Washington, 1879. 183pp. 12mo. Original printed wrappers. Small chip at spine head and rear bottom corner, minor edge wear. Very good. A rare narrative of the Howgate Polar Expedition. Howgate, an army officer interested in the Arctic, developed a plan for a temporary colony to be based at Lady Franklin Bay. He actively promoted the plan, managed to purchase a small whaler, and go north in 1877 under the command of George E. Tyson. The expedition wintered at Cumberland Sound, collecting supplies and Eskimo support for the main expedition to Lady Franklin Bay the next year. Alas, Howgate never reached his destination, and was forced to return in 1878. His efforts did lead to the choice of Lady Franklin Bay as the base of operations for the Greely expedition, and his scientific team was able to gather information on Baffin Island in the process. ARCTIC BIBLIOGRAPHY 18168. (Inventory #: WRCAM50775)
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