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GOODSIR, Robert Anstruther
An Arctic Voyage to Baffin's Bay and Lancaster Sound,
London: John van Voorst,, 1850. in Search of Friends with Sir John Franklin. Octavo (195 × 120 mm). Original blue wavy-grained cloth, title gilt to spine, panels in blind to the boards, black surface-paper endpapers. Tinted frontispiece, folded map. Without the tipped in publishers ads. Half-title and last leaf with even browning from contact with the endpapers, front hinge just started, slight lean, a very good copy. First edition. Goodsir was scion of a long-established Scottish medical dynasty; his brother John was successively Conservator of the Royal College of Surgeons Museum, Curator of Edinburgh University's of Anatomical Museum, and Professor of Anatomy at Edinburgh University. John was succeeded at the RCS Museum by his younger brother Henry Duncan Spens "Harry" Goodsir, who in 1845 was appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist to the Franklin Expedition. In 1849, Robert "feeling anxiety" at the absence of his brother "as year after year wore on" (Preface), joined "the whaler Advice under William Penny on the British Whaling and Franklin Search Expedition. Sailing in company with the whaler Truelove (Captain Parker), the two vessels lay whaling off Pond Inlet, Baffin Bay, until an Eskimo report that Franklin and his men had been seen alive was brought to Parker. The expedition then entered Lancaster Sound but ice prevented them from passing beyond Brodeur Peninsula" (SPRI web-site). The following year, Goodsir was appointed surgeon in HMS Lady Franklin on the British Franklin Search Expedition, 1850-1851 also lead by Penny. Goodsir's account received an e … [Click Below for Full Description]
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