Voyage of the Jeannette
The Ship and Ice Journals of George W. DeLong, Lieutenant Commander U.S.N. and Commander of the Polar Expedition of 1879-1881.
By DeLong, George W. ~ DeLong, Emma â€” Editor
Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company 1884. 2 Volumes. Thick 4to, Vol. I: (xii) 440pp., engraved portrait of George W DeLong as frontis with tissue guard, 2 steel engraved plates, 6 wood engravings, 26 vignette illustrations, 8 maps and charts including foldouts. Vol. II: (x), 470pp (page numbering continuous between volumes and totally 911pp.), Index, frontis tinted color lithograph entitled Cairn Tomb, Monument Hill, Lena Delta, 7 engravings, 15 vignette illustrations, 16 maps, charts and diagrams including fold-outs. Overall in Near Fine condition â€“ no foxing, folds or tears, no prior ownership markings, hinges un-cracked and strong â€“ an extraordinary clean and bright copy. Arctic Bibliography 3839
DeLong sailed from San Francisco in July 1879 with the intention of sailing through the Bering Strait and then enter the Pole by way of the New Siberian Islands and Wrangel Island. The last sighting of the â€śJeannetteâ€ť was at Wrangel Island during the first two years of the voyage. In the space of those two years the crew struggled against the ice and extremely harsh conditions, but was unable to save the ship which was ultimately crushed by the floes. The crew escaped, but several perished in a storm, and several of those who reached land died from starvation and extreme conditions. This extensive account of the tragic voyage of the â€śJeannetteâ€ť was edited by DeLongâ€™s widow, Emma DeLong.
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