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GREENLAND, THE ADJACENT SEAS, AND THE NORTH-WEST - O'Reilly, Bernard - 1818. [1221400]
London, 1818. [8],293pp. plus eighteen black and white plates (five engraved, thirteen aquatint); three maps and charts (two folding). Quarto. Three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt leather label. Boards lightly rubbed. Modern bookplate on front pastedown. Manuscript ownership details on titlepage. Scattered toning and foxing. Very good. O'Reilly sailed as surgeon aboard the whaler Thomas in 1817. He was accused of plagiarism, and gained little favor when he ridiculed John Barrow's theory of the open polar sea and predicted the failure of Buchan's expedition to the North Pole. The present work contains substantial descriptions of the native peoples of Greenland (especially the Uskees and their customs, language, etc.), natural history, the ongoing search for the Northwest Passage with an account of previous expeditions, and notes about the whale fishery. The excellent plates depict native Uskees, geologic specimens, birds, luminous atmospheric phenomena, and the like. ABBEY 635. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 12852. HILL 1263 (American ed). TPL 1125. LANDE S1719. SABIN 57576.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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