[SABINE, Edward, editor]. The North Georgia Gazette, and Winter Chronicle. John Murray, 1821.
4to. Original publisher's boards with repairs; pp. xii, 132, wood-engraved coat of arms on title-page and as headpiece repeatedly in the text; a little offsetting from rear fly-leaf with central paper flaw, a very good untrimmed copy.
First edition. Parry's expedition in search of a North West Passage, 1819-20, made some important discoveries. It also generated much interest among the public back in Britain, so much so that, on its return, a decision was made to publish the newspaper which had been circulated in manuscript on the expedition. Intended to maintain morale during the long arctic winter, The North Georgia Gazette had appeared weekly and contained verses, letters to the editor (Sabine), reports on social activities and in general amusing pieces to entertain the crew.
Provenance: Half-title verso with ink note on the purchase of this copy at Sotheby's in 1867 from library sale of the late biologist and natural historian Robert Kaye Greville.
Arctic Bibliography 12547.