Full titles: The Private Journal of Captain G.F. Lyon, of H.M.S. Hecla, during the Recent Voyage of Discovery under Captain Parry [With] A Brief Narrative of an Unsuccessful Attempt to reach Repulse Bay, through Sir Thomas Rowe's “Welcome”, in His Majesty’s Ship Griper, In The Year MDCCCXXIV. Together 2 vols. First eds. 8vo. pp. xiv, 468 & xvi, 198, [1, List of Plates]; 7 engraved plates inc. frontis. and 1 folding map to first work, folding engraved map frontis., 6 engraved plates & 1 engraved diagram to second work; minor offsetting from plates to text, else very good in contemporary uniform half calf, raised bands to spines with gilt to compartments, lettering piece to one compartment, a handsome set.
Lyon accompanied the second Parry expedition in search of a North West Passage as captain of Hecla (1821-23; Parry commanded the Fury). His Private Journal of the voyage supplemented Parry’s own, official account of the voyage. The expedition proved of importance for the successful co-operation between the Europeans and the Eskimo encountered; indeed, by the aid of a sketch map of the area Parry discovered a potential route from one of the Eskimo. Lyon observed closely the habits and character traits of the different tribes of Eskimo and the Private Journal offers an excellent description of them. Lyon sailed with Parry again in 1824, this time to attempt a crossing of the Melville Peninsula. Lyon’s narrative of the voyage as far as Wager Inlet and Repulse Bay contains information about Southampton island and the Eskimos of the region.
Author Lyon, Captain G. F.
Date 1824 & 1825
Binding Contemporary uniform half calf
Publisher London: John Murray
Condition Very good
Pages pp. xiv, 468 & xvi, 198, [1, List of Plates]
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