London: John Murray, Albemarle-Street, 1825. First Edition. 8vo [8.5X5.25in]; xvi, map, 198 pp.,  list of plates, 7 plates of illustrations by Lyon including frontispiece illustration of "Nee-a-kood-loo" native Inuit [listed as plate before p. 55] and six plates of illustrations and diagrams with tissue guards, fold out map of "Hudson's Strait & Sir Thomas Rowe's Welcome" before p. 1 [7x15.25in Neat lines, 8.25x16in Sheet], appendix; Rebacked Half bound brown speckled calf with brown marbled paper boards, five ribbed spine with gilt lines and gilt lettering on original red label, tan end papers, dark red speckling to edges, all edges trimmed, spine headbands; Minor shelf wear to covers and edges, chip to spine label with no loss, some minor foxing and offsets from plates, binder glue stain to edges of free end papers, binder ink stamp and book plates of prior owners William Edward Parry Hooper and Steve Fossett on front end papers. [Arctic Biblio 10530, Hill 1055, Howgego II L52]. Item #13620
George Francis Lyon (1795-1832) was a British naval officer and explorer of the Arctic and Africa. He served in the Mediterranean during the Napoleon wars and later assigned to an expedition in North Africa with Joseph Ritchie to explore the Niger river area. He was selected by William Edward Parry to command the Hecla in 1821-1823 for an expedition to the Northern coast of Hudson Bay to find the Northwest Passage. He wrote about this journey in "The Private Journal of Captain G. F. Lyon". He was one of the "Barrow Boys", Captains that were favored by Sir John Barrow (1764-1848), Secretary to the Admialty to command Arctic exploration.
From Howgego II, " In 1824, the Admiralty sent Lyon back to the Arctic in command of the Griper ... to penetrate the Hecla and Fury Strait to the north of the Melville Peninsula, and to attempt to proceed along the continental coast to connect with the navigable sea reported by John Franklin to the east of the Coppermine River." This was only one of the four expeditions sent to the Arctic, in the same year, to search of the Northwest Passage. A major effort that failed to find the ice free passage, but gained significant experience and information on the Arctic. During the voyage, Lyon experienced heavy ice and foul weather that caused damage to the ship and forced him to retreat. John Barrow was upset that Lyon did not achieve his mission to connect with Franklin and was never offered another command by the Admiralty again. This book is Lyon's account of the 1824 voyage and reasons why the voyage was not successful.
William Edward Parry Hooper (1829-1926) appears to have been named after the famous Arctic explorer and became a clerk in the Admiralty. The bookplate motto of "in memoria retinere" means to "keep in mind"
Steve Fossett (1944-2007) was a successful commodities trader and an adventurer that set world records in balloons, sailboats, gliders and unique powered aircraft. In the 1980's Fossett began developing a library collection of over 2,000 books on adventure and exploration. His collection included significant and authoritative accounts of aeronautics, polar, Asia, Australasia, circumnavigation's, mountaineering and others. In 2007, Fossett disappeared on a solo flight in a light aircraft over the eastern Sierra Mountains along the California and Nevada border. After an extensive search, the wreckage was found by hikers a year later along the rugged Mt. Ritter range in the Ansel Adams Wilderness in Madera County, about 10 miles east of Yosemite National Park.