1859 · London
Arctic Bibliography 10555: "Narrative of Lady Franklin's final searching expedition under Capt. M'Clintock on the Fox 1857-59, drawn from M'Clintock's day-to-day journal. Record of the voyage to Greenland, the drift in the ice pack from Melville Bay through Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, Aug. 1857 - April 1858; the voyage thence through Lancaster Sound, Barrow Strait, Prince Regent Inlet, Bellot Strait; the wintering at Port Kennedy, 1858-59, sledge journeys by Boothia Peninsula, Prince of Wales Island, King William Island to Great Fish (Back) River; the finding of proofs of Franklin's fate, the exploring of coastlines, of Bellot Strait, and M'Clintock Channel, of Rae Strait (confirming its completion of the Northwest Passage). Includes notes on the Eskimos, and on geographic features, weather conditions, etc., of the regions traversed. Appendix includes: List of relics of the Franklin Expedition. Geological account of the arctic archipelago, by Samuel Haughton."
Stam, Books on Ice 3.16: "Building on the work of John Rae and other Franklin searches, McClintock rightly can claim the distinction of discovering the true fate of Franklin. His expedition, which was privately sponsored by Lady Jane Franklin, lasted from July 1857 to September 1859. In scouring King William Island for traces of the lost explorers, the expedition's most significant discoveries were the only known paper records of Franklin, especially a composite note describing the besetting of Erebus and Terror in 1846, the death of Franklin on June 11, 1847, the abandonment of the ships in 1848, and the intent of Captain Crozier to set out on April 26, 1846, to Back's Fish River. In addition to several bodies, McClintock found or bought from local Inuit several relics from the crushed ships, including a number of books. McClintock also was able to describe the death march from Point Victory to the Great Fish River as Franklin's 'earliest discovery of the North-West Passage, though not the actual accomplishment of it in his ships', a pyrrhic victory but no doubt a comfort to Lady Franklin, to whom the work is dedicated."
Sabin 43043. Though Franklin and his crew were lost, the wide-ranging search for them led to more detailed mapping of the Canadian Arctic - Richard Cyriax notes in his study 'Sir John Franklin's Last Arctic Expedition' that the loss of the expedition probably added much more [geographical] knowledge than its successful return would have done.
Keywords: ADVENTURE ARCTIC POLAR EXPEDITIONS FOX SIR JOHN FRANKLIN CAPTAIN MCCLINTOCK FRANCIS LEOPOLD First edition. Includes all illustrations, maps and fold-outs called for. Rebacked with original spine laid down. Edges rubbed, split along one fold of last map (we can repair this with Japanese tissue upon request, but have left as is), owner bookplate on front endpaper, ink name on title page. London: John Murray, 1859. First Edition. Collectible; Very Good/No Jacket. (Inventory #: 2196886)