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WYLD, James
Chart of the Arctic Regions from the Admiralty Surveys
London: James Wyld, [c. 1850].. Second edition. Map diameter 38.5 cm, overall dimensions 41 x 45 cm. An attractive folding circular projection of the Arctic, original colour in outline, mounted on linen, the map folds between original brown diced cloth, with the publisher's printed title label to the upper board and their printed advertisement to the inner cover, an old tracing of Baffin Bay and the surrounding region taken from another map on a larger scale on a separate sheet is loosely enclosed. The covers a little marked and discoloured, but sound, save for some mild offsetting, the map is in very good condition. The map is dedicated to Lady Franklin, whose husband Sir John had disappeared whilst exploring the Arctic in 1845. It is now assumed that he died in early 1847, but at the time many people assumed he was still alive and Lady Franklin's campaign to send search parties to find him and his crew received widespread coverage nationally and internationally. This edition of the map highlights the discoveries of various expeditions, namely Ross, Parry, Franklin & Richardson, Beechey, Back, Dease & Samson, Rae and Kellett, with a colour coded key to the lower right corner. An uncommon map, a handful of copies of various editions are listed on Copac spread between the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and Oxford.
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