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Journal of Transactions and Events during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador; containing many interesting particulars, both of the Country and its Inhabitants, not hitherto known. In Three Volumes  First Edition. Large Paper Copy, CARTWRIGHT, George
Author Name:    CARTWRIGHT, George

Title:   Journal of Transactions and Events during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador; containing many interesting particulars, both of the Country and its Inhabitants, not hitherto known. In Three Volumes First Edition. Large Paper Copy

Publisher:    Newark, 1792, 1792

Seller ID:   3447

CARTWRIGHT, George. A Journal of Transactions and Events during a Residenceof nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador; containing many interesting particulars, both of the Country and its Inhabitants, not hitherto known. In Three Volumes. Newark: Printed and sold by Allin and Ridge, 1792. Folio (13 7/8" x 11 1/4"), 19th c. 1/2 calf, marbled boards. Volume I (comprising the First and Second Voyages): Pp. [2 p.l.], [iii] - viii (preface), [ix] - xvi (glossary), [l leaf] "Explanation of the Frontispiece", [6] (subscriber list), [1] - 272, 265 - 287 [i.e. signatures "M m" and "N n" are bothpaginated 265 - 272], frontis. portrait (supplied in facsimile), three fol ding maps (one supplied in facsimile); Volume II (comprising the Third and Fourth Voyages): pp. [i] - x (title page + glossary), [1] - 505; Volume III(comprising the Fifth and Sixth Voyages): pp. [i] - x (title page + glossa ry), [1] - 248, [1] - 15, ("Labrador: A Poetical Epistle"), tables ("A Diary of Farenheit's Thermometer"). This set has at beginning of Vol. I the Lane 1792 "Chart of Part of the Coast of Labrador" [the larger two-sheet version, 26 3/16" x 36 13/16" (66.5 x 93.5 cm.) overall] and the Lane 1790 "The Island of Newfoundland". One of 15 Large Paper Copies. O'Dea 245a, Cooke & Caron p.82, TPL 586, Davidson 139, Sabin 11150. "[...] it is clear from thelist of subscribers' names prefixed to volume one, that the size of the ed ition had been reduced from a thousand to 350 copies, [...]. Of the total number of copies printed, fifteen were run off as special large-paper copiesfavoured by bibliophiles, and these are now exceedingly rare and valuable items." - George Story's "Old Labrador: George Cartwright 1738-1819: A Lecture delivered to The Newfoundland Historical Society, Thursday, 9 October 1980". "This journal is written with care and fidelity; the style of the author is plain and manly; he delivers his sentiments with freedom, and with confidence, asserts only those circumstances which, from his own observations, he knows to be facts. [...] Coleridge highly recommended the work." - quoted in Maggs' Catalogue 678, in loc. "The annals of his campaigns among the foxes and beavers, interested me more than ever did the exploits of Marleborough [sic] or Frederick; besides I saw plain truth and the heart of Cartwright's book." - Coleridge, cited in Lande, (although it appears rather tohave been Robert Southey, according to G.M.Story, in his DCB article). It would be interesting to know how such a book came to be printed in Newark, a small borough town in Nottinghamshire. Despite Cartwright's connection with the town, one would have expected a London imprint for such a large project. John Feather's The English Provincial Book Trade before 1850, (Oxford,1981) has provided two possible sources: Thomas M. Blagg's Newark as a Pub lishing Town, (Newark, 1898) and John Walton's A Survey of the Printing Trade and Related Occupations in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire to 1900, (Library Association Fellowship thesis, 1968). So far the only notice we have found for the printer is the following: "1795, Jan. 4 Died, William Allen [sic], an eminent bookseller at Newark, in Nottinghamshire, aged sixty-two years" in C.H.Timperley's Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote, (L., 1842), p.785. Vol. I: Lacks the original portrait frontispiece, as well as the map of "Northern and Middle States...and the British Dominions",but full-sized photocopies of these two on good paper have been obtained a nd laid-in. Both of the maps in Vol. I have a single four inch mended tear.Spine cracked at pp. 120/121, 3" tear to margin of pp. 7 - 8, 1" tear to m argin of pp. 21 - 22; pp. 121 - 128 and 205 - 217 are considerable foxed, extreme edges of last leaf showing some adherence of marbling from earlier binding, edges (especially where untrimmed) are darkened, otherwise very clean. Vol. II: Fore-edge of title page spotted (and extreme edges showing some adhering of marbling from earlier binding), two leaves loose (pp. 43 - 46), occasional light foxing (and small stained area affecting text of p. 173), edges (especially where untrimmed) are darkened, otherwise very clean throughout. Vol. III: Two leaves (pp. 3 - 6) loose, extreme top and fore-edgeof title page (and fore-edge of last leaf) show some adhering of marbling from earlier binding, some soiling to p. 169, some damp-staining to p. 222,edges (especially where untrimmed) are darkened, otherwise very clean thro ughout. Bindings: Heavy wear to bottom edges of boards, spines rubbed and worn at extremities, some loss of marbled paper where it overlaps the spine leather. In general, text very good, and in good serviceable bindings. the set for 9,000.00


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