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.
Franklin, Sir John (1786-1847)
London: John Murray â€“ printed by William Clowes, 1823, First Edition, First Issue. Quarto â€“ thick sm4to â€“ 27.5 cm. [xvi], 768 pp, +3 botanical plates, 4 fold-out maps bound at rear. Half-title, errata slip tipped in before p.1 of text. 30 engraved or aquatint plates of which 11 are hand-coloured by Edward Finden, J. Curtis and others after Robert Hood and George Back and Hood & Back; 4 fold-out engraved maps bound at rear â€” complete as called for. Contemporary full-brown calf with contemporary end leaves, spine in six compartments with 5 raised bands, bright gilt lettering and ruling; covers with de-bossed and gilt ornate bordering. Internally quite clean with intermittent beginning foxing, no prior ownership markings but with attractive armoral bookplate of John Bentall. An attractive and complete copy of this important and scarce Arctic publication. Hill 635; Arctic Bibliography 5149.
Narrative of Sir John Franklin’s first expedition, a cornerstone of overland Arctic exploration. In 1819 Lieutenant John Franklin was placed in command of an expedition appointed to proceed overland from the Hudson Bay to the shores of the Arctic Sea, and to explore the coast east of the Coppermine River. 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. As a result of the delay in the arrival of supplies that had been promised by the North-West and Hudson’s Bay Companies, it was not until the summer of 1821 that the Coppermine was ascended to its mouth, and a considerable extent of sea-coast to the eastward surveyed. The horrific return journey over the region known as the Barren Grounds was marked by the terrible sufferings and the tragic death of Lieutenant Hood. The survivors of the expedition reached York Factory in June 1822, having accomplished altogether 5550 miles of travel. While engaged on this service Franklin was promoted to the rank of commander in 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.