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...
by Parry, William E.
London: John Murray, 1821. ,xxix,,310,,clxxix,,[1, Errata]pp. plus six maps and fourteen plates. [with:] JOURNAL OF A SECOND VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF A NORTH-WEST PASSAGE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC; PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1821-22-23, IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS FURY AND HECLA.... London. 1824. ,xxx,,571,pp. plus twenty-nine plates (four folding) and nine maps (four folding). Folding plates bound after the following Appendix. [bound with:] APPENDIX TO CAPTAIN PARRY'S JOURNAL OF A SECOND VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF A NORTH- WEST PASSAGE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC, PERFORMED IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS FURY AND HECLA, IN THE YEARS 1821- 22-23. London. 1825. ,432pp. plus two plates. [with:] A SUPPLEMENT TO THE APPENDIX OF CAPTAIN PARRY'S VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF A NORTH-WEST PASSAGE...CONTAINING AN ACCOUNT OF THE SUBJECTS OF NATURAL HISTORY. London. 1824. ,[clxxiii]-cccx pp. plus six engraved plates. [bound with:] APPENDIX TO CAPTAIN PARRY'S JOURNAL OF A SECOND VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF A NORTH-WEST PASSAGE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC, PERFORMED IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS FURY AND HECLA, IN THE YEARS 1821-22-23. London. 1825. ,432pp. plus two plates. [bound with:] Edward Sabine: THE NORTH GEORGIA GAZETTE, AND WINTER CHRONICLE. London. 1822. xii,132pp. [with:] JOURNAL OF A THIRD VOYAGE FOR THE DISCOVERY OF NORTH-WEST PASSAGE FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC; PERFORMED IN THE YEARS 1824-25 IN HIS MAJESTY'S SHIPS HECLA AND FURY.... London. 1826. viii,[2, Directions to Binder],[ix]-xxvii,,186,,151,pp. plus seven plates (one folding) and four maps (one folding). [with:] NARRATIVE OF AN ATTEMPT TO REACH THE NORTH POLE, IN BOATS FITTED FOR THE PURPOSE, AND ATTACHED TO HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP HECLA, IN THE YEAR MDCCCXXVII.... London. 1828. xxii,,229,pp. plus four plates and three maps (one folding). Eight volumes bound in five large quarto volumes. Uniformly bound in contemporary calf, rebacked, preserving original leather labels, spines gilt. Minor edge wear. Light foxing to most volumes, a bit more pronounced scattered foxing in the NARRATIVE. Overall, a very good, handsome set. A complete collection of Parry's four voyages in search of the Northwest Passage, each a hallmark of Arctic literature. After standing by while his predecessor and former commander, the irascible John Ross, was lambasted by the Admiralty for turning back too soon during his first voyage to the Arctic, Parry was grateful to inherit command of the next major expedition. Dedicated to both the physical and mental health of his men, Parry succeeded in reaching Melville Island, being the first to penetrate so far into the hypothetical passage. The voyage made Parry a hero in England, where he was promoted to commander, elected to the Royal Society, and presented with numerous awards, all before his thirtieth birthday. This expedition also made some of the first significant botanical collections in the high Arctic. The maps included with the volume illustrate the eastern Canadian Arctic. No sooner had Parry written the account of his first voyage than he departed on a second, in the spring of 1821. During this voyage he surveyed Repulse Bay, Fury and Hecla Strait, and spent two winters in the Arctic gathering a great mass of scientific information on the region. Upon his return in 1823 more honors awaited him, and he was promoted to captain. The second voyage yielded the most data from an ethnographic standpoint, and the present account includes numerous plates of Eskimos after original artwork by George F. Lyon, while the text includes an Eskimo vocabulary. Again the Arctic beckoned Parry, and he departed for his third and final attempt at discovering a northwest passage in May of 1824. Adamant about exploring Prince Regent Inlet beyond the previous record established during his first voyage, Parry worked the Fury and Hecla through extreme ice conditions which, ultimately, forced the abandonment of the former. The frontispiece illustration of that calamity is one of the most striking Arctic images. As with the previous two voyages, Parry's third narrative is replete with extensive natural and ethnographic data. Parry's fourth voyage took place in 1827, following three attempts to discover a northwest passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific made between 1818 and 1825. During the North Pole expedition he established a new northern record which remained unsurpassed until 1876. Includes descriptions of specimens of natural historical interest, as well as meteorological and magnetic observations. The attractive engraved plates show the party in Arctic and seagoing settings. The large map is "A Survey of the Principal Points on the Northern Coast of Spitzbergen," which indicates the route of the Hecla and accompanying boats, as well as the location of icebergs. Included here are the Supplement to the first voyage and the Appendix to the second voyage (in fact, two copies of the Appendix to the second voyage are present here). When Parry returned from his second voyage, he learned to his distress that important natural history material failed to appear in the published narrative of his first voyage, hence the production of the supplement to the first voyage. The Appendix to the second voyage includes chronometer charts, readings on atmospheric refraction, sound, atmospheric air, effects of the cold on gases and different substances, and accounts of quadrupeds, birds, plants, and zoophytes. Also includes Edward Sabine's THE NORTH GEORGIA GAZETTE, a weekly newspaper established by Parry's crew in 1819-20 and published onboard ship while on the way to discover the Northwest Passage in order "to enliven the tedious and inactive months of winter" in the Arctic region, according to Sabin. "Each issue contains verses, letters to the editor, reports on social activities in the camp, humorous articles, etc., usually signed with pseudonym and all 'designed to promote good-humour and amusement'" - ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY. The GAZETTE is bound with the supplement to the first voyage and the second copy of the Appendix to the second voyage. "William Edward Parry was the nineteenth century's first hero-explorer. He stood at the head of a long line of celebrated Britons that would include Franklin and M'Clintock, Burton and Speke, Livingston and Stanley, Scott and Shackleton. There were folk figures, larger than life, their failings, flaws, and human frailties ignored by a public and a press that saw them in the personification of Imperial expansion" - Berton. An excellent complete set of Parry, comprising seven works in five volumes (technically eight, counting both copies of the Appendix to the second voyage). Pierre Berton, ARCTIC GRAIL (New York: Viking, 1988), p.44. First voyage: ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 13145. TPL 1205. HILL 1311. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 7409. SABIN 58860; 58861 (Supplement). Second voyage: ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 13142. TPL 1295. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 2914. HILL 1312. SABIN 58864; SABIN 58865 (Appendix). TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 832. Third voyage: ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 13144. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 7413. TPL 1362. HILL 1313. Fourth voyage: ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 13146. SABIN 58868. TPL 1452. North Georgia Gazette: ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 12547. SABIN 55714.
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