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Includes a folding view of
"The Death of Cook" not found with the first edition. This publication
is based on the official account of Cook's Third Voyage, but was adapted for a
wider public by leaving out technical details. The plates are based on those
found in the first edition, but have been re-engraved for this edition.
Edward. THE LAST OF THE ARCTIC VOYAGES. Being a Narrative of the
Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance, Under the Command of Captain Sir Edward
Belcher, C.B., in Search of Sir John Franklin, during the Years
1852-53-54. With Notes on the Natural History, by Sir John
Richardson, Professor Owen, Thomas Bell, J.W. Salter, and Lovell Reeve.
London: Lovell Reeve, 1855. 2 volumes. xx + 383pp; vii +
419pp. 36 lithographic plates (12 of which are coloured), 25 text
illustrations, 4 charts (3 of which are folding). Early 20th
Century half crimson morocco and cloth boards, raised bands, gilt. An
attractively bound set.
Belcher led the Admiralty-sponsored five-ship
expedition to Wellington Channel in the spring of 1852. Dividing the
squadron into 2 parts, with the North Star remaining at Beechey Island
as a base, Belcher sailed with the Assistance and the Pioneer
under Sherard Osborn through the Wellington Channel. The expedition made
numerous discoveries there and subsequent sledging parties discovered further
islands on their journeys westward. At this time, the other two
expedition ships, Resolute and Intrepid, rescued the crew of
M’Clure’s Investigator expedition, also searching for Franklin and the
first to travel through the North West passage. Belcher finally sailed
back towards Lancaster Sound, but the expedition ships were unable to penetrate
the pack ice and all were eventually abandoned, the crews returning to the North
Star. On his return home, Belcher was court-martialled for his
decision to abandon the expedition ships, but acquitted. [AB 1241]
$3,500 Canadian + GST
We have recently purchased a small collection of rare arctic books.
RARE BIRD BOOK COLLECTION
Lesson, R. P. HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES
OISEAUX DE PARADIS ET DES ÉPIMAQUES.Paris:Arthus
Bertrand. [1834-1835]. First edition. 4to
--Large paper copy.  + viii +248pp + . 43 beautiful hand coloured plates
( some large plates double page )--printed in colour and finished by hand by Jean
Gabriel Prêtre and Paul Louis Oudart. In near contemporary deluxe full morocco, probably by a French
bookbinder, with ornate arabesque corners front and back boards. Handsome copy
with plates brightly coloured.
René Primevère Lesson (1794-1849) was a surgeon on board
the "Coquille" on Duperrey's circumnavigation of the Pacific (1822 to
1825). Lesson's work on this voyage earned him a place among the prominent
French naturalists of the period, including Dumont d'Urville (who was
second-in-command on the voyage). The book was initially issued in parts, in
8vo format. This copy intended as a large paper copy, measuring thus 12" x
9", instead of 9" x 6".Listed in FINE BIRD BOOKS.
From the J. Fenwick Lansdowne Bird Bookcollection who is best known in British Columbia for BIRDS OF THE WEST COAST, 2 volumes.
Sir Alexander Mackenzie.VOYAGES FROM MONTREAL on the River St.
Laurence [sic] Through the Continent of North America to the Frozen and Pacific
Oceans in the Years 1789 and 1793, with a Preliminary Account of the Rise,
Progress, and Present State of the Fur Trade of That Country.London: T. Cadell et al., 1801.1st edition.4to.1pp (half-title) + 1pp (title leaf) + viii (Preface) + cxxxii (A General
History of the Fur Trade) + 412pp + 2pp (errata).Engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 large
folding engraved maps (1 with hand-coloured details).Original elaborately tooled burgundy boards
(minor marks), seamlessly re-spined using tools of the period to match the
style and patterns of the boards.Occasional and trivial light foxing in a few places. Text and maps clean
and crisp.There are very few binders
that could match the skill and techniques required of this restored binding,
one of them being Aquarius of London who, in all likelihood, was commissioned
to do this binding.The boards date from
approximately 1810, and, given the elaborate rolls and decorations, are typical
of a presentation binding from the period, unlike the early and often simple
bindings that are found with copies of Mackenzie’s Voyages.Certainly the finest copy we have had to
offer in many years.
Alexander Mackenzie (1764-1820), a fur trader
with the North West Company, sought a passage from the Athabasca country to the
Pacific Ocean. Following Peter Pond's speculation that the Pacific Ocean could
be reached by a water route from Great Slave Lake, his first expedition from
Fort Chipewyan in 1789 took him not to the Pacific as he had hoped, but down
what would become the Mackenzie River to the “Frozen” or Arctic Ocean.
his second attempt, he ascended the Peace River by canoe and on foot, and
crossed over into the headwaters of what he thought was the Columbia River (but
was actually the Fraser River).After
being turned back by its unmanageable and torrential currents, he and his party
decided to make an overland attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean.In this they were successful, and arrived
near the present site of Bella Coola, on the British Columbia coast.