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ARCTIC SEARCHING EXPEDITION: A JOURNAL OF - Richardson, Sir John - 1851. 
London, 1851. Two volumes. viii,413,pp. plus nine colored plates (including frontispiece); vii,,426pp. with color frontis. The first volume includes the folding map, backed on linen, not found in all copies. Original cloth, neatly rebacked, original gilt backstrips laid down. Minor shelf wear. Contemporary bookplate of Robert Damon on each front pastedown, his signature on each titlepage. Small ink stamps reading "Soliday" on endpapers. Light occasional foxing. Very good. Thomas W. Streeter's copy of Richardson's arctic exploration journal (with Streeter's penciled notes, but without his bookplates). Richardson, the noted naturalist, accompanied Franklin on his first and second expeditions. The present work includes the journals of Richardson and Rae on the Mackenzie, Arctic, and Coppermine rivers in 1849. "Filled with details of personal experiences of Indian life. The appendix contains a comparative table of dialects spoken by the Eskimo. Some copies are described as having a map, but it is not called for in the list of illustrations" - Sabin. Richardson did not limit himself to searching for Franklin, and looked for plants and animals as well. An appendix of almost ninety pages comprises one of the earliest detailed listings of Canadian and Arctic plants, as well as describing the physical geography of the Arctic. A number of contributors have provided material on the linguistics of the Indians of the region. Most of the attractive plates illustrate members of the Kutchin tribe of native Indians. This copy was in the George Soliday collection, dispersed by the bookseller Peter Decker, and was sold to Streeter for $20 in 1947. It realized $100 at the Streeter Sale. STREETER SALE 3716 (this copy). SABIN 71025. WAGNER-CAMP 203:1. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3256. TOURVILLE 3804. GRAFF 3493. TAXONOMIC LITERATURE 9170. RICKS, p.182 (ref). TPL 3029.
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