Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22.
London. John Murray. 1823. 4to., 27.5cm, The First Edition, (maps are dated, March, 1823), xv,783,[l, (errata leaf)]p., with 30 engraved plates (12 hand coloured), and 4 folding maps, in half brown calf, crimson red leather label, gilt titles, terra cotta cloth boards, inner linen hinges, some occasional slight foxing including the rear folding maps, some occasional foxing but general better than average, note: the title page, the dedication page and 6 pages of text were supplied from another copy and are more toned and are marginally smaller, a very good to fine sound copy.(cgc). Item #40758
Lande 1181. T.P.L 7092. Sabin 25624. vide WCB-23:1. Field 560. Graff 1406. Peel (3)-151, and Arctic Biblilo. 5194. (all 1st issues). This issue (we use the term advisedly, as the type has been reset, to distinguish it from the official 'Second Edition) differs from the first issue in that it includes an extra coloured plate from Richardson's Flora Boreali-Americana," there is additional material added to the introduction; many of the errata have been corrected; the plates have been newly-engraved; there are major additions to the final botanical appendix; the maps are dated November 1823 rather than March 1823; and the map of the Connected Discoveries has been enlarged to include territory south of Hudson's Strait which is not in the earlier map. The object of the expedition was, in part, to determine the longitude and latitude of the northern coast of North America. It is the story of the most frightful journey of 5500 miles in the north, told in detail. The members of the expedition travelled both overland and by canoe; the party was decimated by murder, hunger and cold.