Ice Pack and Tundra
An Account of the Search for the Jeannette and a Sledge Journey Through Siberia.
By William H. Gilder
New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1883. First American Edition xii, 344pp., plus 4pp. of advertisements. Frontis with tissue guard, profusely illustrated with 48 full-page and in-text wood engravings from sketches and photographs, plus 2 maps and one coloured fold-out map. 8vo., bound in original publisher’s decorative blue-green cloth with blue clay end papers, front hinge strong but beginning to crack; complete, slight wear at lower spine extremity. Prior ownerâ€™s script inscription on second ffe and at top of title page. In Very Good Condition. â€” Arctic Bibliography 5744
An Account of the Search for the Jeanette and a Sledge Journey Through Siberia. Gilder was a correspondent of “The New York Herald,” and he recounts his experiences on board the USS Rodgers during the Jeanette Relief Expedition. The Jeanette expedition to the North Pole, led by Lieutenant George Washington DeLong, ended in disaster with few members surviving. The USS Rodgers was lost, however a sledge journey carried Gilder and the others across Siberia and eventually to America. Discussed is the discovery of DeLong’s journals and body by his companion George Melville.