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Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition In Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, 54, 55

Kane, Elisha Kent, and Loomis, Chauncey C. (Editor), and Martin, Constance (Editor)

Published by The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Company, Chicago, IL, 1996
Condition: Very good. Hardcover
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lix, [1], 447, [3] p. : ill. (some col. ), col. maps; 18 cm. Occasional footnotes. Index. The Lakeside classics; 94. In the spring of 1845, two well-equipped ships, the Erebus and Terror, under the command of Sir John Franklin and with 129 carefully picked men aboard, sailed from England and disappeared into the Arctic Archipelago. In the decade that followed, search expeditions went out one after another. The second Grinnell Expedition sailed in 1853 into one of the great ordeals by ice in the history of nineteenth-century exploration. After the expedition left New York, the crew became very ill with scurvy and several died as did all of their dogs. Their ship became iced in on May 20, 1855, and had to be abandoned. Their monumental trek, carrying their supplies and invalids, and with the loss of only one man, took 83 days to reach Upernivak, a retreat which stands as the archetype of "victory from defeat" in the annals of Arctic exploration. Kane's observations of meteorological, magnetic, astronomical, tidal, glacial, botanical, and geological features, plus studies of animal and Eskimo life, were the foundations for future Arctic scientific study. Kane died soon after writing these volumes and his loss was widely mourned. A review in the "N.Y. Courier, " 1856, reported: "Did these summations volumes contain only a complete report of the expedition under Dr. Kane's command, they would have a rare interest for a very large class of intelligent readers; but being, as they are, a narrative of strange adventure, brilliant discovery, and sore trials, borne with heroic fortitude, told with a manly simplicity and frankness in which there is a surprising charm, they appeal directly to worldwide human sympathy, and take at once a permanent and an honorable place in literature.". Bookseller Inventory # 66404

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Title: Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell ...

Publisher: The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelley & Sons, Company, Chicago, IL

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good.

Edition: Presumed first printing thus.

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