ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir…

ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55. Illustrated by Upwards of Three Hundred Engravings, from Sketches by the Author…

Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1858. Early printing (first was 1856). Two volumes, tall octavo, original purplish brown cloth, sides decorated in blind, spines gilt lettered, dark brown endpapers. pp [2], 464, [2]; [2], 467, [3]; brown endpapers. Steel engraved frontispiece and engraved title, with tissue guard, in each volume. Volume I has a folding map at front, and 11 steel engraved plates with tissue guards, numerous vignette woodcut illustrations and one map in text. Volume II has 7 plates with tissue guards, one folding map at rear, numerous text illustrations. Spines and inner margins of sides sunned to tan; moderate wear to spine tips; 1860 pencil name to each front free endpaper; else a VG clean, tight and attractive pair, hinges not cracked. "Contains an account of the organization and course of the expedition based on 'passages of [Kane's] journal of interest to the general reader'; the voyage to Smith Sound, the wintering at Rensselaer Harbor on the north-west coast of Greenland, the making of observations, sledge journeys, explorations, surveys, etc.: notes upon the Eskimos, flora and fauna, Humboldt and other glaciers, ice, etc.; the abandonment of the Advance, and the partry's return fo Upernavik in small boats." - AB 8373. Kane had been the ship's surgeon on the First Grinnell Expedition in 1850 in search of Franklin and returned to try again, this time as commander. Sir John's fate was still not discovered and the expedition had in the end to abandon ship, but not without adding valuable information to knowledge of the Arctic. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

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