by [Canadian and Arctic Exploration]: [NAUTICAL MAGAZINE]
London, 1859. Ten volumes, with maps and plates (some folding). Uniformly bound in 20th-century faux leather. Minor foxing. Very good. A handsome collection of annual volumes of THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE containing articles on important Canadian and Arctic expeditions between 1834 and 1859. The individual volumes are as follows: 1) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE FOR 1834. VOL. III. With articles on Back (including letters regarding the North- West Passage), Ross, Arctic expeditions from England, and steamboats on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario. 2) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1845. With important news of the appointment of captain and crew to the Franklin expedition. Also includes articles on the wreck of the Crusader, the retirement of John Barrow, and various Arctic and polar expeditions. 3) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1849. Contains information on Franklin search expeditions and other Arctic explorations, as well as articles on Vancouver Island, the destruction of whalers by icebergs, Sitka, Alaska, and other subjects of Canadian and Arctic interest. 4) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1850. With a significant amount of important information on the Franklin search, including a multi-part account of the voyage of the H.M.S. Enterprize and Investigator to Barrow Strait; a report by Sir John Richardson on his Franklin search; and Capt. Forsyth's Arctic Branch Expedition and Search for Franklin. Also includes much on Arctic explorers such as Barrow, Moore, Austin, Ross, and Rae, and Canadian-related articles on a North-West expedition, the winds on the St. Lawrence River, and Louisbourg Harbour near Cape Breton. 5) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1851. Contains articles on the Franklin search by Pullen and Snow, with a review of the Franklin search expedition by Austin & Penny. Also includes articles on screw steamers in the ice by Osborn, Snow's "Remarks on the Prince Albert's Trace Through the Ice of Baffin Bay," an account of Juan De Fuca Strait by Wood, and Robinson's "Summer Cruize on the Coast of Labrador," among others. 6) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1852. Includes articles on the Franklin search, other Arctic expeditions, and reports on Sable Island by Bayfield, Puget Sound, the Funk Islands in Newfoundland, and casualties from Collinson's Bering Strait Expedition, among others. 7) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1853. With articles on Simpson, Allen, Barrow, Dr. Rae's projected Arctic expedition, M'Clure's passage from the Bering Strait to the Bay of Mercy and other news of the North-West Passage, and notices of new books by Kennedy (SECOND VOYAGE OF THE PRINCE ALBERT IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN), Kellett (NARRATIVE OF THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. HERALD), and Inglefield (A SUMMER SEARCH FOR SIR JOHN FRANKLIN). 8) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1854. The most notable article here is Rae's report on the Franklin search, in which he reports: "From the mutilated state of many of the corpses, and the contents of the kettles, it is evident that our wretched countrymen had been driven to the last resource, cannibalism, as a means of prolonging existence." Also includes articles on the Grinnell's Expedition in search of Franklin, the Bering Strait Expedition, Kane's Arctic Expedition, and other Arctic expeditions by Collinson and Simpson. Further articles focus on the Isle of St. Paul, Vancouver, and Queen Charlotte Islands, the New Canada Treaty, and other related subjects. 9) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1856. Includes a most notable article, "Reflections on Sir John Franklin's Expedition and Where His Ships Were Most Probably Beset in the Ice," with two maps and illustrations (with a short article by John Ross commenting on this article, printed later in the same volume). This was an important article in paving the way for the successful M'Clintock Expedition the next year. Also contains Belcher's article on the probable position of the lost Franklin party, and an account of Anderson's Franklin searching expedition up the Great Fish River. Other articles focus on the discovery of the Resolute in Arctic waters, portions of the journal from Trollope's expedition to the Bering Strait on the Rattlesnake, a publication notice for Osborn's THE DISCOVERY OF THE NORTH-WEST PASSAGE, and more. 10) THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE AND NAVAL CHRONICLE, FOR 1859. Most notable is an article on the return of M'Clintock after his search for the lost Franklin party. Also includes articles on the voyage of the Fox, the navigation of the Frazer River, ocean currents in the Bering Strait and along the Arctic coasts, and Newfoundland. An excellent collection of a rare periodical, with much information on the exploration of Canada and the Arctic. (Inventory #: WRCAM50851)
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