Lot 419: Journal..North-West Passage,1821. 1st issue 1st ed
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Polar/Arctic Exploration] JOURNAL 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 Majestys Ships Hecla and Griper, Under the Orders of William Edward Parry, R.N., F.R.S Lon: John Murray, 1821. 1st edition, 1st issue, without the North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle. The ads leaf dated May, 1821 (matching dedication's date). The errata slip lists 20 locations where the author had given longitude measurements of Chronometer 228 only, rather than the average of all chronometers used for the longitude measurements. None of those mismeasurements have been corrected. 20 plates/maps + 1 double-sided printed folding leaf (Appendix, pp xvii/xviii). Plates include maps (largely folding), nonfolding plate of a Muskox, Eskimo plate, ships, topographic profiles, etc. [8pp], [errata slip], xxix, , 310, , clxxix, , ads  pp. Arctic Bibl. 13145. Sabin 58860. Contemp boards. Printed label present, lacking most of spine, covers separated or insecure, loose at front of volume. Horizontal tear to pp275/276. Plates have slight handling wear but are very good. 4.8 Lb.