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Auction 118, Lot 166

"Chart of the Discoveries & Route of his Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper in search of a North West Passage", Parry, William Edward (Adm. Sir)

Subject: Canadian Arctic

Period: 1821 (dated)

Publication: Journal of a voyage for the discovery of a North-West Passage. . .

Color: Black & White

37.3 x 13.7 inches
94.7 x 34.8 cm

Meticulously detailed map charting Parry's voyage of 1819-20 in search of a Northwest Passage from the western part of Baffin Bay along Barrows' Strait to Melville Island and Liddon's Gulf, with an extension on the bottom of the map showing Prince Regents Inlet. Parry had sailed under John Ross on his voyage of 1818, where Parry became sure that Baffin Bay would lead to the Northwest Passage. Ross had been chastised by the Admiralty for turning back too soon on the 1818 voyage, so Parry was given the command of the Hecla with Lieut. Matthew Liddon commanding the Griper for their voyage of 1819. Parry's expedition penetrated very far into the potential passage, so on the expedition's return in 1820, Parry was hailed as a hero and promoted to commander. This map is from Parry's journal of the expedition, and is rarely seen by itself.


Condition: B

Very good with a little light offsetting. Hinge remnants at top margin.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 3/6/2007