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Dutch translation of Parry's account of his first Arctic expedition

PARRY, William Edward.
Reis ter ontdekking van eene noordwestelijke doorvaart, uit de Atlantische in de Stille Zee, gedaan in de jaren 1819 en 1820 door de schepen The Hecla en The Griper...
Amsterdam, Johannes van der Hey, 1822. 8vo. With engraved title-page, 1 large folding map and 3 plates (2 folding). Contemporary half calf.
€ 1,250
First edition of the Dutch translation of Parry's account of his voyage in search of the Northwest Passage. Having sailed to the Arctic under John Ross, the English naval officer William Edward Parry (1790-1855) believed that Lancaster Sound could provide the opening to the western sea. Equipped with two ships, the Hecla and the Gripper, he set out to confirm his suspicion in 1819. Parry discovered Prince Regent's Inlet, Melville Sound, and Banks Island, and surveyed the south shores of Barrow Strait. He reached 110° West longitude, but ice halted further westward advance. Parry commanded two further expeditions to the Arctic. "The immediate achievements of these voyages were the charting of hundreds of miles of coastline in the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the collecting of valuable data on Arctic natural history" (Hill).
Some occasional minor foxing, a few (water) stains. Binding rubbed along the extremities, sides slightly chafed. Overall in very good condition and only slightly trimmed, leaving generous margins.
Sabin 55863; cf. Arctic bibliogaphy 13145; Howgego, 1800-1850, P9; Hill 1311.
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