Lot 1110: Patrick Fraser Tytler / James Wilson HISTORICAL VIEW OF THE PROGRESS OF DISCOVERY ON THE MORE NORTHERN COASTS OF AMERICA 1832 Antique Arctic Travel & Exploration Nautical Fold-Out Frontispiece Map Title Vignette
by National Book Auctions
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Historical View of the Progress of Discovery on the More Northern Coasts of America, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. With Descriptive Sketches of the Natural History of the North American Regions. To Which is Added an Appendix, Containing Remarks on a Late Memoir of Sebastian Cabot, with a Vindication of Richard Hakluyt.
Author: James Wilson - Captain James Wilson brought the first British missionaries to Tahiti on ship Duff in 1797. Wilson was a deeply religious man. The missionaries he brought were from the London Missionary Society. There were thirty men, six women, and three children.
Wilson, on the Duff also explored and visited many islands in the Pacific, some of which had never had any recorded visit by a European. Among these the most important are Mangareva in the Gambier Islands and Pukarua in the Tuamotus. Duff Paid a visit as a missionary ship to Tahiti during 1796, as a result, Missionary Society has first been established in Tahiti. Three years after the establishment, the directors of the Society appointed a committee to consider a suitable memorial for presentation to Wilson for his services in helping to establish the first mission in the South Seas. (Information courtesy of Wikipedia), Patrick Fraser Tytler - Patrick Fraser Tytler FRSE FSA(Scot) (30 August 1791 – 14 December 1849) was a Scottish advocate and historian. [Courtesy Wikipedia]
Publisher: Oliver & Boyd and Simpkin & Marshall
City: Edinburgh / London
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 444 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7"
Book Details: From the preface:
Among the various Expeditions of Discovery by land and sea, none have been considered of greater importance, or regarded with a deeper interest, than those into the Arctic Regions . . . But there remained another branch of adventure equally arduous . . . We allude to the expeditions undertaken, partly by land and partly by coast and river navigation, to trace the limits of America, where that continent borders on the Arctic Circle.
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in blue cloth covers with stamped gilt lettering on the spine. There is moderate toning and soiling to the exterior. The binding is solid. The fold-out frontispiece map depicts the northern coasts of America. There is an additional title page with a vignette of an explorer's tent. The pages show light age toning and scattered marginal spotting/smudging.
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