[TRAVEL & EXPLORATION]. PARRY, William Edward, Sir (1790-1855). 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 Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. London: William Clowes for John Murray, 1821.
4to (274 x 211 mm). 6 engraved maps by J. Walker after John Bushnan et al. (4 folding, one with folding tipped-on extension flap bound in), 9 aquatint plates by W. Westall after E.W. Beechey and H.P. Hoppner, and 5 etched plates by J. Clark after Beechey. Illustrations, diagrams, and letterpress tables in the text, one table folding. Errata slip tipped in after z1. (Some offsetting of plates to text, a few leaves with minor spotting.) Contemporary tan calf gilt, brown morocco lettering-piece gilt, edges marbled (discreet repairs to joints and spine ends, some minor rubbing).
FIRST EDITION. Although Parry's three voyages in search of the Northwest Passage were unsuccessful, each advanced the knowledge of the area and resulted in new discoveries. "The immediate achievements of these 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). Parry's return in 1820 brought proof that Ross's assertions about Croker Mountain had been incorrect (see lot 244). Arctic Bibliography 13145; Brunet IV:387; Hill 1311; Lowndes p.1789; Sabin 58860 and 58861.
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