Hearne's Arctic Journeys in Search of the Northwest Passage

    HEARNE, Samuel. A Journey from Prince of Wales's Fort in Hudson's Bay, to the Northern Ocean. Undertaken by order of the Hudson's Bay Company, for the discovery of copper mines, a north west passage, &c. In the years 1769, 1770, 1771, & 1772. London: Printed for A. Strahan and T. Cadell: and sold by T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1795.

    "First and best edition" (Sabin). Quarto xliv, 458, [2] pages. Two (of four) engraved plates after drawings by the author (both folding) and four (of five) folding engraved maps.

    Modern Green buckram, lettered in gilt on the spine. Paper repairs to front and rear of title page. A bit of soiling and foxing, else a very good, clean copy. Housed in a custom patterned paper slipcase.

    "Hearne played an important role in ascertaining the relations between Hudson Bay and the Arctic Ocean by his exploration of the Coppermine River. The Hudson's Bay Company had long been interested in investigating the reports of copper mines to the north and sent him from Churchill northward. Hearne was the first man to travel overland to the Arctic Ocean and he discovered the Great Slave Lake. Hearne was in the Hudson's Bay Company's service in Canada from about 1765 to 1787....Much attention is given to the natural history and the Indian tribes of the region covered" (Hill). "This first and best edition....was the first of a long series of Arctic Voyages and Travels which reflect so much honor on the British Press. Its publication is due to the celebrated navigator La Perouse who captured Fort Albany, Hudson's Bay, and found the MS. of Hearne. The fort was afterwards surrendered to the British, but La Perouse stipulated for the publication of this work by the Hudson's Bay Company, which stipulation was honorably fulfilled in this beautiful volume....'The author will always be remembered as the first white man that ever gazed on the dreary expanse of the Arctic or Frozen Ocean from the northern shores of the Continent of America'" (Sabin).

    Hill I, p. 141. Sabin 31181.

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