ARCTIC EXPEDITIONS FROM BRITISH AND FOREIGN SHORES FROM THE EARLIEST TIMES TO THE EXPEDITION OF 1875-76
by Smith, David Murray
Edinburgh, 1877. xiv,,824pp. plus two folding chromolithographic charts and twenty-four plates (two chromolithographic). Extra- illustrated with an engraved map from Ross' first voyage at p.88. With clippings and manuscript notes by Alexander McNeil Caird. Large, thick quarto. Contemporary three-quarter calf and cloth, spine gilt, leather label. Front hinge tender, light wear to binding. Contemporary related newspaper clippings pasted to front endpapers. Some minor scattered soiling, a few pencil notes in a contemporary hand. Large map torn at gutter margin, repaired on verso. Very good. A comprehensive survey of Arctic expeditions from the early Norse navigations to those of Sir John Franklin and beyond. Handsomely illustrated with lithographed plates of Arctic scenes. This copy was owned by Alexander McNeil Caird, a British army officer. He has annotated the volume and included his own manuscript notes, dated 1891, on Schwatka's search for the records of the lost Franklin Expedition, undertaken in 1878-80. These are of some substance; his notes are also interesting and reflect a deep knowledge of the Arctic literature.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50497)
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