07-20-2018 07-20-2018
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3117B Boston
July 20, 2018 12:00 PMCalender

Mulgrave, Constantine John Phipps, Baron (1744-1792) A Voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's Command 1773.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3117B Location: Boston Date / Time: July 20, 2018 12:00PM


Mulgrave, Constantine John Phipps, Baron (1744-1792) A Voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's Command 1773. London: Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, for J. Nourse, 1774. First edition, quarto, illustrated with fifteen folding plates, views, and illustrations (three of which are folding maps), and thirteen folding typographical tables, half-title and Directions to the Bookbinder both present; bound in contemporary sponged calf, with gilt spine, marbled endleaves; some marginal softness to fore-edges, neat repairs to endcaps and corners, 10 x 8 in.

"This expedition of the Racehorse and Carcass, undertaken for the purpose of discovering a route to India through the northern polar regions, was blocked by pack ice north of Spitzbergen. The valuable appendix gives geographical and meteorological observations, zoological and botanical records, accounts of the distillation of fresh water from the sea, and astronomical observations. The voyage is perhaps best remembered for the presence of young Horatio Nelson, as midshipman aboard the Carcass, and his encounter with a polar bear." (Quoted from The Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages at the University of California, San Diego, New Haven & Sydney: William Reese Company & Hordern House, Ltd., 2004.)

[A]4, B-L4, M-O1 (three folding typographical tables), P4, Q1, R4, S8, T4, U2, X-Z4, Aa4, Bb1, Cc4, Dd1, Ee-Nn4, Oo2, P1, Qq2 (Qq2 blank and ?integral).
Estimate $3,000-5,000

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