London: William Wright, 1852. ,801,pp., plus 25 plates. Thick octavo. Contemporary calf, spine gilt, all edges marbled. Boards slightly scuffed, corners bumped, hinges starting, spine sunned. Some foxing, dust soiling to plates. Light tanning. Lacking pp.7-8. Good plus. An extremely rare second edition of an omnibus collection of polar expeditions, so greatly expanded that it might be considered another work entirely. Whereas the first edition limited itself to accounts of the expeditions in search of John Franklin, the present volume gives a complete history of global navigation by European powers as it relates to the search for the Nothwest Passage, up to and including the voyages of John Franklin himself. Its coverage ends with the return of William Penny's unsuccessful attempt to find Franklin in 1851. The work includes previously published accounts as well as reports and letters from Moore, Pullen, Martin, Ross, Parry, and others. The volume also contains twenty-five plates, including portraits of Franklin, Back, and Beechey, and depictions of icebergs, the aurora borealis, ships cutting or breaking through ice, a travelling party at Prince Regent's Inlet, Port Leopold, Eskimos at Hotham Inlet, Eskimos playing sports, bear hunting, the Coral Islands, and a scene of a frigate rounding Cape Horn. OCLC locates only one copy, at the University of Calgary. Not in Arctic Bibliography. OCLC 911668974. (Inventory #: WRCAM51954)
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