Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River, and Along the Shores of the Arctic Ocean, in the Years 1833, 1834, and 1835.
Back, Captain (George).
John Murray, ( 1836), London
Large 4to. x, (1), 663 pp. b/w plates, folding map.
This was a relief expedition for the second Ross expedition. Backs party explored unknown portions of the Arctic and returned detailed reports on the topography and people of the regions they traversed. A large paper copy of the first edition. Arctic Bib. 851. Streeter Sale 3704. Field 65, who calls it “A very beautiful edition… a large paper size, of which a few copies were probably taken for presentation.” Untrimmed, at 11 3/8 inches, it is in its original cloth binding. The backstrip is rather worn and faded, and has been laid down. The text is clean. Some of the sixteen plates show tanning along the outer edge. The folding map is in very good condition. A scarce example of one of the core Arctic books.