Report of Winfield S. Schley, Commander U.S. Navy, Commanding Greely Relief Expedition of 1884
Signed and Inscribed by W.S. Schley
By Schley, Winfield S.
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1887, First Edition. 4to. â€” 29.8cm, 75 pp., 32 beautifully executed full-page photographic and engraved plates, 3 maps bound at rear, frontispiece portrait of Commander Schley with tissue guard. Publisherâ€™s ruled brown cloth, faded, but legible gilt title on cover. Exterior is in Very Good Condition. Interior with evidence of water marks along interior gutter area, but not affecting images or text. Inside the rear end leaf bearing the distinct bookplate of Magdalen Tasker Polk. Overall a Very Good and complete copy. Very Scarce being signed and inscribed by W. S. Schley on the front free end leaf and reading, â€śTo A.C. Buell, Esq. With the Compliments and kind regards of his friend. W.S. Schley â€” Captain, U.S.N. â€” Washington DC, Oct. 4th, 1888â€ť.
Contains the detailed report of the expedition of the â€śBearâ€ť, â€śThetisâ€ť and â€śAlertâ€ť; the personnel, provisions, itineraries; the â€śBearâ€ť and â€śThetisâ€™sâ€ť trip into Smith Sound, rescue of Greely and companions at Cape Sabine; notes on the condition of the rescued men, and ice conditions en route. â€” Arctic Bibliography 18385