The Last of the Arctic Voyages; Being a Narrative of the Expedition in H.M.S. Assistance… in Search of John Franklin.
( 1855), London
Two volumes bound together. xx, 383; vii, 419 pp. Color and b/w plates, folding maps, ills.
First edition, with thirty-six lithographed plates, twelve of which are colored, plus four charts. Narrative of the five ship expedition… under Belcher’s command… Day-to-day record… the voyage, the winterings in 1852-53… and 1853-54, boat and sledge trips, … notes on islands visited… Belchers abandonment of four ships in Wellington Channel… and return home.Arctic Bib. 1241. The decision to abandon four ships frozen in the ice in Wellington Channel resulted in a court-martial, but Belcher was acquitted. With the failure of his expedition the British gave up their official attempts to locate Franklin. Abbey Travel 645. Hill 106. Sabin 4389. Scattered foxing to plates, though “Entrance to Cardigan Strait” is more heavily foxed. The charts, three of which fold, show some offsetting. Overall, a very good copy of a scarce book. Securely bound in perfunctory blue cloth with gold spine lettering.