first edition Publisherâ€™s 3/4 leather and brown cloth; spine with four raised bands and bright gilt titles; marbled end leaves and page edg
1883 · Boston
by DeLong, George W., Lieutenant-Commander U.S.N., Edited by DeLong, Emma
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1883, 1st US Edition, First Printing. Illustrated Edition. Thick sm4to – 23.9cm., Vol. I: (xii) 440pp., engraved portrait of George W Delong as frontispiece with tissue guard, 7 engravings, 26 vignette illustrations, 8 maps and charts including foldouts. Vol. II: (x), 470pp (page numbering continuous between volumes and totally 911pp.), Index, frontispiece color lithograph entitled Cairn Tomb, Monument Hill, Lena Delta with tissue guard, 7 engravings, 15 vignette illustrations, 15 maps, charts and diagrams including foldouts. Publisher's 3/4 leather and brown cloth; spine with four raised bands and bright gilt titles; marbled end leaves and page edges; no foxing or folds , no prior ownership markings, hinges strong.. A complete copy in very good condition+. Arctic Bibliography 3839 (Arctic Bibliography only lists the 1884 Trade Edition).
DeLong sailed from San Francisco in July 1879 with the intention of sailing through the Bering Strait and then enter the Pole byway of the New Siberian Islands and Wrangell Island. The last sighting of the Jeannette was at Wrangell Island during the first two years of the voyage. In the space of those two years the crew struggled against the ice and extremely harsh conditions, but he was unable to save the ship which was ultimately crushed by the floes. The crew escaped, but several perished in a storm, and several of those who reached land died from starvation and extreme conditions. This extensive account of the tragic Voyage of the Jeannette was edited by DeLong's widow, Emma DeLong.
(Inventory #: IASX.1019)