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Auction: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
was auctioned on: 30 May 2019
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Americas.- Cartwright (George) A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador..., 3 vol., first edition, with A.L.s. from the author, Newark, 1792.

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Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000
ca. US$3,898 - US$5,198
Price realised:  n. a.
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Americas.- Cartwright (George) A Journal of Transactions and Events, during a Residence of nearly Sixteen Years on the Coast of Labrador..., 3 vol., first edition, engraved portrait frontispiece of the author visiting his fox-traps, 2 large folding engraved maps, list of subscribers, with A.L.s. from the author to his niece dated 28th December 1799 tipped in at beginning of vol.1, frontispiece a little foxed and lightly offset onto facing title, vol.3 with small tears to upper edge of Dd2, a little foxing at beginning and ends (mainly vol.3), otherwise an excellent clean set, attractive contemporary half russia, spines gilt, a little rubbed, some joints cracked, spines very slightly faded, corners a little worn, [Sabin 11150], 4to, Newark, 1792. ⁂ Cartwright was a British officer who made six expeditions to Newfoundland and Labrador between 1770 and 1786, hunting and trapping. His account includes descriptions of the animals, particularly foxes and beavers, and the native Indians and Inuit peoples; there is also a poetic epistle to Labrador at the end of vol.3. Following his return to England in 1786 Cartwright became barracks master of the Nottingham Militia until 1817. His letter is sent from Nottingham during this period and concerns a dispute with the barracks over the supply of coal to the army. He claims that he was awarded an increase to his income to cover the costs but that a Capt. Stapleton now denies giving him such instructions. He requests his niece to consult his sisters as to whether they have any letters from him mentioning the increase of income to prove the authorization, and so avoid a possible court martial. Autograph letters from Cartwright are rare at auction. Several members of Cartwright's family appear in the list of subscribers so this is possibly a subscriber's copy.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Forum Auctions
Title: Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper
Date of the auction: 30 May 2019
Address: Forum Auctions
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