The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla, during …
The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla, during …

LYON, Captain George Francis. The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla, during the Recent Voyage of Discovery Under Captain Parry.

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LYON, Captain George Francis. The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon of H.M.S. Hecla, during the Recent Voyage of Discovery Under Captain Parry. London, Murray, 1824.

8vo. Original publisher's paste-paper backed blue boards, printed label to spine; pp. xiii, [1, directions for placing the plates], 468; engraved frontispiece by Edward Finden after Lyon, 6 engraved plates by Finden after Lyon, one engraved folding map by J. Walker; extremities a little worn, title-page with cut away section of upper outer corner (replaced with matching paper), apart from light browning and occasional spotting to plates, as usual, a good copy, uncut in the the original publisher's binding and with half-title.
First edition. Lyon accompanied the second Parry expedition in search of a North West Passage as captain of Hecla (1821-1823; Parry commanded the sistership Fury), and his Private Journal of the voyage supplemented Parry's official account of the voyage, Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific (London: 1824). The expedition proved of importance for the successful cooperation between the Europeans and the Inuit encountered; indeed, by the aid of a sketch map of the area Parry discovered from one Iligliuk a possible route for the Passage. Lyon's curiosity led him to observe with great attention the habits and character traits of the different tribes of Esquimaux and the Private Journal offers an excellent description of this people, as Field states: 'Almost the entire volume is devoted to the narration of the peculiarities of the Aborigines of the Arctic regions. Captain Lyon's curiosity led him to observe with great attention, the habits of life, and traits of character of the different tribes of Esquimaux, which his humanity, and good management attracted to his winter quarters. They built their villages near his ships, and permitted a closer familiarity, than any other of the Arctic voyagers was able to attain. His narrative, therefore, abounds with incidents of their intercourse, and curious anecdotes of Esquimaux life'. This work is known with two settings of the preliminary leaves; in one there is no half-title, the printer's name appears on the verso of the title, and the preliminary matter is paginated to xi, followed by an unnumbered page with the 'Directions ...' and in the other (as here) the imprint is on the verso of the half-title (that of the title is blank) and the pagination runs to xiii, followed by an unnumbered page of 'Directions ...'.
Arctic Bibliography 10531; Brunet III, col. 1254; Chavanne 1442; Hill I, p. 186; Lowndes p. 1422; Sabin 42853; Staton and Tremaine 1289; cf.: Field 961 (London: 1825 ed.).

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