JOURNAL OF DISCOVERY TO THE ARCTIC REGIONS, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper, in the Years 1819 & 1820.

(London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821).

PROBABLE FIRST EDITION, THOUGH SLUGGED AS THE FOURTH CORRECTED EVEN AS IT RETAINS THE SAME IMPRINT AND COLLATION, WITH THE ADS AND THE INITIAL AND FINAL BLANKS PRESENT. The author was assistant surgeon aboard the Hecla and served also on Parry's first expedition in 1818. "This voyage was for the discovery of the North West Passage, and penetrated through Barrow's Strait as far as Melville Island" - Lande. The larger folding map represents "A Chart of the Discoveries of H.M.S. Hecla & Griper.Commanded by...Parry &...Liddon..being on a Voyage to Discover a N.W. Passage", the smaller, full-page map is"A Map of the Route of the Expedition across Melville Island."
The original expedition had penetrated eighty miles into Lancaster's Sound off of Baffin Bay and considered that it was a passage to open water as no land was observed. One of the principal objects of the present expedition was to explore it further. 'The Hecla was a four hundred ton ship well adapted for stowage which was of primary importance as so much fuel, provisions, stores and other articles were needed for the journey. The Griper was a much smaller vessel and had served previously as a twelve-gun brig. Both were strengthened for the voyage with extra oak planking sometimes four inches thick as well as iron which covered the bows. Extra beams were added in hopes that they would withstand the pressure of the ice. All sorts of extras were provided to withstand the climate in case the ships became frozen in ice during the winter months. Warm clothes and wolf-skin blankets were provided gratis by the government. Salt provisions, cured and preserved meats and soups were supplied as well. Various medicines, mostly natural, were taken on the journey and essences of malt and hops, toys and other articles of clothing and housewares were also stowed should the sailing party meet up with the native Indian or Esquimo peoples.' Fisher. Item #70214

Fourth Edition, Corrected. Illustrated with a folding map regarding the discoveries made, a map of Melville Island and a number of engravings throughout. 8vo, printer's original blue paper covered boards, the spine panel of printer's paper with printed spine label. 8 ads., xi, 320 pp. A fine copy, the plates, map, illustrations and text-block all beautifully preserved, untrimmed at the edges and as printed, the spine paper possibly replaced at some time very expertly.

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