Report of the International Polar Expedition to Point Barrow, Alaska, in response to the Resolution of the House of Representatives of December 11, 1884.
Edition: First edition.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1885. 29.5 cm, original black pebbled cloth with gilt spine lettering. pp 695 + color lithograph frontispiece, 10 photogravure plates, 2 color lithographs of birds, tinted lithograph of shells, and 7 wood engraved plates, and a folding map. tissue guards; numerous tables and in-text diagrams. Binding has bumps and slight wear to outer corners; contents mildly toned; penciled note to the title-page; else a clean and unworn VG copy. "The [Point Barrow] expedition, which was commanded by Lieut. P. H. Ray, Eighth Infantry, U.S. Army, sailed from San Francisco July 18, 1881, and reached Cape Smyth, 11 miles southwest of Point Barrow, on September 8 of the same year. Here a permanent station was established, where the party remained until August 28, 1883, when the station was abandoned, and the party sailed for San Francisco, arriving there October 7. Though the main object of the expedition was the prosecution of the observations in terrestrial magnetism and meteorology, it was possible to obtain a large collection of articles illustrating the arts and industries of the Eskimo of the region, with whom the most friendly relations were early established." (John Murdoch: Ethnological Results of the Point Barrow Expedition, 1889). The work comprises seven sections: I. Orders and Instructions; II. Narrative; III. Ethnographical Sketch of the Natives of Point Barrow (including Vocabulary and List of Ethnological Specimens Collected); IV. Natural History; V. Meteorology; VI. Magnetism; VII. Tides; VIII. Miscellaneous Observations. 3 kg parcel.
Condition: Binding: Hardcover