The Voyage of the 'Fox' in the Arctic Seas
A Narrative of the Discovery of the Fate of Sir John Franklin and His Companions.
Signed, inscribed and dated in the year of publication by Lady Franklin
By Captain F. L. M’Clintock, R.N., LL.D.
London: John Murray, 1859. First English Edition. 8vo, [xxvii], 403pp., five appendices, publisherâ€™s advertisements at rear; four maps including three fold-outs, fold-out facsimile of record found of Franklinâ€™s Expedition, two folding maps in rear pocket; 14 wood engraved b/w illustrations including front piece. Large rear fold-out map in rear pocket. Full tan calf with gilt ruling on covers, five raised bands on spine with ornate gilt decorations in five compartments with black morocco and bright gilt titles; all page edges marbled to match front and read end leafs. A very attractive and well preserved copy of this Franklin Search narrative. This rare copy is signed and inscribed in sepia ink with fine tipped fountain pen to read, â€śThe Honorable Henry G. Elliot with Lady Franklinâ€™s affect. rememberance. Dec. th26. 1859â€ť.â€” Sabin 43043, Hill p. 483; Arctic Bibliography 10555.
McClintock commanded this private expedition sponsored by Lady Franklin in 1857 to search for her husband, Sir John Franklin, and his crew missing since 1845. This account details his thorough search of the area between the Boothia Peninsula and King William Island, and the final discovery of the Franklin relics, including the sole written record of the ill-fated expedition and second hand accounts from local Eskimo groups. The narrative is a very important part of the Franklin Search puzzle.