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AN ACCOUNT OF THE COUNTRIES ADJOINING TO HUDSON’S BAY, IN THE NORTH-WEST PART OF AMERICA: Containing a Description of their Lakes and Rivers, the Nature of the Soil and Climates, and their Methods of Commerce, &c.

Dobbs, Arthur. Shewing the Benefit to be made by settling Colonies, and opening a Trade in these Parts; whereby the French will be deprived in a great Measure of their Traffick in Furs, and the Communication between Canada and Mississippi be cut off. With An Abstract of Captain Middleton's Journal, and Observations upon his Behaviour during his Voyage, and since his Return. To which are added, I. A Letter from Bartholomew de Fonte. II. An Abstract of all the Discoveries. III. The Hudson?s Bay Company Charter. IV. The Standard of Trade in those Parts of America. V. Vocabularies of the Languages of several Indian Nations adjoining to Hudson's Bay. The whole intended to shew the great Probability of a North-west Passage, so long desired; and which (if discovered) would be of the highest Advantage to these Kingdoms. London: Printed for J. Robinson, 1744. 4to (large paper copy: 28.4 cm). 1st edition. 1pp (title page) + ii + 211pp. Large folding engraved map (A New Map of Part of North America From the Latitude of 40 to 68 Degrees. Including the late discoveries made on Board the Furnace Bomb Ketch in 1742. And the Western Rivers & Lakes falling into Nelson River in Hudson?s Bay, as described By Joseph La France a French Canadese Indian, who Travaled thro those Countries and Lakes for 3 Years from 1739 to 1742). Early 20th Century signed binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe: three-quarter chocolate morocco and marbled boards, raised bands, gilt. Very clean and wide-margined. A superior copy in a fine binding. Dobbs was opposed to the trade monopoly held by the Hudson?s Bay Company, and was convinced that a northwest passage lay in the western parts of Hudson's Bay (based on French publications and Canadian sources, including the half-breed fur trader Joseph La France). His public allegations that Middleton acted in the interests of the H.B.C. by not exploring those regions for a potential northwest passage led to the investigation of the H.B.C. by a British Parliamentary committee in 1749. [Streeter VI: 3637; Peel 3: 18; TPL 193; (not in Arctic Bibliography). Sabin 20404 and Howes D373 both note that some copies were issued on large paper, and Rosenbach (in one of his early catalogues) noted that his copy offered was a --Large Paper Edition--Thus, it may be one of the --large paper edition--copies.
CRUISE OF THE 'PANDORA' Extracts from the Private Journal kept by Allen Young

CRUISE OF THE ‘PANDORA’ Extracts from the Private Journal kept by Allen Young, Commander of the Expedition. For Private Circulation.

Young, Allen. London: Clowes, 1876. 8vo. viii + 90pp. 12 mounted photographs, large folding map. Original black and gilt decorated royal blue cloth. Yellow endpapers. Spine titles bright. Armorial bookplate of Colonel William Godfrey Fausett. Modern ink ownership signature of Basil French, November, 1848. Text clean, tight and very good. Fine copy. Allen Young gained considerable experience in Arctic exploration when he accompanied M'Clintock in the voyage of the Fox [1857-59] as sailing master. On this same voyage, Young's 1859 exhausting sledging expeditions included "on-the-fly" surveying of 380 miles of coast line along Peel Sound. This privately funded 1875 voyage of the 'Pandora' had as its objects to navigate, if practical, the North West Passage in one season, to drop off dispatches and pick up any communications left by Nares' British Arctic Expedition, and if possible to make a search on King William Island for any further records and journals of the ships Erebus and Terror. (Jane Franklin is cited for contributing financially to the "Pandora"'s expenses, although Young seems to have been the main underwriter of this no-doubt costly venture). During the voyage, the "Pandora" encountered frequent gales and impeding ice, and heavy ice in Peel Sound prevented further progress. Nonetheless, accomplishments included: investigating the remains of the shelter erected by M'Clintock on Beechey Island, the discovery and examination of the contents of a cairn erected by Sir John Ross when he was searching for Franklin, and locating cairns set up by the Nares expedition. No communications, however, were made with the crew of the Alert or Discovery, and Young proceeded homeward. In having this book printed, Young ensured that there was "an authentic record of the voyage of the R.Y.S. steam yacht "Pandora" to the Arctic seas in 1875," although only a very small number were printed specifically for private circulation. The twelve photographs that illustrate the work are among the earliest taken in the Arctic regions, and include views of the "Pandora", the "Fox", views at Godavn, graves of Franklin's expedition on Beechy Island, and others. Young was one of only two or three people awarded both the Arctic Medal (for British Arctic exploration, conducted between 1818-1855, and presented in 1857) and the Second Arctic Medal, presented in 1876. [Arctic Bibliography 19758 incorrectly calls for 10 plates].
Epochs of Chinese & Japanese Art. An Outline History of East Asiatic Design.

Epochs of Chinese & Japanese Art. An Outline History of East Asiatic Design.

Fenollosa, Ernest F. New and revised Edition, with copious notes by Professor Petrucci. London: William Heinemann, 1913. 1st British "New" Edition. 4to. 10 inches high. Xxxvii + 204pp + xiv 235pp. Profusely illustrated. Some plates in colour and other in monochrome. Blue cloth, gilt titles with gilt emblems on front boards. Near fine condition. Distinguished Provenance. An enthusiastic and careful survey important Chinese and Japanese Art. [Volume 1.] · Primitive Chinese art : Pacific influence; · Chinese art of the Han Dynasty : Mesopotamian influence; · Early Chinese Buddhist art : from the Han Dynasty to the Tang; · Early Corean and Japanese Buddhist art : Suiko Period; · Greco-Buddhist art in China : early Tang; · Greco-Buddhist art in Japan : Nara Period; · Mystical Buddhist art in China : Tang Dynasty; · Mystical Buddhist art in Japan : Fujiwara Period; · Feudal art in Japan : Kamakura Period. [Volume 2.] · Idealistic art in China : Northern Sung; · Idealistic art in China : Southern Sung; · Idealistic art in Japan : Ashikaga; · Idealistic art in Japan : the early Kano; · Modern aristocratic art in Japan : the later Kano and the Korin School; · Modern Chinese Art : the Tsing or Manchu Dynasties; · Modern plebeian art in Kioto : the Shijo School; · Modern plebeian art in Yedo : Ukiyo-ye. An unusually fine set of the British revised edition, a much more attractive edition, particularly the binding and heft, than its American counterpart. Artistic Book plates of Sophie Beanlands, British Columbia painter also known as Sophie Pemberton. See Wikipedia.