1st.ed., 2002. Xx + 467 pp., port. frontis., + 51 other ills., & 7 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The Age of Reason ' years of enlightenment during the 18th century ' had at its centre a scientific approach to the mysteries of the planet, much of which remained undiscovered or unexplored. One of the obsessions of the age was a determination to find a navigable passage through the icy waters of the Arctic from Hudson Bay to the Pacific Ocean. To the sailor who found this elusive passage there would be untold fame and riches. This book examines the various brave attempts in successive voyages which ended in failure and sometimes disaster. Includes the voyages of James Knight, Arthur Dobbs, Christopher Middleton, William Moor, Francis Smith, Moses Norton, James Cook, George Vancouver, etc. Illustrated with fifty-two illustrations and seven maps. FINE copy.