London, England: Richard Phillips, 1819. First Edition. Softcover. Octavo. 8 1/4 in. by 5 1/4 in. Recent (merely) protective rebinding in marbled paper-over-card with simple typewritten title paste-on to card front covers. Frontis fold-out: "A Chart of the Route of His Majesty's Hired, Armed Vessel THE ALEXANDER. On a Voyage of Discovery to the Arctic Regions. Performed in the Year 1818". )10 in. x 8 1/4 in.. viii, 104 pp. Folding map, 3 plates illustrating "a series of experiments on board the Alexander for the purpose of finding the deviation of the Magnetic needle. This journal is generally attributed to Alexander Fisher, assistant surgeon of the Alexander, who describes Sir John Ross' failed expedition in search for the North-West Passage. Issued as Volume 1, Number 1 of "Modern Voyages and Travels." Arctic Bib. 5021. Very Good. Item #85038
A 14-pp series of eight (VIII) appendices, contains, in turn, a list of officers' names and men employed on the two Expeditions to the Arctic Regions: 1) The North-West, or Baffin's Bay Expedition, aboard the Isabella and the Alexander; and then 2) The Spitsbergen,or Polar Expedition, aboard the Dorothea and the Trent; 3) The paper laying out Parry's course in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Danish/Swedish and Dutch. (In the printed papers, this notice was likewise inserted into the Russian languages, but left out of the MS versions due to challenges with correctly using the Cyrillic Alphabet. The note basically read: "Whosoever finds this paper is requested to forward it to the Secretary of the Admiralty, London, with a note of the time and place at which it was found.";3) A letter or journal from Mr. William Baffin, essentially outlining the passage of the ship along this journey; 4) Orders issued by Captain Ross relative to objects of Natural History/ Appendices 5.6.7. all described weather, courses and winds; and finally Appendix 8 described the birds and animals observed and usually killed (including two swimming polar bear).This journal of the Expedition, the first edition of which was published in 1819 without the author's name, is generally attributed to Alexander Fisher, assistant surgeon of the Alexander.