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North-West Passage not through Hudson Bay

ELLIS, Henry.
Reize naar de baai van Hudson, ter ontdekkinge van eenen Noord-wester doortogt, gedaan in de jaaren 1746. en 1747.
Leiden, Elie Luzac jun., 1750. 8vo. With large folding engraved map (18 x 44.5 cm), and 9 engraved plates, mostly folding by N. van Frankendaal, with captions in French and Dutch. Contemporary red half roan.
€ 2,950
First and only Dutch edition of a description of the voyage of the ships Dobbs and California under the command of the captains Moor and Smith to Hudson Bay in Canada (1746-1747), where they unsuccessfully sought a North-West passage, first published in English in 1748. Henry Ellis, hydrographer and mineralogist, accompanied the expedition. Reaching the head of the bay they discovered to their dismay that its unnavigable rivers offered no further passage. In addition to debunking the theory of a North-West passage through Hudson Bay, the book gives valuable observations on tides and on eskimo life.
Spine slightly rubbed; upper hinges weak. Good, uncut copy of a description of an unsuccesfull search for a North-West passage via Hudson Bay.
Cat NHSM, p. 301; Cox II, p. 8; JCB 927; Sabin 22315; cf. Howgego, to 1800, M162.
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