A Narrative of Some Passages in the History of Eenoolooapik: A Young Esquimaux, Who Was Brought to Britain in 1839, in the Ship "Neptune" of Aberdeen : An Account of the Discovery of Hogarth's Sound : Remarks On the Northern Whale Fishery, and Suggestions for its Improvement." Edinburgh: Fraser & Co. and J. Hogg, 1841.
12mo (185 x 115 mm). iii, 149 pp. Frontispiece portrait, two folding maps, facsimile letter. Original cloth lettered in gilt on cover, decorated in blind. Fading, spine tips frayed, letter with some tape repair to verso.
FIRST EDITION of this curious work. Eenoolooapik, "Bobbie," Inuk traveller, guide (born at Qimisuk, Cumberland Sound, NWT c.1820; died at Cumberland Sound 1847), brother of TOOKOOLITO. He traveled to Britain in 1839 with whaling captain William Penny, who had hoped to establish a wintering base for whalers in Cumberland Sound. Penny's plan was rejected, but Eenoolooapik's friendliness and sense of humor endeared him to the British, who followed newspaper reports of his activities. In 1840, after helping Penny enter Cumberland Sound, he returned to his birthplace, where he married and lived as a hunter and trader. Not long after his death, wintering in Cumberland Sound became common practice among whalers, and thus the knowledge Eenoolooapik provided to his European friends served to accelerate the colonization of his homeland (Canadian Encyclopaedia). Very scarce, only one other copy found on ABPC, and that one disbound. Sabin 43142.