Title Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; Performed in the Years 1824--25, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Fury, under the Orders of Captain William E. Parry, R.N., F.R.S. and Commander of the Expedition.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Good
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher Philadelphia H.C. Carey and I. Lea 1826
Seller ID 2200532
Philadelphia: H.C. Carey and I. Lea. 1826. First Edition. xv, 16-232, 8 pp. 8vo. Brown cloth spine, paper over boards. An account of Parry's third expedition attempting to locate a northwest passage. While unsuccessful, it did lead to new geographical and scientific discoveries. Following the text are appendices related to zoology, botany, and geology. Though the publisher notes in an advertisement preceding the text that this imprint does not include meteorological tables provided in the British quarto edition published the same year, this edition appears to be the scarcer of the two. Arctic Bibliography 13144: Parry sailed for Canadian arctic waters early in May 1824, with plan to penetrate southward into Prince Regent Inlet beyond his previous record of 1819-20. Ice conditions in Baffin Bay so delayed ship's progress that the expedition was forced to winter at Port Bowen on the west coast of Baffin Island. During the summer of 1825, both ships explored Prince Regent Inlet, particularly the Somerset Island coast, in difficult ice conditions. The Fury was abandoned on August 25, the Hecla sailed (via Lancaster Sound) for England. Parry's journal (with detailed contents table) gives a day-to-day narrative of ship's progress, ice conditions etc., during the voyage; wintering at Port Bowen, preparations, entertainment of the crews, sledge trips, etc.; description of observations made, and remarks on the natural history of North Somerset Island, auroras and other natural phenomena peculiar to arctic waters. Sabin 58867. KEYWORDS: ADVENTURE NAUTICAL EXPLORATION NORTHWEST PASSAGE NORTH-WEST CAPTAIN WILLIAM PARRY Condition Notes: First American edition. Includes fold-out map of Prince Regent's Inlet preceding text, as well as tipped in prospectus advertising the Atlantic Souvenir for 1827. Spine shows signs of repair, boards toned with a few light spots, foxed throughout with considerable transfer visible. This was the copy of Adam L. [Lewis] Bingaman -- a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives in the 1830s and president of the State Senate from 1838 to 1840 -- with his bookplate on the front endpaper.