Danish Arctic Expeditions, 1605 to 1620
C.C.A. Gosch (Editor).
Hakluyt Society. London. 1897. First Edition. Hakluyt Publications: First Series Nos. 96 & 97. Publisherâ€™s light blue cloth with embossed decorations and ruling on front and back covers. Spines slightly faded, gilt titles on spines and covers still bright. Internally complete with no prior ownership markings, no foxing, folds or tears, hinges beginning to crack but still tight and strong â€” A Near Fine set of a very scarce publication. â€”National Maritime Museum 773.
Vol. I – The Danish Expeditions to Greenland in 1605, 1606, and 1607: To Which is Added Captain James Hall’s Voyage to Greenland in 1612.
8vo, [cxvii], 205pp, appendices, index. 7 fold out maps, 3 maps in text, 2 illustrations.
Vol. II The Expedition of Captain Jens Munk to Hudson’s Bay.
8vo, [cxviii], 187pp. 5 fold out maps & one in text index.
An account of the disastrous voyage of Captain Jens Munk who departed Copenhagen in May 1619 in two ships, the Unicorn and the Lamprey, and with a crew of sixty-four men in search of the Northwest Passage. Wintering took place on the shore of Hudsonâ€™s Bay near the present town of Churchill, Manitoba. The journey lasted 16 months, and on September 21, 1620, Munk arrived back in Norway with only two crew members still alive (barely). â€śThe fearful mortality which had beset the crew was probably a combination of scurvy and trichinosis, made even more ghastly by exposure. The Danes had been totally unprepared for the rigors of a Canadian winter.â€ť WA Kenyon, The Journals of Jens Munk 1619 â€“ 1620.
The Journal of Jens Munk 1619-1620
By W.A. Kenyon
Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, 1980, First Edition. 8vo, [xvi], 40pp. five maps, b/w illustrations, publisherâ€™s wraps in Near Fine Condition.