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PARRY, William Edward (1790-1855) | Journal Of A Voyage For The Discovery Of A North-west Passage From The Atlantic To The Pacific , , ,


Murray, publisher to the Admiralty, and board of Longitude, 1821

First Edition. (xl), 310, (2), (clxl), (2); Twenty engraved plates including six maps and charts, some light and scattered spotting; small and innocuous library ink stamp to verso of titlepage. Bound in modern half tan calf over marbled boards, gilt decoration and lettering to the spine including maroon labels. New yellow endpapers. A handsome copy. Come with an incomplete version of Parry’s “Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, 1826”, which is uniformly bound with ten engraved maps and plates, including two folding. This copy, however, lacking the frontispiece, titlepage and all before page (vii), light offsetting to text.

Parry’s 1819 voyage, which had taken him through the Parry Channel and three quarters of the way across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, was probably the single most productive voyage in the quest for the Northwest Passage. 1819 was unusually ice-free and no ship was able to travel so far west until Edward Belcher’s expedition in 1850. A narrative of the expedition, entitled Journal of a Voyage For the Discovery of a North-west Passage, appeared in 1821, the publisher John Murray paying 1,000 guineas for it. Upon his return Lieutenant Parry received promotion to the rank of commander and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

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