First Edition of John Barrow's Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions
A Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions; Undertaken Chiefly for the Purpose of Discovering a North-East, North-West or Polar Passage Between the Atlantic and Pacific.
Item Number: 101416
London: John Murray, 1818.
First edition of the prolific author’s detailed account of the history of early voyages to the arctic, from the sixteenth century through 1818 and the voyages of Ross, Kotzebue, Buchan, Parry and Franklin. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, exquisite folding map of the arctic regions, appendix illustrated with engravings. In very good condition.
Prolific English author Sir John Barrow was appointed Second Secretary to the Admiralty by Viscount Melville in 1804, a post he held for over forty years. In his position at the Admiralty, Barrow was a great promoter of Arctic voyages of discovery, including those of John Ross, William Edward Parry, James Clark Ross and John Franklin. The Barrow Strait in the Canadian Arctic as well as Point Barrow and the city of Barrow in Alaska are named after him. He is reputed to have been the initial proposer of St Helena as the new place of exile for Napoleon Bonaparte following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Barrow's Chronological History of Voyages into the Arctic Regions describes early voyages to the Arctic, through the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth centuries up to 1818 and the voyages of Ross, Kotzebue, Buchan, Parry and Franklin. The appendices include Buchan's expedition into the interior of Newfoundland and a relation of the discovery of the Strait of Anian made by Captain Maldonado in 1588 (Mill, 31).