Item #5000326 A Journey from Prince of Wales' 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…. Samuel HEARNE.
A Journey from Prince of Wales' 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…

A Journey from Prince of Wales' Fort in Hudson's Bay, to the Northern Ocean…
A Journey from Prince of Wales' 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: Strahan & Cadell, 1795.

Quarto, with a large folding map at the start, four folding engraved plates in the text and four folding maps at the end; a handsome and very large copy, edges completely uncut, in old marbled boards, later calf spine.

The first European to travel overland to the Arctic Ocean

First edition: a most attractive copy on large and thick paper. Hearne was in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company from about 1765 to 1787; the Company had commissioned him to investigate the reports of copper mines to the north, and his exploration of the Coppermine River was the result. He was the first European to travel overland to the Arctic Ocean, and discovered the Great Slave Lake. He was accompanied on his trek northward by the Chipewyan man Matonabbee who had already been to the area. At the falls that Hearne consequently named Bloody Falls, Matonabbee's men massacred the Inuit that they found there, a scene that Hearne said haunted him for the rest of his days.

First edition: a most attractive copy on large and thick paper. Hearne was in the service of the Hudson's Bay Company from about 1765 to 1787; the Company had commissioned him to investigate the reports of copper mines to the north, and his exploration of the Coppermine River was the result. He was the first European to travel overland to the Arctic Ocean, and discovered the Great Slave Lake. He was accompanied on his trek northward by the Chipewyan man Matonabbee who had already been to the area. At the falls that Hearne consequently named Bloody Falls, Matonabbee's men massacred the Inuit that they found there, a scene that Hearne said haunted him for the rest of his days.

Publication of Hearne's book was arranged by La Pérouse who, early in his career, had captured Fort Albany in Hudson Bay, and had found Hearne's manuscript there. The fort was afterwards surrendered to the British, but La Pérouse stipulated that the book be published. It appeared three years after Hearne's death, edited for publication by John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury, who despite his senior clerical role was best known for his role in editing Cook's second and third voyage accounts for publication.

Provenance: Frederick E. Ellis (American collector, with pictorial bookplate).

Hill, 791; Lande, 1120; Sabin, 31181; Streeter, 3652.

Condition Report: Waterstain in lower halves of the four folding maps at end of the volume; otherwise in fine original condition internally.

Price (AUD): $11,000.00

US$7,804.57   Other currencies

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