla, in command of another expedition to discover the [Northwest] passage, and sailed from Deptford in May, with the brig Griper in company. His instructions, which were necessarily conditional and vague, were to go up the west side of Baffin Bay, through Lancaster Sound (which Ross had reported landlocked), and so, if possible, to Bering Strait. After a clear run westward through Lancaster Sound he reached Melville Island (one of the later named Parry Islands) and wintered there, hoping to resume the voyage in the following season. This aim was frustrated by pack ice. The two ships returned safely, and came into the Thames in mid-November 1820, with much scientific material. Parry's dispatches, sent in advance by a whaler, had reached the Admiralty on 4 November, on which date he was promoted to the rank of commander. He received the freedom of his native city and many other honours; in the following February he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and, with the officers and men of the expedition, he received the parliamentary grant previously offered as a reward for those who should first pass the meridian of 110° W within the Arctic circle. Parry's care for his men, his solution of many of the problems of wintering in the ice, and his meticulous scientific work set a pattern of Arctic exploration for a generation. Many of his young officers (notably James Clark Ross) went on to be famous explorers themselves. The overland explorations of his good friend John Franklin were intended to be complementary to Parry's expeditions.”  After more than 187 years, still unopened, in a handsome, restrained, modern binding-- leather over marbled paper, by John Burbidge, with clean, bright illustrations.  Offered together with Book No. 1400A.

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Journal for 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 under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S, and Commander of the Expeditio
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Parry, William Edward
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