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KANE, Elisha Kent
Arctic Explorations: The Second Grinnell Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin, 1853, '54, '55.
Philadelphia: Childs & Peterson, 1856. FIRST EDITION. 8vo, 2 vols: 464 pp.; 467 pp.; additional titles with engraved vignettes, tissue guards, engraved portrait frontispieces of Kane and Grinnell, 18 engraved plates after J. Hamilton, 2 maps, 1 of which being folding ( Chart Exhibiting the Discoveries of the Second American Expedition in Search of Sir John Franklin ), folding isothermal chart of Baffin Bay, and numerous woodcut engravings in the text. Contemporary ink ownership autograph on both front flyleaves. Publisher's original green cloth with gilt-blocked centrepiece vignette within elaborate blind-stamped borders. Gilt letterings to spines. Internally clean and bright, just very slightly browned. Rarely found on the market in its original cloth binding in fine condition. A fine copy. The search for the remains of the polar expedition of Sir John Franklin was to lead to far greater information on the Arctic than could have been gleaned from the original expedition, even if it had been successful in navigating the Northwest Passage. The series of fine steel-engraved plates shows a captivating variety of Arctic scenes. « Kane was the commander of the Advance on this expedition, also financed by Henry Grinnell. Although Franklin was not found, the explorers were able to gather much information about the people, geography, and natural science of the region » (Hill). Arctic Bibliography 8373. Hill 904; Sabin 37001. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: ORSI LIBRI [Milano, Italy]
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