Lot 1281: Elisha Kent Kane U S GRINNELL EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN 1854 Antique Arctic Exploration Nautical History Polar Expedition Eskimo Inuit Icebergs
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: The U. S. Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin. A Personal Narrative.
Author: Elisha Kent Kane - Elisha Kent Kane was a medical officer in the United States Navy during the first half of the 19th century. He was a member of two Arctic expeditions to rescue the explorer Sir John Franklin. He was present at the discovery of Sir John Franklin's first winter camp, but he did not find out what had happened to the fatal expedition.
Publisher: Harper & Brothers, Publishers
City: New York
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 552 pages
Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5"
Book Details: From the first chapter: "It was in 1844 that Sir John Franklin was appointed to the charge of his latest Polar expedition . . . His vessels, the Erebus and Terror, were soon fitted for the sea; and on the 25th of May, 1845, he weighted anchor, with a picked crew, and as noble a band of officers as ever volunteered for a service of peril. They were met by a whaler on the 26th of July following, in the upper waters of Baffin's Bay, moored to an iceberg, and waiting for an opening in 'the pack.' They have not been seen since" (p. 14).
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in brown cloth with gilt pictorial design and blind-stamped ornamentation to the front cover, and gilt lettering and pictorial design to the spine. The volume displays external wear, with rubbing, light bumping to the edges and corners, and a small crack near the head of the spine. The binding is sound, and the text block displays mild age toning to the outer edge. The endpapers of this volume are significantly soiled, and a previous owner's signature appears on the front paste-down. The interior of this volume is clean and bright, richly illustrated with textual illustrations, tissue-guarded plates, and a toned fold-out map. Illustrations depict Arctic views, native peoples, ships, and icebergs. This volume contains an appendix.
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