Phipps, Constantine John. A VOYAGE TOWARDS THE NORTH POLE UNDERTAKEN BY HIS MAJESTY'S COMMAND 1773. London: Printed by W. Bowyer and J. Nichols, For J. Nourse, Bookseller to His Majesty, In the Strand. 1774. viii, 253,  pages (some folded), 14 folded leaves of plates: illustrations, maps, plans; 11 folded tables - complete as issued. Quarto, 9 by 11 1/2 inches in a modern full leather fine binding with decorative gilt ruling to the covers and gilt decoration with a gilt printed black leather label to the spine with 5 raised bands. Hill (2004) 1351; Sabin 62572
"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 voyage is perhaps best remembered for the presence of young Horation Nelson, as midshipman aboard the Carcass, and his encounter with a polar bear." (Hill)
A very clean and fresh example of this famous report, complete with all plates, tables, and charts as issued. It does lack the "Directions to the Binder" leaf which is sometimes present. Rebound in a lovely modern full leather fine period-style binding.
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