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A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions
London: John Murray 1859, 1st Edition.. () xxvii,403pp. + [3]pp. (ads dated january, 1860). Near fine. Octavo. Bound in 19th century full polished calf. Nicely gilt on spine with gilt board decoration. Marbled endpapers and edges to match. 17 plates (including frontispiece), folding facsimile and 4 maps (on 3 folding sheets. Folding map with minor professional repair to tear. A.B. 10558. Inscribed to Honable Henry G. Elliot with Lady Franklin's affect. Rememberance Dec. 16 1859. Elliot was a British Diplomat and probably one of Lady Franklin's many supporters. While copies of McClintock's book are not uncommon, Lady Franklin inscribed copies are now very scarce especially in nice condition. Account of the private British Franklin search expedition, under Francis Leopold McClintock in the 'Fox,' sponsored by Lady Franklin to determine how Franklin and his men had died. During the first season the ship became stuck in the ice in Melville Bay, the second season McClintock was able to successfully navigate the ice of Melville Bay and sailed into Lancaster Sound, visiting Beechey Island. Turned back by ice in Peel Sound, 'Fox' made an attempt to reach King William Island via Prince Regent Island and Bellot Strait, but had to put in for the winter at the eastern end of Bellot Strait. In the spring a number of sledge parties were sent out and conclusive proof of Franklin's fate was found..
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