A BRIEF NARRATIVE OF AN UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO REACH REPULSE BAY, THROUGH SIR THOMAS ROWE'S "WELCOME," IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP GRIPER, IN THE YEAR MDCCCXXIV
by Lyon, George F.
London: John Murray, 1825. xvi,198,pp. plus table, folding map, and seven plates. Original a.l.s. by Lyon tipped in. Sumptuous 19th-century polished calf, spine elaborately gilt, leather label. Mild shelf wear. One bookplate on each pastedown, belonging to later British military officers Vice Admiral R.M. Harbord-Hamond and Philip Hamond, Esq. Light occasional foxing. Very good. Lyon's official report of this important expedition, with much, if not most, of his narrative concerning his relations with the Eskimos, with whom he was on excellent terms. This report includes three plates of Indian subjects, with the map illustrating Hudson Straits and northern Hudson Bay. There are two identical copies of six of the plates in this copy. "Exploring for a Northwest Passage by Hudson Bay, the author penetrated, with the GRIPER, into Roes Welcome about halfway between Wager Inlet and Repulse Bay in 1824, but was driven back by foul weather. He gives here a narrative of the voyage, description of Southampton Island and its natives, notes on tides in Roes Welcome Sound and on compass variation" - ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY Tipped-in at the front of this copy is a single-page, undated autograph note, signed by the author, reading: "My Dear Sir, My broken knee confines me in the house or I would wait on you. Will you give 5 minutes to me & call - I will then endeavour to arrange everything for your accommodation. I am D. Sir Your obt. Sv. Geo. Lyon." ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 10530. TPL 1324. FIELD 962. SABIN 42851. DECKER 22:265.
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