Report on the Proceedings of the United States Expedition to…

Report on the Proceedings of the United States Expedition to Lady Franklin Bay, Grinnell Land...International Polar Expedition [at head]

Edition: First separate edition

Washington, D.C: Government Printing Office, 1888. Originally published as 49th Congress, 1st Session, HMD 393. Two volumes, original brown cloth, spines gilt lettered. Vol. I: pp [2], viii, 545, [3] + plates, charts, maps (3 folding). Vol. II: pp [2], (viii), 738 + 3 plates with Explanation on facing leaf + Explanatory Note tipped in after title. Collated and complete. Volume I has a partial cloth split to front joint, and horizontal split at foot of spine, neatly repaired; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper as well as a tear to inner margin (no printing affected) of folding map at p. 186; two plates between pp 4 and 5 protrude slightly at fore edge, with a few nicks. Both volumes have minor wear at spine tips; otherwise a mainly fine, bright and tight pair, no previous owner names or text marks. Greeley's narrative for the public, Three Years of Arctic Service (Scribner's, 1886), was a good seller. About that book AB 6118 says: "The United States expedition during the First International Polar Year, based at Fort Conger, Lady Franklin Bay, about 81°45' N, on the east coast of Ellesmere Island, explored the north coast of Greenland from Cape Bryant to Cape Washington, about 82°30'-83°30" N, the interior and west coast of Grinnell Land (northern Ellesmere Island), and extended the maping of Hayes Sound, about 79° N, on Ellesmere. As relief ships failed to reach them, members of the party made a march out of the Hall Basin area, all but seven dying of starvation before rescue at Cape Sabine, Smith Sound." This official report (first 97 pp are by Greely, followed by 141 appendices in all) is scarce. Not in AB. Total edition of 4500 copies, of which 750 were for public & library distribution. A nice set of an uncommon Arctic book. Note: 7 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

Condition: Binding: Hardcover.

Book ID: 27648
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