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M Richardson Rare Books

Good to see that book fairs are back in full swing, well, almost! You'll be able to search most of the books we have in stock on our Abebooks storefront where, for the month of April 2022 there is 30% off all of our stock. We are constantly adding new stock online also so do also contact us if you don't find what you want there. For example we have a number of scarce, signed Booker Prize winners which are not currently listed. Copy this link: If there are any of these that you'd like to see photos of or ask for more information on then please do get in touch. M. Richardson Rare Books was formerly known as Mr. Books Bookshop and located on Tonbridge High Street in Kent, England for over 12 years up until July 2017. The shop is still there under new owners so, due to the sale of the bricks and mortar side of the business, it made sense to change our name to reflect this change of direction. (And we had to because the new owner liked the name so much it went with the business sale!) We now trade mainly online and at PBFA fairs up and down the country from our new base nestling in the foothills of the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds. We also exhibit at Bloomsbury Book Fairs in London a few times a year, and occasionally have a small selection of fine books for sale at select antique centres, such as Hemswell, in Lincolnshire. Whilst we don't specialize in anything in particular we do lean towards certain subjects such as collectable modern fiction and children's books, and also have many fishing books and topographical books & ephemera. But really we just sell rare and fine books on many subjects. The stock is being constantly replenished so it's always worth visiting us at one of the fairs. We travel far and wide to purchase quality collections so please feel free to call us.

The Journal of a Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific, performed in the years 1819-20, in His Majesty's Ships Hecla and Griper. With an Appendix, containing the Scientific and other Observations


An exceptionally nice copy of this scarce first edition. The binding could well be contemporary. Brown leather spine and corners which have just a little knocking and rubbing. The title block on the spine is still lovely and crisp. Marble effect boards are clean, if a touch faded with age. Tiny label on front paste down page, at the top edge, of J. Bigg & Son Booksellers of 53 Parliament Street, Westminster. On the same page, in the centre, is the charming ex-libris plate of Earl Granville. The maps, charts and illustrations are in wonderful condition although the large gate fold map opposite page 29 has some creases, is a little edge worn where it has protruded the binding and has a short tear from the bottom on one fold. There is furthermore some foxing and browning here and there but, really, this is a truly exceptional copy, a quality binding which was clearly made to last. Here's a little information about the book and the author. 310 pages plus appendices I-IX, complete with 6 maps, including 4 folding, 14 plates. Rear-Admiral Sir William Edward Parry FRS (1790?1855) led an expedition in 1819 in search of the North-West passage, after taking part in a failed attempt under Capt. John Ross. They got as far a Melville Island where they were frozen in for 10 months. They later turned back, having reached further into the Canadian arctic archipelago than any other explorer, reaching England in October 1820. His account includes lunar and magnetic observations, tide data, and information on health and diseases of the crew. He led two more expeditions in1821 and 1824.