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Hearne, Samuel.
A Journey from the Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson Bay, to the Northern Ocean. Undertaken by Order of the Hudson's Bay Company, for the Discovery of Copper Mines, a North West Passage &c. in the Years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772
London: A, Strahan and T. Cadell, 1795. Large 4to. xliv, 458, (2) pp. b/w folding maps and plates, folding frontispiece map hand colored in outline.Hearne was the first white man to travel overland to the Arctic Ocean, having been sent up the Coppermine River by the Hudson's Bay Company, in hopes of discovering copper mines. Instead, he discovered Great Slave Lake and the Mackenzie River system, and demonstrated that there was no Northwest Passage through Hudson Bay. Lande states, "We owe the publication of this Journey to the celebrated French navigator Le Perouse, who captured Fort Albany on Hudson Bay and found Hearne's manuscript... He gives much attention to the natural history and to the Indian tribes of the Region." Lande 1220. Hill 791. Sabin 31181. Streeter Sale 3652. First edition of a scarce classic of Arctic travel. A tall copy, measuring 11 3/4 inches. The four folding maps and five plates are in very good condition, showing only scattered light foxing, with no tears. The folding frontispiece map, on which the routes of Hearne's journey are colored in red and yellow, shows only light tanning along the top edge in in the upper right panel. The text, printed on distinctive light blue paper, is clean. The terminal leaf is present, upon which publisher's ads and directions to the binder are printed. An excellent copy of the first edition, rebound in half mottled calf over marbled boards, with gilt decoration in five panels on the backstrip and leather spine label.
Bookseller: Ten Pound Island Book Co. [United States]
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