Both inscribed on the title-pages to Acheson Maxwell, the first “A. Maxwell Esq. with Captain Parry’s best regards”, the second “Acheson Maxwell Esq. with Capt Parry’s best regards”. Acheson Maxwell, was a friend of Parry’s father, and also of John Barrow, and through whom Parry obtained the commission to lead his first Arctic expedition.
The first work makes good the omissions from Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a North-West Passage. The second was written by way of entertainment by members of Parry’s expedition for “relieving the tedium of an Arctic Winter” (preface), and was not originally intended for publication.
First editions. 2 works in one volume, 4to., [viii], [clxxxi]-cccx pp., both copies inscribed by Parry, half-title, 6 engraved plates; xii, 132pp., both works complete with half-titles, contemporary calf, spine panelled in gilt and blind, raised flat bands, double green labels, covers bordered in gilt and blind, marbled endpapers
I. Sabin 58861; Staton & Tremaine 1205. II. Sabin 55714; Books on Ice 2.10.
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