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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...
London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington. 1884. First edition. Two volumes. Small 4to. [I] xx, 432pp, 28 tinted lithographs (including a frontis portrait, a map and five folding panoramas), other text woodcuts, 16pp publisher's adverts. [II] xii, 412pp, 16pp publisher's adverts; 12 tinted lithographs (including two frontis portraits, one with the Autobiography, and two maps, one folding), 24 b&w woodcut plates, other text woodcuts. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated in black with polar scenes on spines and upper boards; some light silverfishing, extremities a little rubbed, the cloth on the spines dulled somewhat, short split at head of Vol I upper joint; now in new mylar sleeves. The pages in both volumes mostly unopened from mid-way through; in the second volume some pages have been carelessly opened resulting in some marginal tears (a few neatly closed with clear archival tape) and small missing pieces, affecting a dozen or so pages. The endpapers rather yellowed, a small damp mark at the inner foot corners of Vol II affects perhaps a half of the volume, well away from text or images; otherwise both text and plates very clean. Owner's bookplate in each volume. *** [title continues] ...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', under the command of the author. To which are added an autobiography, appendix, portraits, maps, and numerous illustrations. Renard 1051; Spence 747, Rosove 221. .
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