PARRY'S FIRST EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF THE NORTH-WEST PASSAGE, UNCUT IN ORIGINAL BOARDS
PARRY, William Edward. Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1819-20… London: John Murray, 1821. Quarto, original brown paper boards rebacked in contemporary brown morocco, raised bands, uncut. $3500.
First edition of the account of Parry’s important first voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, providing essential details of arctic geography and natural history, illustrated with engraved maps and plates, uncut and in scarce original boards.
Parry's expedition in search of the fabled Northwest Passage was one of the most important early explorations of the Arctic. He collected valuable data on the region's climate, natural history, and geography, charting hundreds of miles of treacherous coastline. Along the way Parry sailed through, explored, and named the Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet, Wellington Channel, and several of the Parry Islands. Parry made two additional attempts to discover the Passage, both unsuccessful. “The immediate achievements of [Parry's three] voyages were the charting of hundreds of miles of coastline in the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the collecting of valuable data on Arctic natural history” (Hill, 226) . With folding frontispiece map, three folding plates, 16 full-page plates, and tipped-in errata slip. Hill, 226. Auction catalogue dated 14 and 15 May 1851 tipped in between pages xii and xiii.
A large, clean, entirely uncut copy in original boards.