SCORESBY, WILLIAM An Account of the Arctic Regions, with a History and Description of the Northern Whale-Fishery.
Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Co., 1820. First edition. Two volumes. Modern three-quarters tan morocco over marbled boards, an uncut copy. 8 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches (22 x 24 cm); xx, 551, , 82; viii, 574 pp., with 24 plates and maps (including frontispieces, many folding), folding tables, retains half-titles. Some spotting and offsetting, some heavier foxing to plates at end, but a very well preserved copy overall.
A standard narrative of arctic whaling. "The first volume of this work relates to the progress of discovery in the Arctic regions, and the natural history of Spitzbergen and the Greenland sea; the second is devoted to the whale-fishery as conducted in the seas of Greenland and Davis's Strait. Mr. Scoresby, the commander of a Greenland whaler, has here displayed much judicious and active observation, combined with no ordinary share of acquired knowledge and scientific attainment, and prompted by an ardent and generous zeal for useful discovery" - Sabin. Arctic Bibliography 15610; Books on Ice 2.2; Sabin 78167.
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