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Auktion: Auction 24.09.2003
wurde versteigert am: 24. September 2003
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SIR WILLIAM EDWARD PARRY (1790-1855)

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Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £
ca. 1.610 $ - 2.415 $
Zuschlagspreis:  1.998 £
ca. 3.216 $
Los-Nr. 309, Aufrufe: 78

SIR WILLIAM EDWARD PARRY (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 . London: printed by William Clowes for John Murray 1821. 4° (285 x 220mm.). Errata slip, 20 engraved plates and maps comprising 6 maps, 4 folding, 9 aquatints and 5 line engravings, by W. Westall and others after F.W. Beechey and others, one folding letterpress table, illustrations. (Neatly repaired tears to D4, E4, k4 and the folding map bound between 2M3 and 2M4, some marginal soiling.) Near-contemporary half calf, uncut (rubbed and scuffed). Hill p.225; Sabin 58860 PARRY, Sir William Edward. 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: printed by William Clowes for John Murray 1824. 4° (275 x 212mm.). 39 plates, plans, maps or coastal profiles comprising 9 maps, 4 folding, and engraved, 2 single-page and engraved, 3 single page and lithographed, 4 coastal profiles, 15 line engravings and 11 aquatints, by Edward Finden and others after Captain George Francis Lyon and others, 4pp. publisher's advertisements at end. (Lower blank margins of three plates shaved, occasional light spotting.) Modern calf-backed marbled boards, incorporating early boards and endpapers, spine gilt in six compartments with raised bands, black morocco lettering-pieces in the second and third. Hill p.226; Sabin 58864. GOOD COPIES OF THE FIRST EDITIONS OF THE OFFICIAL REPORTS OF PARRY'S FIRST TWO POLAR VOYAGES. 'In 1818 Parry had sailed to the Arctic under Sir John Ross In the spring of 1819, Parry was appointed to the command of this expedition... Parry, reaching Lancaster Sound in July, sailed through, and explored and named Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet, and Wellington Channel. Entering what has since been called Parry or Viscount Melville Sound in September, he reached longitude 110° West, therby earning a reward of 5000 pounds... He also discovered Melville Island and others of the Parry Islands. After being frozen in for ten months, the ships were released on August 10, 1820, but the ice prevented further progress westward and Parry returned to England. On his arrival he was commissioned commander and elected a member of the Royal Society. Parry made two further attempts at the Northwest Passage. The immediate achievements of these voyages were the charting of hundreds of miles of coastline in the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the collecting of valuable data on Arctic natural history' (Hill p.226). The account of the second voyage 'is a treatise on aboriginal life as well as a narrative of scientific discoveries.' (Hill p.226).

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Auction 24.09.2003
Auktionsdatum: 24.09.2003
Adresse: Christie's
London, South Kensington