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Arctic explorations: The second Grinnell expedition in search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.

Kane, Elisha Kent.

Published by Childs & Peterson, Philadelphia, 1856
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First edition. Dr. Kane's harrowing description of the second Grinnell Expedition is a classic of literature about the Arctic and a monument to the sad fate of Sir John Franklin's ill-starred expedition. The author, a native of the Philadelphia region and a U.S. naval surgeon, was a member of the first unsuccessful rescue mission that searched for Franklin, in 1850 and 1851, and he commanded the second, aboard the Advance. His journal provides accounts of the party's interactions with Native Americans as well as their diet, apparel, observations of natural history, and dog-handling experiences. As described by the title-pages, the volumes are "Illustrated by upwards of three hundred engravings, from sketches by the author. The steel plates executed [by J. Hamilton and others] under the superintendence of J.M. Butler, the wood engravings by Van Ingen & Snyder." The plates total 20 altogether, including frontispieces. 8vo (23.5 cm, 9.25"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., 464 pp.; 1 fold. map, 11 plts., illus. II: Frontis., add. engr. t.-p., 467, [1] pp.; 1 fold. map, 1 map, 7 plts. Arctic Bibliography 8373; Field, Essay towards an Indian Bibliography, 812; Hill, Pacific Voyages, 159; Sabin 37007. Publisher's cloth, covers blind-stamped with nautically themed frames surrounding a shipwreck vignette, spines with gilt-stamped title; vol. I with cloth chipped at edges and corners, both vols. with loss of cloth at spine extremities, small area of light discoloration to each spine. Front pastedowns with private collector's bookplate, front free endpapers with institutional stamp. A few pages of vol. II with light spots of staining; some signatures slightly age-toned. Bookseller Inventory # 19122

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Title: Arctic explorations: The second Grinnell ...

Publisher: Childs & Peterson, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1856

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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