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M'CLURE, Robert.
The Discovery of the North-West Passage By H.M.S. "Investigator, " Capt. R. M'Clure, 1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1854 … From the Logs and Journals of Capt. Robert Le M. M'Clure
London, Longman, Brown etc., 1856. 8vo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, boards decorated in blind, terracotta endpapers with printed advertisements; pp. xix, 405, [2, advertisements], 24 (publisher's catalogue); tinted lithographic frontispiece, 3 titnted lithographic plates with tissue guards, large folding map with hand-colouring; endpapers darkened, as usual; a very good copy. First edition. M'Clure was sent out in 1850 by the Admiralty to search for Franklin via the Bering Strait. M'Clure in the Investigator and Collinson in the Enterprise wintered in Prince of Wales Strait, and explored the shores of Banks Island and M'Clure Strait as far as Mercy Bay, where the Investigator became frozen in the ice, and had to be abandoned in June of 1853. M'Clure's then led a sledge party eastward over Barrow Strait to Dealy Island where they encountered another Franklin search party from Sir Edward Belcher's expedition traveling westward, and returned with them in 1854 to England, thus completing the first successful Northwest Passage, after the Investigator's crew had spent fout winters in the ice. Arctic Bibliography 10563; Hill 1122; Lada-Mocarski 145; Sabin 43073; Tourville 2835; Wickersham 6682. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Henry Sotheran Ltd. [United Kingdom]
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