The Cruise of the Corwin
By Muir, John
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 8vo â€“ 23.7cm. [xxxi], (1), 279pp. Appendix and Index. Color frontispiece with original tissue guard of the â€śCorwinâ€ť, 33 illustrations from photographs â€“ some by Edward Curtis, and drawings. Publisher’s quarter-green cloth on green paper boards. Green cloth spine with brown label and titles in bright gilt. 550 copies of this large-paper, wide margin, un-cut edge edition were printed with 500 copies for sale â€” This being copy number 48. A clean copy with no prior ownership markings, pages clean with several uncut, hinges strong and un-cracked. A very nice complete copy in Near Fine condition. John Muir â€“ A Reading Bibliography, #160; Arctic Bibliography 11838.
Muir’s account of the cruise of the USS â€śCorwinâ€ť during its search for the lost American Arctic exploration vessel Jeanette under the command of George Washington DeLong. Muir was onboard as a naturalist and correspondent for the San Francisco Daily Bulletin, and this book prints the letters that he wrote to the Bulletin during the more than five-month voyage, supplemented with notes from his daily diary, and the two scientific reports on botany and glaciation that he wrote for the government.