Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 434 (V.5.4)
Title: The North-West Passage
Date of Creation: Between 1699 and 1799
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Arthur Dobbs, The North-West Passage.
Arthur Dobbs' The North-West Passage:
Begins - after an Epistle Dedicatory to H.R.H. Frederick, Prince of Wales, which begins (2, 4 recto lines 1-4): To His Royall Highness Frederick Prince | of Wales etc. | Sr Having perused the Several Voyages of those who | have any way Remarkably attempted the Northwest passage to Japan, and which ends (2, 4 verso lines 21-24): Service Sir | Your Royal Highness most Devoted and most Obedient | Humble Servant (signed) Arthur Dobbs - (3, 1 recto [p. 1] lines 1-6): Sir | You may be Surprized that I should at this | time Endeavour to revive an Attempt to Discover the Northwest | Passage to the great Southern and Western Ocean of America, | which has been in a Manner Exploded Since the Year 1631 - | a Century ago, when Captn James & Captn Fox both attempted.
Ends (12, 2 recto [p. 63] lines 26-28): wou'd fain hope that it would meet with your Approbation | I am with great Truth and Regard Sr. | Your most Obedient Humble Servant
Remarks: On i, 2 verso is attached the book-plate of King George III. bearing the Royal Arms crowned, mantled and surmounted with: G. III. R. The shield is, as in Burke, Peerage, etc., xcviii., that of George II.
This book-plate was covered by the small and large Hunt. Mus. Lib. book-plates. The map engraved on ii, 1 verso is 17 x 22 in size, and is entitled: A New and | Correct Chart of the North | Part of America from | NEW FOUND LAND | to HUDSONS BAY | By Thornton Hydrographer at | the sign of England Scotland and | Ireland in the Minories | LONDON. This title is contained in an oval medallion supported by two Indians, one (l.) with an arrow in his left hand points to titles with his right, the other (r.) leans against the oval with a bow in his left hand, a moose appearing behind him, while a fox (l.) and a beaver (r.) surmount the medallion.
Arthur Dobbs (1689-1765), Governor of North Carolina, induced the Admiralty in 1741 to send an expedition to search for the N.W. Passage. See Dict. Nat. Biog. xv. 130.
Frederick Louis, created Prince of Wales 1729 (1707-51), was the father of George III., into whose hands this MS. must have come in 1751. See Dict. Nat. Biog. xx. 235.
[Formerly Q.5.19; Q.5.82]
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 9 5/8 x 7, ff. 40, in single cols. of about 28 lines, each 9 x 6 3/4, margined and ruled with pencil, catchwords each page, no signatures, pagination (from 3, 1 recto to 12, 2 recto) 1-63, cropped, but clean and well preserved. Early Cent. XVIII.
Binding: Original, millboards, covered crimson polished calf, gilt-tooled edges, sides and panelled back, gilt edges, blue silk ribbon marker. Early Cent. XVIII.
[For detailed collation see: John Young and P. Henderson Aitken, A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Library of The Hunterian Museum in The University of Glasgow. (Glasgow, 1908), p. 357.]
Access: Normal conditions
Language: English
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), pp 357-358.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

Names associated with this item:

author: Arthur Dobbs 1689-1765
Governor of North Carolina.
dedicatee: Frederick Louis Prince of Wales 1707-1751
Father of George III, King of Great Britain.
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