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A Journey From Prince Of Wale's Fort, in Hudson's Bay, To The Northern Ocean. Undertaken By Order of the Hudson's Bay Company For The Discovery Of Copper Mines, A North West Passage, etc. In The Years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772
Dublin: Printed For P.Byrne And J.Rice, 1796., 1796. 8vo. pp. 1 p.l., l, 459, [1]plate list. with half-title. 5 folding engraved maps & plans & 4 folding engraved plates (Plate 2 supplied from another copy). 19th century full red morocco, all edges gilt (bit rubbed with several small surface abrasions). school prize inscription dated 1832. First Dublin Edition of a classic of North American travel. Hearne's journal holds an especially honoured place in the annals of Arctic exploration, and Hearne "will always be remembered as the first white man that ever gazed on the dreary expanse of the Arctic or Frozen Ocean from the northern shores of the Continent of America." (Rich) In 1769, he was sent by the Hudson's Bay Company to find a north-west passage from Hudson's Bay and to investigate Indian reports regarding the existence of copper deposits to the north. Hearne made two false starts, but on his third attempt, accompanied by the Chipewyan guide Matonabbie, he succeeded in crossing the Barren Lands and reached the Coppermine River, which he descended to the Arctic Coast. Hearne also discovered the Great Slave Lake and recorded valuable information regarding the natural history and Indian tribes of the region traversed. Shortly following his return, Hearne submitted his report to the Hudson's Bay Company, who kept it secret for some thirteen years. Its final publication, three years after his death, was due to the celebrated French navigator La Pérouse, who found Hearne's manuscript when he captured Fort Albany, Hudson's Bay, in 1781-82. When Fort Albany was subsequently surrendered to the British, La Pérouse stipulated, as one of the conditions of the surrender, that Hearne's manuscript be printed. Cox II p. 171. Field 677. Sabin 31182. Smith 4284. cfBell H94, cfHill p. 141, cfLande 1220, cfJCB II 3729, cfMorgan p. 180, cfStreeter VI 3652, cfTPL 445 (1st Edn.: London, 1795). Story pp. 351-52. Winsor VIII p. 70.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Soft cover.
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