PARRY, WILLIAM EDWARD.
FIRST EDITION SET OF JOURNALS OF PARRY'S FOUR VOYAGES.
1. Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the Years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. London: John Murray, 1821. 20 plates and folding maps.
2. A Supplement to the Appendix of Captain Parry's Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage, in the Years 1819-20. Containing an Account of the Subjects of Natural History. London: John Murray, 1824. 6 plates bound at end. A few plates trimmed to plate mark not affecting images.
3. Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific; performed in the Years 1821-22-23, in His Majesty's Ships Fury and Hecla. London: John Murray, 1824. 39 engraved plates and folding maps, two cropped, one folding chart joined.
4. Appendix to Captain Parry's Journal of a Second Voyage. London: John Murray, 1825. 2 plates, cropped.
5. Journal of a Third Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage, performed in the Years 1824-25, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Fury. London: John Murray, 1826. 11 plates and folded maps and charts.
6. Narrative of an Attempt to Reach the North Pole. London: John Murray, 1828. 11 plates including one folding map. Corner of title excised.
7. The North Georgia Gazette and Winter Chronicle. London: John Murray, 1821. Period half calf over marbled boards, rebacked. Clipped signature (of Edward Sabine) tipped in, inscribed "from the editor" on title for William Kippis.
Together 7 volumes. 4to (270 x 210mm). Original publishers cloth, with Napoleon's cipher on foot of each spine (except last as noted). Occasional stains and foxing, vol 2 front joint cracked but holding.
Provenance: Prince Napoleon Bonaparte (stamp on title and ciphers on spines).
FIRST EDITIONS: AN UNUSUAL COMPLETE RUN OF PARRY. Parry's five Arctic voyagesthe first in 1818 under Ross and the above four under his own commandestablished a number of firsts: crossing 110°W; discovering what would prove to be the entrance to the Northwest Passage (and navigating a good portion of it); sailing through Frozen Strait; and, in his final voyage, attaining a record highest northern latitude. Though he failed to achieve his goals of discovering the Northwest Passage and reaching the North Pole, Parry nevertheless contributed greatly to Arctic exploration and to the knowledge of Eskimo language and culture. Books on Ice 2.8, 2.9, 2.10; Hill p 225-7.