A PERSONAL NARRATIVE OF THE DISCOVERY OF THE NORTH-WEST PASSAGE; WITH NUMEROUS INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL AND ADVENTURE DURING NEARLY FIVE YEARS' CONTINUOUS SERVICE IN THE ARCTIC REGIONS WHILE IN SEARCH OF THE EXPEDITION UNDER SIR JOHN FRANKLIN
by Armstrong, Alexander
London, 1857. xxii,,616pp. plus frontispiece and folding map. Original blue pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Minor shelf wear. Light foxing to plate and map, else very clean. Very good. Armstrong sailed as surgeon aboard the HMS Investigator under Captain Robert McClure on one of the numerous voyages in search of the lost Franklin expedition. "His personal narrative of the discovery of the north-west passage, published in London in 1857, was the last of the three chronicles of the voyage to appear. ... [It] is a lucid and straightforward, although somewhat ponderous, account of the phenomena, animate and inanimate, which came under the author's observation. It furnishes moving descriptions of appalling peril in the wind-driven pack- ice, along with a candid exposure of the condition to which the crew were reduced, thereby contradicting McClure's arrogant boast that he could have saved the men's lives without external aid. The book was awarded the Gilbert Blane gold medal for the best journal kept by a surgeon of the Royal Navy" - DCB. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 682. DICTIONARY OF CANADIAN BIOGRAPHY (online). SABIN 2017. TPL 3408.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50608A)
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