Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22. (and) Narrativeof a Second Expedition to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1825, 1826, and 1827.
John Murray, ( 1823 and 1828), London
Two vols. 4to. Vol I - (1 ads), xv, 783, (1) pp. b/w and color plates, maps, some folding. Vol II - xxiv, 320, clvii, (1), (1 errata) pp.
The first voyage is a variant edition of the first edition, cited by Abbey Travel 635. It has 783 rather than 768 pages, and the “list of Plates” in proper order. At the back – plate 29 is omitted and an unnumbered colored plate is substituted. Also, bound into the front is “Prospectus of a Series of North American Views… Selected from Drawings Made on the Spot by Captain Back, R.N.” Arctic Bib. 5194. Lande, 1181 calls it, “One of the most terrible journeys on record, many of the party dying from cold, hunger, or murder; the distance traveled was some 5500 miles.” See also Sabin 25624. The second voyage is also a first edition, recording Franklin’s journey down the Mackenzie Delta to the Arctic Sea. “Includes description of the new country of Great Bear Lake, the ice along the shores of the Arctic Sea, the encounters (friendly and otherwise) with Eskimos; notes on the Dogrib Indians, the burning coal cliffs beyond Cape Bathurst, the weather, mirages, and travel conditions.” – Arctic Bib. 5198. Sabin 26228. Lande 1182. Streeter 3699. Both volumes in original brick cloth, rebacked in crimson morocco with spine labels. Both are clean, tall copies, untrimmed. Vol. II is particularly fresh, with almost no foxing, and the 157 pages of the appendix unopened. All maps and plates as called for. Both vols.