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KANE, ELISHA
ARCTIC EXPLORATIONS: THE SECOND GRINNELL EXPEDITION IN SEARCH OF SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, 1853, 54, 55.
Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1857. Two volumes. Octavo, original blind-stamped DECORATIVE cloth. SECOND EDITION OR SECOND ISSUE, illustrated with over 300 engravings on steel and wood from sketches by the author, including 20 full-page plates and four maps (two folding). An about near-fine copy of a set which has now become difficult to find in the publisher's cloth. Now housed in a custom clamshell box with leather label. U.S. naval physician Elisha Kane s Arctic Explorations is an account of one of the last of the expeditions in search of Sir John Franklin and the Northwest Passage, the second such search and rescue financed by American philanthropist Henry Grinnell. These expeditions had no parallel in maritime annals, and which, while prosecuting the main object of the voyages, turned the map of the Arctic regions north of America from a blank void into a grim but distinct representation of islands, straits, and seas (DNB). Kane was a far better writer than explorer It was Kane s graphic tale that fired the imagination of others and served as the impetus for the continuing polar quest (Pierre Berton). [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Vendeur: Reginald C. Williams Rare Books [Glendale, CA, U.S.A.]
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