Paris: Librairie Tross, 1863. Hardcover. This is a later edition of this book which was originally published in 1545. Explorer Jacques Cartier made three voyages to Canada the first in 1534. This volume in French recounts his voyages, makes corrections and additions to the original book, and provides other notes about their encounters. Bound in three quarter leather with marbled brown paper boards. Leather is scuffed along spine and corners rubbed. Marbled endpapers. The recto of the ffep has a stamp that is partly rubbed out. Interior is in very good condition. Measures 5 x 8 inches. 69 pages. TRAV/122820. Very Good.
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New York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1886. Hardcover. Illustrated with many drawings from nature and maps. Very good in original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Illustration in red and gilt to front cover and spine. Wear and fraying to spine ends and corners. Small dampstain to spine and slight sunning to spine as well along top edges of both boards. Bookplate of Wilcox featuring a large anchor to front pastedown. Binding remains secure with mull intact; although, the paper across both interior hinges is cracked. There are also a few interior splits. Pencil notation on last page of text, else clean and bright. 473 pages plus 2 pages of ads. ARC/010721. Very Good.
Paris: Librairie Tross, 1867. Hardcover. Bound in dark green three quarter leather over marbled paper covered boards. Front hinge is cracked and board is nearly detached. The rear hinge is starting with a one and a half inch split at the foot of the hinge.Wear and rubbing to edges, spine ends, and corners. A portion of the front endpaper is adhered to facing pastedown. Partially removed library marking from first few pages, else clean interior. Includes two full page illustrations. Marbled endpapers with top edge gilt. Part I is 76 pages; Part II is 54 pages. CAN/011221. Very Good.
Chicago and Hartford CT: Columbian Book Company, 1874. A comprehensive and magnificent record indeed. The subtitle goes on to say that in addition there is a full and reliable history of the late expedition under Charles Francis Hall in the ill-fated Polaris embracing the discoveries and death of its commander; the fearful six month's drift on the ice; John Herron's diary; the wreck of the steamer; and the final escape of Captain Buddington and his companions in open boats. Also, an account of the search made for the castaways by the Tigress and Juanita. This history, available by subscription only, culled information from scores of volumes of Arctic literature, condensing the most interesting records of a thousand years, commencing with the discovery of Iceland in 861 [from the introduction]. With 175 engraved illustrations and maps, including a nicely intact fold-out map of the Arctic regions. Bound in the original publisher's green cloth with gilt titling to spine, with a gilt illustration of explores below title and gilt illustration on front cover titled "Adventures in Frost-Land. Light rubbing and bumping, fraying to spine edges. Interior pages are clean and bright, except for foxiing to frontispiece, llustrations facing page 791 and 793 with dampstains to margin and with light browning to page edges not affecting text pages. A very nice copy an very good condition of this useful compendium of Arctic history. 800 pages. POLAR/010421.
London: John Murray, 1825. Hardcover. First Edition of this engrossing account of Captain Lyon's explorations in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to find Repulse Bay. George Francis Lyon (1796 – 1832) was an English naval officer and explorer of Africa and the Arctic. While not having a particularly distinguished career, he is remembered for the entertaining journals he kept and for the pencil drawings he completed in the Arctic; this information was useful to later expeditions. This book offers an excellent example of such journals and illustrations. In 1824, he was given command of HMS Griper, a ship that had proved itself a poor Arctic vessel on William Edward Parry's 1819 expedition. His goal was to sail to Hudson Bay and then north through Roes Welcome Sound to Repulse Bay and then go overland through unknown country to reach John Franklin's furthest east at Point Turnagain on the Kent Peninsula. The Inuit had told Parry that there was salt water three days' walk to the west, but this was apparently the Gulf of Boothia. Hudson Bay was unusually ice-filled, and on 1 September 1824, near Cape Fullerton, just west of the entrance to Roes Welcome Sound, a storm drove the ship onto a rock or iceberg. All hands expected the ship to sink but when the gale died down it was still afloat. On 12 September, Griper was forced to anchor offshore in a gale with heavy seas and snow. It lost its anchor cables and the masts and rigging were badly damaged. Lyon took three weeks to work the hulk out of Hudson Bay. Arriving at Spithead without anchors the ship only stopped when it fouled a three-decker's mooring cables. Unsurprisingly, he never had another command of a ship. Bound in three quarter brown leather with brown and red marbled paper. Gilt titling and ship ornaments to spine compartments. Leather is rubbed and worn along spine and top and bottom edges. Top of spine is starting to split but still firm. Interior pages are generally very good. Some occasional foxing and some offsetting from the fold-out map and the seven plates. Book plate of Paul Warren affixed to front pastedown. There is a loose bookplate of William P. Sheffield that apparently had been attached to the free front endpaper as there is glue residue there. There is a small square at bottom of another free front endpaper with text erased. A very nice copy of this relatively scarce narrative of Lyon's voyage. Pages 1 - 144 text; Pages 147-198 appendix, which includes navigation information and a botanical appendix. TRAVEL/123120. Very Good.
Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860. Hardcover. First American Edition. Copyright page states that this is the "Author's Edition." Bound in the original brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt illustration of ship to front board. With all maps and illustrations including folding map to rear present. A few chips to spine ends, wear and fraying to edges of boards, sunning to rolled spine, fading to spine titling, and a few discolored spots to boards. Sporadic spots of foxing and soiling including several ink stains, mostly to margins. Small chips to edges and additional creases to folding plates and maps. A few dog-eared corners. Antiquated previous owners signature in pen to front endpaper. 375 pages. ARC/010721. Very Good.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1835. Hardcover. First Edition. Bound in worn three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. Heavy rubbing to boards and wear to edges. Partially removed call number to foot of spine. Previous ownership signature dated 1858 to front free endpaper. Library call number and red star to copyright page and stamp to bottom margin of dedication page. Evidence of removed library pocket to rear pastedown. Includes five fold-out engravings - most with closed tears to creases, repairs to versos, foxing, and browning. Several additional engravings are included. Foxing, browning, and occasional small spots of soiling. Occasional pencil notations. A suitable reading copy. 560 pages. TRA/010720. Very Good.
London: Henry Colburn, publisher, 1846. Hardcover. Second edition, revised. A nice copy of this recount of the author's travels across Canada and the United States. Volume 1 concerns Canada and Volume 2 covers the United States. Both volumes offer interesting anecdotes and observations from the various places Warburton visits. Bound in three quarter brown leather with marbled paper boards. Light bumping and scraping. Gilt tooling to covers and spine with six compartments with title label and volume number. Interior pages are generally clean and bright. Foxing and small tears to both title pages. Volume 2 title page has bookseller stamp, which was erased in Volume 1. Missing frontispiece. Otherwise in very good condition. Small octavo. Volume 1: 318 pages; Volume 2:368 pages. TRAV/011421. Very Good.