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Laing, John
AN ACCOUNT OF A VOYAGE TO SPITZBERGEN; CONTAINING A FULL DESCRIPTION OF THAT COUNTRY, OF THE ZOOLOGY OF THE NORTH, AND OF THE SHETLAND ISLES; WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE WHALE FISHERY. WITH AN APPENDIX, CONTAINING SOME IMPORTANT OBSERVATIONS ON THE VARIATION OF THE COMPASS, &C. By a Gentleman of the Navy
J. Mawman; and David Brown, Edinburgh, London, 1815. [6],171,[2]pp. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled paper boards, expertly rebacked in matching calf, spine ruled in gilt, gilt leather label. Boards lightly rubbed and shelfworn. Occasional slight foxing, small hole from paper flaw in upper margin of pp.23-24 and center of pp.104-105 (affecting two letters of text). Very good. First edition of Laing's account of his time as surgeon aboard the H.M.S. Resolution on a whaling voyage to the Arctic during the years 1806-07, with William Scoresby Sr. as captain and William Scoresby Jr. as first officer. Laing describes his experiences at sea and of Spitzbergen and the Shetland Islands, and also includes interesting historical sketches of the whale fisheries of various countries (including the American and English), as well as an overview of arctic zoology. During this voyage, Scoresby reached Latitude 81° 50' N., which remained the highest northern latitude attained in the eastern hemisphere for over twenty years. The ship's barometer was the same as that used by Capt. Cook (although this ship was not Cook's Resolution). ^This particular copy has an esteemed provenance, having passed through the collections of E. Lee Dorsett and Barbara Johnson, who were two of the most prominent whaling collectors of the twentieth century. As the introduction to the Swann catalogue of the Johnson sale notes: "If the adage 'too much of a good thing' has any merit, it would ideally describe The Barbara Johnson Collection. The strengths of the collection are manifold. As a private library … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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