Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22.
John Murray, ( 1823), London
4to. ix, (1 plus errata slip), 768 pp. b/w and color plates, maps, some folding.
First edition of one of the classic Arctic journeys. “The author traveled by Hudson Bay… to Fort Chipewyan…descended the Coppermine and explored by canoe the coast of Coronation Gulf… The narrative includes detailed descriptions of travel conditions, the nature of the country… the various tribes of Indians and …Eskimos” Arctic Bib. 5194. Lande, 1181 calls it, “One of the most terrible journeys on record, many of the party dying from cold, hunger, or murder; the distance traveled was some 5500 miles.” See also Sabin 25624. An unusually clean copy, with all thirty plates and four folding maps, including the hand colored aquatints, clean and fresh. Securely bound in antique style half calf over marbled boards, with gilt and blind stamped decorations on backstrip. A beautiful copy.