Patchwork (Signed copy)
Inscribed by Captain Basil Hall to John Richardson, naval surgeon and arctic explorer
First edition, three volumes (complete). Half-leather binding with five raised bands and contrasting title labels to spines, marbled boards. 20 × 12cm, vol 1: xi +267pp, vol 2: vii + 288pp, vol 3: vii + 269pp.
Volume one has been inscribed by the author "Mr Richardson, with the author's sincerest regards, 23 Dec 1840" (please see scan for the date, could be pre-publication). This was Sir John Richardson (1787–1865), a Scottish naval surgeon, naturalist and Arctic explorer. He travelled with John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage on the Coppermine Expedition of 1819–22. He described the geology, botany and ichthyology for the official account of the expedition. Each volume contains the bookplate of Richardson's son, Colonel John Booth Richardson, Royal Artillery.
Patchwork is a series of short writings by Captain Hall, mostly concerning European travel (France, Switzerland, parts of Italy, a regular tour in the vicinity of Naples, a voyage to Malta and Sicily, and an ascent of Mount Etna), travellers and his own thoughts (such as executions in Gallows and the Guillotine) and experiences. Captain Basil Hall (1788–1844) was a naval officer, traveller and author, he served aboard the HMS Endymion and witnessed Sir John Moore taken from the Battle of Corunna. As an author he is best known for The Fragments of Voyages and Travels and Travels in North America.
Good condition but with some wear. The spines are chipped with some loss to the gilt titling, the boards lightly rubbed. Volume one lacks the half-title, and the inner binding to volume one is pulled in places (but all remaining secure). The main body of text in each volume is clean with just occasional spotting. Quite a scarce title.
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