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The North West Passage: rare Dutch translation of a journal
made on William Parrys first expedition
by the ships surgeon

FISHER, Alexander (J. LEHMAN DE LEHNSFELD, transl.).
Dagboek eener ontdekkingsreis naar de Noorderpoolstreken, met de schepen Zijner Grootbrittanische Majesteit Hecla en Griper, in de jaren 1819 en 1820. Uit het Engelsch naar den vierden verbeterden druk door J. Lehman de Lehnsfeld.
Dordrecht, Blussé and Van Braam, 1822. 8vo. With a folding map of the Northwest Territories or Nonavut (Canada), including the Melville Island, and 2 engravings in the text of a musk ox and an Eskimo. Modern sprinkled orange paper over thin boards with a modern spine label with printed title. [4], 364 pp.
€ 1,950
The rare first edition of Johannes Lehman de Lehnsfelds Dutch translation of the fourth enlarged edition of Fishers English travel journal: A journal of a voyage of discovery to the Arctic regions, in His Majesty's ships Hecla and Griper, in the Years 1819 & 1820, by the ships surgeon Alexander Fisher. This is an account of the first voyage commanded by the famous explorer of the Arctic Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) to search for the non-existent North West Passage. On his 1819 expedition, from May 1819 to late October 1820, he penetrated through the Parry Channel and Barrow's Strait as far as Melville Island (75° 30 N, 111° 30 W). Parry's voyage, which had taken him through the Parry Channel three quarters of the way across the Canadian Arctic Archipelago was probably the single most productive voyage in the quest for the Northwest Passage.
Fisher's detailed journal is a valuable supplement to Parry's official account (Journal of a voyage to discover a North-west passage, 1821: Cat. Nat. Marit. Mus. I, 822), notable for his information on natural history and ice conditions.
Untrimmed copy with the owner's inscription of J. Meerlkamp in pencil on the title-page, dated 1902. Binding a little worn, title-page and the first leaves somewhat soiled and stained, otherwise in good condition. Letterk. Magaz. van wetensch., kunst en smaak voor 1823, pp. 358-363; cf. Arctic bibliogr. 5022; Hill 605; Howgego 1800-1850, pp. 464-465, P9; Cat. Nat. Martit. Mus. I, 826; Sabin 24453; Staton & Tremaine, 1193 (English editions); not in Cat. N.H.S.M.
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