London. 1821. [iii]-xi,320pp. plus two maps (one folding), with in-text illustrations. Contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spine gilt, gilt leather label. Minor rubbing to boards, light wear to edges and spine ends. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage, 20th-century bookplate on front pastedown. Light scattered foxing, slightly heavier to maps. About very good. Item #WRCAM54170
First edition. Fisher was the assistant surgeon aboard the Hecla during this first of Parry's Arctic expeditions. "This voyage was for the discovery of the North West Passage, and penetrated through Barrow's Strait as far as Melville Island" - Lande. The maps are "A Chart of the Discoveries of H.M.S. Hecla & Griper...being on a Voyage to Discover a N.W. Passage" and "A Map of the Route of the Expedition across Melville Island." "Fisher gives especially useful remarks on natural history, and ice conditions" - ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 5022. TPL 1193. LANDE 1170. HILL 605.