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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. With an appendix, containing the scientific and other observations. 2nd edition.
- London, John Murray, 1821.4to. Later half calf with old boards, spine gilt with black title-label. With 6 engraved charts (4 folding), 5 lithographed profils and 9 aquatint plates by W. Westall after Beechey. (8),XXIX,310,CLXXIX pp.* First edition published the same year. - The first (and most succesful) of Parry's four voyages under his own command. By August 1, 1819, Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) had managed to sail westward completely through Lancaster Sound, establishing that it was actually a strait. He then made the European discovery of Barrow Street, which he named after Sir John Barrow. Continuing westward, he reached the south coast of a large island he named Melville Island after Lord Melville. Parry and his men had sailed west of the 110th meridian of longitude, half the distance of the Northwest Passage, and thereby won a prize of £ 5.000, which Parliament had offered as an incentive for the discovery of the Northwest Passage. - (Some spotting and foxing as usual). - Fine.Arctic Bibl. 13145; Hill 1311; Sabin 58860; Stam, Books on ice, p.24. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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