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McCormick, Robert . (M'Cormick, Robert)
Voyages of Discovery in the Arctic and Antarctic Seas, and Round the World; being Personal Narratives of Attempts to reach the North and South Poles; and of an Open-Boat Expedition up the Wellington Channel in search of Sir John Franklin and her majesty's ships "Erebus" and "Terror," in her Majesty's boat "Forlorn Hope,"..
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington, 1884. First edition. An important firsthand account of the both Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, one of 750 copies in the original boards. "McCormick published his two-volume work based on his voluminous diaries at the age of eighty-four, at his own expense. He covers three expeditions, the Antarctic expedition ..., Parry's attempt to reach the North Pole in 1827...; and the voyage to Wellington Channel in search of Franklin in 1852-53 including the boat expedition under his own command..." (Rosove). It includes plans for reaching the poles, preservation of health in the polar regions, an autobiography plus correspondence and miscellany. The handsome illustrations are based on McCormick's own pencil sketches, including five panoramas from the Ross expedition. Rosove 221, variant d, (colons after "London:" and 7 gilt stars on front board, yellow endpapers, an early issue, without the 16pp "Memorandums" that was added later.) Rosove quotes a contemporary letter from the author which states that 750 copies were printed. Spence 747; Arctic Bibliography 10582.Roy. 8vo, 2 volumes. (xx) 432pp, 26 sepia lithographic plates including 5 folding, 2 colored maps (&) (xii) 412pp, 11 sepia lithographic plates, 24 b&w woodcut plates, 2 colored maps. Text very clean and tight, with just the lightest scattering of foxing, usually on margins facing folding plates. Original decorative blue cloth stamped in gilt & black in an elaborate design designed by McCormick. Boards bright but a little etched, spines slightly tanned. One … [Click Below for Full Description]
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