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PARRY, Sir William Edward (1790--1855)
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, under the orders of William Edward Parry, ... With an appendix, containing the scientific and other observations. Published by authority of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty.
London: John Murray, publisher to the Admiralty, and Board of Longitude, 1821.
[8], xxix, [2], 310, [2], clxxix, [1] p., frontis., [13] pl., [6] maps (4 fold.) : illus., tables (1 fold.) ; 26.7 cm. (4º)

Parry had served as second-in-command on John Ross's expedition in 1818 in search of the North-West Passage, and disagreed with Ross's contention that Lancaster Sound was landlocked. The Admiralty, aware of his views, gave him command of H.M.S. Hecla and Griper for this expedition of 1819-20. Parry sailed up Baffin Bay, through Lancaster Sound and Barrow Strait to the south side of Melville Island, where he spent the winter. On this voyage, Parry found and named twenty islands, including Banks and Somerset Islands, penetrated a short distance into Prince Regent's Inlet, and surveyed the south shores of Barrow Strait. Parry and his crew also earned the £5,000 reward offered for the first ship to cross the meridian, longitude 110º (west). The illustrations include 9 aquatints by the landscape painter and engraver William Westall after sketches by the naval officers Frederick William Beechey (son of the portrait painter Sir William Beechey) and Hoppner, and maps by J. Walker. Errata slip tipped in at end.

Binding C19th diced russia, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, marbled edges. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 10s., 27 January 1831. (Archive 7/15/8).

Reference Number 374


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