London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1856. xix,,405,pp. plus four plates, folding map, and advertisements. Original blue cloth boards, stamped in blind, neatly rebacked in matching cloth. Corners lightly bumped. Mild toning, scattered foxing. Very good. Captain McClure set out from England in 1850 in yet another attempt to obtain information regarding the missing Franklin party. He and Capt. Richard Collinson were meant to sail together but became separated early in the journey. The H.M.S. Investigator was eventually abandoned due to ice, with McClure's crew continuing by sledge before being rescued by another ship. In this manner McClure managed to traverse the Northwest Passage, albeit unorthodoxly, for which he was knighted and received a hefty award. "The narrative of the expedition includes descriptions of the perils of the ice in Beaufort Sea and in the straits, of the activities carried out by the crew, measures for their health, and their reactions to arctic conditions; notes on animal migrations...concluding remarks on progress of the Franklin search" - ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY. A wonderful and scarcely available resource for scholars of Arctic exploration, published the year after the crew of the Investigator received the Parliamentary Award for crossing the Northwest Passage. Rare. TPL 3451 (ref). ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 10563. SABIN 43073. (Inventory #: WRCAM50616)
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