FRANKLIN, Sir John (1786-1847)
Narrative of a Journey to The Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22 . With an
Appendix on Various Subjects Relating to Science and Natural History
First Edition of Sir John Franklin's First Polar Expedition, a Cornerstone Narrative Covering More Than
5,500 Miles of Overland Arctic Exploration
FRANKLIN, Sir John (1786-1847)
Narrative of a Journey to The Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819, 20, 21, and 22 . With an Appendix on Various Subjects Relating to Science and Natural History
First Edition of Sir John Franklin's First Polar Expedition, a Cornerstone Narrative Covering More Than 5,500 Miles of Overland Arctic Exploration
In 1819, Lieutenant John Franklin, a career naval officer who had been at the battle of Trafalgar, was placed in command of an expedition appointed to proceed overland from the Hudson Bay to the shores of the Arctic Sea, and to determine the trendings of that coast east of the Coppermine River. At this period the northern coast of the American continent was known at two isolated points only, the mouth of the Coppermine River (which, as Franklin discovered, was erroneously placed four degrees of latitude too far to the north), and the mouth of the Mackenzie far to the west. Lieutenant Franklin and his party, consisting of Dr. Richardson, Midshipmen George Back and Richard Hood, and a few boatmen, arrived at the depot of the Hudson's Bay Company at the end of August 1819, and making an autumnal journey of 700 miles spent the first winter on the Saskatchewan. Owing to the delay in the arrival of supplies which had been promised by the North-West and Hudson's Bay Companies, it was not until the summer of 1821 that the Copper mine was ascended to its mouth, and a considerable extent of sea-coast to the eastward surveyed. The return journey over the region known as the Barren Ground was marked by the most terrible sufferings and privations and the tragic death of Lieutenant Hood. The survivors of the expedition reached York Factory in June 1822, having accomplished altogether 5,550 miles of travel. While engaged on this service Franklin was promoted to the rank of commander (January 1821), and upon his return to England at the end of 1822 he obtained the post rank of captain and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. The narrative of this expedition was published in the following year and became at once a classic of travel.
London: Printed by William Clowes for John Murray, 1823, Quarto, 768 pages including appendices. Bound in full calf with simple leaf design gilt borders on boards. Elaborate gilt spine decoration and black morocco title label in gilt. Very clean wide margined copy with light offsetting to tissue guards. Early brown marbled endpapers, 30 engraved or aquatint plates (11 hand-colored) by Edward Finden, J. Curtis and others after Robert Hood (8) and George Back (15), Hood & Back (1) and J. Curtis (6), 4 folding engraved maps bound in rear. Errata bound in after introduction. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Richard Henry Tidswell.
Hill pg.111, Sabin 25624
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